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Mackinac Center Praises the End of Ineffective Subsidy Program

"Good Jobs for Michigan" comes to an end

Mackinac Center Praises the End of Ineffective Subsidy Program

State School Aid Deal Fits Decade-Long Upward Trend

Reapproved vetoed funds puts final budget above 10-year average

Reapproved vetoed funds puts final budget above 10-year average

Tax Cuts, Regulatory Freedom and More – in Washington and the 50 States

A Conversation With Grover Norquist

The Mackinac Center is pleased to host a Q&A with Grover Norquist to discuss these issues and more. The conversation will cover tax, regulatory and political changes at the state and federal level and what big issues are on the horizon.

The Unintended Results of Michigan’s Divided Government

A conflict between a Republican Legislature and a Democratic governor led to restrained growth in the state budget.

Regulatory Reforms on the Move in Michigan

Michigan has reformed some of the many licenses it requires for people to hold a job. Lawmakers should continue that work in the new year.

Students Led Astray by Environmental Education

A set of regulations and laws that a high school student proposed as part of a biology class suggests that Michigan schools should take a closer look at the environmental impact of renewable energy sources when teaching about the benefits.

Endnotes

Variances

Michigan's Regulatory Crimes: Bureaucrats' Hidden Criminal Law

This report explains why assigning criminal penalties to administrative rules and regulations should worry anyone concerned about the rule of law and the potential for abuse in the administration of criminal justice. It describes several reasons why allowing administrative agencies determine what is criminal behavior is problematic, using examples from Michigan’s administrative rules. It also outlines some basic principles that should help guide efforts to reform Michigan’s regulatory code and practice.

Administrative Assistant

Targeted Tax Preferences are Unfair

Entrepreneurs drive employment and prosperity

Entrepreneurs drive employment and prosperity

Michigan Should Invest in Student Mobility Scholarships

Not all families can afford adequate transportation to access better schools

Not all families can afford adequate transportation to access better schools

Legislators Nix Regulatory Overreach of Rural Health Care Providers

Without the Legislature’s timely intervention, the commission’s decision threatened to make it more difficult for cancer patients in rural areas of Michigan to access this treatment.

Filling Classroom Vacancies Requires Better Solutions

Some Michigan classrooms lack a teacher with full credentials, even though many people with teaching credentials aren’t teaching. Rather than focusing heavily on producing more teachers, the state should find ways to entice some of those teachers into the classroom.

Keep Pure Michigan Spending at $0

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was right to veto funding for the Pure Michigan advertising campaign in the new state budget.

The Supreme Court Could Free Thousands of School Kids

Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue could overturn Blaine amendments

Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue could overturn Blaine amendments

Student Mobility Scholarships: Helping Families Access the Best Schools

Michigan could support low-income families’ efforts to transport their children to better schools and boost these children’s chances for upward socioeconomic mobility by creating Student Mobility Scholarships. A transportation scholarship plan is rooted in the idea of providing a more level playing field for Michigan's most economically disadvantaged families. The idea is for the state to assist qualifying families in paying some of the costs incurred from transporting a student to a school of their choice.

The Bipartisan State Budget

Budgets generate a lot of conflict, but not a lot of partisan spending

Budgets generate a lot of conflict, but not a lot of partisan spending

Endnotes

Conclusion

A Pilot Program

Introduction