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Climate Change Happens; Now What?

Efforts to address climate change should not ruin the economy or harm the environment.

New Report Card Shows Which Schools Are Doing the Most for Students

The Mackinac Center’s Context and Performance Report Card rewards school leaders whose students perform better than expected on state tests.

Limiting Local Government Revenue in a Democracy

Citizens have the power to decide how much their local governments collect in taxes.

The Working Class Is Not Worse Off Today Than During the Recession

A report from the United Way gives an unusual and unhelpful way to estimate the extent of poverty in Michigan.

Corporate Welfare Reform Legislation Introduced

Proposed laws now in the Michigan Legislature could reform the way Michigan subsidizes a few businesses in the name of creating jobs.

It’s Time to Improve the School Bond Election Process

School elections do not get enough attention from voters. Some reforms from state government could help.

2020: A New Day, or Groundhog Day?

Michigan lawmakers have only a few months to create a budget for the next fiscal year, address the Medicaid program and enact criminal justice reforms.

Michigan on Pace for Smallest Increase in Business Subsidies in Years

Legislators reduced some corporate welfare spending

In 2019, lawmakers dialed back taxpayer support for business subsidies, perhaps reflecting a change in thinking.

Lawmakers Should Not Resurrect Pure Michigan Subsidy Program

A legislator from northern Michigan wants the state to restart taxpayer funding of the Pure Michigan advertising campaign. Lawmakers should let its funding stay at the current level: zero.