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It’s a good thing the Legislature repealed the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945, a law that violated key principles of Michigan’s system of government.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

Beat COVID-19 by Making Temporary Pandemic Responses Permanent

Patients would benefit if the state brought back temporary measures Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made to suspend some unnecessary and costly regulations in health care.

All That is Not Permitted is Prohibited

Under the governor’s approach to the pandemic, all that is not explicitly permitted is prohibited under penalty of law.

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.

Let’s Cut the Michigan Income Tax

If lawmakers were to cut the Michigan income tax rate, state revenues would still grow. A cut would make good on a 2007 pledge to phase out what was supposed to be a temporary tax increase.

Low-Income Families Still Need Transportation Scholarships

Parents who need financial help in getting their children to a school of their choice should receive state- funded transportation scholarships

Michigan Lawmakers Should Continue to Minimize Corporate Handouts

In 2020, Michigan lawmakers resisted the temptation to spend taxpayer money on corporate handouts. They should hold firm in 2021

Less Road Funding from the Road-Fixing Governor

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s preference for using debt rather than current tax revenue for road repairs means that the state is spending less on fixing roads than it otherwise would.

Pandemic Shows Students with Disabilities Need More Options

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a need to offer more options and flexibility for students with special needs.

Whitmer Plan to Revoke Line 5 Easement Threatens Reliable, Affordable Energy for Michigan

The governor’s attempt to close rather than upgrade the Line 5 pipeline is part of a broader environmental policy that could subject Michigan residents to higher costs, restricted access to essential energy, and a diminished quality of life.

State Should Drink Up Monopoly Profits from Beer and Wine Wholesalers

State government could increase its revenue by removing the favors it grants by law to a few special interests.

How Many Michigan Families Are Fleeing Public Schools?

Kindergarten enrollment at Michigan school districts is down this year, suggesting that dissatisfaction with remote learning has lead parents to seek other options.

The Collapse in Power of Michigan’s Largest Public Sector Union

Given the chance to opt out of the Michigan Education Association by both a right-to-work law and the U.S. Supreme Court, public school employees have left the union in large numbers.

Build the Line 5 Tunnel

Residents of the U.P. deserve reliable, affordable and clean energy

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she wants residents of the U.P. to have affordable and reliable energy, but her opposition to relocating the Line 5 pipeline works against that goal.

The Pandemic Plans Gov. Whitmer Ignored

Strategies developed by state experts do not include governor’s actions

Strategies developed by state experts do not include governor’s actions

Michigan Supreme Court Upholds Separation of Powers

The Court unanimously ruled that Gov. Whitmer's actions violated the law

The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer acted without constitutional authority by unilaterally issuing COVID-related executive orders after an initial 28-day period. In doing so, the court upheld the separation of powers, a key constitutional protection for citizens.

Michigan’s Emergency Powers Law Was Always Controversial

But history shows no governor tried to stretch its use as far as Gov. Whitmer is trying now

The law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is using to justify her unilateral COVID executive orders has historically been used primarily to deal with riots, and when it wasn’t, it stirred controversy.

Government Handouts to Corporations Don’t Work, New Evidence Finds

Do state government efforts to encourage businesses to create jobs do any good? Not when their costs are considered.

Michigan School Funding Deal Chooses Schools Over Schoolchildren

Lawmakers should support parents as they choose the best option for their children

Lawmakers have decided to give money to districts for students they don’t have, an act that slams the door on parents scrambling for options.

Michigan Should Permanently Loosen Restrictions on Medical Scope of Practice, Not Reinstate Them

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer once loosened some of the state’s licensing rules for medical professionals as a way to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Those changes ought to be made permanent, not reversed.

Tax Credit Programs Can Increase, Not Decrease, Government Spending

Though it may appear that tax credits shrink the size of government, they can do just the opposite.

Children Kept Out of Classrooms Need Policy Changes to Help Pursue Their Education

Lawmakers can make it easier for parents to deal with the uncertainties of the next school year by adopting policies that give them the options they need.

Michigan Can Reopen Without Business Subsidy Deals

As states reopen their societies, they ought to do so without handing out select subsidies to businesses.

It’s Time to Build the Line 5 Tunnel

The Line 5 pipeline should be buried 100 feet below the lakebed.

New Routines and Options Needed Next School Year

School districts and families will need more flexibility to cope with schooling in a reopened society

Liquor to Go: An Idea Whose Time is Now

Michigan should end its prohibition on sales of to-go mixed drinks.

State Regulators, Dam Owner, Set Conditions for Flooding in Mid-Michigan

The actions of state regulators and and the private owner of a dam, combined with heavy rains, led to extensive flooding in the Midland, Michigan, area.

Less Driving Means Fewer Gas Taxes

The state has dedicated certain tax collections for roads, but it will have less to spend as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many Emergency Orders To Fight COVID-19 Should Be Put Into Law For Good

As part of the state response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer changed some key regulations affecting health care. Michigan should enact these changes into law.

Michigan’s Personal Income Tax During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic will cause state income tax collections to fall and could cause spending on Medicaid to increase.

Federal Cash is Coming for Michigan Schools – We Need to Use It Fairly and Smartly

Michigan will receive at least $478 million in extra federal funding that can be used for K-12 education. Here are some ways it can put that money to use.

After the Virus: The Importance of Savings

Policymakers and others should consider ways to keep the economy strong.

Michigan Entered 2020 Stronger

Michigan’s legislators and governors have changed laws and regulations in recent years in ways that will help the state respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Emergency Powers Under Michigan Law

Several state laws give Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer the authority to undertake certain steps during times of emergencies and disasters.