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State Budget Is Business as Usual

The just-concluded budget saga demonstrates that the real priority is to preserve the government status quo, quite literally at all costs.

School Boards Empowered to Save Insurance Dollars

The real answer to reducing the cost of health care for teachers and school employees is for school boards to utilize the advantages of competition.

Water Agreement Not Right for Michigan

It would be bad for this state and bad for the Great Lakes were Michigan lawmakers to ratify Annex 2001 in order to placate the other Great Lakes states.

Supreme Court Decision Complicated, But Correct

Ironically, the Michigan Supreme Court is being criticized for a “political” result when that result comes from applying the long-recognized standing doctrine that is meant to keep the courts from engaging in political activity.

Budget Savings Can Replace Recent Tax Hikes

In the short term the need is for immediate savings to allow repeal of the destructive $1.3 billion tax increase adopted as the capstone to this year’s state budget debacle.

Tax Increases Harmful to Michigan’s Health

The budget agreement that passed in the dead of night on Oct. 1 will raise taxes on Michigan residents, businesses and service providers to the tune of $1.358 billion for the coming fiscal year.

Governor and Legislature Appear Unable To Judge Priorities

Sadly, however, the Legislature has ignored judicial recommendations that would promote meaningful long-term change.

The Love of Power vs. the Power of Love

I resolve to learn more about the principles of love and liberty so that I can convincingly defend them against the encroachments of power.

Sweet Home Alabama

If the trend of the last five years holds, a majority of right-to-work states will have higher per capita disposable incomes than Michigan by 2010, at which point Michigan will be the real right-to-work-for-less state.

The Not So Good Life

By the standards of the last century, air quality today is excellent — notwithstanding the claims of environmental activists.

Used-Car Dealer Regulations Kill Small Businesses

This law authorized a regulatory taking of the livelihoods of hundreds of small business owners who can no longer use their property in the way they had done previously.

Survey 2007: School Support Service Privatization Rises

Competitive contracting continues to be a popular management tool for improving services and for saving money, which can then be reinvested into classrooms. All indications are that it will continue to grow in popularity.

Workers’ Paychecks Need Further Protection

In order to prevent misuse of nonmembers’ money, right-to-work laws or an end to compulsory unionism is needed. Paycheck protection laws are better than nothing, but they certainly are not optimal public policy.

School Support Service Privatization: Getting it Right

Done right, privatization remains an effective management tool for school districts across Michigan.

Time to Reform Teacher Compensation in Michigan

Under the system defended by unions, an excellent teacher, whose students demonstrate significant learning gains, earns the same amount as the teacher who clocks in and then checks out.

Intermediate School Districts: Innovations that are Past Their Prime

A far more substantive reform would be for Michigan to join a cadre of states that provide specialized services by giving parents greater options.

Michigan Needs Environmental Science Board

The MESB consists of an executive director and nine members appointed by the governor. The board has no paid staff and all members serve voluntarily.

What Really Determines School District Spending?

Professional advancement in a bureaucracy comes from increasing one’s budget, not from achieving more with less as it does in the private sector.

The Tax Hiker's Shopping Guide

If state lawmakers and the governor consider Michiganians more than mere cash cows, they should stop reading the “Tax Hiker’s Shopping Guide”...