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  1. President's Council Luncheon
  2. A Look at What Happens After Minimum Wage Hikes in Michigan
    Job growth drives low-income wage increases more than legal minimums
  3. Municipal Lobby Ignores State’s Hard Times In Pleading For More
  4. Deep-Pocketed Michigan Foundations Fund News Outlets
  5. Amazon And Foxconn Ignite Opposition To Business Subsidies
    Expensive jobs announcements don’t foster economic growth
  6. Does Michigan Impose Unconstitutional Fees On Criminal Defendants?
  7. State Dems Want Public Education To Do And Spend More
  8. Kent County Agency Wants 10 Years To Fill Open Records Law Request
  9. Madonna Helps Charter School Detroit Tried To Block
  10. Michigan Schools And Families Were Hurt By 800,000 Lost Jobs
  11. Detroit Public Schools Fails To Respond To Overdue Open Records Request
  12. Who's Moving Up In Next Year's Michigan Legislature
  13. School Districts Exaggerate the Harms of Losing Students to Choice
    Freedom, flexibility needed more than extra funds
  14. Teachers Union Could Face Millions In Clawback Payments To Workers
  15. Red or Blue, Criminal Justice Still Gets a Green Light
    Election outcomes matter less when the issue enjoys substantial bipartisan support
  16. Legislature Makes Strong Pro-Israel Statement, U-M Goes Other Way
  17. Farm Lobby Says 1 In 6 State Jobs Due To Ag; Economists Call ‘Manure’
  18. Teacher Politicizes Colleagues On Underfunding, Own School’s Funding Up
  19. The Good News And Bad News For UAW Members
    Their money is being mismanaged but you don’t have to contribute
  20. For Some Students, Transportation is a Barrier to a Better Education
  21. School Funding Truth A Casualty Of Michigan Political Campaigns
  22. Collaborative Management Can Balance Competing Interests for Federal Lands in Michigan
  23. Make Michigan’s Bail System Smarter, for All of Us
  24. Just A Reminder Of The Growing State Budget
    Tax cuts cost much less than recent budget increases
  25. Campaign Season, And More Taxpayer-Funded Tax-Hike Electioneering
  26. Last Call: Reviewing Pre-election Votes Of The 2017-2018 Legislature
    November 2 MichiganVotes weekly roll call
  27. Obama EPA’s U.P. Road Block May Be Heading To U.S. Supreme Court
  28. Comparing Michigan’s Largest Counties on Civil Asset Forfeiture
    Oakland and Wayne counties are worlds apart when it comes to protecting property rights
  29. Charter Schools ‘Unregulated?’ Only If You Ignore All Those Rules
  30. Accessing Better Detroit Schools Out of Reach for Some
    Transportation scholarships could help level playing field
  31. Ann Arbor Locking Up The Birds — Bird Scooters, That is
  32. Bail Reform Effort in Michigan: What It Is and What It Isn’t
    Why pretrial policy should matter to everyone
  33. Conflict to Cooperation: Collaborative Management of Federal Lands in Michigan

    The actions of federal land managers can often set private landowners and the general public at odds with government agencies. This conflict can take several forms: overly strict rule enforcement, intractability in settling boundary disputes, delays in issuing permits and stringent restrictions on accessing public lands. This paper reviews some of the laws governing federal lands, as well as describes some of the conflicts that have arisen. It then gives examples of collaborative management approaches that have avoided or resolved conflicts in Michigan and around the country. Applying them more frequently in Michigan could help reduce conflicts across the state and lead to improved environmental outcomes, as well as increased public access to Michigan’s national forests.

  34. Little Guy Faces Jail For Scalping A Ticket, Corporations Do It Every Day
  35. How to Collaboratively Manage Michigan’s Federal Lands
    Study shows the benefits for public and private land owners
  36. ‘The 74’ Repeats Anti-Charter School Rhetoric, Misses On Facts
  37. Wayne County Took Cars From 380 People Never Charged With A Crime
  38. Legislature Says Yes To Subsidies, No To Tax Cuts
    October 26 MichiganVotes weekly roll call
  39. Numbers On State Unemployment Down 90 Percent From 2009
  40. Union Neglected School Custodians —Until It Sued Them For Back Dues
  41. Forcing Accountants to Stay in College Doesn’t Make Them Better CPAs
    And the rest of us are paying for it
  42. Will Michigan Follow California’s Lead In Redistricting?
  43. Brews and Views

    Join us for a panel discussion on the role of private efforts to protect and conserve natural areas and resources.

  44. Media Praises Hardworking Detroit Teacher, But Ignores Key Fact:
  45. Michigan Capitol Confidential
  46. Celebrating Russell Kirk’s 100th Birthday
    Kirk's work has made a lasting impact
  47. Citing State Regulatory Burdens, Man Closes Small Business
  48. Helping More Michigan Students Learn to Read
    Campaign promises are likely not enough
  49. Regulator: Utility Could Improve On Being Open And Transparent
  50. Low-Income School Districts In Michigan Get More Money, Not Less
  51. Cities and Suburbs Should Grow Together
    The fastest growing areas gain residents in both cities and suburbs
  52. Snyder’s 8 Years Get ‘B’ On DC Think Tank’s Fiscal Report Card
  53. Seventy Percent of Michigan School Districts Contract Out for Services
    Latest survey results show continued widespread use of private contractors
  54. Let Markets and Innovation Drive Energy Efficiency
    It matters how we get there
  55. Who Pays If 17-Year-Old Offenders No Longer Jailed With Adults?
  56. Michigan School Privatization Survey 2018

    This is the 16th edition of the Mackinac Center's annual school privatization survey. We ask every school district in the state if they outsource one of the three main noninstructional services — custodial, transportation and food services. The results from this year's survey show that 70.5 percent of school districts contract out for at least one of these services.

  57. New Jersey
  58. Michael Dorr
  59. How Bail Works in Michigan and Recommendations for Reform

    Bail is the process by which criminal defendants secure their release while awaiting trial. It allows people who have been charged with a crime to be released from police custody. In recent years, the criminal justice system has drawn criticism from across the political spectrum because cash bail has come to be imposed on so many criminal defendants. Data increasingly indicate that releasing a defendant pretrial has a significant impact on his long-term prospects. It affects the defendant’s ability to retain his housing, employment, and child custody, the probability that he will go on to commit another crime and even the likelihood of a favorable legal outcome in his case.

    Research has also revealed that the majority of jail inmates are legally innocent but are being detained because they cannot afford to bail out before and during their trial. This imposes large costs on local governments but provides no clear public safety benefit. Finally and most importantly, states with misguided pretrial release policies may infringe on defendants’ liberty interests, opening themselves up to litigation and the risk of an injustice. For these reasons, stakeholders and practitioners in Michigan should work to understand the purpose of bail and implement the best pretrial practices for respecting individual rights and public resources.

    This report explains in detail how the bail process works and provides recommendations for reforming it in a way that benefits criminal defendants, the court system and taxpayers.

  60. Michigan Needs Bail Reform
    New report outlines how to improve bail process to benefit defendants and the public
  61. Unintended Consequences When Employers Can’t Ask About Felonies
  62. Nearly 1,000 People Not Charged or Found Not Guilty Lost Their Property Through Forfeiture
  63. Money and Justice in West Michigan
    Ottawa County prepares programs to improve both funding and offender success
  64. Granholm: Income Tax Would Be Lower If GOP Left It Alone
  65. Did This Teachers Union Call For Pay Cuts?
  66. Township Hits Brothers With Fine For Removing Trees
  67. More Tax-And-Spend For Michigan Roads? Scholar Says ‘Maybe’
  68. Wayne County Pensions Underwater; Union Sues To Preserve ‘13th Check’
  69. Teachers Union Insurer Sells Coverage For Some Nonunion Staff, But Not These Two
  70. The State Budget is Larger Than $10 Billion
    State can afford to spend more on roads and cut taxes
  71. How to Control the Pension Debt
  72. Choice Satisfies Most Parents, Appeals to Most Voters
  73. How Much Will the Repeal of Prevailing Wage Save Taxpayers in Michigan?
  74. Mackinac Center's Policy Guides for Michigan
  75. Proposal 2 of 2018:
    An Explainer and Key Arguments

    This policy brief describes the history of redistricting and how it is currently practiced in Michigan and in other states. It also explains Proposal 2 and how redistricting would work if it is passed. Finally, it presents an equal number of arguments for and against the proposal.

  76. Utility’s Plan To Replace Coal With Solar Passes Regulatory Hurdle
  77. New Study Explains ‘Voters Not Politicians’ Ballot Proposal in Plain English
    Proposal 2 could completely overhaul the redistricting process in Michigan
  78. Lobbyist Cites Yesteryear’s News To Urge More State Money For Cities
  79. Business Subsidies, Online Voter Registration, Licensure Reform and More
    October 5, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  80. Detroit School District’s Deficit Spending Margin Getting Tighter
  81. Advocates Of Green-Themed Spending Program Say It Boosts Economy
  82. Proposal 2 of 2018
  83. Plaintiffs Sue New Jersey for Failing to Protect Employee Freedoms
    Complementary My Pay, My Say Campaign Launched To Inform Public Workers
  84. Latest Criticism of Charter Schools Ignores (Again) Key Data
  85. Don't Put Faith in Class-Size Reduction
    Research shows little academic benefit for immense cost
  86. Happy New (Fiscal) Year; State Spending Up But Not By Much
  87. Roads in Michigan: Quality, Funding and Recommendations

    This study examines the funding and condition of Michigan’s roads and bridges and presents policy recommendations regarding them. The first section of this study describes the different types of roads in Michigan, which government entity is responsible for each type and their current estimated condition. The section after that explains how road funding works. The next section then discusses how public goods such as roads should be priced and funded, based on standard economic theory. It also attempts to measure the level to which Michigan’s roads are underpriced and underfunded. The final section concludes with some policy recommendations.

  88. The Facts on Michigan’s Roads – and How To Improve Them
    New study assesses quality, analyzes funding system and recommends improvements for Michigan roads
  89. 59 Percent Say ‘No’ To School Tax Hike, 18 Months Later It’s Back
  90. Report Ranks Schools By Lowest Resident Enrollment, Minus Key Fact
  91. Speed Limit Reductions, ‘Points’ for Out-of-State Tickets, Aircraft Owner Tax Breaks, Online Voter Registration and More
    September 28, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  92. Michigan Needs to Rethink How it Does Economic Development
    Many companies pursue projects the right way
  93. Kumbaya? Senate D’s and R’s Unite For Aircraft Owner Tax Breaks
  94. House Approves: $400 For Not Slowing For Roadside Emergency Vehicles
  95. Company Turns Down Taxpayer Subsidies
    Most jobs are created without state support
  96. Got A License For That Dog? Under This Bill Wouldn't Need One
  97. Planning for Life Workshop – Farmington Hills

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2018 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  98. 20,000 Construction Jobs From Detroit Arena? That’s The Total For All Wayne County
  99. Unreasonable Demands Stifle Real Environmental Progress
    Proposed SAFE Vehicle Rule balances environment, technology, and economics
  100. Bail Reform: Improving Pretrial Release to Benefit Defendants and Taxpayers
    Michigan’s system of bail and pretrial release is ripe for reform, but any changes to this complex structure require a thorough understanding of current practices and how they diverge from best practices. Analysts at the Mackinac Center and the ACLU of Michigan both published papers to inform the public about bail in our state, which they will present jointly.
  101. FCC Chairman: Agency Aims To ‘Stamp Out’ Spam Calls
  102. Oakland ISD Head Says School Funding Broken; Not At Oakland ISD
  103. FCC Chairman Denounces State, Local Obstacles To Faster Internet
  104. Innovative School Districts Seek Greater Flexibility
    Legislative proposal would aid Madison, Center Line, others
  105. Michigan Wages and Benefits Recovers
    But private-sector compensation lags
  106. Restrictive Fence Ordinance Makes Unhappy Neighbors
  107. Cure For Poverty: Hold A Full-Time, Year-Round Job
  108. The New Face of the FCC: Q&A with Chairman Ajit Pai
    Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, but his philosophy is a bit different than many regulators. Pai’s regulatory philosophy values consumers, competition and markets over regulation, bureaucrats and central planning. His principles include being aware of “regulatory capture,” a free and fair system without dispensing favors and special treatment, flexible rulemaking, and rules which respect the laws of Congress.
  109. Want Faster Internet? What Rural Communities Should Explore
    Government shouldn't be in business of providing internet
  110. Whitmer Approved $4.51 Billion In Corporate Handouts, Denounces Opponents’ ‘Giveaways’
  111. How Much Will the Repeal of Prevailing Wage Save Taxpayers in Michigan?
    It’s complicated, but a reasonable estimate is in the hundreds of millions
  112. Troy Teacher's Pay $106k, Challenges Legislator On Low Teacher Pay
  113. Same Old Story About the Problems in Public Schools
    Nearly 70 years later, the arguments remain the same
  114. This Is What It’s Like When Media Covers Teachers In America
  115. Union Sues Teacher For Exercising Her Right-To-Work Option
  116. Aircraft Sales Tax, Police Sex With Prostitutes, Choose Life Plates, More
    Michigan Votes continues a review of key votes of the 2017-2018 session
  117. How to Control the Pension Debt
    The costs of pension liabilities have grown out of control
  118. Legislator ‘Stunned’ By End Of Film Subsidies, Knocks Other Corporate Handouts She Approved
  119. Detroiters Benefit From Snyder Licensure, Criminal Records Orders
  120. Little Pink House Screening

    Join the Mackinac Center for a private screening of the compelling film about small town heroes who challenged one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical corporations and an overreaching government all the way to the Supreme Court.

  121. Detroit Charters Nab Top 10 Average Student Body SAT Scores
  122. Need Help?
  123. Residents Seeing Tax Cut Bonus In Their Utility Bills
  124. Choice Satisfies Most Parents, Appeals to Most Voters
    New surveys highlight favorable experiences, need for more options
  125. What Would it Mean to Unleash the MEDC?
  126. Governor’s Licensure Directive Gives Ex-Offenders Another Chance
  127. Here’s One Way Michigan Miscalculates High School Graduation Rates
  128. Enforcing Janus Rights for Public Workers
  129. 100 Percent Of This District’s Teachers Got Merit Bonus
  130. Paid Leave, Parole and Minimum Wage
    MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  131. Mackinac Center Applauds Gov. Snyder’s ‘Outside the Box’ Reforms
    Reforms expand economic opportunities for Michigan citizens seeking a second chance
  132. State Income Tax Used For Giving Benefits To Low Income Residents
  133. Prisons Are Not a Jobs Program
    Closing Ojibway is tough, but necessary
  134. Michigan Parents and Voters Strongly Support School Choice
    Charter school parents extremely satisfied and voters favor expanding school choice options
  135. School Principal Faces Big Pay Cut If She Wins Seat In Legislature
  136. Choices & Voices: A Survey of Michigan Charter School Parents

    Choices & Voices

    This report highlights the results of a survey of nearly 1,500 parents of charter school students in Michigan. Charter schools are state-funded, tuition-free schools of choice, authorized by public agencies such as universities and community colleges.

    The survey asks parents questions concerning their satisfaction with charter schools, why they chose to leave their district-run school, difficulties they may have faced enrolling in a charter school and ideas for improvements, among others. The goal of this survey is to better inform policymakers about the on-the-ground experience parents have with charter schools, so that they might pursue policies that improve Michigan's charter schools.

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  137. Free Speech or Government Speech?
    New bills would increase government oversight
  138. Socialism Didn’t Make Detroit Great
    Once prosperous, the city has not been helped by socialist policies
  139. Union Doesn’t Always Support ‘Public Funds Only in Public Schools’
  140. Big Political Spending By Electric Utility Raises Concerns
  141. MSU Coaches Frequent Users Of State Aircraft
  142. Copper Mines, Foreign Language Requirements, Eminent Domain and More
    Michigan Votes reviews key votes of the 2017-2018 session
  143. State Spends $5.6 Million On Aircraft Over Three Years
  144. 'Wild West' Of Charter School Expansion Never Happened
  145. Teacher Of The Year’s District Plays Games With Merit Pay
  146. Guiding Quality Growth in the Charter Sector
    Workshop sessions focus on developing successful new schools
  147. School Boards Routinely Violate Merit Pay Law
  148. How Taxpayers Get Fleeced in Michigan
    More money is not turning into better government services
  149. U-M Research Guide Leans Left On ‘Fake News’ And Media Bias
  150. Coping with the Growing Number of Felons in Michigan
    Our courts deliver nearly 50,000 felony convictions per year
  151. Dem Lt. Gov. Candidate On U-M Payroll To Monitor Fake News
  152. Public Radio Claims State Took School Money, But Funding Is Higher
  153. Would Residents Favor School Spending Hike If It Meant 21 Percent Income Tax Hike?
  154. Spending Interests Want Spending
    Yet spending interests won’t say where the money should come from
  155. Union Official Criticizes Corporate Handouts But Endorses Business Subsidy Champion
  156. State Budget Grew Faster Under Snyder Than Granholm
  157. Volunteer Fire Departments Save Money, Delivery Quality Service
    Op-ed by Mackinac Center intern highlights potential savings
  158. IMPACT July/August 2018
  159. Home, Assets Tied Up For Years As Family Awaits Forfeiture Process
  160. What Would it Mean to Unleash the MEDC?
    Lawmakers should keep the state's administrators on a tight leash
  161. Sales Price Of Properties Sold At Detroit Tax Auctions Doubles
  162. More Subsidies And Regulations, Mental Health Restraint Rules, Auto Insurance For Seniors and More
    Michigan Votes reports interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions
  163. Gubernatorial Candidates In Glass Houses On Corporate Handouts
  164. State's Corporate Welfare Partner Claims Thousands of Economists Support Stadium Subsidies
  165. Enforcing Janus Rights for Public Workers
    U.S Supreme Court decision no longer makes union fees a condition of employment
  166. Michigan Chamber of Commerce: Union-Backed Ballot Proposals Will Harm Business
  167. Later High School Start Times Should Stay Local Decision
    Change by Berkley district cites academic benefit
  168. No One Will Win The Tariff Game
    Michigan to lose 91,000 jobs from Chinese retaliation alone
  169. Superintendent Earns Praise Painting School – Which Would Be Illegal If He Were Paid
    Painting isn’t dangerous and Michigan should eliminate its license
  170. Subsidies For A Few And Tax Hikes For The Rest Worked Poorly Here
  171. Poll: Mich. Voters Back Tax Benefits for School Choice
    Strong majority endorse use of 529 plans to help fund K-12 tuition
  172. A Plea for Skepticism about the MEDC: An Open Letter
    Lawmakers should take a closer look at economic development programs
  173. State Corporate Welfare Didn't Work For Greenville
  174. Medicaid Dues Skim May Come To An End, After All
  175. Municipal Governments Blame State For Their Property Tax Hikes
  176. 94 Hours A Week: Presumed Load For This Financial Manager Of Three Michigan Cities
  177. Michigan’s Trial Courts Have a Major Funding Problem
    The statutory scheme that keeps them running is set to expire in 2020 – and there’s no back up plan in place yet
  178. Election Night: More Corporate Handouts or More Personal Income Tax Cuts?
    As expected, both candidates have different plans for economic growth
  179. Mail-in Elections, More Corporate Subsidies, Training Tax Assessors And More
    Interesting or noteworthy bill introductions
  180. ‘Goliath’ Unions Complain About ‘David’-Sized Think Tanks’ Worker Outreach Campaign
  181. Northern Michigan Explains Why It Wanted $4,600 For Names And Salaries Of All Its Employees
  182. A Flip Of A Switch
    Not all energy is there when you need it
  183. Michigan Union Still Pursuing Dues From Teachers Five Years After Right-To-Work
  184. NMU Wants $4,600 to Look Up and Send Salary Data
  185. MDE Overreach a Serious Concern
    New rules attack cyber school option for families
  186. Jackson County Tells Voters To Show ‘Love’ For Parks
  187. Why Taxpayers Are Shelling Out More Money for Worse Service
    In some places, cities pay two or three times the base salary for one person
  188. Superintendent Accused of Intimidation Against Recall Petition Signers
  189. State Lawmakers Should Cut Business Subsidies Even More Next Year
  190. Campaign Promises Show Misunderstanding of Charter School Landscape
  191. When the Cell Door Closes, a Window of Educational Opportunity Should Open
  192. Number Of Michiganders Collecting Unemployment Down 90 Percent Since 2009
  193. Three Important Criminal Justice Reform Opportunities for 2018
    With fewer than 20 days left in the legislative session, that’s plenty of time to pass good reform
  194. Declawing Cats, Debarking Dogs, Strategic Plans and More
    Interesting or noteworthy bill introductions
  195. Can Technology Help Predict Crime and Flight Risk?
    More courts use actuarial tools to assess risks offenders pose to society
  196. Township Voters Give Firm ‘No’ To Government Internet Plan
  197. Foreclosing Over-Taxed Property Helped Wayne County Dodge State Receivership
  198. Michigan Catching Up On State Employee Pension Debt
    Progress is being made, but another $7.5 billion is still needed
  199. Michigan’s Credit Rating Upgraded, Agency Cites School Pension Reform
  200. Flint Waste Water Department Staffer Paid $117k Last Year
  201. Federal Taxpayer Bailout Likely For Big Union Pension Funds
  202. Gov. Rick Snyder’s Fiscal Policy Legacy
  203. Climate Lawsuits Expose Contradictory Government Policies
    Climate Lawsuits Expose Contradictory Government Policies
  204. Politicians Subsidize Less Than 1 Percent of Job Creation
    Taxpayer dollars wasted subsidizing a tiny fraction of the econom
  205. New Bills on Guns, Garbage, Farm Weddings and More
    Michigan Votes looks at some recently introduced bills
  206. Union President Heads List of Highly Paid Flint Employees
  207. Most Cities Require Rental Registrations – This One Gets Personal
  208. New Evidence Suggests Harsher Sentences Don’t Always Deter More Crime
    MCPP Scholar releases new research supporting “smart on crime” approach
  209. A Lesson in Endpoint Bias
    Is the state budget growing faster than inflation?
  210. Detroit’s Per-Resident Revenue Sharing Haul More Than Double Most Other Towns’
  211. ISD-Run Special Education at Bottom of the Pack
    Michigan only state cited for failing special-needs students
  212. Funding Up, But Detroit School Official Claims ‘Budget Cuts’ Stole Recess
  213. This Michigan Utility Is Planning Your Energy Future
  214. For Union Dues Opt-Out Story, NPR Finds Teacher Making $27,000 Less Than Average
  215. Detroit Council Calls For $15 Minimum Wage; Many City Workers Get Less
  216. Public Safety Workers in Michigan Now Enjoy Right-to-Work
    Janus v. AFSCME decision gives right-to-work to police and firefighters in Michigan
  217. Big Piece of Utility’s Future Electricity Supply Plans: Michigan Consumers Use Less
  218. Michigan Has Added a Whole Miami Worth of Jobs Since Peak Recession
  219. State’s ‘Surplus Property’ Process Unchanged For Three Years After Warning of Fraud Risk
  220. Making Waves with the Mackinac Center

    Featuring: Jason Hayes, director of environmental policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

  221. Where Michigan Stands on Civil Asset Forfeiture
    The Detroit News chronicles the past, present and future of this misguided policy
  222. Mackinac Center’s Forfeiture Expertise Cited
    New federal lawsuit claims forfeiture violated due process rights
  223. University Spending, Not a Lack of Taxpayer Support, Drives Higher Tuition
  224. Statistics, Anecdotes Point To Public Employees Mostly Doing Better Not Worse
  225. Again, Data Trashes ‘Detroit Schools Underfunded’ Narrative
  226. Firearm Seizures, Sexual Assault, Lock Away Painkillers and More
    Michigan Votes looks at some recently introduced bills
  227. State Corporate Handout Program Milks Taxpayer for Cass City Operation
    Subsidies continue to prove to be utterly pointless
  228. U of M’s Office Of Institutional Equity Is In Court For Due Process Violations
  229. Utility Consultant Suggests Basing Electric Capacity Plans On Idea That Carbon Caps Are Coming
  230. Teachers Union On Supreme Court Janus Ruling: ‘Women And Minorities Hardest Hit’
  231. No Charge, No Conviction — But 956 People Still Lose Stuff To Cops c
  232. Michigan Capitol Confidential Removes Story With Wrong Data On Car Repairs
  233. Policy Proposed for Medicaid Workers Too Broad, Harms Patients and Consumers
  234. Neither Inmates Nor Counties Get Out of Jail Free
  235. Is One Subsidy Really Any Better?
  236. Michigan’s Local Wind Farm Opposition May Drive New Developments To Iowa
  237. By Honoring Football Anthem Protests, Union Dishonors Teachers Who Dissent
  238. Big Michigan Utility Expects No ‘Significant Growth’ Of Electric Cars Here
  239. Michigan Public Sector Salaries Have Increased Every Year Since 2001
  240. How Business Subsidies Cut to the Front of the Line for Michigan Tax Dollars
    Politicians focus on higher status than taxpayers
  241. Charter School Critic Shocked At Groups Giving Teachers Information On Unions
  242. National Publications Cite Mackinac Center in Wake of Supreme Court Decision
    Staff members quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post and more
  243. Retired Police Woman Has Made $200,000 + Annually
  244. Teacher Once Claimed He Fantasized About Being A Barista
  245. A Political Fiction that Won’t Go Away
    Candidates wrongly claim state education funds have been cut
  246. Snyder Budget Whacks $10 Million from Business Subsidy Programs
    Pure Michigan scores $1 million increase
  247. 26 Grand Rapids City Employees Received $20k-Plus in Overtime
  248. Legislature Approves New Business Subsidies
    Big budget bill makes it more difficult to hold lawmakers accountable for spending
  249. First Time Since 2000, No Local Governments Under State Receivership
  250. US Supreme Court Cites Mackinac Center in Landmark Ruling On Unions
  251. Supreme Court Restores, Strengthens Rights For Millions Of Public Employees In Janus Ruling
    My Pay My Say is a national campaign to educate and empower workers to exercise these rights
  252. 2018 Marks Final Year of High School Debate Workshops
  253. Nine Years In A Row: State Spending Goes Up Again On Oct. 1
  254. Michigan Subsidizes Amazon, Even Without Second HQ Project
  255. Another MBDP Jobs Subsidy Project Doesn’t Work
    State officials can’t pick economic winners from losers and shouldn’t try
  256. Higher Taxes Would Offer Little for Ottawa Schools
    Millage money more fairly shared, but promises little results
  257. State Business Handout Program Wastes Another $2 million
    Another state subsidy deal fails to deliver
  258. Recipe For Food Stamps Teacher: Seven In Household, Low Seniority
  259. Bills Reduce Work Restrictions, Give Those With Criminal Records Another Chance
  260. Foster Care Scholarships, Pavement Ideas, Career Predictions
    June 22, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  261. New 5G Internet Faster, Cheaper – And Vulnerable To Local Shakedowns
  262. Dems Get 99.9 Percent of 2018 Teacher Union Political Cash
  263. Students Here Far From ‘All Above Average’ - But Teachers Rated That Way
  264. Smart Regs for Smart Tech: How Government Can Allow Next Gen Internet Networks to Flourish
    This panel will discuss issues related to the future of internet networks, including 5G cell service, “net neutrality” and broadband infrastructure. Panelists will also offer guidance on what governments at all levels — local, state and federal — should do (or not do) in relation to the future of internet connectivity and the spinoff technologies it makes possible.
  265. Detroit’s Tax-Related Debt To Wayne County Down $70 Million Since 2010
  266. Bill Schuette Talks State Government
  267. Earmarks For Key Legislators Recall Late ’90s Spending Blowouts
  268. Detroit is Becoming Friendlier to Entrepreneurs
    The number of licensing violations enforced by the city has decreased
  269. Neither Inmates Nor Counties Get Out of Jail Free
    Michigan counties try, unsuccessfully, to pass their jail expenditures on to inmates
  270. IMPACT May/June 2018
  271. Another Michigan School Expert Misstates, Lowballs Taxpayer Contributions
  272. Is One Subsidy Really Any Better?
    Subsidies do have a destabilizing market influence
  273. Business Subsidy Programs Grow State’s Bureaucracy, Not Its Economy
    They’re mostly just in-state cronyism, not big employer “deal closing” incentives
  274. Flint Water Whistleblower, Mackinac Center Sue Wayne State Over Records Denials
  275. Planning for Life Workshop – Bay Harbor Yacht Club

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2018 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  276. Whitmer Education Plan Trips Over Charter Schools
    Solutions in search of imagined problems raise questions
  277. Mackinac Center and Virginia Tech Professor Dr. Marc Edwards Sue Wayne State Over Flint Water Documents
    The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation files case to help bring about further government transparency
  278. State Taxpayers Seeing Payoff From Smaller Prison Population
    One prison closing now, and analyst reports another may follow soon.
  279. Michigan Lawmakers Consider More Handouts
    If at first you don’t succeed, spend millions of taxpayer dollars
  280. Planning for Life Workshop – Midland, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2018 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  281. $8.4 Million Per Year for U-M Diversity Employees
  282. Brian Calley Talks State Government
  283. $107,400-A-Year Teacher Says Teachers Must Work Second Job To Support Families
  284. Auto Insurance Reform for Seniors, Repeal Prevailing Wage, Medicaid Work
    June 8, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  285. Like All Spending, Environmental Spending Needs a Plan and Oversight
    Real estate development is not remediation
  286. Despite Positive Buzz For Detroit, Downward Population Trend Continues
  287. Lawmakers Repeal Prevailing Wage and Pass Work Requirements for Able-Bodied Medicaid Population
    Repeal of union wage mandates and application of Medicaid work requirements will benefit taxpayers and Michigan’s economy
  288. Which Party Gives More In Taxpayer Funded Corporate Handouts?
  289. Lawmaker Blasts Utilities, Nearly Hits Donor Privacy Rights
    Gary Glenn’s rhetoric veers off-course
  290. State Considers Licensing Naturopathic Physicians
    But more regulatory hurdles are unlikely to improve safety
  291. Study Links Catholic Education and Self-Discipline
    Families may have new tool to support private school choices
  292. State Teachers Union on Privatization: Watch What They Do, Not Say
  293. Washtenaw County Township Builds Internet Service
  294. State Aid To School District Much More Than Newspaper Claims
  295. Shri Thanedar Talks State Government
  296. Connect Southeast Michigan Transit Proposal: Looking Backward
  297. Michigan’s New Testing Regime is Better But Should Be Improved
  298. Should Government Get Involved? What to Consider First
  299. Detroit Mayor: ‘We’ve Got To Change’ Children Fleeing City’s Failed Schools
  300. Involuntary Mental Health Treatment, Government Job Training, Aliens, Wine Tasting
    June 1, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  301. Reverse Course on Restricting Medicaid Workers With Criminal Backgrounds
    Michigan Department of Health and Human Services pushing new rules
  302. Even In Low-Paying School Districts, It’s Hard To Beat Teacher Pay And Benefits
  303. Getting More College Grads Won’t Improve State Prosperity
    Many factors play into an area's income growth
  304. If Money To Detroit Schools Is A Measure Of Caring, Michigan's People Care
  305. Beer Glut: The Overregulation of Alcohol in Michigan

    Michigan’s rules about alcohol production, distribution and sales are complex. The state has restrictions on what can be produced, a strict monopoly system for distribution and imposes price controls on sellers. Many of these regulations were originally crafted some 80 years ago in the post-Prohibition era.

  306. Seven Ann Arbor Retirees Getting Six-Figure Pensions
  307. Why Michigan Should Repeal Prevailing Wage
    Law benefits big companies at the expense of taxpayers
  308. Michigan Dems Don’t Like Current Policies, Ignore Facts About What Came Before
  309. Dr. Jim Hines Talks State Government
  310. Lonely Are The Michigan Democrats Who Oppose State Checks To Corporations
  311. Bicycle Clearance, Extend the Statute of Limitations for Sex Crimes, More
    May 25, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  312. Privacy Policy
  313. 22 Of 498 Michigan Legislators Said 'No' To Corporate Welfare Since 2001
  314. $757 Million In Taxpayer Funds Handed To A Few Lucky Companies This Year
  315. The Michigan Politicians Who Approved $6 Billion In Business Subsidies
  316. Millions In Taxpayer Money For Pontiac Theater And Little To Show
  317. District’s Teachers Work 50+ Days Fewer Than Private Sector, Union Prez Gripes
  318. Bonfire of the Bureaucratic Vanities
    MEDC should publicize its failures, too
  319. Sen. Patrick Colbeck Talks State Government
  320. Rise In State Revenue Far Exceeds Cost Of Defeated Income Tax Cut
  321. Detroit Charters Send More Graduates to College Than Peers Do
    Longer-term outcomes back up test-score advantages for charter schools
  322. Residential Levies for Business Subsidies, Truck Platoons, Baby Boxes and More
    May 18, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  323. Union In Potential Landmark Case Gave To Sharpton, Progressives, Dem Party
  324. Michigan’s Convoluted Electricity System Leads to Strife and Strain
    Legislature considers a deal for Hemlock Semiconductor and Consumers Energy
  325. State Partially Rolls Back Utility’s Rate Increase, Company Heralds Declining Bills
  326. Why Prescription Drugs Are So Expensive and What the State Can Do About It
    In recent years the price consumers pay for many brand name prescription drugs and even some generics has increased. There are several factors behind these increases. One has to do with the type of the drugs being developed today and the smaller number of patients they target. Another involves middlemen that absorb many of the price discounts provided by drug makers. And a third has to do with the regulations coming from both Washington and the states.
  327. Kayak Tax Proponents Try to Disguise Cash Grab as Safety Measure
    Adding onerous education requirements should not make tax more palatable
  328. ‘Guerilla Journalism’ Outfit Stings Michigan Teachers Unions A Second Time
  329. An Evening with the Mackinac Center
    Join us for an evening of fellowship among friends of liberty.
  330. New Scorecard Ranks Every Michigan Legislator on Corporate Handouts
    Tracks every vote of nearly 500 lawmakers since 2001
  331. The Lawmakers that Voted for the Most Business Subsidies and the Least
    $16 billion in corporate welfare approved since 2001
  332. How Michigan Legislators Voted on Taxpayer-Funded Business Subsidies
  333. Detroit Homes With Willing Buyers Get More, But Overall Assessments Plummeted
  334. Detroit Teachers: Never Mind The $617 Million, What Have You Given Us Lately?
  335. Teachers Union Math Lesson: $8,326 Per Kid > $7,462 Per Kid
  336. 'Clear and Convincing Need' Bill Would Limit Overregulation
    Proposed law would bring more Michigan rules in line with federal government
  337. Require Conviction for Police to Keep Seized Assets, School Safety Responses
    May 11, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  338. Token Symbols of Growth Damage the State Economy
    Select business interests have higher status with lawmakers than regular taxpayers
  339. Nonprofit’s Response To U-M ‘Bias Response Teams’: A Civil Rights Lawsuit
  340. Video Sting Group Claims Michigan Union Got Payoff For Alleged Child-Molesting Teacher
  341. Overtime In Final Years Will Spike Ann Arbor Cop’s Lifetime Pension Payout
  342. Solar Subsidies Are More than 'Fair'
    Those selling a wholesale product should be paid the wholesale price
  343. MEA Opposes Privatization In Schools But Practices It
  344. Group Opposing Wind Project Accused Of Misleading Public
  345. What I Would Like To See From Campaigns This Year
  346. More Guilty Verdicts Mean More Cash for Local Courts
  347. Think Big: Don’t Expand Transit, Uberize It!
  348. Teachers Union Here Eager To Align With Strikes; Higher Funding Makes It Tough
  349. Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Hosted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan in partnership with Acton Academies and Acton MBA, the Detroit Children’s Business Fair gives kids ages 6-14 a safe space to practice entrepreneurship. The marketplace is free and open to the public.
  350. Budgets, Beer Tents, Vehicle Bike Racks and More
    May 4, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  351. Proposed Bill Package Would Rein in DEQ Abuses
    Landowners should have an easy appeal process for rejected permits
  352. Bill Would Mandate New Parking Lots Use ‘Dynamic’ Handicap Sign
  353. City Denies Alcohol License to Restaurant it Doesn’t Like
    Royal Oak officials discriminate against fast food restaurant
  354. No More Additional Favors for Solar
    Property taxes should tax the value of property, including solar panels
  355. School District Implies Students Need Own Computers; State Law Says Otherwise
  356. Bill Bringing State Closer To Ending Asset Forfeiture Abuse Advances in Michigan
  357. Pump the Brakes: Michigan Should Rethink Driver's License Suspensions
    In 2010, Michigan suspended over 475,000 licenses – one for every 15 drivers. Over 95 percent of those suspensions were for offenses unrelated to driving. Today, 86 percent of Americans use a car or motorcycle to get to work, meaning that a suspended license puts them at serious risk of job loss and other hardships.
  358. The Battle Between Taxes and Fees in Storm Sewer Finance
    Local governments should get popular support for fiscal policies
  359. 99 Teachers In This District Do Union Work on Taxpayers’ Dime — 1 of every 15
  360. Detroit School Superintendent Mistaken On District's Pre-Charter Competition Greatness
  361. Another Michigan Community Moving Toward Wind Farm Restrictions
  362. Michigan Doesn't Fit Profile for Teacher Walkouts
    More already spent on teacher salaries, less on nonteaching staff
  363. School Safety, Frail Prisoners, Pyramid Schemes and Budgets
    April 27, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  364. MEDC Is a Moth to a Failure Flame
    Suniva bankruptcy lights up program shortcomings
  365. Ann Arbor’s $307,000 Firefighter
  366. Tough Time To Be Working In Government?
  367. Net Metering Decision Raises Hackles of Solar Supporters
    'Avoided cost' rate will impact Michigan’s interest in residential solar
  368. Health Policy Consensus Group Calls for Short-Term Health Plan Reform
    Organizations across the country urge Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to make short-term plans renewable
  369. Compensation For Federal Employees Up 36 Percent In Michigan Since 2000
  370. Michigan Economy Rebounds, But Medicaid Enrollment Soars
  371. Pfizer Profits $21.5 Billion In 2017, Gets $32 Million Tax Break From Small Michigan City
  372. Claims Of Rising Poverty Simply Aren't True
  373. Recent Corruption Scandals Involving Some of Michigan’s Largest Unions
  374. Medicaid Work Requirements, Alien Driver's Licenses, Dead Voters and More
    April 20, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  375. A Look at Unions in Michigan, Five Years After Right-to-Work
  376. A Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism

    For decades after the end of the "Great War," communism was on the march. Bolshevik Russia expanded its territory into large segments of Eastern Europe, Chairman Mao took China, and one-party rule dominated in much of Asia, Latin America and Africa. Cuba, a close U.S. ally merely 100 miles from Florida, launched a communist dictatorship that is now nearly six decades old.

  377. Union Attempt to Force Teacher to Pay Fees Deemed Illegal Under Right-to-Work
    Mackinac Center challenges attempt to limit worker freedom
  378. In Michigan, Rich are Getting Richer – So Are the Poor
  379. Free-Range Michigan?
    New Utah law recognizes independence for parents and children
  380. Grand Valley State’s New Intersectionality And Systemic Racism Radio Reporter
  381. It’s Not Called The Great Lake State For Nothing
  382. More Competition Among Liquor Stores on the Way – For Now
    Judge upholds ruling that gets rid of arbitrary 'half-mile rule'
  383. Special Tax Breaks For Privileged Firms Means Money Comes From Someone Else
  384. Income Tax Cut Could Bring 15,000 New Jobs to Michigan
  385. Arbitrary Michigan Licensing Laws: Auto Mechanic vs. Makeup Artist
    Esthetician requires far more mandatory hours and much higher fees
  386. Despite Right-To-Work Laws, Unions Find Ways Make Workers Keep Paying
  387. Latest Test Scores Show Charter Schools Closing Gap
  388. Three Criminal Justice Proposals before the Michigan House this Week
    Here are a handful of bills that are being considered in or advanced out of committee
  389. Updated Research Highlights Impact of Cigarette Tax Evasion
    New York still an empire of smuggled smokes as Nevada leaps towards the top
  390. Ban Pit Bull Bans, Licensure Mandates for Foresters and Shampooers, More
    April 13, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  391. Strong Link Between Cigarette Tax and Illegal Smuggling Rates
    The negative and unintended consequences of excise taxes
  392. State Law May Drive Job-Seeking Michigan Woman To Move Elsewhere
  393. For Each Gallon Of Water Michigan’s People Use, 288 Gallons Fall From The Sky
  394. New Law Removes Obstacles to Classroom
    SB 727 should help alleviate teacher shortage outcry
  395. Money For Roads Doesn’t Go Where It’s Needed The Most
  396. Detroit People Mover Maintenance Worker Paid $174,602 In 2017
  397. Rural School Makes Fast Rise
    Akron-Fairgrove among most improved on Mackinac report card
  398. Oklahoma Teachers Average $20,000 Less Than Michigan - And Are On Strike
  399. It’s Time To Review and Repeal Occupational Licensing Laws
  400. DeVos is Right About Michigan Charter Schools
  401. You Don’t Need Six Figures to Live Comfortably
  402. City Socks Homeowner With $150 Fine For Using Airbnb
  403. Emotional Support Animals, License Mandates and More License Mandates
    April 6, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  404. Michigan’s Golf Courses Will Take Much More Water Than Nestle
  405. State Funding for Universities Continues Upward Climb
    Lawmakers should question what taxpayers get for more money
  406. Are Competition And Consumer Choice In Education Good Or Bad?
    Apologists for poor schools say ‘bad,’ despite their disparate impact on poor and minority children
  407. Pension Spiking, Early Payouts, Second Careers Make For High-Income Cops
  408. How a Top-Performing Charter School in Detroit Overcame Government Obstacles
    New video tells the story of Detroit Prep
  409. Is it Constitutional to Require Criminal Defendants to Fund Their Own Prosecution?
    State Supreme Court considers whether to hear a case presenting this question
  410. Michigan Funding Its Pensions, Using More Realistic Numbers
  411. For Legislature, University ‘Tuition Restraint’ Means Twice The Inflation Rate
  412. The Great Lakes Trough Truce
    Spending interest groups only ask for more money
  413. Michigan Electricity Rates Since 2003: 15 Increases, 1 Cut
  414. Back To The Future With Renewable Energy Puffery
    Who benefits if families must pay more to get the same amount of electric power?
  415. Michigan’s Top School Pension Payouts
  416. US On Pace To Produce More Oil In 2018 Than — Ever
  417. 10 Officials In Larry Nassar Sex Scandal By Salary
  418. Study on Arkansas Tourism Campaign Should Make You Scratch Your Head about Pure Michigan
    If economic impacts are as stated, the tourism industry should pay for its own ad campaign
  419. Constitutional Amendments on Parents' Rights, State University Boards, More
    March 29, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  420. The Steel Industry, Not Taxpayers, Should Pay for New Soo Lock
    Industry should pay for the services it uses
  421. Detroit People Mover Loses Almost $10 On Every Ride
  422. Union Files Federal Complaint Against Company For Giving Its Members Raises
  423. State Corporate Welfare Winner Released from Prison
  424. State’s Education Woes Require Full Assessment
    BLM report takes on key myths but misses complete picture
  425. Two-Thirds Of Last Year’s Gas-Tax Hike Pays Debt On Roadwork Done Years Ago
  426. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
  427. Where Michigan Lawmakers Stand on ‘Right to Try’ Laws
    Allowing terminally ill Americans the ability to try experimental medicine
  428. Detroit City Buses Cost Taxpayers $3.52 Per Trip; Average Rider Pays Just 76 Cents
  429. Shampooing Hair And Piloting Commercial Airliners Require Same Number Of Training Hours In Michigan
  430. New Pure Michigan Return-on-Investment Figure Won’t Include All Costs
    Previous estimation excluded 50 percent-plus of program costs
  431. Pure Fiction: State Tourism Cost-Benefit Analysis Ignores Costs
    The full cost of the Pure Michigan advertising campaign is ignored
  432. Costs At Issue For Raising Age On Adult Criminal Prosecution
  433. Average Teacher Pay Doesn’t Support Liberal Site’s Narrative? Use It Anyway
  434. Michigan Capitol Confidential
  435. Michigan Capitol Confidential
  436. Passing Bicycles, Peppier Pepper Spray, High School Internship Credit, More
    March 23, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  437. Michigan School Employees Can Officially Resign from Their Union at Any Time
    Supreme Court rejects MEA’S ‘August window’ appeal
  438. Four Years After Its Debunking, Union Still Promotes 'Snyder Cut Schools' Myth
  439. IMPACT March/April 2018
  440. Hamtramck Academy Tops Mackinac Report Card
    NHA charter school aims high, beats odds, busts myths
  441. Big Decline In Number Of People On Food Stamps In Michigan
  442. Awareness and Education Effort Launched Around Landmark Janus Case
    A national campaign spearheaded by the Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy
  443. Number of State Employees Down, Amount of State Payroll Up
  444. When the Goal of Spending Money is to Spend Money
    Transit should instead be about getting people places
  445. Democratic Attorney General Candidates Favor Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform
    Bipartisan support for protecting property rights and due process
  446. Michigan Teachers Nation’s Highest Paid Given State’s Lower Cost Of Living
  447. State of Michigan Spins, Puffs Economic Contribution Of Agriculture To Economy
  448. Dearborn Schools Rise to the Top
    District has remarkable showing on new CAP report card
  449. Bipartisanship on Criminal Justice Reform Continues to Grow
    Common ground needed to overcome current shortcomings of justice system
  450. Most Michigan Schools Surveyed Still Buying Union’s Costlier Health Insurance
  451. Magazine’s Description Of Michigan School Funding 24 Years Out Of Date
  452. A Look At The State Budget for Business Subsidies
    Old ideas get new taxpayer cash
  453. MSU Sex Crime Lawsuits, Online Voter Registration, Dead Voters, More
    March 16, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  454. Foreign Trade More Important To Michigan Than Any Other State
  455. What Michigan Government Lacks in Transparency
    Billions in business subsidies still can’t be disclosed
  456. Sponsor Of Medicaid Work Requirements: They’re The ‘Right Thing To Do’
  457. Supreme Court Eyes Unions Politicking With Fees Compelled From Workers
  458. State-led Health Care Reforms

    Facing seemingly endless paralysis on health care reform from the federal government, a growing number of states are starting to consider reforms that they could enact to improve the provision of health care for their residents. Although federal laws and rules dominate health care regulations, there are still several worthy reforms that states could pursue that would have the effect of lowering costs and expanding choices for patients.

  459. School District Gets More From State For Fewer Students, Super Calls It Inadequate
  460. How ‘Ineffective’ Michigan Teachers Get $26k More Than ‘Highly Effective’ Ones
  461. Union Official Says Teachers In Second-Highest Paying District Need Second Jobs
  462. Cutting the Competition?: The Effects of Licensing Barbers in Alabama
  463. An Apparent Political Panic In Response To University Sex Abuse Scandal
  464. Want Money For Roads? Take It from This Failing Program
    Michigan Business Development Program funding should end
  465. Free Credit Freezes, Expel Student Sex Offenders, Release Frail Prisoners
    March 9, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  466. Salt Bill Would Raises Prices On All To Benefit One Company
    Senate Bill 363 is held up in the Michigan House
  467. Whitmer ‘Tired Of ... Corporate Tax Giveaways’ But Voted For Dozens
  468. Public Schools’ Advocate Reports Added Spending Didn’t Help, Considers More
  469. Put ISD Funding on Education Budget Table
    While agency spending grows, Guv seeks student-based cuts
  470. Noteworthy In 2017: School Pensions Reformed, No Annual Contribution Shortfall
  471. DTE Earns Big Gas Pipeline Profits, Lobbied For More Gas-Fired Electricity
  472. Property Tax Revenue On a Slow Rise
    Value of property increased 12 percent over past four years
  473. Increased Enrollment In Detroit Schools Just Bureaucratic Reshuffling
  474. Utica Community Schools Responds to CapCon Article on District Finances
  475. Bridge Magazine Calls 'Foul' On Michigan Capitol Confidential Article
  476. The Flexible State Budget
  477. Utica School Board Member Errs, Blames Usual Suspect For Mythical Funding Cuts
  478. Juvenile Justice Shouldn’t Create Lifelong Obstacles
  479. Governor’s 6-Year-Old Corporate Handout Program Should Be Shuttered
  480. A Lot Fewer Detroit Public Schools Teachers Rated 'Highly Effective'
  481. More Road Repair Money, Restrict Metadata Collection, Medical Marijuana, More
    March 2, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  482. How Much Less Union Politicking If Supreme Court Bans Forced Fees?
  483. CJ -> criminal-justice
  484. Firm Gets $220,000 State Subsidy Deal, Files For Bankruptcy
  485. AFSCME gets Supreme Court snicker
  486. Michigan PTA Needs Refresher On Law Governing Charter School Admissions
  487. Raising the Age: Should 17-Year-Olds be Eligible for Juvenile Justice in Michigan?

    Michigan is one of five states where 17-year-olds are prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system, rather than the juvenile justice system. Following a trend in several other states, some Michigan stakeholders have begun a “raise the age” campaign to adjust the age of adult criminal liability to 18, the age of majority for all other purposes. The Legislature introduced bills to that effect last year, but opponents of the campaign warn that shifting 17-year-olds into the juvenile system will be an expensive burden on resource-strapped counties. Reformers counter that the move will ensure better outcomes for teens in the long run. Join us to hear expert panelists discuss the costs and benefits of raising the age.

  488. Getting Harder For Union To Spread Teacher Pay Disinformation
  489. State Corporate Welfare Agency Picks Winners That Turn Out To Be Losers
  490. ‘Truth Squad’ Omits Key Michigan Charter School Facts In DeVos Hit Piece
  491. Nonprofit Helps Ex-Prisoners Stay Clean
  492. English as Official Language, More Road Repair Money, a Foster Care Alternative
    February 23, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  493. Of Michigan’s 100 Best Public Elementary And Middle Schools, 30 Are Charters
  494. Detroit Schools Will Sell to a Prison, But Not a Charter School
    Moves criticized by parents and community members
  495. Mackinac Center Ranks Michigan’s Elementary and Middle Schools
    The third edition of the Context and Performance Report Card unveiled
  496. The Michigan Context and Performance Report Card: Public Elementary and Middle Schools, 2017
  497. Teacher Pay Data Part of Public Discussion Of School Finance
  498. State’s MBDP Job Creation Claims an Inconvenient Fiction
    Just because government says its effective doesn’t mean it is
  499. ACLU and Mackinac Center Call on Legislature to Require a Conviction Before Police Can Keep Property
    Report shows forfeiture in Michigan typically involves small amounts of money, property taken from people never convicted of a crime
  500. Education Budget Should Back Parents' Priorities
    Snyder's proposal undercuts cyber school, shared time options
  501. UAW Goes On Campus To Find New Members
  502. Study: Michigan Business Development Program of Questionable Merit
    Research shows decline in jobs in counties where subsidized projects are located
  503. An Assessment of the Michigan Business Development Program
  504. MSU Spending Big For Post-Nassar PR
  505. A Swimming Pool’s Worth of Parking Lot Runoff Not ‘Vital’ To Great Lakes
  506. Industrial Wind Farms Bring Political Conflict, Recalls and Lawsuit to Township
  507. Michigan Is Not a Windy State
    The true cost of wind in Michigan is beginning to become clear
  508. One Tax Cut and One Increased; an Unfair Levy Repealed; Stronger Pepper Spray
    February 16, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  509. City Taking In More But Manager Cries Poverty
  510. Michigan’s Long 'Bad Driver Tax' Nightmare Will Finally End
    A revenue-grab from Michigan’s lost decade left a trail of social costs and broken lives
  511. Did School Choice Opposition Help Doom Detroit’s Bid For Amazon HQ?
  512. Meet Some Law Enforcement Officers Who Support Forfeiture Reform
    Michigan Legislature should strengthen property rights
  513. IMPACT January/February 2018
  514. Michigan College Lands On Wrong Kind Of Top 10 List
  515. Michigan May Surpass 2000 Employment Levels Soon
    An important milestone of recovery for the Great Lakes State
  516. Mackinac Center Policy Expert Recommendations 2018
  517. Many More Walk To Work As Take Subsidized Transit in Michigan
  518. Some Teachers In This District In Line For 17 Percent Pay Hikes
  519. Flint Schools Hanging On After 77 Percent Enrollment Decline Since 2003
  520. Police Seize Property All The Time And It’s No Big Deal — Until They Want To Keep It
  521. Airbnb Ban the Latest in Detroit’s Short-sighted Thinking
    City council makes it harder to earn a living and visit a city desperate for population growth
  522. Lawyers 'Double Dipping' on Asbestos, Traffic Stop Etiquette, Impaired EMTs
    February 9, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  523. Last Year, Flint Schools Got Double The State Average In Funding
  524. Detroit Closed 194 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In 2016-17
  525. Former State Trooper: Cops, Prosecutors Misuse Problematic Asset Forfeiture Law
  526. Crime Shouldn’t Pay, but Requiring Reimbursement May Not Pay Off
    Harsher penalties are not as effective at deterring crime as increasing the risk of getting caught
  527. Where Teachers Get Highest Pay Has Shifted Over Past Three Years
  528. Illinois Takes Pension Advice From ‘The Simpsons’
    Michigan has done a lot to avoid this fate
  529. New Video Series Looks Underneath the Hood at How School Funding Works
    6-part video series examines school funding in Michigan
  530. Debate Heated On Ending Police Keeping Seized Property With No Conviction
  531. Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Needs to Go
  532. Extreme Cold Highlights Our Need for Better Energy Options
  533. City’s Politicians Strive To Beat The Clock Spending Federal Money
  534. Michigan Charters Get More Bang for the Buck
  535. WMU Professor Responds To Claims He Is Not Pro-School Choice In Education
  536. DTE Electricity: Out With Old Coal, In With New Gas
  537. Cats and Dogs, Chickens and Fish
    February 2, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  538. Traverse City Continuing Push for Government-Run Internet
    Similar efforts have failed in city after city
  539. Public Schooling Interests Recommend Spending More On Public Schooling
  540. Michigan Considers Allowing Ex-Offenders to Work as Health Professionals
    A step in the right direction on licensing
  541. Breaking Tax Cut Promise In 2011 Cost Michigan Taxpayers $4.3 Billion (So Far)
  542. Detroit Tax Officials Eye Blake Griffin’s $171M Salary
  543. Do Michigan Charter Schools Get More Bang for the Buck?

    The past year’s rise of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education has brought more attention to the performance of charter schools, both nationally and in her native Michigan. Charter schools are tuition-free, state-funded schools of choice that tend to operate with fewer dollars than other public schools. How well are charter schools doing with the resources they have?

  544. Charter Schools a Valuable Investment for Taxpayers
    Charters prove more cost effective and produce larger ROI
  545. Doing More With Less: The Charter School Advantage in Michigan
  546. Detroit Would Mandate Video Surveillance, Make Businesses Pay
  547. Snyder, New Report Pitch for More Education Dollars
    Evidence lacking for any significant impact on achievement
  548. Politicians Cannot Keep Up With Dynamic Economy
    Subsidies for a handful, costs for everyone else
  549. About
  550. Michigan Schools Underfunded - If You Don’t Count All The Funding Increases
  551. Media Plays Games, Misleads Readers When Its Target Is School Choice
  552. Stakes High In Special Education Disputes, With Legal Costs To Match
  553. Come or Go, Amazon’s HQ Decision Means Little to Michigan Economy
    It’s a magnet for agenda-driven interpretation though
  554. Income Tax Breaks, Environmental Rules Reviews, Ransomware and more
    January 26, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  555. Renewable Energy is Not Cheaper After All
    Popular measurement of renewable energy's cost ignores its unpredictable nature
  556. Detroit Fails To Collect 20 Percent of Property Taxes Owed
  557. Number Of Unionized Charter Schools In Michigan: 2.4 Percent
  558. New Additions to Mackinac Center Board of Scholars
    Three new faces join Center's Board of Scholars
  559. Michigan House Votes to Protect Electronic Data
    Nearly unanimous in support of prohibiting state cooperation with illegal federal searches and seizures
  560. Obama Stimulus Aside, More Money Than Ever Rolling Into State Road Repair Budget
  561. Cash Bail Hurts Innocent Poor People
    The practice should be reformed to serve its purpose better
  562. Mackinac Center Tallies Proposed Expansions and Limitations in Gov. Snyder’s Last State of the State
    The address contained five proposed government expansions and no limitations
  563. State Budget Rose $5.9 Billion During Gov. Snyder’s Tenure
  564. Is This Working? The Effects of Occupational Licensing on the Workforce

    Working a job — any job — is connected to lower poverty, better income mobility, lower crime rates, fewer children born out-of-wedlock and a host of other positive results. But today, the right to earn a living is becoming more difficult. In 1950, only around 5 percent of workers needed an occupational license – today, more than one out of every five workers in Michigan is required to have this special government permission to work. This typically includes mandated educational degrees, hours of training, upfront fees, testing, continuing education, and limits of people with criminal records.

  565. Gov. Snyder Should Make Link Between Jobs and Criminal Justice Reform
    Tonight’s State of the State will certainly focus on jobs — but shouldn’t ignore criminal justice reform
  566. Typical Household Has Lost $1,134 To 2007 Michigan Income Tax Hike
  567. School Choice Week Puts Michigan Progress in Perspective
    Choice popular with parents, still needs vigorous defense
  568. Detroit Education Scene: A March To School Choice
  569. State Rep. Howrylak Explains Why He Believes Charters Should Pay Into Public School Pension System
  570. Charter Teachers Get No Pensions, Amendment Would Make Schools Pay Anyway
  571. Education Policy Expert Provides Important Perspective on New School Finance Study
    Increased funding won’t automatically improve educational outcomes
  572. Veto Override, Higher Income Tax Exemptions, Charter Schools and ISD Money, more
    January 19, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  573. Bad Forensic Evidence Sends Innocents To Prison
  574. As Medicaid Costs Skyrocket, States Have a New Opportunity to Innovate
    New guidance on work requirements indicates potential for reforms
  575. More People Moving From Illinois To Michigan Than The Other Way
  576. Laws of Evidence: How Sound Forensic Science Policy Can Help Prevent Wrongful Convictions

    The Innocence Project is a well-known nonprofit organization whose goal is to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. Forty-six percent of its cases involved misapplied forensic science — meaning that a method, technique or analysis was conducted incorrectly. There have been 17 exonerations in Michigan involving misapplied forensic science. Now, in partnership with the Reason Foundation, the Innocence Project is calling for improvements to forensic science and for better transparency and quality control in crime labs. Panelists from the Innocence Project and Reason will discuss how the application of forensic science to criminal prosecutions can be improved by policy change and public education.

  577. Half-A-Billion Dollars More This Year
  578. Fewer Kids Statewide Does Not Mean Less Money For Schools
  579. DTE Produces Enough Wind Power To Run 24,000 Homes - But Part Of The Day Only
  580. Rising Revenues Never Enough For Michigan Cities And Their Lobbyist
  581. Deed Restrictions, Neighborhood Watch Vehicles
    January 12, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  582. Bills Make It Easier For Private Marketing Bureaus To Force Dues on Businesses
  583. Many Michigan Families Sacrifice for Choice
    Documentary shows how Blaine Amendment limits education options
  584. Michigan’s Tax Collectors Are Hauling It In
  585. What People Are Saying About Our 30th Anniversary
  586. Michigan’s Most Popular Uber Destination is in the City That Once Banned It
    Ann Arbor overregulated ridesharing until state lawmakers freed it
  587. Governor Granholm Called to Underfund Pensions 6 Years Before Company Bankruptcy
    There is no natural constituency for properly funding pensions
  588. Teacher Shortage Claims: Republicans Did It
  589. How to Help Those with a Criminal Record Find Work
    Eliminate unnecessary crimes, right-size punishments and repeal licensing laws
  590. Property Owner: Mackinaw City’s Ban On Airbnb Rentals Violates Our Rights
  591. 2017 Was Good For Michigan
    State economy continues to expand
  592. Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Drives Up Costs
    Government should do fair bidding for projects
  593. Detroit Ignores State Law, Turns Down Money to Avoid Selling Abandoned School
    Detroit Public Schools Community District enforces deed restriction against charter
  594. You Can Legally Warm Your Car Now
    The Legislature should repeal more nonsensical administrative rules in 2018
  595. State Forces Hotels And Inns To Fund Private Marketing Bureaus
  596. School Choice Breaks Down Racial Barriers
  597. Michigan’s Well-Being Metric Stuck in “Balanced” Position
  598. Michigan Jails’ ‘Pay-To-Stay’ Jail Fees Stir Controversy
  599. 2003 Granholm: ‘California, Eat Your Heart Out!’
  600. Facts About Michigan’s Infrastructure You Never Hear
    Overall, it is serving us pretty well
  601. State Reforms of Occupational Licensing
    New report from Cato highlights Michigan work
  602. Did You Know? Michigan Wolf-Dog Ownership Restrictions
  603. The Numbers Are In: Detroit Charters Outperform Detroit District Schools
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  605. Detroit Public Schools Super Responds To ‘Charter Students Outperform’ Report
  606. Michigan Legislature’s 10 Most Revealing Votes of 2017
    Which side were your lawmakers on?
  607. Michigan Well-Being Metric Stuck in 'Balanced' Position
    Changes in policy could attract more people
  608. No, Michigan Teachers Did Not Experience Pay Cuts In 2017
  609. Unlawful In Michigan To Work For Less Than $9.25/Hour
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