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Pay Up, Michigan: Using Tax Credits to Subsidize the Sunbelt

President Clinton wants to curb "greenhouse gas" emissions by encouraging solar energy use through tax credits. Those in sunny states would enjoy blue skies and lower taxes as Michiganians went without both.

A Tax Credit Is Not a Voucher!

Opponents of school choice for Michigan's children are misrepresenting tuition tax credits in order to recycle their shopworn anti-voucher arguments.

Urban Sprawl: Michigan's Bogeyman of the 1990s?

What policy makers term "urban sprawl" may actually be a sign of social progress. Lowering tax burdens, not restricting growth, is how to lure people back to our cities.

Union Workers: Know What Your Rights and Options Are!

Recent court decisions have limited the ability of labor unions to compel membership and dues money for their political causes. Rank-and-file members should be aware of their rights.

Michigan Resists the New Deal

The sixty-fifth anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt's inauguration is a good time to recall how two prominent Michigan businessmen upheld free market competition against the government's massive economic intervention.

The Rediscovery of Booker T. Washington: Lessons for Black History Month

Booker T. Washington's formula for entrepreneurial success-strong character and an "I can do it" attitude-is undergoing a revival among black inner city students.

Berry Gordy and Motown Records: Lessons for Black History Month

The story of how Berry Gordy borrowed $800 and built his Detroit home-based business into a multimillion-dollar music empire is a powerful reminder of what black entrepreneurs can achieve in America.

School Choice: 1998 is the Year!

More than 65 percent of Michigan citizens favor allowing parents to choose the schools their children attend. Which political party will have the courage to take the lead on educational choice initiatives?

Consumers Should Be Wary of "Securitization"

Electricity deregulation lowers prices by offering consumers a choice of service providers. But Michigan's big monopoly utilities want you to pay them for the privilege of shopping around.

Applying the "Kaitlyn Test" to Recycling

An inquisitive four-year-old tests the proposition that recycling is always the best way to preserve precious resources.

Governor Groesbeck: Road Builder and Defender of School Choice

In the 1920s, a daring three-term Michigan governor took bold stands against unfair taxation and the Ku Klux Klan's anti-school-choice efforts.

When the Telegraph Came to Michigan

Even more than e-mail today, the telegraph changed the way Americans communicated with each other in 1847. Michigan's first telegraph line, from Detroit to Ypsilanti, was a free market triumph.

Boosting Savings and Growth through a Flat Tax

Savings are the "seed corn" of the economy. A flat tax would improve the savings rate and promote economic growth.

Tickets As Taxes: A Cautionary Tale from California

As voters resist tax increases, municipalities turn to increased traffic fines for funding. Should exorbitant fines be used to fund local government?

Beware the Global Warming Treaty

The existence of man-made global warming is highly uncertain, but the climate treaty's potential negative effects on Michigan's economy are clear.

Charter Schools: A Reform That Deserves Support

An audit that found flaws in Michigan charter schools suggests the need for more education reform, not less.

Changing Michigan's Constitution: An Idea Whose Time has Come

Other states are racing past Michigan in improving education by giving parents freedom to choose schools. A Universal Tuition Tax Credit and constitutional amendment can keep Michigan from lagging behind.

Are the Merits of Wind Power Overblown?

Wind power farms are noisy, land intensive, unsightly, hazardous to birds, and uneconomical despite massive government subsidies. Do their benefits outweigh these costs?

Michigan and the Fantastic Federal Fur Failure

In 1822 the nation's first experiment with a federally subsidized industry-the Michigan fur trade-showed how entrepreneurs can succeed where government fails.

Michigan Cigarette Policy Ignores Lessons of History

Since Michigan tripled its cigarette tax in 1994, smuggling has become big business in the state, exactly as it was before in Britain and Canada. Michigan can learn from their history.