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The Unintended Results of Michigan’s Divided Government

A conflict between a Republican Legislature and a Democratic governor led to restrained growth in the state budget.

Regulatory Reforms on the Move in Michigan

Michigan has reformed some of the many licenses it requires for people to hold a job. Lawmakers should continue that work in the new year.

Students Led Astray by Environmental Education

A set of regulations and laws that a high school student proposed as part of a biology class suggests that Michigan schools should take a closer look at the environmental impact of renewable energy sources when teaching about the benefits.

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Michigan's Regulatory Crimes: Bureaucrats' Hidden Criminal Law

This report explains why assigning criminal penalties to administrative rules and regulations should worry anyone concerned about the rule of law and the potential for abuse in the administration of criminal justice. It describes several reasons why allowing administrative agencies determine what is criminal behavior is problematic, using examples from Michigan’s administrative rules. It also outlines some basic principles that should help guide efforts to reform Michigan’s regulatory code and practice.