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  1. Planning for Life Workshop – Traverse City, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2017 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  2. Planning for Life Workshop – Grand Rapids, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2017 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  3. Home Sharing: Michigan’s Next Property Rights Battle

    Renting out the family summer cottage is a common practice in Michigan, but with today’s technologies, it’s easier than ever, empowered by companies like AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO and more. These short-term rentals mean vacationers can find a place much more easily and inexpensively, while owners can earn some extra money. It seems like a win-win.

  4. Fighting for Free Speech on Michigan University Campuses

    Some institutions of higher education have cracked down on free speech. Even in Michigan, universities have speech codes that restrict students’ speech, campus groups have prevented speakers from delivering talks and administrators have stopped individuals from handing outcertain literature.

  5. Teacher Wears Pizza Uniform From Second Job To Protest Pay
  6. Favors for Aircraft Owners, Liquor Cartel and Salt Company; Canines in Cafés, More
    May 26, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  7. Conflicted: Unions Call Nonmembers ‘Free Riders,’ But Insist on Representing Them
  8. Writer Insinuates Racial Politics in DeVos’ Hometown, But Events Rebut Claim
  9. State Retirement Managers Develop Convenient, Hypocritical Excuse
    Tantamount to only brushing your teeth when you go to the dentist
  10. Did You Know? Post-Water Crisis, Fed and State Money Pours Into Flint
  11. Pension Shortfall Since 2009 is Enough to Give Every Teacher a $180K Bonus
  12. Pension Reform Legislation Benefits Students, Teachers and Taxpayers
    If the problem had been fixed earlier, schools could have had additional $1,600 per student
  13. School District Spent $275,000 in Public Dollars on Tax Hike Vote
  14. Michigan Teachers Are the Nation’s Highest Paid
  15. Official State Plan for Failing Schools: Meetings, Plans, Discussions, More Plans
  16. School Funding in Michigan Reaches All-Time High
    Record revenues for schools likely will continue
  17. Criminalize Female Genital Mutilation, Authorize Flint Promise Zone Tax
    May 19, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  18. Astroturf? Facebook Page Promotes Union Politics Under Tea Party Flag
  19. If US Relied on Solar, Not Coal, 12 Million Workers Would Need to Be Repurposed
  20. From the Model T to Driverless Cars: How Michigan Can Lead in Transportation Innovation

    You may not have seen them on the highway yet, but autonomous vehicles are here. The potential benefits of this and related technologies are immense. But they also present new and unique regulatory and infrastructure challenges for state and local governments. Brent Skorup of the Mercatus Center has written extensively on these issues and will lay out the principles and practices policymakers should pursue when determining how to regulate these new technologies.

  21. Why Michigan Has a Pension Problem
    Everyone wants to avoid responsibilities on retiree benefits
  22. National Park Service Spends $506k to Promote Old Cars
  23. If School Pensions are ‘Vital,’ They Should Have Been Properly Funded
    School employees are the state's largest creditors
  24. Michigan Democrats Vote to Give Detroit Schools Money for Students Who Don't Go There
  25. Unions for Underfunding
    Claims of AFSCME aside, an underfunded pension plan benefits from closing it, not keeping it open
  26. From the Model T to Driverless Cars: How Michigan Can Lead in Transportation Innovation
    Free event in Lansing to explore emerging vehicle technologies
  27. Study Suggests Segregation Hurting Battle Creek Schools’ Budget
  28. Not Taxed Enough? How About Now? Is It Ever Enough for Special Interests?
  29. 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. Applications for businesses are open until April 15, and the marketplace is free and open to the public.
  30. 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. Applications for businesses are open until April 15, and the marketplace is free and open to the public.
  31. Michigan Public School Enrollment Down 25 Percent Since 1978
  32. Michigan Motorists Taxed More; Media and Special Interests Say ‘Not Enough’
  33. A Sad Passing, and Some Budget Votes
    May 12, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  34. Mackinac Center Welcomes James Barrett to Board
    Past Michigan Chamber president brings public, private sector expertise to free-market think tank
  35. Zero Dollars For Michigan Infrastructure? Only If $4 Billion For Transportation Not Counted
  36. Union Says Don’t Change Pension System, But Most Teachers Get No Pension
  37. Why Trump is Wrong About Trade

    There aren’t many policies that get near unanimous support from economists, but free trade is one of them. Despite this, a central theme of the 2016 presidential campaign, heard from both political parties, was that free trade was somehow harmful to the United States and corrective action was needed. Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, will make the case for why President Trump’s assessment of free trade is misguided.

  38. Do Renewables Really Make Economic Sense?
    Let’s find out by letting them compete in a free market
  39. Trump Administration Can Protect Funds Intended for Disabled and Low-Income
    Study explains how to stop the union ‘dues skim’ of federal money
  40. Let People Rent Out Their Property
    New bills would let homeowners use Airbnb, other services
  41. How to Stop the 'Dues Skim' of Federal Home Health Care and Child Care Funding

    A PDF copy of this study is available.


    United States taxpayers currently spend $545 billion annually on the federal government’s Medicaid program. This money is meant to aid the disabled and vulnerable and to support low-income families. However, millions of these dollars are being redirected before they ever reach the people they are meant to support.

    About $41.5 billion of Medicaid funds are sent to states through the Home and Community-Based Services “waiver” program.This waiver allows those eligible for Medicaid — individuals suffering from a disability, illness or other affliction — to use these funds to pay for in-home care, as opposed to enrolling in an institution. These in-home services are often provided by family members or friends, or other local, independent providers. Medicaid payments are sent directly to these providers on behalf of their Medicaid-eligible “client.”


  42. Big Pension Bite Likely On Kellogg's $51 Million Battle Creek Schools Gift
  43. Congressional Science Spending Largely Untouched
    Federal spending bill lets the air out of protestor’s tires
  44. Michigan House Considers Constitutional Amendment to Protect Data
    Proposed law would provide urgently required protections to individual rights to privacy and property in Michigan
  45. Operating Some of Michigan's Best Public Schools is Not A Crime
  46. Support Young Entrepreneurs at the Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Free, public event showcases the next generation of job creators
  47. Central Academy Excels on High School Report Card
    Ann Arbor charter builds cultural awareness, character
  48. Mackinac Center Praises Lawmakers Trying To Hold Pure Michigan Program Accountable
    One Democratic lawmaker tried to defund multi-million dollar program; others calling for investigation into unsubstantiated ROI claims
  49. Evidence? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Evidence, Imply Tourism Officials
    Tourism officials make claims they can’t support
  50. Legislature Overhauls Michigan’s Criminal Justice System
  51. The Legislative Clock is Ticking
  52. Don’t Bring Back Granholm’s Tax Credit Legacy
  53. How Much Are Goldfish Worth? $4.3M If Called ‘Great Lakes Restoration’
  54. Schools in Poorer Towns ‘Poorly Funded’ — If You Don't Count All Their Funding
  55. False Assertions Abound about Green Energy Program
    Will DTE support true consumer choice in electricity?
  56. Big Handouts for Developers, OK to Warm Up Car in Driveway, Social Media Games
    May 5, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  57. Legally Innocent, Yet Behind Bars
    Michigan’s cash bail system means pre-trial justice may not be so just
  58. Matthew Elliott: The Brains Behind Brexit

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

  59. Dem Amendment Would Define Michigan's Top High School As Criminal Enterprise
  60. Michigan Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Licensing Bill
    Sen. Peters, Rep. Walberg working together to remove needless barriers to employment
  61. Parents Blast District For Using Emergency Contact Info To Push Tax Vote
  62. A Better Way to Fund Universities
    Give the money to students
  63. Court of Appeals Unanimously Rules Against MEA’s ‘August Window’; Upholds Teachers’ Right to Work
    Not a single judge agreed with the union on this issue
  64. 28 Months After Bankruptcy, Detroit Misses Fiscal Report Deadline A Second Time
  65. ‘Fact Check’ on Higher Education Piece Falls Flat
    State aid for colleges still wasteful
  66. It’s Time for Michigan to End Civil Forfeiture
    The state takes at least $20 million a year from Michiganders
  67. Should Construction Workers Pay Taxes to Billionaires?
    Under proposed legislation, some of them would
  68. Doctored Video Promotes Authentic Tax Hike in Northern Michigan School District
  69. Election Today! And Plenty of Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering, Too
  70. Legislature Considers Reopening a Closed Business Subsidy Program
    Good Jobs For Michigan is a repackaged MEGA
  71. Michigan’s Public Pensions Are at Risk
    Office of Retirement Services must explain appearance of poor management
  72. Former Legislator Over-the-Top on Lobbyists Lying
  73. Top 3 Public Schools in Michigan Are Charter Schools
  74. Feds Subsidize Solar Cell Maker - And Its Customer
  75. Authorize “Choose Life” and Pro-Sports License Plates; Ban Police Sex with Prostitutes and Lasing Aircraft
    April 28, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  76. Grand Rapids is a Regional Leader in Attracting People
    City leads Minneapolis and Chicago in population growth
  77. Colbeck Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Campus Free Speech Infringements
  78. Teachers Union Claims Poverty Is Growing In Michigan — But It’s Not
  79. The Fake School Employee: Retiring Union President Spikes $115K State Pension
  80. Back to the MEGA Future: Good Jobs for Michigan Reinvents Failed MEGA Program
    Proposed law shares remarkable similarities with old, failed law
  81. Larry Reed Versus ‘Smug, Arrogant, Self-Righteous, PC, Campus Insanity’
    Mackinac Center founder bullied by leftist authoritarians while giving lecture on ancient Rome
  82. It Would Take 600 Wind Turbines to Replace One Closing U.P. Coal Plant
  83. After Obamacare: How Michigan Can Deliver on Patient-Centered Health Care

    Obamacare repeal-and-replace is underway, and regardless of whether it passes or fails big, changes are coming for Michigan’s medical services and insurance industry, and the state’s social welfare system, especially Medicaid.

  84. Save Closures for Truly Failing Schools
    Context needed for decisions, whether by state or local officials
  85. Taxpayer Funded Electioneering in Full Swing Before May 2 Tax Votes
  86. Nothing More Certain Than Taxes and School Officials Wanting More of Them
  87. Official Would Need 7-Day, 14-Hour Schedule to Juggle Three City Jobs
  88. Switchblades, Slingshots, Sneaky School Debt Schemes and More
    April 21, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  89. Wind Industry Titan Soaks Up Billions in Tax Subsidies
  90. Proposed Corporate Giveaway Unlikely to Grow Economy
    Lawmakers should consider the full costs of corporate welfare before they approve it
  91. Another Michigan School District, Another False Union ‘Teacher Pay Cuts’ Story
  92. Official Collects Six-Figure Pay From Multiple Cities Simultaneously
  93. Dear House Tax Committee: Pure Michigan Return on Investment Not Validated
    State Rep. Jim Tedder asks the right question
  94. Net Domestic Migration by County
    Michigan county gains and losses
  95. While Schools Try Fiscal Responsibility, Union Sets Up Protests
  96. Excessive Lawmaking Road to ‘Regiment Every Aspect of Society and Commerce’
    Lawmakers "regiment every aspect of society"
  97. What’s Old is New Again: Another Subsidy Program Being Considered by Legislature
    Good for politicians and well-connected businesses, bad for Michigan
  98. Awash In Millions In Government Subsidies, Solar Company Still Shuttered Michigan Plant
  99. State Dials Back Pollyannaish Pension Assumptions, Admits Deeper Hole
  100. Some Recently Introduced Bills of Interest
    April 14, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  101. Dem Candidate For Governor Says: Preserve Failed Detroit Schools, Close Charters
  102. Interest on School Pension Underfunding Could Pay Entire Prison System Cost
  103. Wake-Up Call Helps Rural School Bloom
    Bloomingdale leaves state watch list
  104. Detroit School Enrollment Reaches Historic Low
  105. Michigan Pothole Hotline Has More Business This Year
    Call or fill out a form to request a repair
  106. Secretive Bidder Wins Pure Michigan Contract Over Transparent One
    Auditor General, not MEDC, should hire reviews of corporate welfare programs
  107. Pension Funding Best Practices Remembered
    But only when they serve bureaucrat Interests
  108. If Neighbor's Wind Turbine Flings Ice Chunks In Your Yard Is It Trespassing?
  109. Regulatory Swamp-Draining Gets Boost In Washington
    Trump’s Regulatory Affairs Director appears serious, and she has a record
  110. Criminal Justice Reforms Signed Into Law, More Left to Do
    Enacting some long-overdue reforms should pave the way to pass several others this year
  111. Property Tax Bills May Spike Due To School Pension Underfunding
  112. Don’t Bring Back Granholm’s Tax Credit Legacy
    Legislators are considering it
  113. The Failing Business of Business Favors
    What would you say you do around here?
  114. Mackinac Center Policy Expert Recommendations 2017-2018
  115. School Claims Its Tax Hike Emails Don't Invade Privacy - but Opponent's Would
  116. Fighting Fake News With Deceptive Cartoons
  117. School Inc. Could Open Michigan Viewers’ Eyes
    New documentary closely follows major Arizona choice law
  118. These Seven Proposals Would Change Michigan’s Constitution
    April 7, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  119. Democrat Told Occupiers 'Too Much Corporate Politics’; Votes for More in 2017
  120. Don't Force Charter Schools Into State Pension Plan
  121. Up in the Dumps
    Michigan landfill business is booming
  122. Out, Out, Brief Candle!
    Could Mr. Trump’s “Energy Independence” executive order mean the end of life on Earth?
  123. Proposed Wind Turbines In Michigan County Taller Than 'Mighty Mac'
  124. Michigan Government Salaries Database Shows Value of Transparency
    Public records now at public’s fingertips
  125. Michigan Treasury Erroneously Sent Out a $14.5 Million Check
  126. State Officials' Pension Underfunding Crushing Michigan School Budgets
  127. Planting Trees in Vacant Parking Lots to Save Great Lakes
  128. Ann Arbor School Board Member: Have Charters Contribute to Public School Pension Fund
  129. State Should Review Supreme Court Pay
    Salaries have been frozen for 15 years
  130. Governor’s Cyber School Cuts Don’t Add Up
  131. Tax Feeders Declare a Truce at the Trough
  132. Ex-Offenders Are Closing the Gap
  133. Legislative Testimony
  134. Michigan Incomes Up Strong After 4 Years of ‘Right-to-Work-for-Less’
  135. Children of Monsters: The Strange Lives of Children of Dictators

    Please join us at Northwood University as Jay Nordlinger, senior editor at National Review, presents his book "Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators."

  136. The Fight Over Plastic Pipes in Michigan
  137. No Government? No Problem
    Michiganders create innovations, not merely solutions, when problem-solving
  138. The Legislative Clock is Ticking
    It's time for free-market reformers to act
  139. More Corporate Handouts, Water Down Graduation Standards, Breathalyzed Minors
    March 31, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  140. How Lansing Dodges Tax Cuts
  141. Hybrid Plan Did Not Fix School Retirement System
    It is at risk of underfunding and has barely enough assets
  142. 1,400 Michigan Wind Turbines Needed To Replace The Palisades Nuclear Plant
  143. Michael Moore: Trump Rule Change Means Human Extinction
  144. Trust Parents with School Grading System
    No good reason to complicate or hide information
  145. Michigan to Pay $660 Million in Secret Corporate Giveaways This Year
  146. Media's Attacks on DeVos Rife with Factual Inaccuracies
  147. Prompt Government Transparency is Vital to Democracy
    Delay of 106 days results in lawsuit for University of Michigan
  148. Michigan Government Salaries Database Corrected after State Admits Fault
    Office of Retirement Services blames ‘technical error’ for thousands of incorrect salary numbers
  149. Meet the New Detroit School District: Fewer Students, More Expenses, a Deficit
  150. A Case for Popular ISD Board Elections
    Agencies spending more of state’s K-12 tax dollars
  151. IMPACT March/April 2017
  152. Money For Nothing: Best Teachers’ Pay Stagnates While ‘Ineffectives’ Get Raise
  153. Better Managed Moose Get $203k From 'Critical' Great Lakes Funds
  154. You, Too, Can Be A Certified Media Fact-Checker For Just $99
  155. Why Mackinac Published Names and Wages of Government Workers in a Searchable Database
    The information belongs to the people
  156. Michigan Capitol Confidential
  157. Firing Police, Concealed Pistol Regs, Internet Games Not Gambling
    March 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  158. An Empire of Smuggled Smokes
    New York's cigarette taxes have sparked a huge black market and should be rolled back
  159. Union Privileges Cost Veterans
    Providing unions with "official time" hurts the important work of the VA
  160. Do High Tax States Grow Faster?
  161. Great Lakes Restoration: $62k For 'Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience'
  162. Mackinac Center Temporarily Removes Some State Employee Salaries from Database After Questioning Accuracy of State Data
    Website contains salary info of nearly 300,000 government workers for each of the past three years
  163. Government Transparency Groups Announce Database of Public Employee Salaries
    Website contains salary info of nearly 300,000 government workers for each of the past three years
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  165. Governor's Commission Rejects Voters' Judgment On More Windmills
  166. Superintendent: We Don't Have Money To Give Top Teachers Merit Pay
  167. Wellspring Prep Growing Strong
    Diverse Grand Rapids charter readies kids for college
  168. Good With His Hands, But Sidelined By Massage License Requirement
  169. Governor's Tourism Conference Must Address Pure Michigan Shortfalls
    Mackinac Center analyst offers counterpoint to state’s promotion campaign
  170. Henry Ford Community College Gets 'Yellow Light' Rating for Speech Code
  171. $581k In Great Lakes Restoration Money For Mohawk Tribe To Talk Fish, Tribal Beliefs
  172. Michigan Wants to Fine Schools for Indian Mascots But Not for Violating State Laws
  173. Michigan’s Regulatory Laws Lead to Fewer Jobs, More Crime
    Licensing rules are a criminal justice issue
  174. Flashing Lights, Beaming Aircraft, Access to Legislator Records, More
    March 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  175. In the Battle for Jobs, Subsidy Programs Shoot Blanks
    More subsidies won’t improve economy
  176. Statement on the FY2018 Federal Budget Blueprint
    Lots of details to work out, but budget deserves recognition
  177. Union Rules: Ineffective Teacher's Raise is 4x That of 'Teacher Of The Year'
  178. The Value of Pipelines (and Line 5) to Michigan
    Testimony from the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board
  179. Michigan Already Awash in Business Subsidies
    Lawmakers should reject latest proposal for more
  180. Extra Caution Needed On 'Average' Teacher Salary Claims
  181. State Government Workforce Up First Time In 7 Years
  182. Michigan Should Reject Special Corporate Developer Bills
    Senate bills 111-115 being considered
  183. Licensing: Fact vs. Fiction FAQ
  184. Michigan's Occupational Licensing Requirements
  185. License to (Not) Work: Mackinac Center Releases New Study on Occupational Licensing
    Assessing the impact of arbitrary licensing laws on the Michigan economy
  186. This Isn’t Working: How Michigan’s Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers

    Click here for a PDF of the full study.

    The Declaration of Independence lists the “pursuit of happiness” as one of Americans’ “unalienable rights.” For most, this includes the ability to pursue a vocation of their choice. But occupational licensure laws stand in the way of many people trying to exercise this right. For too many people, the right to pursue their dreams has been halted by governments that require them to jump through hoops, pay fees and meet other often arbitrary and inconsistent requirements.

    This report gathers data on every occupational license in Michigan. It describes the impact and costs of licensure laws, as documented in the empirical research that has been conducted on this issue. It explains how and why licensing requirements are typically created, but also outlines some of the fundamental problems with a broad licensing regime. Finally, it compares Michigan’s licensing requirements to those of other states and makes recommendations for how the state could reform occupational licensure for the benefit of job-seekers and entrepreneurs and for the state’s economy as a whole.

  187. Best Teachers Take Pay Cut In This Big Michigan School District
  188. Average Teacher Pay in Macomb County's Utica District: $80k
  189. Michigan Has Reversed the Flow of Interstate Migration with Illinois
    Illinois used to gain net population from Michigan
  190. The Secrecy of 'Pure Michigan'
  191. The Best-Paying Public School Districts In Michigan
  192. $135k To Study Insects Called ‘Great Lakes Restoration’
  193. HONEST Act – EPA Science and Transparency
    This should be ‘science 101’
  194. How We Use FOIA to Hold Government Accountable
    Happy ‘Sunshine Week’ 2017
  195. Republicans, Pursue Your Agenda with Gusto
    Advice for the Legislative majority
  196. Michigan Will Soon Restrict Real Estate Agents When Displaying Their Names
  197. Property Taxes Are Michigan Governments' Largest Money Maker
  198. Some Small Tax Breaks, But Total State Tax Collections Rise Faster
  199. Close To Immortal: Michigan Won't Close Failing Public Schools After All
  200. Michigan Medicaid Patient Can't Find Care, So She Pays For Innovative Alternative
  201. How Many College Bureaucrats Does It Take To Answer A Records Request?
  202. Governor’s Cyber School Cuts Don’t Add Up
    Online charters already perform OK for much less money
  203. Copper Mine Regulations, Parole and Probation Reforms, Expelled Lawmakers
    March 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  204. Sweeping Criminal Justice Reforms For Michigan
    After four long years of debate, change has finally arrived
  205. $750k 'Great Lakes' Grant Included Reverting Golf Course To Natural State
  206. Affluent School Districts Benefit From Expanded State 'At Risk' Spending
  207. Ridesharing Gets Rolling in Michigan
    Massive expansion after sensible regulations passed
  208. Applications Open for Second Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Children ages 6-14 encouraged to apply
  209. Ideas Liberals and Conservatives Can Agree On
    Plenty of middle ground, even in a divisive political climate
  210. Obscure Websites and Protecting Great Lakes
  211. Having Police on Foot Patrols Benefits Communities, Experts Say
  212. Debate Resources: Public Forum Topic Posts
  213. Michigan House Considers Public Records Reform
    Expanding FOIA to include Legislature and Governor
  214. Justice Clarence Thomas Takes a Broadside at Civil Forfeiture
    Forfeiture is a big issue in Michigan
  215. More Transparency on the Way in Michigan
    Bills would subject legislators, governor to FOIA and require salaries be made public
  216. Here's Who Runs U-M Office that Took 106 Days To Release Four Emails
  217. Foot Patrol Policing: Engaging Michigan Communities One Step at a Time

    As police departments seek to reduce crime, restore trust in law enforcement and improve the strained relationship between officers and civilians, many have begun shifting to more community-oriented operations.

  218. Upper Peninsula Democrat Breaks With Party On Vote To Cut State Income Tax
  219. Union Behind Michigan ‘Dues Skim’ Facing More Corruption Allegations
    SEIU Healthcare Michigan has a history of problems
  220. Tax Hike Cost Michigan Households $1000
    Lawmakers can afford to lower taxes
  221. U-M Refuses to Disclose Its President's Politicking
  222. Baldwin High School Beats the Odds
    Unique rural community bolstered by college focus, innovative initiatives
  223. A Glimmer of Hope for Job-Seeking Ex-Offenders
    Corrections Department could hire former prisoners under proposed bill
  224. Give Michigan Drivers Relief from High Auto Insurance Premiums
  225. Michigan Taxpayers Don’t Need to Spend Another $4 Billion Annually on Infrastructure
  226. Regulatory Reform: Make Michigan a Job and Income-Growth Leader
  227. /licensing -> /licensure
  228. Schools' Double Whammy: Declining Enrollment, Soaring Pension Expense
  229. Great Lakes Cash 'Critical' — Really?
  230. Crime Scene Investigations, Guardians Bureau, Rails to Trails Liability
    March 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  231. Miggy's City Income Tax Bill = $152,899
  232. Repressive Speech Codes At Michigan Community Colleges Model PC Universities
  233. Detroit Redefines 'Annual' To Take Much Bigger Income Tax Bite From Pro Athletes
  234. Mackinac Center Sues University of Michigan Over Open Records Violation
    Journalist waits more than 100 days for university to supply four emails
  235. Detroit Policy From a Free-Market Perspective
    Ideas for the city in advance of the Detroit Policy Conference
  236. This Isn't Working: How Michigan’s Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers
  237. Most of These Republicans Ran On Low Taxes; But All Voted to Keep Them High
  238. Michigan Legislators Don’t Receive Pensions
    Now let’s solve the problem for the rest of government workers
  239. Foot Patrol Policing: Engaging Michigan Communities One Step at a Time
    Free event in Lansing to discuss community policing
  240. Environmental Policy Initiative
    Guiding Principles
  241. Michigan Can Afford a Tax Cut
    State revenue has grown for years
  242. Families Paying $1 Billion More In State Income Tax
  243. 'Gag Order' Put NMU On List of Anti-Free Speech Campuses
  244. Michigan Education Association Losing Members, Increasing Debt
    Union named one of five most ‘financially precarious’
  245. Use Extra Community College Money to Lower the Income Tax
    Taxpayer spending is up even as student numbers drop
  246. Real Class Credit for Taking 'Fake News' Course at University of Michigan
  247. Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit

    A “bottlenecker” is someone who uses the power of the government to limit competition in the market and artificially boost their own profits. Bottleneckers use a variety of methods to achieve their goals, including tax loopholes, regulations, occupational licensing requirements, minimum wage laws and many more. The end result when these special interest bottleneckers succeed is fewer choices and higher prices for consumers, fewer job opportunities for workers and less innovation throughout the economy.

  248. Nation’s First Hearing on Worker’s Choice Bill Happens Tuesday
    Missouri Legislature considering idea first presented by Mackinac Center
  249. To Boost Jobs in Detroit, Cut Regulations
    Why the Motor City has so few plumbers
  250. Michigan Pays for Fudged Climate Data
    Fake news, meet settled science
  251. Teacher Making $53,000 Says She Could Earn More as a Waitress
  252. You're Paying $1.29 Billion More For This
  253. Liberal Group Says Income Tax Cut Means Cops and Firefighters May Not Show Up
  254. GOP Governor Thanks House GOP Tax Cut Opponents
  255. Don’t Cut Income Tax Rate; Do Redistribute $1.8 Billion to Big Developers
    February 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  256. Compel School Districts to Reward Great Teachers
    Wisconsin study highlights benefits of performance pay
  257. Donor Privacy Policy
  258. One State May Do Away With Taxpayer-Funded Tourism Promotion
    Why ending Florida’s “Pure Michigan” counterpart would benefit residents and visitors
  259. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
    An update through 2015
  260. Studies of Government-funded Tourism Promotion Withstand Criticism
    Publicly-funded marketing for tourism is a waste of money
  261. Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit
    Free Lansing luncheon Tuesday to discuss Michigan's regulatory structure
  262. These 12 Republicans Voted 'No' On Michigan Income Tax Cut
  263. $28K Or Less For First-Year Teachers? Three Districts Pay That
  264. These 20 Republicans Voted 'Yes' On Giving $1.8 Billion To Big Developers
  265. Michigan's Largest School Districts Breaking Teacher Pay Law
  266. Updated Research Affirms Link between Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
    Interactive map shows taxes and smuggling by state
  267. Pushing Back Against Government Takings
    New bill would provide remedy for property violations
  268. Close Failing Public Schools? Not In Michigan — Yet
  269. Teacher Evaluations Out Of Sync With Outcomes
  270. Proposed Wind Turbines in Rural County Match States Tallest Skyscrapers
  271. Average Annual Taxpayer Savings: $173.52
  272. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
  273. Windmills Tall as Skyscrapers Proposed for Rural Michigan County
  274. House Republican Policy Plan Lays the Groundwork for Action
    Pensions, education, criminal justice all areas ripe for change
  275. New Subsidies More about Political Development than Economic Development
    Economic conditions matter more than giving targeted taxpayer dollars to developers
  276. Michigan's $6.3 Billion Broken Promise
  277. Detroit Public Schools Goes Big For Teacher Merit Pay
  278. State Pays More as Community College Tuition Rises, Enrollment Falls
  279. People First or Well Connected Developers?
    We should provide tax relief for all instead of favors to a select few
  280. Tax Cuts and Corporate Welfare
    February 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  281. Time for Labor Unions to Collect their Own Dues
    The on-going SEIU dues skim must end
  282. Michigan's 'Temporary' 2007 Tax Hike Took $770 Million Last Year
  283. How an 'Ineffective' Teacher Gets Third-Highest Pay Level
  284. Mackinac Center Analyst: Senate Bills 111-115 Are Corporate Cronyism
    LaFaive available to comment on pending legislation
  285. Sylvan Inn B & B v. Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor Bureau
  286. Michigan's Worldwide Trading Economy
  287. Ronald Robinson v. Michigan Education Association
  288. Mackinac Center for Public Policy v. Department of Enviromental Quality
  289. Official ‘Bias Response’ Enforcers Stifle Michigan Universities
  290. Mackinac Center for Public Policy v. University of Michigan
  291. State Pension Funds Move To Risky Investments
    Lack of payoff on investments is biggest driver of underfunding
  292. Testimony: When Will Michigan Families Get Some Tax Relief Too?

    Testimony before the House Tax Policy Committee

  293. Mackinac Center Resumes Fight to Protect Free Speech Rights
    Northern Michigan inn owner sues to end unconstitutional marketing tax
  294. State Superintendent Claims First-Year Teachers Make $28K—We Can't Find Them
  295. Why Michigan Licensing Laws Are So Destructive
    Everything you need to know about occupational regulations in the Great Lakes State
  296. Happy Valentine’s Day from the Mackinac Center
    Our love for you in memes
  297. Number of Michigan Millionaires Grows 25-Fold
  298. Scofflaw School Districts Ignore Merit Pay Law, Face No Sanctions
  299. The InternNet
  300. Congress May Protect Private Pensions from State Bureaucrats
    Recent regulations allow states to create and manage retirement for private employees
  301. The Cost of High Cigarette Taxes
    Research reveals unintended consequences of tax
  302. Kentucky, Missouri Set Off Wave of Labor Reform
    2017 poised to be big year for worker freedom
  303. Teacher Melts Down, Disrupts, Curses, Quits, Walks — And Files To Get Job Back
  304. Loans From Corporate Welfare Agency Are, Like Its Job Promises, 'Uncollectible'
  305. Detroit Father Turns Boxing Interest Into Youth Enrichment Program
  306. School Hosts Advocacy Session for Tax Hike in Front of Students
    Politicking on the taxpayer dime
  307. Charitable Gambling, Special Needs Database, More Corporate Welfare
    February 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  308. Who Watches the Union’s Fake News Watchers?
  309. State Budget Growth Outpaces Inflation
  310. Trump is Wrong on Civil Forfeiture
    State should stop this end-run around the Constitution
  311. School Pension Iceberg: Beware What’s Under Budget Surface
  312. Higher Emissions Ahead: Closing Nuclear Plant Here Means More CO2
  313. Family Finds Online School to Be a Lifesaver
    Education accountability system needs to be parent-friendly
  314. IMPACT January/February 2017
  315. 'Tax Cut Fever' In Lansing? Spending Increases Show Opposite
  316. Michigan School Pension Costs Almost Quadrupled
  317. Legislators Should Give Taxpayers the Income Tax Cut They Deserve
    With revenues increasing, the state can easily afford to lower rates
  318. Mackinac Center Expert Available for Comment on FY 2018 Budget Release
    Fiscal policy analyst to be in Lansing Wednesday for Snyder’s presentation
  319. Officials Shortchange School Pension Fund 7th Year In Row
  320. The Job No One Wants
  321. National Labor Expert: Right-To-Work Just the Beginning for Missouri
    Show-Me State poised to become next Wisconsin for labor reform
  322. Where did the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Go?
  323. Government Funding of Sports Arenas is an Expensive Psychological Boost
  324. A Better Way to Rank Schools
  325. Detroit Window Washer Tax
  326. Delayed Payment On Granholm Early Pension Gambit Raises Costs To Taxpayers
  327. Union Enlists a Mayor to Endorse Fabulist Claims on Teacher Pay
  328. Legislators Who Promote Transparency Should Start by Disclosing Corporate Welfare Deals
    MEDC secrecy patronizes lawmakers and public
  329. Senate Passes Probation and Parole Reforms
    February 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  330. Saginaw’s Lowest Performing Schools Get the Most Money
    More funding won’t fix failing schools
  331. And Then There Were 28
  332. Michigan House Bill Would Impose Sanctions On 'Sanctuary Cities'
  333. Michigan Wins When Immigrants Face a Fair and Predictable System
    Due process is an important part of an immigration system
  334. Michigan Taxpayers Don’t Need to Spend $4 Billion Annually on Infrastructure
    Recent report has been misinterpreted
  335. Open Records Law: U-M Cashes The Check But Fails To Deliver The Info
  336. The Pruitt EPA Nomination
    When worldviews clash
  337. Detroit’s Soccer Stadium Should Stand on its Own
    Stadiums are a bad investment for taxpayers
  338. 'Unregulated' Charter Schools? 13 Things You Did Not Know
  339. How ‘Good Character’ Provisions Create Bad Outcomes
    Barriers to employment can prevent some prisoners from reintegrating successfully
  340. Real Economy Creates 81 Jobs For Every 1 Promised by Business Subsidy Program
    Broad improvements to the business climate help more than special subsidies
  341. Michigan Environmental Office Repeatedly Stonewalls Record Requests
  342. Wasting No Time on Criminal Justice Reform
    Senate introduces some important proposals on day one of 2017 session
  343. Michigan Forfeiture Laws Improving, But State Transparency Still Falls Behind
  344. Public School Union Members Protest Their Own Union
  345. What This Russian College Student Thinks About Bernie Sanders
  346. State’s School Rankings Only Tell Part of Story
    By failing to account for poverty, Michigan unfairly puts some schools at bottom
  347. Detroit Schools Show Importance of School Choice
    Kids deserve more options, not fewer
  348. Recently Introduced Bills of Interest
    January 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  349. Federal Park Staffers Defy Presidential Order, Tweet Climate Change Warnings
  350. After Decades of Little Change, Why Are So Many States Going Right-to-Work?
  351. School Board Says DeVos 'Unfit' For Advocating Policies It Practices
  352. Ann Arbor School Board Member Weighs In On $150 Merit Pay
  353. Ann Arbor Schools: First There Is No Teacher Merit Pay, Then There Is
  354. What Happens When the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Ends?
    State could save millions by stopping ineffective subsidies
  355. Indiana Could See Cigarette Smuggling Leap with Excise Tax Increase
    Michigan may benefit from Hoosier hike
  356. Putting the Pieces in Place for School Choice
    Big picture points to more hopeful action
  357. Rising Economy Increased Michigan Tax Revenue More Than Gas Tax Hike
  358. Michigan College Busts Students For Giving Out U.S. Constitutions Without Permit
  359. Washington Post Bashes Detroit Charters Citing Study That Praises Detroit Charters
  360. Cheers for Detroit Schools Transparency
    District has come a long way
  361. Elect Speaker of the House; Names of Senators
    January 20, 2017 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
  362. Mackinac Center Responds to State’s School Rankings
    State report confirms need for new grading system
  363. The Hypocrisy of 'Public' Education Rhetoric
    What’s being protected here: The Constitution or union dues?
  364. Most Charters Perform 'Significantly Better' Than District Schools on Core Subjects
  365. Speed Limits in Michigan Going Up
  366. DeVos, Charters, School Choice Threaten Democratic Party Finances
  367. Yesterday's Pension Underfunding Means Fewer Raises For Today's Teachers
  368. Government Growth Proposed in Gov. Snyder's 2017 State of the State
    Address included 12 proposed government expansions, one limitation
  369. DeVos Attacked For Supporting Free Speech, Due Process On Campus
  370. Incomes Rise in Right-to-Work Michigan; Officials Project More To Come
  371. Happy 50th Birthday Personal Income Tax
    Now go away
  372. Detroit Charters Far Outperform Traditional Schools
    Mackinac’s CAP scores align with rigorous research findings
  373. Mackinac Center Experts Available for Commentary on 2017 State of the State Address
    Policy analysts watching a wide range of topics
  374. State Officials Caused Michigan's Pension Crisis
  375. MCPP Recommendations 2017-2018
  376. President of Nation's Largest Teachers Union Got 23 Percent Pay Bump Last Year
  377. School Retirement System Continues to Harm Members
    Michigan's failed pension system is hurting school employees and taxpayers alike
  378. Lansing School District Ignores Law Requiring Teacher Merit Pay
  379. Michigan School Districts: We Have No Ineffective Teachers
  380. The 2016 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card
  381. Michigan Should End Civil Asset Forfeiture
    Require a criminal conviction before taking people’s property
  382. Resisting the Deforming Power of Government
    How to preserve the distinction between society and government
  383. 2016 Michigan Energy Roundup: Renewable Energy
    Final post in a series analyzing changes to Michigan's utility laws
  384. Clean Michigan Initiative Not the Only Remediation Fund
    Other sources for environmental clean-up eliminate need for further debt
  385. New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card
    New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card
  386. Court Rejects MDEQ’s Avoidance Tactics in Flint FOIA Lawsuit
    Motion to dismiss denied by State of Michigan Court of Claims
  387. Roseville Man Becomes Facebook Famous, and Criminally Liable, for Warming His Car
    Ignorance of the law is no excuse for leaving running vehicle unattended, police chief says
  388. The Law's the Law – Except When It Says Great Teachers Get Merit Pay
  389. Had Hillary Won, Granholm And Not DeVos Would Be Prepping for Confirmation
  390. How Education Secretary DeVos Could Help Michigan Advance Choice
    Two federal proposals that avoid dangerous overreach
  391. Kentucky Becomes Nation’s 27th Right-to-Work State
    Bluegrass State first of several likely to pass such legislation in 2017
  392. Number Getting Unemployment Checks Lowest In At Least 30 Years In Michigan
  393. Some Budget Ideas for 2017
  394. Be Wise in Deciding How to Spend Taxpayer Funds on Infrastructure
  395. Why Trade Schools Matter to Detroit
  396. Harvard Study Says Michigan Elections Less Democratic Than Cuba, North Korea, Iran
  397. Forward michigan-citizens-will-no-longer-have-to-pay-upfront-forfeiture-fee
  398. Mackinac Center, ACLU Applaud New Forfeiture Bill
    But call on state to require conviction
  399. Now People Won't Have to Pay a Bond to Recover Their Stuff from Police
  400. Where the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Goes
    A bigger budget means more money for programs beyond road repair
  401. Truth Optional When Teachers Union Defends Its Turf
  402. A Salute to Thomas Sowell
    The great economist is retiring
  403. Protecting Electricity Choice
    2016 Michigan Energy Roundup
  404. Michigan's Net Out-Migration Much Reduced But Still Negative
  405. In the Big Ten Conference of Migration Trends, Michigan Tops a Weak Division
  406. Michigan Stagnates on Economic Freedom Index
    After big recent gains, this state stuck in neutral
  407. U-M Prof Hints Scholars Down On School Choice, But Twice As Many Optimistic
  408. Government, Heavy Industry No Longer Dominate Michigan Economy
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