Results 1001 to 1050 of 1073

Hyping the Head Start Program

The $2.2 billion Head Start program for low-income preschoolers is a successful education experiment-if success is measured by good public relations. Unfortunately for its advocates, there is virtually no evidence that Head Start has any significant, long-term impact on children's lives.

The High Cost of Bad Law

Repeal of Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 would end a special interest subsidy and make more funds available for such things as education, mental health, or job creation through a lower tax burden on private enterprise.

Taxing Savings Destroys Jobs

An analysis of Clinton tax proposals concluded that 2.3 million private sector jobs would be lost over six years if certain policies became law.

The Looming Threat to NAFTA

The North American Free Trade Agreement is supposed to reduce government intervention and eliminate trade barriers. Efforts to transform it into a labor and environmental treaty, however, threatened to cancel out its free-trade advantages and prevent its passage by Congress.

Time to Strengthen the Headlee Amendment

The 1978 Headlee Amendment to the Michigan Constitution restricted government spending and taxation and provided important protection to taxpayers, cities and counties. Problems have arisen, however, that deserve the attention of Governor Engler's special commission.

A School Choice Program That's Working

The southern Wayne County town of Wyandotte has implemented a "program of choice" as a result of changes in the law that already is bestowing benefits other Michigan localities would be well-advised to adopt.

Taxes Make a Bigger Difference Than You Think

The next time you purchase something, think of its cost in terms of what your gross earnings have to be in order for you to afford it. In many cases, taxes almost double the cost of goods and services.

Washington Should Kick the Mandate Habit (Viewpoint on Public Issues)

Congress has a knack for mandating programs and then dumping the costs on the states. Such unfunded mandates are costing Michigan nearly $100 million in just the Medicaid program alone and, in the process, preempting the discretion of Lansing lawmakers to use scarce funds.

Let's Get Serious About Educational Choice

Irregular school board and bond election dates confuse voters, decrease turnout, and enable narrow special interests to unduly influence public school governance. Consolidating all school elections on the November ballot would alleviate these problems.

Michigan Hurt by Erosion of "Employment-at-Will"

The judicial assault on employment relationships in the free marketplace has burdened Michigan business with costly litigation. We need to restore the freedoms of contract and association in the "employment-at-will" doctrine.

Time to Rethink Unemployment Insurance

The unemployment insurance system extends the very unemployment it is intended to alleviate and taxes stable firms to subsidize unstable ones. It's time to consider alternatives.

Proposed Carbon Tax Would Impose Enormous Costs

A carbon-based fuels tax desired by President Clinton to reduce carbon dioxide emissions would cost thousands of jobs and produce little or no positive environmental effect.

Recycling Makes Sense--Sometimes

Recycling seems to have taken on an almost religious meaning, with the faithful wrongly assuming that "disposable" is bad and "recycling" is good, without regard to costs and disruption of markets.

Medical Savings Accounts Would Control Health Care Costs

Informed patients are better suited to make decisions about the trade-offs between money and health care expenditures. Encouraging personal medical savings accounts would help control today's spiraling health costs.

A Closer Look at Proposals A and C

The two property tax proposals on the November 1992 Michigan ballot provide a glaring distinction: one is a property tax cut and the other is not. Proposal C, despite one drawback, represents the best hope in years for real property tax reduction.

A Defense of Term Limits

Term limitation is no panacea, but it is a needed structural reform that will break the stranglehold of special interests on the electoral process. If politicians know that they must return to the private sector, they will think more carefully about the long-term effects of the programs that they impose upon the country.

The Future of Social Welfare May Be Just Down the Street

Private initiatives in meeting the needs of the poor deserve attention and encouragement. Two such efforts in Michigan, one in Grand Rapids and the other in Harrison, are helping people who were cut from the General Assistance Welfare rolls in October 1991.

Wastewater Should Be a Private Matter

The treatment of municipal wastewater doesn't have to be an expensive duty of local government. In fact, it's increasingly being thought of as something the private sector can handle better and at lower cost, with the city of Alpena, Michigan, providing a showcase example.

Selling Off the Accident Fund

State government's error in taking over a workers compensation insurer in 1989 should be undone by privatization.

Educational Choice Requires New Ways of Thinking

Though educational choice works in countries like Holland and Canada, it is being stymied in the U.S. by the idea that preserving the current system is more important than educating children.

Global Warming: Can Politicians Take the Heat?

Public policy on the environment should not be driven by "bad" science or the absence of good science. Politicians must weigh the evidence and reject emotion, propaganda, and hidden agendas in the global warming debate.

Mixing Government and Garbage

A Michigan House Republican Task Force on Recycling and Waste Reduction proposes a series of interventionist solutions to problems that would not exist if the state weren't already deeply involved in managing solid waste.

Privatization in Michigan Works--When We Let It

Contracting out government services to private sector providers-the most prominent form of "privatization"-is on a roll in Michigan, especially at the local level. With the removal of certain barriers erected in Lansing, it could advance much further.

Health Care: Solving the Administrative Costs Question

A better way to cut health care administrative costs than copying Canada's socialized system would be to introduce the innovative ideas of Medisave accounts and health care debit cards.

Dan Quayle: Correct But Not Politically Correct

Vice President Dan Quayle was right to criticize the television show Murphy Brown for promoting the idea that single working motherhood is any kind of model for healthy development of children. All social science points to quite the contrary view.

Tiger Stadium Tax is Unconstitutional

An act passed by the legislature to allow certain cities and counties to tax restaurant, hotel, and rental car customers flouts the Michigan Constitution.

Public Housing Beset with Scandals

The Detroit Public Housing Authority's scandalous record of mismanagement is typical of many big city PHAs across the country. Tenant management is the most promising reform.

Back to the Drawing Board for Schools-of-Choice

What once offered the hope of dramatic reform has now become simply another burdensome state mandate to local school officials; genuine choice requires more fundamental measures than what the legislature authorized in 1991.

Protecting the Political Freedom of Workers

Hundreds of thousands of Michigan labor union members need the protection promised them by the Supreme Court's landmark 1988 Beck decision.

Trucking in Michigan: Cartel or Market?

Special interest regulations have created a trucking cartel in Michigan that raises consumer costs, makes many Michigan firms uncompetitive with those in neighboring states and even increases air pollution.

Repeal the Sunset (of No-Fault Insurance Law)

Michigan's no-fault auto insurance law was working just fine until the state government in 1985 decided to tinker with the system.

Child and Family Services in Michigan: Privatization Works!

A vibrant network of private agencies is providing a wide range of important social services and ought to be encouraged.

As Values Collapse, Government Grows

America's ethical crisis is fueling both a war on freedom and the growth of excessive government.

User Fees and Taxes: What's the Difference?

User fees, when they are genuine, are not bad ideas, but Lansing is full of proposals to raise taxes and misname them "user fees."

State Government Competes Unfairly With Private Firms

Universities, prisons, and other state-run or subsidized entities are invading the domain of taxpaying private firms in Michigan.

Michigan Shouldn't Copy Canada's Health System

A proposal for Michigan to implement free, universal health care is based on the misconception that Canada's model is one we would want to emulate.

The Government's Role in Assessing Cancer Risks

The methodology that the EPA uses to determine cancer risk borders on the ridiculous and should be reformed.

Government Pension System Needs Reform

The state's treasurer should not be investing state employees' pension monies in risky initial public offerings in the stock market.

School Funding and Student Performance

States where the local governments, not state governments, make up the vast bulk of school finance produce the best results.

The Property Tax Cut Debate

A perspective on why high property taxes are detrimental.

Hang Up on Vote-by-Phone

The proposal to allow voters to register and vote by telephone might encourage more voting, but it won't preserve democracy and improve government.

Prevailing Wage Act Harms the Poor

If Michigan citizens were serious about assisting poor people, they would support repeal of the Prevailing Wage Act.

Should Taxpayers Finance ESOPS?

Lansing once spent taxpayer dollars subsidizing employee stock ownership plans, a program that was of dubious value at best.

"Arts Ogres" and Killer Bees

The vocal art subsidy lobby in Michigan shows its elitism and intolerance by trashing those who oppose massive subsidies.

Bad Ideas for the Gasoline Market

Proposed regulations on the marketing of gasoline in Michigan would put vindictiveness in place of sound economics.

Michigan Says No to High Tech

A tax on computer software would drive a number of businesses out of Michigan.

Corporate America Feeds the Hand that Bites It

Many business people say that they're for free enterprise while simultaneously undermining it by aiding its opponents.

Cutting Spending-Not Raising Taxes-Is Responsible

Washington shouldn't even think of raising taxes when the problem is overspending.

New "Civil Rights" for the Handicapped

Efforts to help the handicapped with legislation requiring employers to reconfigure their worksites are another example of good intentions producing bad results.

Where Does Economic Development Come From?

It doesn't come from government subsidies; it springs from incentives and free markets.