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Questions for Appropriators

This questionnaire was developed to guide lawmakers as they scrutinize agency budget requests. In both good times and bad, the sum of these requests will always exceed available revenues. Government agencies’ and program budgets should never operate on auto-pilot. By following this template and obtaining basic information about each program’s origin, purpose, performance, legal authority, funding history and federal connections, policymakers can then hone in on specific changes to consider for the programs — including funding or staffing levels, performance measures and legislative reforms.

The conversation this information will spark can help forge agreement about how to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of Michigan residents and how to use the final state budget to best serve the needs of the public. Careful consideration of spending priorities such as this can boost public confidence in state government and elected officials.

Business Subsidies Are Bad All Over

Hype determines policies more than effectiveness

Hype determines policies more than effectiveness

Saving Money for Michigan Workers

Workers should be able to keep their money

Workers should be able to keep their money

State of the System

Criminal justice reforms should be made a priority

Criminal justice reforms should be made a priority

Economic Freedom: What it is and Why it Matters

Public policy choices can have profound consequences on the decisions individuals make about their own opportunities — where to live, work, invest and raise families. What can government leaders do to influence those choices? Respect economic freedom.

The Free-Market Case for a Clean Slate

Clean-slate laws help people reintegrate into the workforce

Clean-slate laws help people reintegrate into the workforce

Get Used to It

The wonderful world of energy rationing

The wonderful world of energy rationing

Justice in a Free Society

Why criminal justice reform matters to liberty lovers

Why criminal justice reform matters to liberty lovers