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A Response to the New York Times About Charter Schools in Michigan

A Response to the New York Times About Charter Schools in Michigan

Education Policy Initiative

Educational opportunity for all Michigan children

Michigan Local Government Databases

Union contracts for all local school districts in Michigan, as well as district-by-district information on revenue and expenditures, are available online at the Michigan School Databases.

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Michigan School Databases

Union contracts for all local school districts in Michigan, as well as district-by-district information on revenue and expenditures, are available online at the Michigan School Databases.

Five Options for Addressing ‘Transition Costs’ When Closing the MPSERS Pension Plan

Michigan Public School Employee Retirement Plans
in Need of Reform

This study considers the supposed ‘transition costs’ that would be effected by a state switch from a defined-benefit to defined-contribution retirement system. In it, the “transition costs” are found to be nonbinding and discretionary. In addition, the study offers the state a series of reforms that would diffuse such costs, as well as consideration for the long-term fiscal improvements that would arise from payment of the pension’s unfunded liabilities.

Alcohol Control in Michigan

A Collection of the Mackinac Center's Resources on Liquor, Beer and Wine Regulations in Michigan

Loar v. Michigan Department of Human Services Brief

This booklet contains the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation’s final legal filing in a nationally known case involving the illegal unionization of Michigan’s home-based day care business owners and providers as government employees. Wright argued the case in the Michigan courts on behalf of Sherry Loar, Michelle Berry and Paulette Silverson, who each own home-based day care businesses.

The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation sued to end the DHS' illegal diversion of so-called "union dues" from state subsidy checks received by home-based day care providers who watch children from low-income families. The "dues" were funneled to a government-employee union that purports to represent more than 40,000 of Michigan's home-based day care providers, who are actually private business owners and independent contractors.

The case was ruled moot by the Michigan Supreme Court after the DHS ceased to collect the dues and the DHS director stated that these home-based day care providers are not public employees.

Right-to-Work Library

Frequently Asked Questions About Right-to-Work

101 Recommendations to Revitalize Michigan

For policymakers and voters serious about restoring freedom and economic vitality in the Great Lakes State, the Mackinac Center presents the following 101 recommendations.

Detailed Analysis of Utica's Teacher Contract

Nearly every aspect of a teacher's job falls under the rules of a union contract. The following are analyses of the current collective bargaining agreements for teachers and a few other employee groups in select Michigan school districts.

The summaries highlight and explain particular noteworthy items from each contract, and the detailed analyses break down each element of the districts' agreements.

An Introduction to the Overton Window of Political Possibility

Michigan is blessed with a wealth of the human and natural resources integral to building vibrant commerce and vigorous communities in the 21st century. At the moment, however, counter-productive public policies have made it harder for our industries to compete nationally and internationally and have reduced our state's attractiveness to investors and entrepreneurs.

In addition, Michigan is not immune to the gradual erosion of equity and basic human freedom that accompanies a steady growth in the power and scope of government.

Related to this, our government's ability to properly perform many critical functions, including education, has been jeopardized by policymakers' attempts to do too many things. This lack of focus has even led to confusion among policymakers over whether government exists to serve the people or vice versa.

There's a lot of work to do to reverse this, but there's good news. Once growth- and freedom-friendly policies are in place, recovery is likely to occur much more quickly than most people imagine.

For policymakers and voters serious about restoring freedom and economic vitality in the Great Lakes State, the Mackinac Center presents the following 101 recommendations.

This report is a compendium of work authored by Mackinac Center policy analysts and compiled by Senior Legislative Analyst Jack McHugh.

"101 Recommendations" Facebook Group

Michigan Privatization Report (MPR)

Michigan Privatization Report was a biannual publication beginning in 1994 and ending in 2009 of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt research and education organization devoted to analyzing Michigan public policy issues. It was distributed to state senators and representatives and policy staff; department directors and staff; municipal officials and administrators; school superintendents and school board members, as well as media. Total circulation was over 22,000.

MichiganScience

MichiganScience helps meet the need for accurate and accessible information about the increasingly complex scientific issues confronting voters and lawmakers.

Bailout Resources

Right-to-Work FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Right-to-Work

Free Market Moments

Audio Archives

Issues & Campaigns

The Mackinac Center's most pressing issues and campaigns.

Working in Detroit

Open Government Initiative

Encouraging good government by informing citizens.

Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative

Encouraging sound tax, spending and economic development policy.

Teacher Quality

MichiganTransparency.org

Encouraging good government by informing citizens.

Michigan Education Report (MER): www.educationreport.org

View the Michigan Education Report (MER) at www.educationreport.org and/or subscribe for a paper copy.

Matthew Elliott: The Brains Behind Brexit

Matthew Elliott is a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute and one of the United Kingdom’s foremost political campaigners, having recently served as the CEO of Vote Leave, the official Brexit campaign in the 2016 European Union referendum. He led the 2011 NOtoAV campaign against the Alternative Vote, and turned what was a strong majority in favor of changing Britain’s voting system to a strong majority against.

Take Federal Education Funds into Account

Ed Trust-Midwest analysis overlooks surging pots of money

Ed Trust-Midwest analysis overlooks surging pots of money

Talking Michigan Taxes: Potential Increases and Reforms in 2021

Mackinac Center Policy Forum – Virtual Event

This online event will give a general overview of how Michigan's tax system compares to other states, how the 2020 election affected taxes and what the tax policy conversation will look like in 2021. Join us at 11 am EST / 8 am PST. Opening remarks will be made by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center. Featured speakers will be Janelle Cammenga, policy analyst with the Tax Foundation's Center for State Tax Policy, and James Hohman, the Mackinac Center’s director of fiscal policy.

Impending Federal Labor Policies Will Harm Workers

New brief outlines what to expect from Biden’s labor agenda

New brief outlines what to expect from Biden’s labor agenda

What's Ahead for Labor Policy

With Democrats controlling the House, Senate and presidency, there are new questions for those interested in labor policy: What should we expect for labor issues in the immediate future?

There are a number of ramifications that may come from these election results that are not directly related to labor. These include attempts to pack the Supreme Court, eliminate the filibuster and incorporate new states. Nevertheless, there are many initiatives that people interested in labor policy should be prepared to address. These include both legislative and administrative actions, each of which are significant, but not guaranteed.

Pandemic Response Boosts Michigan Budget

Large increases in state spending due to federal transfers

Large increases in state spending due to federal transfers

Recently Introduced Bills

MichiganVotes January 15 Roll Call Report

MichiganVotes January 15 Roll Call Report

Will Restaurants Reopen Feb. 1?

Mixed messages and more confusion from the governor

Mixed messages and more confusion from the governor

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

Endnotes

Conclusion

Introduction

Flex Learning

Funding New Pathways for Student Success

This report explains how Michigan could pursue a flexible funding program that would give learners greater agency, especially for middle-school and secondary students and their families. Charting a path to complete a diploma, every student would be allowed to use a portion of their per-pupil allotment to “purchase” courses from schools for both online and face-to-face instruction. This funding could also be used for dual-enrollment classes, apprenticeships, career and technical training and other learning opportunities from a broad menu of providers.

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