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Whitmer Persists With Line 5 Closure As East Coast Experiences Fuel Shortages

The economy and environment of Michigan would benefit if Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stops opposing a plan to move the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline to a cement-lined tunnel far below the Great Lakes.

Governor’s Pandemic Response Was Rarely Backed by Science

While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has said her COVID-19 policies are based on science, many decisions were made on the fly, with some influenced by anecdotes and public pressure

The Pure Michigan COVID-19 Virus: Why Invite it for a Visit?

While Michigan government has discouraged residents from traveling, it spends money to encourage people to travel here from out-of-state.

What Local Government Should Do with Their Stimulus Checks

Local officials must decide what to do with a windfall of money from Washington.

Michigan Bureaucrats Want Permanent COVID Regulations

Some new rules from the governor could turn businesses into mask police.

Michigan Should Consider A ‘Regulatory Sandbox’

An individual or a company with an idea could get permission from the regulatory agency to begin operating without having to wait for it to write new rules.

When Will Gov. Whitmer Relinquish Unilateral Control of Michigan Society?

The virus is no longer a general public threat when people can protect themselves from its transmission; at that point, it becomes an issue of personal responsibility.

Young Workers Harmed the Most by Minimum Wage Increases

The “Fight for $15” effort is unwittingly working to keep the youngest and least educated out of the workforce.

Lawmakers Want to Be More Careful With Pension Funds

The Michigan Legislature is considering several new laws that would secure pensions for public employees and save taxpayers money.

Michigan Should Use the Powers of (Tax) Deduction for Business Equipment

Lawmakers should change the state corporate income tax code to let businesses deduct the cost of equipment purchases in the year they make them, rather than require them to stretch out those deductions over time.

Cyber School Students Should Get Equal Funding

Legislators should reject Gov. Whitmer’s proposal to cut per-pupil funding for cyber schools while increasing funding for conventional schools.

Beat COVID-19 by Making Temporary Pandemic Responses Permanent

Patients would benefit if the state brought back temporary measures Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made to suspend some unnecessary and costly regulations in health care.

All That is Not Permitted is Prohibited

Under the governor’s approach to the pandemic, all that is not explicitly permitted is prohibited under penalty of law.

Don’t Double Down on Misguided School Funding Strategy

The financial relief pushed to schools during the pandemic has created gaps between different schooling options in ways that discount actual student needs.

Let’s Cut the Michigan Income Tax

If lawmakers were to cut the Michigan income tax rate, state revenues would still grow. A cut would make good on a 2007 pledge to phase out what was supposed to be a temporary tax increase.

Low-Income Families Still Need Transportation Scholarships

Parents who need financial help in getting their children to a school of their choice should receive state- funded transportation scholarships

Michigan Lawmakers Should Continue to Minimize Corporate Handouts

In 2020, Michigan lawmakers resisted the temptation to spend taxpayer money on corporate handouts. They should hold firm in 2021

Less Road Funding from the Road-Fixing Governor

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s preference for using debt rather than current tax revenue for road repairs means that the state is spending less on fixing roads than it otherwise would.

Pandemic Shows Students with Disabilities Need More Options

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a need to offer more options and flexibility for students with special needs.

Whitmer Plan to Revoke Line 5 Easement Threatens Reliable, Affordable Energy for Michigan

The governor’s attempt to close rather than upgrade the Line 5 pipeline is part of a broader environmental policy that could subject Michigan residents to higher costs, restricted access to essential energy, and a diminished quality of life.