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The Government’s Plan to Fix Wall Street Will Do More Harm

Washington’s response to the mortgage crisis ignored the very government policies that created the problem.

American Greetings Says Hello to More Incentives

Policymakers are quick to issue press releases about how many jobs will be created when they give discriminatory favors to certain businesses. Where are the press releases when those predictions fall short?

Public Education: Time for Change Based on the Merits

A merit-pay program for Michigan's public schools would reward teachers based on student achievement, rather than longevity and advanced degrees.

Michigan Supreme Court Decision Limits Agency Powers

In practice, this ruling will make it more difficult to achieve policy change through executive fiat because the courts will engage in a meaningful review to determine whether the agency action was permitted by the Legislature’s statute.

Smart Growth Is Neither

Implementation of smart growth policies frequently results in the loss of private property rights.

State Checkbook Still Missing From Internet

The decision to “show Michigan the money” — or not — is a matter of priorities, not resources.

Eight Ballot Measures We Would Like to See

Michigan lawmakers are unlikely to pass any of these eight ideas into law any time soon, even though a case can be made that each one would help turn around Michigan’s moribund economy. Sometimes the people have to act when legislators won’t.

Survey 2008: School Service Privatization Grows Again

Done right, school support service privatization can save money and improve services — even if the privatization option is used solely to persuade public employee bargaining units to sharpen their pencils.

UVL Data, Migration Study Underscore Michigan Troubles

The Mackinac Center has long recommended a “Big Three” of tide-turning policies: Eliminate the Michigan Business Tax, prohibit employers from mandating union membership as a condition of employment and rein in oppressive regulation.

Do Unions Really Need the Money?

But even with this very generous definition of what constitutes a representation expense, our review of union financial reports reveals that a typical union local in Michigan spends little more than half of its money on representing its members.

Amending the State Constitution for Partisan Advantage?

To the extent that this document is what it appears to be, it leaves little doubt that the Reform Michigan Government Now ballot initiative is a partisan power play.

Great Lakes Directional Drilling Ban Should Be Lifted

Our leaders in Washington and Lansing should encourage the responsible development of our abundant oil and natural gas reserves by eliminating arbitrary road blocks such as the ban on directional drilling.

Keep Michigan’s Successful Electricity Competition Law

Given a state unemployment rate of more than 8.5 percent, Michigan cannot afford to abandon competition in electricity supply for the benefit of its two biggest utilities.

Changing Direction. Are We There Yet?

Michigan’s political establishment has a proven ability to postpone the hard work of truly reforming and downsizing state government.

Latest Economic Numbers Confirm Failure of Status Quo

The question that apologists for the status quo have failed to answer is why investors and job providers increasingly avoid Michigan.

Privatization Rolls on Despite Rhetorical Opposition (Viewpoint on Public Issues)

Since our last survey, media reports from around the state indicate that additional schools are using privatization to yield savings.

Greenhouse Gas Accord Will Further Damage Michigan's Economy

Michigan’s future energy policy is far too important to leave to the behind-closed-doors manipulation of government officials.

The Worst Legislature in Michigan History

These failed policies will see Michigan taxpayers actually writing huge checks to politically “sexy” enterprises favored by political elites.

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.