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More Budget Reform Ideas for 2019

Plenty of useless spending can be cut this year

Plenty of useless spending can be cut this year

Michigan Charter Schools Turn 25

Quarter century later, educational choice needs renewed vigilance

Quarter century later, educational choice needs renewed vigilance

New Report Card Ranks Michigan’s High Schools

Mackinac Center makes school performance easier to understand

Mackinac Center makes school performance easier to understand

Mackinac Center Opens New Lansing Capital Office

New satellite location will make free-market policies more accessible

New satellite location will make free-market policies more accessible

Marketing Coordinator Internship

Morey Fiscal Policy Internship

Education Policy Internship

Communications Internship

Environmental Policy Internship

Advancement/Events Internship

Current Campaigns

The Mackinac Center's most pressing issues and campaigns.

Still a Long Way To Go for Detroit

The city still has a slow job growth compared to other large cities

The city still has a slow job growth compared to other large cities

In Memory of Stan Brock

Founder of Remote Area Medical passes away in 2018

Founder of Remote Area Medical passes away in 2018

Union Release Time Was Once Unconstitutional

Lawmakers should retain a healthy skepticism about spending tax money on private interests

Lawmakers should retain a healthy skepticism about spending tax money on private interests

When Corporate Handouts Were Unconstitutional in Michigan

Study reveals the forgotten history of state’s long-standing prohibition against economic development programs

Study reveals the forgotten history of state’s long-standing prohibition against economic development programs

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From Prohibited to Permitted: A Legal History of Corporate Handouts in Michigan

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Elected officials today regularly try to woo large companies into locating to their state or city by offering them special tax treatment or subsidizing them in some way. States and cities compete with each other in this regard — Michigan is no exception — and this competition makes national headlines when well-known companies choose to relocate or expand. With this in mind, one might reasonably assume that publicly funded economic development is a long-standing, firmly established practice. But that’s not the case in Michigan.

This report chronicles the history of Michigan Supreme Court decisions on this issue. It is not a formal legal review of the case law, but rather a historical account of the most important cases, spanning from Michigan’s earliest days as a new state to the ratification of the current constitution in 1963. The narrative that unfolds will surprise those not familiar with Michigan’s unique experience with taxpayer-funded corporate handouts.

Fewer Parents Taking Education for Granted

Surveys highlight growing involvement, diverse goals

Surveys highlight growing involvement, diverse goals

Proposed Law Changes Licensing Rules for Some Psychologists

Limited licensed psychologists with master's degrees would become psychological associates

Limited licensed psychologists with master's degrees would become psychological associates