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  1. September 30, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Sex! Crime! Hollywood! Uber! Oh boy!


     
  2. Closest Thing to Immortality? Government Programs

    Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps has survived multiple defundings


     
  3. State Policies Created School Pension Pain
    The only real solution is to close public pensions to new employees
     
  4. Here are the Issues Facing Detroit Schools

    Adding to the dialogue


     
  5. Dental Therapists Would Improve Access to Care

    Study recommends Michigan create new midlevel providers


     
  6. Working in Detroit
     
  7. Michigan District Bans Homeschooled Girl From Homecoming Dance
     
  8. Feds Force Michigan Cherries to Rot – In Order To Raise Prices
     
  9. Dental Therapists: A Proposal to Expand Access to Dental Care in Michigan



     
  10. This Week in Fiscal Policy News

    Tax reform proposals and state pension underfunding


     
  11. Michigan's Pension Crisis Means Tax Hikes and Cutting Cops
     
  12. Republican AG Rebuffs GOP Governor On Failed Detroit Schools: OK To Close Them
     
  13. Progress Michigan Hits Road With False School 'Cuts' Claims
     
  14. U of M Brings Personal Pronoun Wars To Michigan
     
  15. Feds Claim Power Over Every Mud Puddle Under 'Migratory Molecule' Theory
     
  16. Michigan Counties on the Verge of Pension Crisis

    Lansing State Journal publishes op-ed on local pension debt


     
  17. Sierra Club: No Gas, No Coal, No Nukes; Lansing Utility: No Lights, Then
     
  18. Time to End the 21st Century Jobs Fund

    New Mackinac study featured in state media


     
  19. Obama’s Overtime Rule Would Hurt Those It’s Intended To Help

    Patrick Wright joins WNEM TV5 to discuss new rule


     
  20. Michigan House Passes Bills Rolling Back Arbitrary ‘Handyman’ Licensing
     
  21. Detroit Metro’s Economy No. 14 In U.S., Bigger Than Nation Of Chile
     
  22. Proposed Beer Tax Hike Would Hurt Brewers

    LaFaive comments in MLive article


     
  23. September 23, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Out with old in with new licensure mandate; increase legislature transparency; more


     
  24. Lawsuit Filed to Fight Michigan’s Ban on Tesla Sales

    Skorup weighs in with USA Today and the Detroit Free Press


     
  25. There Will Be Harsh Consequences for Raising North Dakota’s Tobacco Tax
     
  26. Union Survey: Michigan Teachers Want Pension Reform

    Only 12.2 percent of MEA members feel they will have a comfortable retirement


     
  27. Note to Hillary Clinton: Right-to-Work Laws Are Very Popular
     
  28. EPA Opposes U.P. Road, But Senator Suggests New Mine Its Real Target
     
  29. Superintendent Pay, Contract Database Updated

    109 school district heads paid $200,000+


     
  30. Pugsley Correctional Facility to Close

    Michigan's prison population on the decline


     
  31. Before Flint’s Lead Crisis, City Council Raided Money from 'Water Fund'
     
  32. Budget Gimmicks, Debt and Deficit Smokescreens Preceded Flint Lead Crisis
     
  33. Calling All Young Entrepreneurs to the First Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Finding the next Henry Ford or Hendrik Meijer
     
  34. More to Charter Special Ed Gap than Meets the Eye

    Disability types, local conditions drive disparity


     
  35. Worker’s Choice: Freeing Unions and Workers From Forced Representation

    Unionized workers are forced to accept union representation whether they want it or not, even though Michigan is a right-to-work state.  Right-to-work takes away a union’s ability to get a worker fired for not paying them. However with the law unions are still given a monopoly to represent all workers on a job. They must provide representation even to those not paying them. While unions like their monopoly they still complain about what they call “free riders” – those forced to accept their services but not paying for them.  Unions have brought legal challenges in several states claiming right-to-work violates constitutional takings clauses because of this so-called free rider issue.


     
  36. We Verify Teachers Union Pay Claims, You Choose Whether to Trust Them
     
  37. Union Claims Experienced Teachers Make Less Than $30K; They Don't
     
  38. Michigan Bill Legalizes March Madness and Fantasy Sports Bets
     
  39. Michigan Class Sizes Hard to Find, So Public Radio Reports Opinions
     
  40. September 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Blasts-from-the-past on road funding, same-sex adoptions, civil asset forfeiture and more


     
  41. State’s '21st Century Jobs Fund' Spent $100 Million For Just 1,052 Jobs
     
  42. Michigan Must Stop Keeping Peoples’ Property Without Conviction

    Skorup discusses civil forfeiture on Michigan Radio


     
  43. Study Recommends Ending Michigan’s 21st Century Jobs Fund

    The program has failed even by its own measurements


     
  44. An Evaluation of Michigan's 21st Century Jobs Fund

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.


     
  45. NAACP: Historical 13-Star Flag Associated With 'Racial Supremacy' Groups
     
  46. Understand the Emergency Manager Law Before Changing It
     
  47. Union and School Illegally Take Dues from Teachers' Paychecks
     
  48. How Pensions Are Bankrupting Cities and States and How to Fix It

    Retiree benefits are a national crisis, but some cities and states have made significant reforms that are saving money and preventing liabilities being pushed off onto future generations. This event will discuss the scope of the problem and what Michigan should be doing to solve it.


     
  49. An Opening for Michigan Licensing Reform

    When the state asks for higher fees, repeal the mandates


     
  50. Worker’s Choice: Freeing Unions and Workers From Forced Representation

    Event in Lansing discusses new legislation


     
  51. Police Seize Car, Drive 54,000 Miles, Sell It Without Charging Owners With a Crime
     
  52. School Superintendent: 13-Star 'Betsy Ross' Flag Injects 'Hostility' and 'Hate'
     
  53. Markets, Not Politicians, Slow State Oil and Gas Production

    From 'obscene profits' to 'obscene losses'


     
  54. Michigan’s Quiet Success in Containing Retiree Health Care Costs

    Simple reforms lower the burden of debt


     
  55. Flashy Projects Generate Taxpayer Losses

    A state economy isn't made up of the biggest companies


     
  56. Lawmakers Agree Car Insurance Too Expensive — But Not On How To Fix It
     
  57. Bill Would Ban Ann Arbor's Ban on Young Adult Tobacco Sales
     
  58. What You Owe for Pensions

    Michigan governments hold $3,800 per person in pension debt


     
  59. September 9, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Medical marijuana crack-down, driverless trucks, dogs in outdoor cafés


     
  60. Should Michigan Cities Be Allowed to Ban Pit Bulls?

    Probably not


     
  61. Michigan Will Have No Ballot Questions This Year
     
  62. Post a Photo of Your Marked Ballot? You've Broken the Law
     
  63. ‘Worker's Choice’ or ‘Free Riders’? Union Reform Bill Opts for Former
     
  64. New Study Calls for More Spending to Provide Nothing

    Higher education costs are increasing, but why?


     
  65. Wild West: What Education Establishment Calls Parents Choosing Their Kids’ School
     
  66. Mackinac Center Research Topic of Council Meeting

    Local news covers pension problems in Norton Shores


     
  67. An Inspiration for Expanding Detroit’s Educational Choices

    The second in a two-part series on Detroit Cristo Rey High School


     
  68. Michigan Lawmaker Introduces Worker’s Choice Bill

    Legislation would increase worker rights and free unions from representing those who do not pay dues


     
  69. Reform Occupational Licensing Laws to Prevent Crime
     
  70. Privatization Remains a Popular Practice with School Districts
     
  71. Do Michigan Criminal Penalties Make Sense? No One Knows
     
  72. Despite the Hype, Detroit's Job Growth Among the Lowest in the State
     
  73. Your Transaction is Secure
     
  74. An 'Exclusive' Private School, But Not Like You Think

    The first in a two-part series on Detroit Cristo Rey High School


     
  75. Schooling Outside the Box: State Bans Aid to Private Innovators Like This School
     
  76. Union Membership in Michigan Down 38 Percent in 32 Years
     
  77. Foundation Examines Michigan Pensions and Finds - Mismanagement
     
  78. Mackinac Center Offers Labor Reform Ideas in Time for Labor Day

    Op-ed on top reforms in The Detroit News


     
  79. September 2, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Ding overspending schools, limit corporate subsidies, legislative subpeonas and a boost for the disabled


     
  80. Multiplier Analyses Are Prone to Abuse

    Common ways to rationalize use of taxpayer dollars


     
  81. Governor Gives Academically Failed Detroit Schools a Three-Year Pass
     
  82. Plastic Bag Tax Hurts Consumers, Businesses and Does Little for the Environment

    Legislature considers bill to stop new Washtenaw County tax


     
  83. Michigan’s Looming Dentist Shortage?

    Mid-level providers could help fill the gaps


     
  84. You’re OUT! School Bars Resident From Working as Baseball Ump
     
  85. Troubling Lack of Student Test Progress Deserves Candor, Not Spin
     
  86. Detroit Should Lessen Licensing Requirements

    Mackinac Center op-ed published in Wall Street Journal


     
  87. Praise, Not Criticism for Companies That Follow Rules

    Op-ed on Mackinac pipeline published in MLive


     
  88. Statewide Student Test Scores Are In and the News Isn't Good
     
  89. Voters’ Support for School Choice Remains Strong

    Most Detroit residents want more options


     
  90. New Survey Finds Broad Support For School Choice In Michigan

    Survey of likely voters shows broad support


     
  91. Trump and Clinton are Both Wrong: Free Trade is Good for People

    The benefits of trade in Michigan


     
  92. Almost Entire County Commission Overthrown After Spending Splurge
     
  93. State Ed Chief: Opening School Near Another One is 'Wasteful'
     
  94. Major Sectors Growing as Michigan Unemployment Hits 15-Year Low
     
  95. This Fall Will Be the First Time There are Fewer Charter Schools
     
  96. Study: $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage Would Kill 281,000 Michigan Jobs
     
  97. Michigan and Ontario Governments Agree to Promote Crony Capitalism Together

    When international cooperation is not helpful but destructive


     
  98. Charter School-Prison Comparison Misses the Mark

    Analyzing recent attacks on school choice


     
  99. August 26, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Income tax money for roads; bans on e-cigs for minors, powdered booze and local knife regulations and more


     
  100. Management Model No Guarantee of County Pension Soundness
     
  101. Detroit Had More Corruption in One Day Than John Oliver Found in Charter Schools Over 10 Years
     
  102. Survey: Most Michigan Schools Outsource Noninstructional Services
     
  103. Study 'Segregates' School District Borders By Ignoring Key Data
     
  104. The Most Important State Election This November: Michigan's Next House Speaker
     
  105. Petty Restrictions on Tobacco Endanger Respect for Law

    Creating unnecessary crimes weakens force of important laws


     
  106. Government Held to Different Standard in Environmental Matters

    Hayes discusses Kalamazoo River spill on WWMT


     
  107. Key Part of Civil Asset Forfeiture Law Ruled Unconstitutional

    Bond requirement challenged at Court of Appeals


     
  108. Michigan Plans to Close Some Top Public Schools
     
  109. Michigan's Underfunded Pensions: A Tale of Two Counties

    pension unfunded liability, pension funds


     
  110. Average Michigan Teacher Pay Nation's Highest When Adjusted for Cost of Living
     
  111. August 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Cut-off welfare truant scofflaws, ease stair-lift restrictions, cap government investor guarantees, raise license fees


     
  112. Labor's Voices Sound More False Notes On Teacher Pay
     
  113. Putting School Funding Inequity in Perspective

    Proposal A has not been a dismal failure


     
  114. Taxes Up $4.3 Million, State Money Down $200K: So Who 'Compromised' Services?
     
  115. Hard to Find: 'Teachers On Food Stamps'
     
  116. Worker’s Choice Popular in Michigan, Nationwide

    National Employee Freedom Week poll finds overwhelming support of idea


     
  117. Cigarette tax hike initiative a bridge too far
     
  118. Lessons from Muskegon Heights School Overhaul

    What DPS officials can learn from similar reforms


     
  119. Recycling Pop Cans Shouldn’t Make You a Felon

    Michigan still has room for improvement on overcriminalization


     
  120. Seventy Percent of School Districts Contract Out for Food, Custodial or Transportation Services

    Statewide survey finds continued growth in school privatization


     
  121. Couple Could Lose Their Home Through Civil Forfeiture

    Government confiscates thousands of dollars without filing charges


     
  122. When Was Flint 'Run Like a Business'?
     
  123. Township Denies It Had Landfill Documents, County Records Say Otherwise
     
  124. "Rich States, Poor States" Presentation – Traverse City, MI

    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Mackinac Center for Public Policy have partnered to bring Jonathan Williams, vice president of the Center for State Fiscal Reform at ALEC and co-author of the 9th Edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index. Mr. Williams will discuss the policy trends over the years that helped Michigan's economy recover and what needs to be done to keep Michigan moving forward.


     
  125. Survey: Most Union Members Support Worker’s Choice

    Wall Street Journal features Mackinac Center concept


     
  126. Michigan’s Highest Taxpayers Could Soon Pay More

    New op-ed questions value of proposed RTA and Wayne RESA millages


     
  127. Ann Arbor Council Defies State Law, Bans Cigarette Sales to Adults Age 18 to 20
     
  128. Michigan School Privatization Survey 2016

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

    This is the 14th 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 percent of school districts contract out for at least one of these services.


     
  129. Michigan School Privatization Survey 2016

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

    This is the 15th 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 percent of school districts contract out for at least one of these services.


     
  130. Hoping Against History: Clinton Calls for Millions of Clean Energy Jobs
     
  131. Business Climate, Not Cronyism, Key to Michigan’s Future Growth

    New op-ed published in The Detroit News


     
  132. August 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Key votes on guns, same-sex adoptions, pensions, nanny-statism


     
  133. Study: Ontario Should Look to Michigan

    Canadian think tank recommends following the Michigan tax reform model


     
  134. State Board of Education Not Immune To School Funding Myths
     
  135. WSU Prof Responds to CapCon Article On His Study: Readers Deserve Better
     
  136. Post-Bankruptcy Detroit Hasn't A Clue How Much Comp Time It Owes Employees
     
  137. State 'Post and Hold' Rules Economically Unsound

    Liquor laws benefit the few and the expense of the many


     
  138. Corporate Welfare’s Strange Allure for Politicians
    Just say "no" to crony capitalism
     
  139. WSU Prof's Report Blaming Flint Decline on 'Structural Racism' Used Bad Data
     
  140. Snyder Orders a State Economic 20 Year Plan
     
  141. Corporate Welfare’s Strange Allure for Politicians
     
  142. Financial Emergency Over: Elected Government Returns to Pontiac
    emergency manager, Pontiac
     
  143. Michigan Adequacy Study Shows the State Already Spends Plenty on Education
     
  144. How a Government Transparency Request Can Take Months
     
  145. You Have My Permission to Speak … Unless
     
  146. You Can't Do That: Township's Taxpayer-Funded Tax Hike Electioneering
     
  147. August 5, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Mandate more music, restrict fracking, surrogate moms and more


     
  148. Smuggling Would Rise Along with Tobacco Tax
     
  149. Up and Down: The Story of Teacher Salaries in Detroit
     
  150. Ten Facts About Government Pensions In Michigan
     
  151. Honest Education Discussion Requires Counting All the Dollars

    Michigan should spend smarter before spending more


     
  152. Michigan’s Auto Sales Regulations Lead to Higher Prices

    Free Press covers direct auto sales debate


     
  153. Detroit Schools Deteriorated, Questions On $500 Million Bond
     
  154. Addressing the Shortcomings of Probation and Parole

    Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program a success


     
  155. School Choice Benefits All Students

    DeGrow debates value of private schools on WalletHub


     
  156. MSU Car Smoking Ban Increases Potential for Community-Police Tensions
     
  157. Michigan Requires More Than 200 Occupational Licenses
     
  158. The Electric Car Future That Never Happened
     
  159. Economic Freedom and Well-Being Noticed by Top Official

    Michigan's economic liberty is slowly improving


     
  160. DNC Email Leak Reveals Party’s Feelings on Unions

    Op-ed published in The Detroit News


     
  161. Macomb County City Deletes Former Official's Criticism from Website
     
  162. After Billions in Subsidies, Just 918 Michigan Car Battery Jobs
     
  163. July 29, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    More ways for lawmakers to exhibit warm-and-fuzzy


     
  164. Friedman Legacy Day

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Northwood University Forum for Citizenship & Enterprise cordially invite you to join us in celebrating the 10th Annual Milton Friedman Legacy Day.


     
  165. Michigan to Write $1 Billion in Secret Corporate Welfare Checks in 2016
     
  166. A Quick Brief on the Housing Recovery in Michigan

    Price of average home is approaching record levels


     
  167. Children Poisoned by Lead Shouldn't Be Turned Into A Limerick
     
  168. Calls to Expand Michigan’s Economic Development Programs Fall Short

    New plans don't even claim to develop the economy


     
  169. Why Americans Should Care the U.S. is Approaching $20 Trillion in Debt
     
  170. Not in a Box, Not With a Fox; GOP Didn't Cut School Funding
     
  171. The union wage premium: Difficult to calculate, likely overblown
     
  172. We're No. 1: Unemployment in Michigan Fell Faster Than Anywhere Else
     
  173. Michigan Crushes Korea in Corporate Welfare Handouts

    Nearly $9 billion in subsidies over two years


     
  174. Union Should Secure the Retirement of Their Members

    New op-ed discusses Teamster pension problems in Washington Examiner


     
  175. IMPACT July/August 2016
     
  176. Detroit Was Just the Beginning: The Crisis of City Pension Systems in Michigan
     
  177. Trust Parents or Political Appointees to Choose Best School for Kids?
     
  178. July 22, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Plates for me, plates for thee, plates for the man behind the tree


     
  179. MSU: You Can Be Ticketed For Smoking in Your Own Car
     
  180. Counting Government Workers Tells Little About the Quality of Government

    Cost and quality should be the primary concern


     
  181. GOP Convention Notes: 50,000 Attendees, Lots and Lots of Police
     
  182. Planning for Life Workshop – Suttons Bay, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2016 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.


     
  183. A Federal Bill to Loosen Licensing Requirements

    And a step for Michigan to follow suit


     
  184. Department of Environmental Quality Must Be Transparent

    Michigan media reports on latest Mackinac Center lawsuit


     
  185. Criminal Justice in a Free Society

    Mackinac Center announces criminal justice initiative


     
  186. Six Numbers Showing Detroit’s Pension Problems
     
  187. Shivering in the Dark? Sierra Club Opposes 91 Percent of Michigan Electricity
     
  188. Detroit's Red Ink Remains, But Future Looks Brighter
     
  189. 10th Annual Milton Friedman Legacy Day Celebration to Be Held in Midland

    Mackinac Center to co-host event with Northwood University Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise


     
  190. From Batting Nets to 'Hide Haulers,' Almost Everything Requires a License in Detroit
     
  191. No Conspiracy Behind Cheap Gas Prices, Just Good Old Supply and Demand
     
  192. Party In Crony Capitalism Revolt Holds Convention at Government-Owned Hotel
     
  193. Mark Ruffalo Wants Government to Defund the Police — But Fund His Films
     
  194. Imaginary Murder Pets Versus Michelle Obama

    Society uses the free market: It’s super effective!


     
  195. July 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    More government energy debt; more subsidies for college, grocery stores and water; pension reform and more


     
  196. How an Ice-Making Company is Succeeding in Detroit
     
  197. How Some Michigan Cities Dodge the Unfunded Pension Liability Trap
     
  198. Reforming No-Fault Insurance Would Lower Costs, Reduce Uninsured Cars

    Van Beek discusses reforms in Fox UP interview


     
  199. Vet Saves Dog's Life, Family is Happy – State Sanctions Him

    The problem with occupational licensing 


     
  200. Drug Raids Down 75 Percent in Detroit as Police Shift Their Focus
     
  201. Mackinac Center Files Open Records Lawsuit Against State Government Over Flint Water Documents

    Open government requires timely information


     
  202. Democratic Senators Seek to Silence Debate About Global Warming
     
  203. No Easy Answers in Highland Park

    Students continue to flee troubled district


     
  204. Blown Away By Flawed Research on Jobs Program

    Michigan spent millions with little to show for it


     
  205. Court Overrules Licensing Board, Exonerates Vet Who Saved Dog
     
  206. Occupational Licensing Costs Hurt Working Class Michiganders
     
  207. Mr. Dem House Leader, You're Still Not Entitled to Your Own Facts
     
  208. MSU Drops Algebra From Graduation Requirements
     
  209. Michigan School Funding At Record High
     
  210. Former Gov. Granholm Left Teaching Job at Berkeley; Husband Dan Mulhern to Teach One Class in Fall
     
  211. Detroit’s Top Employer No Longer a Government Entity
     
  212. Mackinac Center Defends Resort Owner’s Free Speech Right

    State media covers tourism bureau lawsuit


     
  213. Workers Could Feel Pinch of Obama’s Overtime Rule

    Vernuccio op-ed published in The Detroit News


     
  214. State Government Up to Its Eyeballs in Pension Debt
     
  215. School Funding Is Complicated: One Part Goes Down But Total Goes Up
     
  216. Pay for New Ann Arbor Teachers Up 24-44 Percent in Four Years
     
  217. Uber Disrupts Organized Labor and a Union may get More Dues Paying Members
     
  218. Private Schools Could Save Michigan $750 Million a Year
     
  219. Detroit Soccer Team Turns to Private Investment to Fund New Stadium
     
  220. As Municipal Golf Courses Lose Money, Taxpayers Pick Up the Tab
     
  221. July 1, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Repeal 'stand your ground,' assert 'right to drinking water,' make policy body camera images secret, more


     
  222. Lawsuit Challenges Forced Payments for Tourism Bureaus
     
  223. Michigan Adequacy Study Shows the State Already Spends Plenty on Education

    New study provides few clear-cut answers


     
  224. Mackinac Center Weighs in on State’s Education Adequacy Study

    State media covers school funding study


     
  225. Independence Day
     
  226. How Bad Investment Rate Projections Cause Pension Underfunding
     
  227. Here's What the NY Times Got Wrong On Detroit Public Schools
     
  228. Northern Michigan Resort Owner Files Lawsuit Against Tourism Board to Reclaim His First Amendment Rights
    Mackinac Center files suit to protect property owner's free speech rights
     
  229. Academic Failure Forces Charter School Closure
     
  230. More Mythical School Funding Cuts Reported
     
  231. Mackinac Center Weighs In On State’s Education Adequacy Study

    Spending more money won't help unless it is spent in effective ways


     
  232. I Don’t Have Answers to These Questions

    There aren't always easy answers to policy questions


     
  233. Commemorating the Repeal of the Stamp Act

    The history of transaction taxes in America


     
  234. Union Contract Delivers Five-Year Salary Freeze for State's Teacher of the Year
     
  235. Planning for Life Workshop – Grand Rapids, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2016 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.


     
  236. New Evidence: Film Incentives Still Don’t Work

    Research from Michael Thom analyzes a variety of programs


     
  237. Deficits Loom, But Community College Launches Athletics Program Anyway
     
  238. One Brighton Area Schools Administrator in Line for $58,000 Increase in Pay
     
  239. A $4.6 Billion Transit Millage Is a Tax Too Far for Detroit

    Time to question the benefits of the Regional Transit Authority 


     
  240. June 24, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Noteworthy proposals to amend the state constitution


     
  241. Snyder’s Veto of Aftermarket Auto Parts Bill a Win for Consumers

    MLive covers defeat of anti-competition bill


     
  242. Vote Sends Lake Michigan Water Outside the Great Lakes Basin
     
  243. Right-To-Work For More? Michigan Income Growth the Nation’s Third-Fastest
     
  244. MSU Scholar Ignores School Revenue Sources

    Says revenue has been cut


     
  245. More School Spending is Still Unlikely to Boost Achievement

    A response to a critique of ‘School Spending and Student Achievement in Michigan: What’s the Relationship’


     
  246. School Budgets Stressed Alright — But Not From Mythical State ‘Cuts’
     
  247. Clarifying Detroit Schools Release Time Policy

    Judge Rhodes points out oversight in op-ed


     
  248. Tackle Licensing for Good Policy in Michigan

    New York Times covers fight to allow people to work


     
  249. Fewer School Districts Borrowing to Cover Expenses, But Pension Debt Rising
     
  250. Gov. Snyder Vetoes Bill Limiting Consumer Auto Parts Choices

    HB 4344 would have increased red tape for consumers and businesses


     
  251. State Government Up to Its Eyeballs in Pension Debt

    Unfunded pension liabilities dwarf state’s other borrowing


     
  252. How They Spin 'Underfunded Schools': Ignore the Federal Money
     
  253. Spiking Pensions: Another MEA Executive Involved in Special Deals
     
  254. June 17, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Votes from the last week of the spring legislative session


     
  255. Wayne State Drops Math Requirement, May Add Diversity Requirement
     
  256. Another School District-Teachers Union Pension Spiking Deal
     
  257. Not So Fast ... Dems Don't Get That School Spending is Up
     
  258. County Takes Michigan Woman's Property Over $7 Late Fee
     
  259. Taxpayers Spend Millions A Year on Union Activities

    Op-ed in The Detroit News addresses union release time


     
  260. Ph.D. Not Good Enough, Professor: You Still Can't Teach in Detroit Schools
     
  261. Narrative Trumps Facts When Reporting on Detroit Public Schools
     
  262. June 10, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Detroit School bailout “final answer,” require warrant for electonic data search, much more


     
  263. IMPACT May/June 2016
     
  264. You're Wrong, Senator: Many Detroit Teachers Do Earn More Than You
     
  265. Uber May Be Opening Door for 21st Century Unionization

    Vernuccio op-ed published in Huffington Post


     
  266. Need A Microscope to Find the Corporate Welfare Jobs in Michigan's Economy
     
  267. Time for The MEA To Recognize Right-To-Work

    Media covers new Mackinac Center lawsuit


     
  268. Pension Funding: Why Your Town is Going Broke
     
  269. New Study Shows Positive Effects of Ridesharing

    Introduction of Uber decreases crash rates and DUIs


     
  270. House Refuses to Ration School Choice for Detroit Parents, Children

    Hard work, hopeful opportunities lie ahead


     
  271. House Republicans 'No Way' on Detroit School Choice Restrictions
     
  272. Dear Teachers: Here's Why Your Salary Isn't Higher
     
  273. Cut Corporate Welfare to Help Balance State Budget

    Tenuous relationship between corporate welfare and economic health


     
  274. Lawmakers Must Preserve Choice in DPS Bailout

    Op-eds in The Detroit News and Midland Daily News


     
  275. Pure Michigan: An Economic Development Program That Doesn’t Create Any Development
     
  276. As Right-to-Work Expands, So Do Union Membership Rolls
     
  277. Despite Enrollment Decline, Teachers Paid More
     
  278. Detroit’s Economic Fortunes Won’t Get a Kick Out of Subsidizing a New Soccer Stadium
     
  279. Retiree Obligations, Lack of Cash Hampers Michigan's Fiscal Condition
     
  280. Legislature Makes it More Difficult to Use Inexpensive Car Parts

    Will Gov. Snyder veto the bill?


     
  281. June 3, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    School recreation taxes, raises some speed limits, disclose pension liabilities


     
  282. Rumors of Taxpayer Spending

    State job funds are expensive and underwhelming


     
  283. Michigan School Pension Debt Grows Again
     
  284. Michigan Private Schools Cost Significantly Less Than Public Schools
     
  285. The Boundaries of Educational Choice: Surveying Michigan's Private School Landscape

    Nonpublic schools serve tens of thousands of Michigan elementary and secondary students, yet a clear understanding of the state's diverse private education landscape has been lacking. While most states (including those on our borders) have enacted some kind of publicly funded choice program, Michigan private schools fight in the Legislature for a small share of funding to cover the state’s health and safety mandates. In order to expand choice, Michigan must overcome a stringent constitution, as well as some popular misconceptions about private schools.


     
  286. Hopeful Medicaid 'Direct Primary Care' Pilot Embraced by Senate, Gutted by House
     
  287. Municipal Revenues Up Despite Arguments to the Contrary

    Bridge Magazine article misses the big picture


     
  288. Freedom for Nations, States and Cities

    Economic freedom increases human well-being


     
  289. Four Months and Counting for Records from Agency at Center of Flint Water Crisis
     
  290. Michigan Capitol Confidential
     
  291. Worker's Choice

    Where there’s a unionized workplace, there’s forced representation. That’s true regardless of whether a state is right-to-work or not. Even if a union can’t get a worker fired for not paying dues, the worker is still bound by union representation.


     
  292. The Mackinac Center at the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference
     
  293. State Data: No Detroit Teacher Shortage
     
  294. Detroit Bailout's Charter School Restrictions Not About What's Best for Kids
     
  295. Here's How Much More Money Detroit Public Schools Has Received Over the Years
     
  296. Thousands of Detroit Parents Vote With Their Feet for School Choice
     
  297. Detroit Teachers Under Pay Freeze, But Union President Gets Big Pay Hike
     
  298. Detroit Charter Schools Spend Way Less Money and Get Way Better Results

    Just look at the evidence


     
  299. The State of Private Schools in Michigan

    Survey provides new information about this unique education sector


     
  300. History Shows Delayed Adequacy Study Will Call for More Money

    Michigan already spends more per pupil than the national average


     
  301. Money Rolling In, But Cities With Hands Out To Lansing Claim 'Broken' Finances
     
  302. A Survey of Michigan's Private Education Sector

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

    According to data collected by the state, Michigan has 601 private schools that enroll about 113,000 students — about 7 percent of all students in the state. All but 14 of Michigan’s 84 counties have at least one private school operating within their boundaries. Despite the fact that private schools in Michigan are widespread, there is very little publicly available information about them. In response to this need, the Mackinac Center, with the help of the Michigan Association of Nonpublic Schools, conducted a survey of private school administrators from all across the state.


     
  303. Transparency Bills A “Significant Step Forward”

    Reitz interviewed by Michigan Radio


     
  304. A Life in Perspectives

    A Celebration of the Life of Andrew J. Coulson


     
  305. Bill Takes Away Car Owners' Choice of Less Expensive Parts
     
  306. Managed Competition Versus the Free Market, In One Photo
    Cabstand at Reagan National shows need for ridesharing
     
  307. School Districts Receiving More and Spending More
     
  308. Detroit Public Schools' Collapse Preceded Charter School Expansion
     
  309. Teaching Jobs Still Getting Plenty of Applicants
     
  310. Local Governments Cry Poor but Act Rich

    If the fiscal stress is so great, why keep doling out uncompetitive benefits?


     
  311. May 20, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Automaker protectionism, who’s the repo man, ballot initiative signatures and more


     
  312. State Expects to Take $2.4 Billion More; Media Cries 'Deficit!'
     
  313. An Uber Driver Shares His Story

    Op-ed explains efforts to permit and restrict ridesharing 


     
  314. Taxpayers Should Not Be on the Hook for Stadiums

    Bill Simmons gets it right


     
  315. 'Got Your Back' or Stab It: Union Sics Bill Collectors on Right-to-Work Exercisers
     
  316. Contracting Non-Instructional Services Can Help Students

    Op-ed published in Chicago Daily Herald


     
  317. High Taxes Lack a Guarantee of Quality Services: See Detroit

    It's about how resources are managed


     
  318. Mackinac Center Will Represent Teacher Suing MEA For Keeping Him In Union

    Mackinac Center representing teacher suing MEA


     
  319. Group Hired To Assess Michigan Education Spending Always Recommends More

    Op-ed published in Lansing State Journal


     
  320. Maryland Brewer Tweaks Michigan's Alcohol Regulators
     
  321. Three Reforms to Bring Down Michigan Health Care Costs
     
  322. Ridesharing Drivers Tell Their Stories

    Why statewide regulations are important to so many Michiganders


     
  323. Free Market Solutions to Problems in Health Care

    The Affordable Care Act dramatically changed the healthcare market throughout the United States and expanded the control of the federal government over healthcare policies. Despite this fact, there are still reforms that states can make that could expand the access and reduce the cost of medical services. This event will feature several experts who will discuss reforms that Michigan policymakers should consider if they want to improve healthcare services in this state.


     
  324. Federal Red Tape Costing Michigan Families and Businesses Billions
     
  325. How Forfeiture Should Work in Michigan

    New Mexico and Nebraska limit forfeiture to criminal cases


     
  326. Mackinac Center and Sierra Club Call For More Transparency in Michigan Government

    Joint Free Press op-ed explains transparency efforts


     
  327. Yes They Are: National Magazine Says Poor Detroit Charter Schools Not Closed
     
  328. Detroit Schools Transition Chief Says: Restrict Charter Schools in City
     
  329. Fears About State Pension Underfunding Drive School Employees to Other Options
     
  330. Economic Interference Week

    Economic Development Week is no cause for celebration


     
  331. May 13, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Transit subsidy taxes, ban bag bans, alien drivers, grass seed warning font size


     
  332. School Choice Opponents Pick Institutions Over Special Needs Families

    Students with special needs should have access to real choices


     
  333. Contaminated Water Dominates Flint Headlines, But Pension Earthquake Looms
     
  334. Let Consumers Use Plastic Bags

    New bill would prevent local governments from overregulating grocers


     
  335. Why Do College Costs Skyrocket Year After Year?
     
  336. The Evidence is Clear: State Spending on Colleges is Wasteful

    Michigan increases higher education spending by tens of millions


     
  337. Teaching 'Hard' - Yes, 'Underappreciated' - Maybe, but 'Underpaid' a Stretch
     
  338. Planning for Life Workshop – Detroit, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2016 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.


     
  339. Right-to-Work Makes Unions Stronger

    Vernuccio op-ed in Washington Examiner


     
  340. delete me
     
  341. The Right Way to Analyze Teacher Salaries in Michigan
     
  342. Average Teacher Salaries Decline, But Individual Educators Get More
     
  343. That’s What We Said

    Right-to-work studies confirm Mackinac Center findings


     
  344. Communities Consider Risky Municipal Broadband

    Local governments should get out of the way of private providers


     
  345. Pension Costs Are Crowding Out Public Safety

    Michigan is losing cops to retiree costs


     
  346. State Fails to Make Required Teacher Pension Fund Contribution
     
  347. Michigan Parents Deserve a Statewide Report Card for Schools
     
  348. Get Uninsured Cars Off the Road Through Reforming No-Fault
     
  349. Despite a Setback, Right-to-Work is Advancing Across America
     
  350. Detroit Schools Do Not Have 'Low Pay' or 'Crowded Classes'
     
  351. In Michigan, Uber Operates in a Legal Gray Area — These Bills Would Change That
     
  352. May 6, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Detroit school bailout, teacher strikes, state spending increases, more


     
  353. Job Churn Shows Why Targeted Tax Favors Do Not Work

    There is constant job loss and creation in the state economy


     
  354. Late-night TV Misinforms on Teacher Salaries
     
  355. Detroit Charters Face All of the Obstacles of Detroit Public Schools – And Overcome Them
     
  356. Vernuccio: Teacher Sickouts Hurt Kids

    Mackinac labor policy director interviewed by Fox Business


     
  357. Debate Workshops 2016
     
  358. House Dems to Detroit Parents: No New Charter Schools For You
     
  359. Detroit Public Schools Debt Largely Not Supported By Additional Taxpayer Dollars

    The state isn't on the hook for most of what DPS owes


     
  360. Can I Catch a Ride?: Regulating Uber and Lyft in Michigan

    Ridesharing is a new service made popular by companies like Lyft and Uber. It relies on smartphones to connect those who need a ride to drivers willing to provide one — a riff on the traditional taxi system. Ridesharing has allowed thousands of Michiganders earn extra income as drivers and save money and time as riders. It currently operates in a legal gray area, because ridesharing drivers are not cabbies or chauffeurs. 


     
  361. Prof’s Theory: Six-Figure DPS Staff 'Thought They Deserved' Kickbacks
     
  362. What’s Your Bubble? A Think Tank Checks Its Privilege

    The ‘bubble score’ of Mackinac Center staff


     
  363. Group at Fore of Detroit School Preservation Effort Has Mixed Record
     
  364. DPS Sickout Teacher Lowballs Salary in Newspaper Story
     
  365. State Attorneys General Wage War on Political Dissent
     
  366. Some Michigan Universities Spend Huge Money Subsidizing Sports
     
  367. Michigan Budget on Course for $7 Billion Rise Under Republicans
    Michigan budget, state budget
     
  368. Michigan Needs To Stop Charging Residents To Get Their Property Back

    Mackinac Center analyst authors op-ed in Detroit Free Press


     
  369. April 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Crime and Punishment: juveniles, sign breakers, fetus merchants, more


     
  370. How Two Similar School Districts Get Such Different Results

    Study suggests funding levels have little impact on student growth


     
  371. IRS-Style Viewpoint Discrimination in Grand Rapids City Government?
     
  372. Tax Hike Election Coming to You Tuesday?
     
  373. Grand Rapids City Attorney Calls Alleged Rape Victim a 'Crack and Heroin Whore'
     
  374. Education Spending Not Tied To Success

    New study featured in state media


     
  375. West Virginia Right-to-Work May Turn on Supreme Court Race

    Possible backtracking on worker freedom if union-endorsed candidate elected


     
  376. Panic Over: Number of School Districts in Deficit Plummets
     
  377. Detroit Schools 'Misplace' $30 Million from Feds for Pensions
     
  378. Cigarette tax hike will increase criminal activity
     
  379. Stopping University Tuition Hikes Would Cost Nearly $3 Billion

    Spending at Michigan public colleges is skyrocketing


     
  380. After 10 Years of Deficits, How One District Escaped Being Dissolved
     
  381. State Employees' Average Cost Up to $117,000
     
  382. State of Michigan Employees Averaged 10 Sick Days Last Year
     
  383. More from Taxpayers, But State Corporate Welfare Taking More Too
     
  384. April 22, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    School tax hikes, cash-only for rims, bigger fonts on seed warnings


     
  385. Czar-Like Detroit Education Commission Part of Establishment's 'War on Charters?'
     
  386. New 'Rich States, Poor States' Index Released

    Michigan improves slightly


     
  387. The Many Benefits of Ridesharing

    Lyft and Uber provide transportation and jobs in Michigan


     
  388. Why Some Teachers Prefer a 401(k) Over a Pension
     
  389. Detroit Mayor Says His Commission Will Be Independent While His City Discriminates

    Be wary of limiting competition in a failing school district


     
  390. Bankrupt Detroit Still Refuses Property Sales to Charter Schools
     
  391. Worker’s Choice Solves Free-/Forced-Rider Problem in Wisconsin

    Vernuccio op-ed explains idea in national publications


     
  392. Ann Arbor Crackdown Illustrates Need for Statewide Ridesharing Framework

    Eliminate gray areas surrounding Lyft and Uber


     
  393. 'Level' Playing Field for Detroit Charter Schools?
     
  394. Detroit Free Press, USA Today Publish Letter Dispelling Charter School Myth

    Charter schools may not refuse students selectively


     
  395. Pure Michigan Campaign Ineffective, Needs To End

    New op-ed published in the Detroit News


     
  396. MEDC's Priority: Defend Its Budget
     
  397. Duggan Approved Ban on Selling Closed Detroit Schools to Charters
     
  398. Government Has Probably Made You A Tax Cheat
     
  399. Michigan Parole Bill Would Revise Standards for Prisoner Release
     
  400. Pope Francis Favors School Choice

    Educating children a “primary” and “inalienable” right of parents


     
  401. April 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Ban “cyber revenge porn,” authorize Pet Protection Orders, rapist fathers’ rights, yoga regulation


     
  402. New Study: No Correlation Between School Spending and Student Outcomes

    Study finds spending more on Michigan schools doesn’t increase achievement


     
  403. Which Firms To Get $1 Billion from State Taxpayers? None of Your Business
     
  404. Closing Pensions for State Employees in 1990s Saved Michigan Millions Today

    Study highlights savings from defined-contribution reform


     
  405. School Spending and Student Achievement in Michigan: What's the Relationship?

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

    Does Michigan devote enough money to primary and secondary education? Do school districts receive enough revenue to ensure the vast majority of enrolled students graduate college or career ready? How much does it cost to provide a quality educational experience? These are the types of questions for which the Michigan Legislature recently paid nearly $400,000 to obtain some answers.

    These answers would clearly be helpful to policymakers who determine how many tax dollars to allocate to schools. But these concerns about the adequate level of school funding are based in part on the common assumption that spending more on K-12 schools will generate better academic outcomes. A more fundamental question that policymakers might want to answer before determining the appropriate level of funding for schools is: What is the relationship between school spending and student achievement in Michigan?

    That is the question this paper attempts to answer.

    To read a response to a critique of this study, click here.


     
  406. Local Ballot Initiatives Target Police, Prosecutors Confiscating Property
     
  407. Mackinac Center Names New Vice President of Marketing and Communications

    Welcoming John Mozena


     
  408. MSU Prof Calls Republicans 'Dying White People,' Receives Raises
     
  409. Top Rated School Could Be Closed in Battle Creek
     
  410. Pure Flummery: Seeing Double on Corporate Welfare Spin

    Pure Michigan ads are attractive corporate welfare


     
  411. Trust Parents with Schools of Choice

    Don't restrict opportunity for 'historically disadvantaged' student groups


     
  412. Michigan Motorcycle Deaths Decline Since Helmet Mandate Repeal
     
  413. Economy Threatened By Aging of Michigan's Soo Locks
     
  414. April 8, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Require schools teach sexual and internet etiquette; impose mileage tax; a teen court


     
  415. Reasons to be Optimistic Abound in Michigan Economy

    State leads the way out of recession, but work still to do


     
  416. Number of State Employees Who Make $100,000+ Up 50 Percent Under Snyder
     
  417. How to Ease the Coming Physician Shortage

    Changing licensing restrictions and expanding services would help


     
  418. Clock Ticking on School Adequacy Study
     
  419. It's Time for Scope of Practice Reform

    Current laws increase health care costs and limit access


     
  420. Detroit Children Need Choice, Not Bureaucracy

    DeGrow responds to DPS reform in the Detroit News


     
  421. Ride Sharing
     
  422. Michigan Pushes Back Against Feds on Labor Regulations
     
  423. Why Michigan Needs Electioneering Reform

    MLive publishes Mackinac Center policy analyst’s take


     
  424. Governor, Legislature Clash Over E-Cigarette Regulations
     
  425. Healthy Charter Sector Belies Need for Commission, Extra Regulation
     
  426. Michigan Senator: Employer Mandates Are For Other People
     
  427. Ban Closing a Detroit School, No Matter How Bad?
     
  428. Michigan Should Make Detroit Public Schools an All-Charter System
     
  429. End the 21st Century Jobs Fund
     
  430. Safe Drinking Water or Subsidize Ads for Resorts?
     
  431. April 1 Michigan Legislature Weekly Roll Call Report
    Constitutional amendments on same sex marriage, legalized pot, “referendum-proofing” bills and more
     
  432. Mackinac Video Featured in The Washington Post

    Watch Rebecca Friedrichs make her case for worker freedom


     
  433. Prison Guard Union Provides Lurid Claims for U-M Anti-Privatization Report
     
  434. Michigan Households Paid $9 Each for Batman v. Superman
     
  435. 'Pure Michigan or Pure Puffery?' Op-ed Published In The Times Herald

    Taxpayers deserve more transparency about how their money is being spent


     
  436. Another Reason for Information Deficits on Flint Water Crisis
     
  437. Truckers See Local Fines as a Cash Grab
     
  438. Hung Supreme Court Delays Freedom for Public Employees

    Public employees' First Amendment rights are on hold


     
  439. Hohman in LSJ: Road Tax Hike to Fund Medicaid Expansion

    Road funding will morph into Medicaid funding.


     
  440. Puffery or Proof? The Business of Tourism Subsidy 'Budget Justification'
     
  441. A Hopeful Vision for Education in Detroit

    Detroit needs drastic reforms, not more tinkering.


     
  442. Four Questions About the Detroit Public Schools Plan
     
  443. Feds: Multimillion Dollar Detroit Public School Scam Ran for 13 Years
     
  444. How Michigan's School Rankings Aggravate Social Tensions
     
  445. March Madness Office Pools: Illegal, But Tolerated
     
  446. Need a Job? Michigan's Unemployment Rate Better than U.S. Average
     
  447. Are Michigan's Record Labor Force Gains Real?

    Can we celebrate recent record-breaking job growth figures?


     
  448. The Republicans Who Voted to Ration School Choice in Detroit
     
  449. Republican Senate Bails Out Detroit Schools, Rations School Choice
     
  450. Skorup in Midland Daily News on Occupational Licensure

    Remove needless barriers that block entrepreneurs and job seekers


     
  451. Fact-Checking Teacher Union Math on Detroit Schools
     
  452. R.I. Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal to Cost State Money
     
  453. When Obstructionist Teachers Unions Applaud the Senate Republicans ...
     
  454. Michigan House Passes Bill Eliminating Forfeiture Bonding

    Would repeal a requirement that people post a bond to recover property that was sized without a criminal conviction


     
  455. The Real Story Behind the Feds Pursuing 'Climate Change Deniers'
     
  456. Mackinac Center Director of Education Policy on Senate Passage of DPS Bills

    Michigan Senate Approves New Commission, Prevents New Educational Choices


     
  457. Holding Back Social Promotion: Florida’s Example Promises Stronger Readers

    Well-designed third-grade retention policies can work


     
  458. Supposed To Be For the Children
     
  459. Meme This: Michigan Sells a Lot to China
     
  460. Detroit Receives Friendly Airbnb Ranking

    Here’s the best regulatory approach for the state


     
  461. March 18, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Detroit school bailout, extra liquor license for big stores, digital assets


     
  462. U-M Economist: 'Michigan's Economy is Doing Great'
     
  463. More People Looking for Jobs and Fewer People Not Finding Them
     
  464. March Madness Betting Pools are Illegal in Michigan

    Bet with friends at your own risk


     
  465. Acton Wins Tax Dispute in Grand Rapids

    City unfairly targeted the group


     
  466. State Rankings Penalize Schools for Having More Poor Kids
     
  467. IMPACT March/April 2016
     
  468. Local Grocery Bag Bans Coming? Not If These Legislators Prevail
     
  469. New Bill Fixes a Pension Problem, Leaves Major Problem Untouched

    Boosted pensions aren't the main cause of underfunding


     
  470. Flint Shows Importance of Open Government

    Reitz in The Detroit News


     
  471. Bill Would Let Detroit Schools Collect Automated 'Photocop' Traffic Fines
     
  472. State Licensing Laws Affecting Where People Choose to Live
    Another reason to loosen labor regulations
     
  473. Teachers Union Spends Little of Its Funds on Bargaining
     
  474. Screening of 'Poverty, Inc.'

    Sponsored by Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.


     
  475. No Auto Bailout, but Johnson Controls Got Big Government Subsidies
     
  476. Who’s Picking Up the Tab?
     
  477. March 11, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    “Stale” petition signatures, bank examiner powers, arson burns


     
  478. State Dodges Deadline for High Stakes School Performance List
     
  479. Vernuccio Joined WXYZ for Primary Night

    How labor issues factor into the 2016 election


     
  480. 'Reckless Expansion' of Charter Schools? Not Quite
     
  481. Healthy Charter Sector Belies Need for Commission, Extra Regulation

    Michigan's charters are excellent and improving


     
  482. Despite Candidate Rhetoric, Michigan Exports to Mexico Continue to Gain

    Freer trade is good for Michigan and the country


     
  483. UNION RECERTIFICATION

    Most union members have never had a say in which union represents them in their workplace. This is because once a union is certified, it normally maintains that certification indefinitely. When new employees start on the job, they are simply given a union card and told which union is representing them — they have no voice in the matter. 


     
  484. Charter School Critics: Accountability For Thee But Not For Me
     
  485. DeGrow Letter Published in Wall Street Journal

    Rebutting DPS allegations from teacher union president


     
  486. Gov. Snyder Releases 21,730 Flint Documents, No Charge; City Wants $172,000
     
  487. NPR Quotes Hohman to Correct Sanders

    NAFTA is not responsible for Detroit's woes


     
  488. Michigan Corporate Welfare’s Secret Giveaway: $1 Billion in 2016

    State refuses to disclose how much each company gets


     
  489. Trump, Snyder Agree: More Visas for Foreigners With Degrees

    Possible change of course for presidential candidate


     
  490. Why Can't Detroit Go to all Charter Schools Like New Orleans?
     
  491. Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Boosting Economic Growth
     
  492. You Are Paying for Local Government Tax Hike Ads
     
  493. A Path to Real Regulatory Reform: Decrease Michigan’s Licensing Burden
     
  494. Highly Paid Officials Don't Always Equal High Public School Performance
     
  495. Charter Schools Are Not to Blame for Pension Woes

    The way to catch up on underfunding is not to rope more people in


     
  496. March 4, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
    Teens with liquor, bikers without a license, DNR double dipping
     
  497. Public Records and the Office of the Governor

    FOIA lessons from the rest of the states


     
  498. In Grand Rapids, Your Home is Not Always Your Castle
     
  499. Michigan's Highest Paid School Employees (No. 1 Makes $368,836)
     
  500. Maryland Cigarette Excise Tax Hike Proposal Irresponsible
     
  501. Don’t Limit Workers’ Right to Work

    Bill would allow employees to vote on right-to-work


     
  502. Here’s Where Teachers Get the Highest Pay in Michigan
     
  503. West Virginia Excise Tax Hike Proposal Invites Smugglers

    How Raising Cigarette Taxes Could Increase More Than Revenue


     
  504. Court: Can't Prove Union Encouraged Sickouts; Union Boasts of Them In Newsletter
     
  505. Michigan Capitol Confidential
     
  506. In 20 Years, Only Two Corporate Welfare Recipients Created 1,000+ Jobs
     
  507. Why Don't Detroit's Most Successful Public Schools Get More Praise?
     
  508. February 26, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    “Reasonable” government electioneering, save sweltering children, teach the Holocaust


     
  509. Charter School Group Demands Apology from Detroit Free Press Columnist
     
  510. Wright Discusses Scalia on Let it Rip

    Panel discussion on replacing the deceased Supreme Court judge


     
  511. Cherry-Picking Michigan Charter Data Leads to Wrong Conclusions

    Based on the best evidence, charter schools are a net benefit


     
  512. Mackinac Research Cited by Wall Street Journal

    Two articles examine right-to-work in West Virginia and across the country


     
  513. Friedrichs Case Petitioners: For Want of a Justice
     
  514. Grand Rapids: Michigan's Boomtown

    Recovered from recession and grown beyond its 2000 peak


     
  515. New Context and Performance Report Card in the News

    Study ranks elementary and middle schools with socioeconomic context


     
  516. Federal Funding Favors Poorer School Districts Like Detroit
     
  517. February Viewpoints

    Analysis of Worker's Comp, DPS Reform and Income Inequality in Michigan


     
  518. The Flint Water Crisis and the Challenge of City Infrastructure

    Sponsored by Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.


     
  519. If You Can't Believe Huffington Post on Charter Schools ...
     
  520. Average New York Teachers Makes $76,000 — Media Ignores to Exaggerate ‘Attacks'
     
  521. Michigan Public Schools Get More Money than Ever to Cover Operations
     
  522. Poor Cities Don't Equal Underfunded Public Schools
     
  523. February 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint water rebates, raises for judges, more sap for you


     
  524. Democrats Want Higher Minimum Wage for Others While Paying Their Workers Nothing
     
  525. Free Press Quotes LaFaive on Arena Deal

    Possible conflict of interest in new Red Wings venue


     
  526. Union Official Peddles False Figures in Teacher Pay Complaint
     
  527. Let Them Work: Solutions for Michigan’s Overbearing Occupational Licensing Laws

    Occupational licensing is now the biggest issue in labor economics, with even more of an effect than unions.  On a national basis 25 percent of all Americans need the government’s permission and specific credentials before they can work.  That is more than twice as many people who are members of unions—11 percent and declining—and 25 times the number who earn the minimum wage.


     
  528. Unions are Super PACS
     
  529. IMPACT January/February 2016
     
  530. The Best Elementary and Middle Schools in Michigan

    New Context and Performance Report Card released


     
  531. Legislation Would Prevent State From Advertising to Get More People on Medicaid
     
  532. The Context and Performance Report Card: Public Elementary and Middle Schools, 2015
     
  533. Bill Would Fine 'Aggressive' Panhandlers
     
  534. LaFaive and Nesbit Op-ed Published in Lincoln Journal Star

    Raising cigarette taxes would increase smuggling


     
  535. Setting the Record Straight on Teacher Pay Won't 'Destroy Public Education'
     
  536. Historic District Horror Stories
     
  537. Bill Would End Monopoly on New Auto Sales
     
  538. Majority of States in Country Are Now Right-to-Work

    West Virginia Legislature overrides Governor’s veto


     
  539. February 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Nude dancing, pet adoption background checks, unionization and pensions


     
  540. State Officials Lose Official Representation in Flint Water Lawsuit
     
  541. State Will Collect $725 Million More Next Year
     
  542. Governor’s Budget Pays for Medicaid Expansion with a Gas Tax

    And spending continues to increase


     
  543. Speed Trap Empire Strikes Back at Reform Effort
     
  544. Higher Education Subsidies: Is College More ‘Affordable’ for Those Who Don’t Go?

    Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal hikes cost to taxpayers


     
  545. Marquette County Takes on EPA
     
  546. Detroit Classrooms Are Not Overcrowded
     
  547. Andrew Coulson: In Memoriam

    Remembering a great champion of educational freedom


     
  548. Vernuccio Interviewed by Wall Street Journal

    West Virginia Legislature votes for right-to-work


     
  549. Put Parents in the Drivers Seat of Detroit School Reform
     
  550. Inequality in Michigan: Not As Bad As You Think
     
  551. New Bills Would Put Teeth Into Ignored Teacher Strike Law
     
  552. Michigan Worker’s Compensation Reforms Have Succeeded
     
  553. Karl Marx the Most Assigned Text at Michigan Colleges
     
  554. Your Tax Return Fundraises For These Nonprofits
     
  555. West Virginia House Vote Could Tip National Scale on Right-to-Work

    State poised to become 26th right-to-work state


     
  556. February 5, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint water bill rebates, dark skies, tax breaks for developers


     
  557. Little Evidence That Unions Make Workers Safer

    right-to-work, injury


     
  558. Poor Decisions, Not Funding System, Fuel Detroit Schools’ Woes

    DPS has benefited from state loan program


     
  559. Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Economic Growth

    Only broad changes will improve the state's economy


     
  560. School District Thwarts Transparency With Unnecessary Costs
     
  561. Right-to-Work States Enjoying Faster Job Growth
     
  562. Michigan Competitiveness Stuck on Mediocre

    Economic outlook has improved, but could be better


     
  563. Nastiest Bumper Sticker Ever

    Addressing common misconceptions about capitalism


     
  564. Blizzard Hits East Coast But Climate Change Not Blamed
     
  565. School District Used Second-Graders to Urge Tax Vote
     
  566. Friends of Freedom

    Featuring Michigan Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter


     
  567. Civil Forfeiture Timeline
     
  568. School Transportation News Features Center Study

    Survey of school service privatization 


     
  569. Like Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering for Tax Hikes? Here’s a Bill for You

    Legislation would gut new taxpayer-friendly restrictions


     
  570. Bills Would Repeal Legislators', Governor's Open Records Law Exemptions
     
  571. College Grads Attracted to Opportunity Before Bike Lanes

    To increase college grads, increase opportunities for all


     
  572. Big Turnout, Crossover Voters May Spice Up Michigan's Presidential Primary
     
  573. Stage Set For West Virginia to Become Next Right-to-Work State
     
  574. Taxing Matters: Michigan's Middling Rank

    Michigan tax burden mediocre; improvements can be made


     
  575. Right-to-Work States Have Faster Income Growth
     
  576. Government’s Free Pass to Trespass

    Some homeowners find property assessor guidelines objectionable


     
  577. January 29, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint crisis money, drone bans, animal abuser checks


     
  578. In Memoriam: Bruce Beerbower
     
  579. State: 'Secure Our Future' NOT Code for 'Vote Yes on Tax Hike' (wink, wink)
     
  580. House May Push Back Against Snyder's Detroit School Plan
     
  581. Vernuccio Testifies on Right-to-Work in West Virginia

    Director of Labor Policy described how states benefit from worker freedom


     
  582. Sports Stadium Deals Consistently Strike Out

    Cities fail to negotiate deals that protect taxpayers


     
  583. Director of Research Speaks at Operation Action U.P.

    Van Beek discusses effects of and solutions to over regulation


     
  584. Debate Rages Over How Often Government Pushes For A 'Yes' Vote on Tax Hikes
     
  585. Give Michigan Special-Needs Students Fair Access to the Best Options

    Michigan should consider a full range of choice


     
  586. Mackinac in the News for School Choice Week

    Op-eds highlight benefits of educational options


     
  587. Myth-Busting the Michigan 'Gag Order' Law
    What Senate Bill 571 actually does
     
  588. Senate Acts, House Dallies on Pension Spiking and Union Release Time Bills
     
  589. Detroit Teachers Make More Than Twice Average Household
     
  590. It's Time to Expand Public Records Transparency

    It's time to expand public records transparency


     
  591. Whistleblowers Allege Police Pension Spiking Scheme
     
  592. Correct Union Right-to-Work Analogy: Like Firing Vegetarians for Not Buying Meat
     
  593. Center Featured in West Virginia Media

    West Virginia could become 26th right-to-work state


     
  594. Pension Reform Failure Cost Michigan Taxpayers $6 Billion or More

    It harms current employees and retirees as well


     
  595. Thank You for Supporting CapCon!
     
  596. Thank You for Supporting the Center!
     
  597. Bills Impose Accountability on Powerful Historic Districts
     
  598. Detroit is Not Really Tracking the 'Comp Time' of its Employees
     
  599. Michigan Can Do More On Occupational Licensing
    Free event in Lansing next month
     
  600. January 22, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint water money, driving while stoned, more


     
  601. Don't Blame Lack of Money for Deplorable Conditions in Detroit Schools
     
  602. Removing Someone Else's Dog Collar Could Mean Jail Time
     
  603. In West Virginia Right-to-Work Debate, Unions Re-Use Scare Story Script
     
  604. Hit Rewind: Union Trots Out False 'School Cuts' Claim (Again)
     
  605. How the Flint Water Story Was Uncovered
     
  606. Group Seeks to Press Tesla Sales Issue in Lansing
     
  607. Indicted Detroit Principal Claims Robin Hood Status, Collected Six-Figure Paychecks
     
  608. Republican Senators Propose Sales Tax Increase for Roads
     
  609. Pity the Pollsters: Cellphones Complicate Fraught Process
     
  610. West Virginia Could Become 26th Right-to-Work State
     
  611. CON Law Restricts Patient Access to Critical Health Care Services

    State gets no benefit from protectionist rationing scheme


     
  612. January 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Occupational licensure mandates, African-American needs, more


     
  613. Money, Not Governance, Appears Main Focus of New Detroit School Proposal
     
  614. Read This Or You May Die
     
  615. Michigan Universities Doing Just Fine

    And without more taxpayer money


     
  616. City: Vote 'Yes' On Tax Hike or You May Die
     
  617. The Numbers Behind Upcoming Adequacy Study

    Michigan students slow to improve, despite increased funding


     
  618. Detroit School Bailout Jeopardized by Teacher Sickouts
     
  619. Statewide Ridesharing Regulations

    A simple solution to the Uber lawsuit


     
  620. Michigan’s Next Criminal Intent Challenge

    Many local ordinances would benefit from reform


     
  621. Pravda Worked for the Kremlin, Why Not Here?
     
  622. In Michigan, $1.5 Billion Powerball Pot Just $522 Million After Taxes
     
  623. Supreme Court Tone Appears to Favor Ending Agency Fees to Unions
     
  624. Unions Do Not Benefit All Employees

    Friedrichs is a case study in how unions can benefit some at the expense of others


     
  625. Vernuccio Op-ed Published on FoxNews.com

    Labor policy director discusses Friedrichs case in press


     
  626. Detroit District Teachers Stage Sickout; Charter Teachers Go to Work
     
  627. Detroit Teacher Sickout Strike Causes 80 Percent of Students to Miss School
     
  628. This Supreme Court Case Could Forever Change Government Unions
     
  629. State Legislature Looking to Address Detroit School Sickouts
     
  630. Union Officials Spin Lawsuit Doom and Disinformation, Members Don’t Buy It
     
  631. Ratepayers vs. Monopoly: How Will Next Utilities Commissioner Rule?
     
  632. Michigan Voters Will Now Have to Select Their Politicians Individually
     
  633. Union Activists Protest Opposition to Coerced Union Dues
     
  634. Mackinac Center Subject of SEIU Protest

    Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association at issue


     
  635. New Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering Restrictions Anger Local Government Tax Hikers
     
  636. Fewer Opportunity Seekers Flee Michigan

    The number of customers heading out of Michigan was largely offset by the number moving into the state.


     
  637. MEA Announces Violation of Right-to-Work Law, Says Members May Leave at Anytime

    Notice published in official magazine


     
  638. Michigan Economy No Longer Dependent on Auto Industry
     
  639. The Real Problem with Government Pensions

    Hint: It's not markets or greedy workers


     
  640. Star Wars Made $1 Billion in 10 Days; Feds Spend That Much During Every Showing
     
  641. Political Reasons, Not Economic Ones, Keep Corporate Welfare Agency Alive
     
  642. Weekly Standard Features Mackinac Center Research

    Examining government alcohol control across the country


     
  643. Vernuccio Quoted on UAW Bullying in The Detroit News

    Coverage of intimidation by UAW local


     
  644. Rebecca Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association
     
  645. Michigan’s Walkathon Ban: A Repeal 80 Years in the Making
     
  646. Schools Seek New Property Tax Powers
     
  647. Use a Charter School Board to Reorganize Detroit Public Schools
     
  648. Schools and Locals Electioneer for Tax Hikes, State Nods
     
  649. What You Read Last Year: Our Top Stories of 2015
     
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