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Fewer Parents Taking Education for Granted

Surveys highlight growing involvement, diverse goals

Surveys highlight growing involvement, diverse goals more

Michigan made better choices on forest management

Good Neighbor Authority has proven to be a good choice

Good Neighbor Authority has proven to be a good choice more

Fireworks, Campaigns, Coal Ash, Wages and More

December 7 MichiganVotes roll call

December 7 MichiganVotes roll call more

Striking a Balance on Environmental Regulations

'No more stringent' will benefit Michigan

“No more stringent” will benefit Michigan more

Minimum Wage, Fantasy Sports, Donor Privacy, 5G and More

November 30 MichiganVotes weekly roll call

November 30 MichiganVotes weekly roll call more

Bullying is a Huge Problem – School Choice is Helping Solve It

Bold action is needed to give families more options

Bold action is needed to give families more options more

Michigan Should Adopt a Pilot Program to Fund Roads With Road Usage Charges

The state should look at a different source of funding for road maintenance

The state should look at a different source of funding for road maintenance more

More Insights from Mackinac Center’s Corporate Welfare Scorecard

New leadership brings hope for cutting corporate handouts

New leadership brings hope for cutting corporate handouts more

Lawmakers Have the Authority to Repeal Paid Leave Act

The margarine wars show that the Legislature has the power

The margarine wars show that the Legislature has the power more

The Costly Part of Government-Owned Broadband

Government-led broadband projects leave taxpayers on the hook

Government-led broadband projects leave taxpayers on the hook more

Serve the Public by Protecting the Integrity of Evidence in Criminal Proceedings

How a forensic science commission would help protect citizens

How a forensic science commission would help protect citizens more

A Look at What Happens After Minimum Wage Hikes in Michigan

Job growth drives low-income wage increases more than legal minimums

Job growth drives low-income wage increases more than legal minimums more

What You May Expect To See In Lame Duck

This week's MichiganVotes focuses on bills that may arise during lame duck session

This week's MichiganVotes focuses on bills that may arise during lame duck session more

Amazon and Foxconn Ignite Opposition To Business Subsidies

Expensive jobs announcements don’t foster economic growth

Expensive jobs announcements don’t foster economic growth more

School Districts Exaggerate the Harms of Losing Students to Choice

Freedom, flexibility needed more than extra funds

Freedom, flexibility needed more than extra funds more

Red or Blue, Criminal Justice Still Gets a Green Light

Election outcomes matter less when the issue enjoys substantial bipartisan support

Election outcomes matter less when the issue enjoys substantial bipartisan support more

The Good News And Bad News For UAW Members

Their money is being mismanaged but you don’t have to contribute

Their money is being mismanaged but you don’t have to contribute more

Just A Reminder Of The Growing State Budget

Tax cuts cost much less than recent budget increases

Tax cuts cost much less than recent budget increases more

Last Call: Reviewing Pre-election Votes Of The 2017-2018 Legislature

November 2 MichiganVotes weekly roll call

November 2 MichiganVotes weekly roll call more

Comparing Michigan’s Largest Counties on Civil Asset Forfeiture

Oakland and Wayne counties are worlds apart when it comes to protecting property rights

Oakland and Wayne counties are worlds apart when it comes to protecting property rights more

Accessing Better Detroit Schools Out of Reach for Some

Transportation scholarships could help level playing field

Transportation scholarships could help level playing field more

Bail Reform Effort in Michigan: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Why pretrial policy should matter to everyone

Why pretrial policy should matter to everyone more

Legislature Says Yes To Subsidies, No To Tax Cuts

October 26 MichiganVotes weekly roll call

October 26 MichiganVotes weekly roll call more

Forcing Accountants to Stay in College Doesn’t Make Them Better CPAs

And the rest of us are paying for it

And the rest of us are paying for it more

Celebrating Russell Kirk’s 100th Birthday

Kirk's work has made a lasting impact

Kirk's work has made a lasting impact more

Helping More Michigan Students Learn to Read

Campaign promises are likely not enough

Campaign promises are likely not enough more

Cities and Suburbs Should Grow Together

The fastest growing areas gain residents in both cities and suburbs

The fastest growing areas gain residents in both cities and suburbs more

Let Markets and Innovation Drive Energy Efficiency

It matters how we get there

It matters how we get there more

Money and Justice in West Michigan

Ottawa County prepares programs to improve both funding and offender success

Ottawa County prepares programs to improve both funding and offender success more

The State Budget is Larger Than $10 Billion

State can afford to spend more on roads and cut taxes

State can afford to spend more on roads and cut taxes more

Business Subsidies, Online Voter Registration, Licensure Reform and More

October 5, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

October 5, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Don't Put Faith in Class-Size Reduction

Research shows little academic benefit for immense cost

Research shows little academic benefit for immense cost more

Michigan Needs to Rethink How it Does Economic Development

Many companies pursue projects the right way

Many companies pursue projects the right way more

Company Turns Down Taxpayer Subsidies

Most jobs are created without state support

Most jobs are created without state support more

Unreasonable Demands Stifle Real Environmental Progress

Proposed SAFE Vehicle Rule balances environment, technology, and economics

Proposed SAFE Vehicle Rule balances environment, technology, and economics more

Innovative School Districts Seek Greater Flexibility

Legislative proposal would aid Madison, Center Line, others

Legislative proposal would aid Madison, Center Line, others more

Michigan Wages and Benefits Recovers

But private-sector compensation lags

But private-sector compensation lags more

Want Faster Internet? What Rural Communities Should Explore

Government shouldn't be in business of providing internet

Government shouldn't be in business of providing internet more

How Much Will the Repeal of Prevailing Wage Save Taxpayers in Michigan?

It’s complicated, but a reasonable estimate is in the hundreds of millions

It’s complicated, but a reasonable estimate is in the hundreds of millions more

Same Old Story About the Problems in Public Schools

Nearly 70 years later, the arguments remain the same

Nearly 70 years later, the arguments remain the same more

Aircraft Sales Tax, Police Sex With Prostitutes, Choose Life Plates, More

Michigan Votes continues a review of key votes of the 2017-2018 session

Michigan Votes continues a review of key votes of the 2017-2018 session more

How to Control the Pension Debt

The costs of pension liabilities have grown out of control

The costs of pension liabilities have grown out of control more

Choice Satisfies Most Parents, Appeals to Most Voters

New surveys highlight favorable experiences, need for more options

New surveys highlight favorable experiences, need for more options more

Paid Leave, Parole and Minimum Wage

MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Prisons Are Not a Jobs Program

Closing Ojibway is tough, but necessary

Closing Ojibway is tough, but necessary more

Free Speech or Government Speech?

New bills would increase government oversight

New bills would increase government oversight more

Socialism Didn’t Make Detroit Great

Once prosperous, the city has not been helped by socialist policies

Once prosperous, the city has not been helped by socialist policies more

Copper Mines, Foreign Language Requirements, Eminent Domain and More

Michigan Votes reviews key votes of the 2017-2018 session

Michigan Votes reviews key votes of the 2017-2018 session more

Guiding Quality Growth in the Charter Sector

Workshop sessions focus on developing successful new schools

Workshop sessions focus on developing successful new schools more

How Taxpayers Get Fleeced in Michigan

More money is not turning into better government services

More money is not turning into better government services more

Coping with the Growing Number of Felons in Michigan

Our courts deliver nearly 50,000 felony convictions per year

Our courts deliver nearly 50,000 felony convictions per year more

Spending Interests Want Spending

Yet spending interests won’t say where the money should come from

Yet spending interests won’t say where the money should come from more

Volunteer Fire Departments Save Money, Delivery Quality Service

Op-ed by Mackinac Center intern highlights potential savings

Op-ed by Mackinac Center intern highlights potential savings more

What Would it Mean to Unleash the MEDC?

Lawmakers should keep the state's administrators on a tight leash

Lawmakers should keep the state's administrators on a tight leash more

Enforcing Janus Rights for Public Workers

U.S. Supreme Court decision no longer makes union fees a condition of employment

U.S Supreme Court decision no longer makes union fees a condition of employment more

Later High School Start Times Should Stay Local Decision

Change by Berkley district cites academic benefit

Change by Berkley district cites academic benefit more

No One Will Win The Tariff Game

Michigan one of the top states with jobs affected by Chinese retaliation

Michigan to lose 91,000 jobs from Chinese retaliation alone more

A Plea for Skepticism about the MEDC: An Open Letter

Lawmakers should take a closer look at economic development programs

Lawmakers should take a closer look at economic development programs more

Michigan’s Trial Courts Have a Major Funding Problem

The statutory scheme that keeps them running is set to expire in 2020 – and there’s no back up plan in place yet

The statutory scheme that keeps them running is set to expire in 2020 – and there’s no back up plan in place yet more

Election Night: More Corporate Handouts or More Personal Income Tax Cuts?

As expected, both candidates have different plans for economic growth

As expected, both candidates have different plans for economic growth more

Mail-in Elections, More Corporate Subsidies, Training Tax Assessors And More

Interesting or noteworthy bill introductions

Interesting or noteworthy bill introductions more

A Flip Of A Switch

Not all energy is there when you need it

Not all energy is there when you need it more

MDE Overreach a Serious Concern

New rules attack cyber school option for families

New rules attack cyber school option for families more

Why Taxpayers Are Shelling Out More Money for Worse Service

In some places, cities pay two or three times the base salary for one person

In some places, cities pay two or three times the base salary for one person more

Three Important Criminal Justice Reform Opportunities for 2018

With fewer than 20 days left in the legislative session, that’s plenty of time to pass good reform

With fewer than 20 days left in the legislative session, that’s plenty of time to pass good reform more

Declawing Cats, Debarking Dogs, Strategic Plans and More

Interesting or noteworthy bill introductions

Interesting or noteworthy bill introductions more

Can Technology Help Predict Crime and Flight Risk?

More courts use actuarial tools to assess risks offenders pose to society

More courts use actuarial tools to assess risks offenders pose to society more

Michigan Catching Up On State Employee Pension Debt

Progress is being made, but another $7.5 billion is still needed

Progress is being made, but another $7.5 billion is still needed more

Climate Lawsuits Expose Contradictory Government Policies

City reverses original claim on climate-related damages

Climate Lawsuits Expose Contradictory Government Policies more

New Bills on Guns, Garbage, Farm Weddings and More

Michigan Votes looks at some recently introduced bills

Michigan Votes looks at some recently introduced bills more

New Evidence Suggests Harsher Sentences Don’t Always Deter More Crime

MCPP Scholar releases new research supporting “smart on crime” approach

MCPP Scholar releases new research supporting “smart on crime” approach more

A Lesson in Endpoint Bias

Is the state budget growing faster than inflation?

Is the state budget growing faster than inflation? more

ISD-Run Special Education at Bottom of the Pack

Michigan only state cited for failing special-needs students

Michigan only state cited for failing special-needs students more

Public Safety Workers in Michigan Now Enjoy Right-to-Work

Janus v. AFSCME decision gives right-to-work to police and firefighters in Michigan

Janus v. AFSCME decision gives right-to-work to police and firefighters in Michigan more

Where Michigan Stands on Civil Asset Forfeiture

The Detroit News chronicles the past, present and future of this misguided policy

The Detroit News chronicles the past, present and future of this misguided policy more

Mackinac Center’s Forfeiture Expertise Cited

New federal lawsuit claims forfeiture violated due process rights

New federal lawsuit claims forfeiture violated due process rights more

Firearm Seizures, Sexual Assault, Lock Away Painkillers and More

Michigan Votes looks at some recently introduced bills

Michigan Votes looks at some recently introduced bills more

State Corporate Handout Program Milks Taxpayer for Cass City Operation

Subsidies continue to prove to be utterly pointless

Subsidies continue to prove to be utterly pointless more

National Publications Cite Mackinac Center in Wake of Supreme Court Decision

Staff members quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post and more

Staff members quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post and more more

A Political Fiction that Won’t Go Away

Candidates wrongly claim state education funds have been cut

Candidates wrongly claim state education funds have been cut more

Snyder Budget Whacks $10 Million from Business Subsidy Programs

Pure Michigan scores $1 million increase

Pure Michigan scores $1 million increase more

Legislature Approves New Business Subsidies

Big budget bill makes it more difficult to hold lawmakers accountable for spending

Big budget bill makes it more difficult to hold lawmakers accountable for spending more

Another MBDP Jobs Subsidy Project Doesn’t Work

State officials can’t pick economic winners from losers and shouldn’t try

State officials can’t pick economic winners from losers and shouldn’t try more

Higher Taxes Would Offer Little for Ottawa Schools

Millage money more fairly shared, but promises little results

Millage money more fairly shared, but promises little results more

State Business Handout Program Wastes Another $2 million

Another state subsidy deal fails to deliver

Another state subsidy deal fails to deliver more

Foster Care Scholarships, Pavement Ideas, Career Predictions

June 22, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

June 22, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more

Detroit is Becoming Friendlier to Entrepreneurs

The number of licensing violations enforced by the city has decreased

The number of licensing violations enforced by the city has decreased more

Neither Inmates Nor Counties Get Out of Jail Free

Michigan counties try, unsuccessfully, to pass their jail expenditures on to inmates

Michigan counties try, unsuccessfully, to pass their jail expenditures on to inmates more

Is One Subsidy Really Any Better?

Subsidies do have a destabilizing market influence

Subsidies do have a destabilizing market influence more

Business Subsidy Programs Grow State’s Bureaucracy, Not Its Economy

They’re mostly just in-state cronyism, not big employer “deal closing” incentives

They’re mostly just in-state cronyism, not big employer “deal closing” incentives more

Whitmer Education Plan Trips Over Charter Schools

Solutions in search of imagined problems raise questions

Solutions in search of imagined problems raise questions more

Michigan Lawmakers Consider More Handouts

If at first you don’t succeed, spend millions of taxpayer dollars

If at first you don’t succeed, spend millions of taxpayer dollars more

Auto Insurance Reform for Seniors, Repeal Prevailing Wage, Medicaid Work

June 8, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report

June 8, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report more