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Center Analyst: MSU School Consolidation Study Appears to Contain Plagiarized Material

A school consolidation study published by Michigan State University's Education Policy Center appears to contain plagiarized material.

Center Video: Gov. Granholm Boasts of Role in Forced Unionization of Home Day Care Workers

Key early steps involved the offices of both the governor and the lieutenant governor, indicating 'unconstitutional overreach' and belying suggestion they were simply responding to other government actions

Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman To Discuss Overton Window on Glenn Beck’s Fox News Show Today

Beck’s new book borrows title and premise from theory developed by late Center vice president

MIDLAND — Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman is scheduled to appear on "The Glenn Beck Show" on Fox News Channel at around 5:20 p.m. EDT today to discuss the Overton Window of Political Possibility, a theory created in the mid-1990s by the late Joseph P. Overton, formerly the Center's senior vice president. Beck's new book, "The Overton Window," was released June 15, and it already tops the bestseller list. Lehman was a guest on Beck's nationally syndicated radio show on June 9.

Gov. Granholm’s Tax Hike Proposal Would Kill 30,000 Michigan Jobs in First Year, According to Tax Analysis Model

Losses eventually moderate to 13,500 if tax cuts phased in

MIDLAND — Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman is scheduled to appear live on The Glenn Beck Program during the 10 a.m. hour EDT (or second hour if tape delayed) on June 9 to discuss the Overton Window of Political Possibility, a theory created in the mid-1990s by Joseph P. Overton, the Center's late senior vice president. Beck's newest book is a work of fiction titled "The Overton Window," due to be released June 15. The program is carried on 400 stations nationwide, including 15 in Michigan.

Mackinac Center President to Discuss Overton Window Theory on Glenn Beck’s Radio Show Wednesday

Beck’s new book borrows title, premise from theory developed by Center scholar

MIDLAND — Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman is scheduled to appear live on The Glenn Beck Program during the 10 a.m. hour EDT (or second hour if tape delayed) on June 9 to discuss the Overton Window of Political Possibility, a theory created in the mid-1990s by Joseph P. Overton, the Center's late senior vice president. Beck's newest book is a work of fiction titled "The Overton Window," due to be released June 15. The program is carried on 400 stations nationwide, including 15 in Michigan.

State Report Shows Status of State Employee Pension Plan Worst in 15 Years: Less Than 80% Funded, With More Than $3 Billion in Unfunded Liability

MIDLAND — Richard C. Dreyfuss, an actuary and Mackinac Center adjunct scholar, today responded to new state data showing substantial unfunded liabilities in state employees' pension and retiree health care plans by calling on Michigan legislators to "address state employee retirement cost burdens now, rather than later, when they will become even worse."

Funding Questions Surround Hangar42 Studios Deal, According to Center Analyst

State officials mum on details surrounding possible $45 million project touted by Gov. Granholm in State of the State address

MIDLAND — Recent data compiled by the National Education Association shows that average salaries for Michigan public school teachers from 2003 to 2009 outpaced those of teachers in all other states when factoring in states' per capita personal income levels, according to analysis by Mackinac Center Education Policy Director Michael Van Beek.

Average Teacher Salaries in Michigan Highest in the Nation When Compared to Relative State Wealth

Analysis of school employee ‘concessions’ and how the foundation allowance works part of new Mackinac Center series on school funding myths

MIDLAND — Recent data compiled by the National Education Association shows that average salaries for Michigan public school teachers from 2003 to 2009 outpaced those of teachers in all other states when factoring in states' per capita personal income levels, according to analysis by Mackinac Center Education Policy Director Michael Van Beek.

Even at Michigan Supreme Court, State Continues to Duck Central Question of Whether Home-Based Day Care Providers Are Government Employees

In Loar v. DHS, state’s meager 12-page Supreme Court brief concedes the main issue by never addressing it, notes Mackinac Center attorney

MIDLAND — In a filing yesterday with the Michigan Supreme Court in the lawsuit Loar v. DHS, Mackinac Center attorney Patrick J. Wright lodged a response to a Department of Human Services brief that he later described as a "thin hodge-podge of technicalities." The filing by Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, called on the Supreme Court to immediately rule in favor of the home day care business owners the Mackinac Center represents in the case.

News Release: Mackinac Center, Michigan Press Association Ask Michigan Supreme Court to Overturn Ruling That Would ‘Gut’ State’s Freedom of Information Act

Public officials could cover up criminal, improper or irresponsible activities by simply claiming communications to be ‘personal’

MIDLAND — A lower court's interpretation of what constitutes a "public record" under Michigan's Freedom of Information Act would shield criminal and other improper government activities from public scrutiny, according to an amicus brief jointly submitted to the Michigan Supreme Court today by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the Michigan Press Association.

Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Appeals Loar v. DHS to Michigan Supreme Court

Wright, clients hold press conference at the Hall of Justice in Lansing

LANSING — The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation will appeal the case of Loar v. DHS to the Michigan Supreme Court, according to Director Patrick Wright.

The public-interest law firm brought suit against the Michigan Department of Human Services in September on behalf of home-based day care providers who were forced into a government employees union and had dues withheld from state subsidy payments provided to low-income families. In late December, the Michigan Court of Appeals dismissed the case without explanation.

Sunshine Week 2010 Update: Several Kent County Schools Now Posting Checkbooks Online

Algonac, Meridian and North Branch schools also make spending records available to public

Show Michigan the Money project Director Ken Braun said he is pleased that at least eight Kent County school districts began posting their check registers online in early 2010. In response to a news release issued earlier today, one Kent County school district notified Braun that the district had been posting check registers online. Repeated requests from Braun seeking participation from the region's districts appeared to produce no posted check registers — and even some resistance — in 2009, but a breakthrough appears to have occurred this year in eight Kent County districts.