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Happy Tax Freedom Day, Michigan!

It took Michiganders 105 days to earn enough income to pay all their taxes

It took Michiganders 105 days to earn enough income to pay all their taxes this year.

Charter School Critique Misses the Mark

Different approach needed to enhance student diversity

Different approach needed to enhance student diversity

Gas Tax Hike of 45 Cents May Kill More than 22,500 Private Sector Jobs

Increasing the gas tax by 45 cents per gallon could raise $2.5 billion, but it would also cost 22,500 jobs in the private sector. Spending that money on roads and cutting other areas of state government spending by the same amount could create 24,000 jobs.

Sound Policy in a Time of Divided Government

Criminal justice, government transparency and occupational licensing are just three areas ripe for reform.

More Money for Preschool Not the Answer

Proposal to boost Great Start funding doesn’t add up

Too few young schoolchildren know how to read and write at grade level. Spending more money on preschool won’t fix that problem.

Database Details Michigan School Funding Trends

Updated numbers show funding levels rising to all-time high

Updated numbers show funding levels rising to all-time high

Say No to Business Subsidies

Michigan should sign onto an interstate compact to eliminate corporate welfare

Michigan should sign onto an interstate compact to eliminate corporate welfare

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Sunny With a Chance of Apocalypse

Consumers Energy should produce affordable, reliable energy

Consumers Energy should produce affordable, reliable energy

Call to Roll Back Third-Grade Reading Law Misguided

State should follow through and replicate successful reforms to boost reading

State should follow through and replicate successful reforms to boost reading

Michigan Needs Collective Bargaining Transparency

Government officials and employees should be more accountable to the people

Government officials and employees should be more accountable to the people

How to Put an End to Corporate Welfare

States can join together in compact to stop corporate handouts

States can join together in compact to stop corporate handouts

Another Day, Another Union Scandal

Flower fund scandal now under federal investigation

Flower fund scandal now under federal investigation

Multilateral Disarmament: A State Compact to End Corporate Welfare

This study provides a plan for how states can end the harmful competition that the practice of corporate welfare encourages. It describes why corporate welfare is damaging to local and state economies and a zero-sum game from a national perspective. It also ranks the states based on how many handouts they make to favored businesses.

In addition, it offers an entirely new strategy to end policies that economists agree are wasteful. By entering into a state compact, as they are authorized to do under the U.S. Constitution, states could agree not to offer preferential tax treatment or other subsidies in an attempt to lure businesses into their borders. Instead, states will compete as they were designed to under the U.S. Constitution, based on regulatory burdens, business culture and broad-based tax policy.

Unions Lose Again Fighting Against Teacher Rights

Court of Appeals upholds decision removing union's obstacles to resign membership

Court of Appeals upholds decision removing union's obstacles to resign membership

The Increasing Importance of Natural Gas

It's a critical element of Michigan's energy future

Natural gas is a critical element of Michigan's energy future

Michigan Grew Most When Business Subsidies Were Illegal

Unfortunately this 'Cooley Doctrine' has been suppressed

Michigan's economy grew the most when corporate handouts were unconstitutional

Civil Asset Forfeiture in Michigan: The Case for Reform and How to Get it

Seizure and forfeiture are important parts of the criminal justice system. In principle, this process is helpful for taking away assets from criminals and goods obtained illegally. But it’s easily abused, and Michiganders deserve to have their property rights protected. This panel will feature points of views from law enforcement, researchers and legislators. The discussion will be on why Michigan should continue to reform its civil asset forfeiture system and how to get it right.

New Legislature Takes Another Swing at Criminal Justice Reform

Lawmakers recognize more work needs to be done

Lawmakers recognize more work needs to be done on criminal justice reforms

Proposed Cyberschool Cut Doesn't Add Up

Equal funding should follow students to their choice school

Equal funding should follow students to their choice school