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Free Trade a Boon to Michigan’s Ailing Economy

The competitors who are eating Michigan’s lunch aren’t Mexico or Canada, but other states where investors and entrepreneurs enjoy lower tax rates, better labor climates and fewer excessive and unreasonable regulations.

MEDC Rejects Development Bird-in-the-Hand

As long as the MEDC exists it should do one thing noticeably well to help facilitate job creation: advance right-to-work legislation.

As Time Goes By

Maybe it’s time that we as taxpayers and voters query candidates for public office less on what they will do if elected and more on what they won’t do.

My Union Dues Paid For That?

Because unionized workers in Michigan generally cannot withhold their dues without putting their jobs at risk, those employees and their dues are particularly vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse.

Putting the University’s Cart Before the Economy’s Horse

Clearly, if one is looking for the cause of economic growth or decline, the relative number of bachelor’s degrees in a state is a weak indicator at best..

State Should Adopt Health Savings Accounts

Across Michigan, institutions such as businesses, government, nonprofit organizations and unions are or have attempted to revise the way they address skyrocketing health care costs.

The Wizard of Oz Has No Clothes

The answer is simple: Politicians don’t care about job creation as much as they care about the perception of it.

Bad Science Fuels Environmental Policies

The obvious disconnect between environmental policy and science is hardly surprising given the political pressure to act on climate change.

Can Michigan Attract Knowledge-Based Industries?

True reform can only come when we first secure a more rewarding business climate as the source of all new job creation.

Beach Affront

We should not happily accept the erosion of one of the pillars of our society — the right to own property, which necessarily includes the power to exclude.

The Unvarnished State of the State

Someone once said that politicians will do the right thing, but only after they have exhausted every other option. Michigan may have reached that point.

Automotive Production Expands – Elsewhere

Michigan has carefully built and continues to maintain a culture of decline that is overtly hostile to outsiders and fearful of their competition.

Let the Union Buyer Beware

On average, union employees spent 41 percent of their time representing members, according to their own report.

Michigan Needs Worker Freedom of Choice

Ultimately, voluntary unionism is not anti-union. It is decisively pro-worker. It encourages unions to be more accountable and responsible.

Migration Trends, Indiana Campaign Show Need for Policy Changes in Michigan

Indeed, if the state’s economic landscape doesn’t change soon it may need to change its official motto from “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you” to “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, move to Florida.”

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.

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.