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Corporate Handouts: Lansing Politicians Should Care About the Science

As legislators consider yet another subsidy program for select businesses, it’s time to review the research. In short, such programs don’t work.

Honor Parents by Funding Students

As a record amount of funding goes to schools, Michigan’s school districts and state leaders have the means to accommodate a variety of parental interests.

Burying Michigan’s Unconstitutional Emergency Powers Law

It’s a good thing the Legislature repealed the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945, a law that violated key principles of Michigan’s system of government.

CDC School Mask Guidelines Roil Parents

The state government ought to diffuse controversies over school masking policies by encouraging parental choice in education.

Governments Light Up Cigarette Smuggling

A smuggling cell that brought cigarettes from China into Michigan illustrates the opportunities for crime that governments create by increasing taxes on cigarettes.

While Michigan’s Electricity Rates Increase, Reliability Suffers

Consumers Energy has increased its electricity rates for certain times of the day, touting it as a market-based response to climate change. In reality, this is the utility’s way of coping with the inherently unreliable nature of the green energy sources it favors.

Why the State Should Stop Subsidizing Select Businesses

When lawmakers hand out taxpayer money to specific companies, it may look like they’re doing something good for the economy. The reality is far different.

Concerned About a Michigan Teacher Shortage? Make it Easier to Become a Teacher

Reforming the state’s rules on teacher certification will help schools find the teachers they need.

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.

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.