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Environmental Panel to Examine Great Lakes Protection

For Immediate Release

On Wednesday, May 22, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy presents, as the May installment of its monthly Issues and Ideas luncheon, a panel discussion on issues related to the Great Lakes.

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Before Cutting Services or Delaying Tax Cuts, State Should Save $110 Million by Repealing Prevailing Wage Law, Analyst Says

For Immediate Release

MIDLAND-Before Michigan lawmakers delay tax cuts or cut services in order to make up a $382 million budget shortfall next year, they should repeal a law that unnecessarily costs the state an estimated $110 million every year: Michigan's prevailing wage law.

Governor Re-appoints Mackinac Center Labor Policy Director to Michigan Civil Service Commission

For Immediate Release

Gov. John Engler has re-appointed Robert P. Hunter, director of labor policy for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, as a member of the Michigan Civil Service Commission.

Mackinac Center Offers Comprehensive Policy Blueprint for New Administration, Legislature

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has released "Keeping Michigan on Track: A Blueprint for a Freer, More Prosperous State," a comprehensive policy blueprint with dozens of specific ideas for lawmakers to consider in crafting state policy for the next term and beyond.

Mackinac Center Asks Teachers, School Administrators to Find Most Outrageous School Regulations, Rules

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is asking Michigan teachers, school principals, administrators and parents to help in its research on confusing, conflicting and overlapping mandates that hamper the operation of Michigan school districts, by coming up with the most outrageous school regulation or rule they can find.

Foundation Awards $480,000 to Mackinac Center

New Science, Environment, and Technology Policy Initiative Launched

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation of Midland has awarded grants totaling $480,000 to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy to help launch a new public policy initiative and support the Center's general operations.

Research Institute Questions State Broadband Plan

Access to Internet Should Be Driven By Consumers, Not by Central Planners, Say Scholars

A challenge was made to the need for expanding state involvement in Michigan's broadband telecommunications infrastructure.

Charter School Ousts MEA Union in Historic Vote

The teachers of Island City Academy, a charter school in Eaton Rapids, ousted the Michigan Education Association as their collective bargaining agent in a historic 12-1 vote.

Mackinac Center Launches Unique Legislative Information Web Site

Free Public Service Provides Instantaneous Access to Complete Legislative Voting Records, Empowers Citizens to Keep Government Accountable

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy today announced that for the first time in history Michigan citizens have free, instantaneous access to accurate plain-language descriptions of how their state legislators voted on all legislative actions. The Internet-based service, , makes it easier for key decision-makers and the public at large to be active and informed in Michigan civic affairs.

Voters Petition State to Investigate Financial Practices of the Highland Park Board of Education

Citizens of the city of Highland Park have submitted petitions to the state superintendent of public instruction calling for a review of the financial practices of the district's school board members.


Mackinac Center: Engler Administration Unaware of Impact of Tax Favoritism

The Engler administration's plan to eliminate the single business tax (SBT) for new, high-tech companies-and a subsequent "clarification" of the plan issued by the governor's office yesterday-suggest that the administration does not understand certain basic economic principles, according to a spokesman for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.