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  1. Acton Lecture Series: 'Excuse Me Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism'

    There's little truly "progressive" about Progressivism. True progress happens when humans are free, yet the Progressive agenda substantially diminishes freedom while promising the unachievable. Based on his recent book—Lawrence Reed will tackle many of the most common economic, philosophic and historical errors of “progressive” ideology.

  2. Why Can’t Tesla Sell Cars in Michigan?

    Under current Michigan law, Tesla Motors and other car companies may not open showrooms or service centers to work directly with consumers.  Instead, to operate in Michigan, car companies have to enter into franchise agreements with independent dealers.  Telsa and at least one other start-up car company, Elio Motors, have stated that working through dealers would impair their ability to get into the market.  A number of other states have recently moved to permit direct distribution by manufacturers.  Professor Crane will lay out the case for direct distribution, showing its importance to innovation, competition, and consumer choice.

  3. $1 Cigarette Tax Hike Helps Smugglers, Not Health Outcomes

    Prohibition by price drives consumers to alternatives

  4. Highlights Power of School Choice in Michigan

    Students, families attribute freedom in education to success in school

  5. Detroit Students Missed 1.5 Million Days of School Last Year
  6. Detroit Public Schools Bankruptcy Could Cost the State $3.4 Billion
  7. Union Contracts Stand in the Way of the Best Teachers Making $100,000
  8. Proposal Would Let Special Needs Children Attend Private School with Public Money
  9. November 20, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Drone wars, fantasy football, more corporate subsidies

  10. How People Are Prosecuted For Breaking Laws They Don’t Know Exist
  11. Make a gift of stock or appreciated securities
  12. Lawmakers Rushing Through Special Tax Breaks

    Taxpayers shouldn't subsidize Steelecase pyramid deal

  13. Since When is 1 Percent of Anything Considered 'Massive'?
  14. Other States Divulge What Michigan's Corporate Welfare Arm Keeps Secret
  15. Capping Retirement Contributions Changes Few District Incentives

    State aid could easily fluctuate

  16. State Pension Plans Are Unsustainable

    Funding liabilities would cost $5,400 per capita

  17. Money Rolling Into Lansing from State License Plate Tax
  18. Wright Joins Beckmann to Discuss August Window Win

    MEA may not enforce August Window while waiting for appeal

  19. Will Republicans Backtrack on Corporate Welfare Cuts?

    Many economic development programs receive bipartisan support

  20. What's Stopping Tesla from Selling Cars in Michigan?

    Forum to discuss protectionist laws that keep innovators out

  21. 'Union Time on Taxpayers' Dime' Bills Fate Uncertain in GOP House
  22. How Media Bias Works
  23. School Districts' Finances Can Plead the Fifth After So Many Years Under Bill
  24. As Congress Fumbles Overcriminalization Reform, Burden Lands on States
  25. Traverse City Homeless 'Bill of Rights' Could Turn Public Facilities into Impromptu Shelters
  26. Do Not Assume Economic Development Spending is Effective

    Is economic development a nuclear arms race?

  27. Court of Appeals Denies MEA’s Request to Keep ‘August Window’

    Decision will force MEA to “accept membership resignations submitted at any time” during the appeal

  28. November 13, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Union privileges, guns in schools, straight ticket voting, more

  29. Worker Bullied as UAW Publicizes His Opt-out
  30. Energy Laws are Next on the Agenda of State Lawmakers
  31. Ode to Shrode
  32. Fixing Detroit Schools – Five Principles

    The right approach could benefit students and protect taxpayers

  33. Michigan Gets D-Minus Grade for Forfeited Property Profit Mongering
  34. Headaches of Road Funding and Courser-Gamrat Scandal Now Blowing In the Wind
  35. Debate Workshops 2015 Resources
  36. Stopping Special Union Deals in Michigan

    Two important bills have passed the state Senate

  37. Two Cities, One Finance Director — For Over $200,000
  38. Hillary Clinton Dead Wrong: Charter Schools Must and Do Take 'Hardest to Teach'
  39. Teacher Job Openings Attract High Number of Applicants
  40. Hillary Has It Wrong: Low Income City Doesn't Mean Low Income Schools
  41. Michigan Must Seize Opportunities for Criminal Justice Reform
  42. Union Time on the Taxpayer Dime in Michigan
  43. Beware Claims of State Budget Cuts
  44. Guilty! Of Something No One Knows Is Illegal
  45. Michigan Moves to Ban Red Light Ticket Cameras
  46. November 6, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Gas tax hike, road funding finale, more.

  47. If At First You Don't Succeed, Sign and Sign Again
  48. Despite Billions More in Spending, Democrat Says GOP is Trying to Dramatically Reduce Budget
  49. Michigan Home Price Rise Among Fastest in the Nation
  50. MEDC's Magic Act: Make Taxpayer Money Disappear With Little Return
  51. Michigan Road Spending Near an All-Time High
  52. A Lesson from the Land of Lincoln: Electricity Competition Works

    Michiganders could have saved $10.6 billion in energy costs

  53. MLive quotes James Hohman on House roads funding package

    Promised tax cuts don't always materialize

  54. China’s One-Child Policy and the ‘Ultimate Resource’

    The costs of China's recently-lifted reproductive restrictions

  55. I Pledge Allegiance to the Union ...
  56. Idea to Hike Detroit Teacher Pay Could Cost $462 Million
  57. Earmarking Increasing Government Revenue to Roads Is a Good Idea
  58. Keeping Government Entities on Track

    A Case Study

  59. October 30, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Warrantless searches, guns, poachers, government “venture capital,” more

  60. How You Can Win in Court Against the Government But Still Lose
  61. Legacy Society Luncheon

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy invites you to join us for our 2015 Legacy Society Luncheon with special guest Jay Nordlinger of National Review.

  62. Legislature Examines Overcriminalization

    Two bills propose solutions to criminal intent problem

  63. Ohio Moves Closer to No More Windmills
  64. Interview with Ohio Sen. Bill Seitz
  65. Pension Predictions Fall Short

    Defined-benefit plans don't get funded, they get underfunded

  66. A Closer Look: Michigan Radio Columnist Calls for Shuttering Charter Schools
  67. Hit the Road, Jack! Columnist's Pitch to Close All Charter Schools Hurts Kids
  68. Beware 'Wimpy' Tax Cut Promises

    Politicians will gladly give tax relief later for a big tax increase today

  69. Praise for REI and Also Retailers Open On Black Friday

    There’s no shame in freedom

  70. Video Revealing Electoral Success of Legislators Who Support Labor Reforms Released

    Mackinac Center video timeline analyzes political outcomes in Midwestern states

  71. Governor's Plans For Detroit Schools Allows Leader to Limit School Choice
  72. Debate Workshops
  73. More School Districts Paying Their Bills Without Debt
  74. No School Funding System Adequate to Manage Large Student Declines
  75. Big Spenders Relax: Projected Revenue Growth Easily Covers Road Fix Earmarks
  76. How the Michigan House Pays For Roads
  77. October 23, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Gas tax hike, road funding, criminalization, more

  78. Spring Forward, Fall Back? Bills Would End Daylight Saving in Michigan
  79. House Road Bill Could Be Better, but a Step in the Right Direction

    A mix of new and existing revenues to fund road repair

  80. The Politics of Speed Limits

    Some special interests oppose raising interstate speed limits

  81. How Effective Will Law Cutting Welfare for Truancy Be?
  82. The Case for Energy Competition

    Study shows states without a monopoly have better, cheapter power

  83. Number of Michigan Welfare Recipients Declines 70 Percent
  84. Planning for Life Workshop

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  85. Detroit Public Schools Debt Increases By $1 Million Every School Day
  86. Teacher Shortage? East Lansing Teaching Job Gets 96 Applicants
  87. Gov. Snyder Signs Forfeiture Reform Bills

    Media covers reforms and Mackinac's role

  88. Looming 'Teacher Shortage' Appears Largely Mythical
  89. Tax Watchdog Highlights the Millions Some Receive in Pension Benefits
  90. Michigan Won't Be Blown Away By Renewable Energy Jobs
  91. October 16, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Banning social promotion; personal protection orders for pets

  92. With Half of the Students Chronically Absent, New Truancy Law Would Strip Welfare From Families
  93. Beware Claims of State Budget Cuts

    Revenues are increasing

  94. Two-Thirds of Detroit Students 'Chronically Absent'
  95. Forfeiture: What Next?

    Take a look at bonding

  96. Cigarette Taxes Bad for Pennsylvania Businesses

    LaFaive co-authors op-ed for

  97. Cops Retiring in Their 40s While Pension Systems Break Cities’ Backs
  98. Bill Would Ban Advertising to Get More People on Medicaid
  99. Union Transparency: How to Make Michigan Public Unions More Accountable

    Public workers in Michigan pay hundreds or thousands of dollars per year in dues to unions, but it’s very difficult for workers to find out how that money is being spent. The reason is that Michigan has weak reporting requirements for government unions, asking for only a few numbers on spending in broad categories. Under this system, union members cannot assess if their union is spending their dues money wisely or not.

  100. Some Detroit Cops Claim They Are Working 16+ Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year
  101. How Much Overtime is There in Detroit?
  102. There is No Teacher Shortage
  103. D.C. Schools Spending Highest in U.S., But Firm Claims It’s 'Inadequate'
  104. Federal Government Mirrors Michigan Overcriminalization Efforts

    Op-ed by Sen. Orrin Hatch points to overarching problems

  105. October 9, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Civil forfeiture reform, bully breeds, medical marijuana and more

  106. Fed Audit: Township Used Forfeited Property for Non-Law Enforcement Expenses
  107. Finding Agreement in Criminal Justice Reform

    Sound priorities on sound policies for all

  108. Senate Votes for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

    Detroit Free Press quotes Skorup on development

  109. Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms Head to the Governor
  110. Unanimous Forfeiture Vote Brings Greater Transparency and Accountability

    'These bills are a great first step…'

  111. Right-to-Work-for-More: Income is Growing in Michigan
  112. School District Overspending for Last Nine Years Keeps Getting More Funding Per Pupil
  113. Why Believers in Limited Government Should Support Forfeiture Reform

    Why the right should support forfeiture reform in Michigan

  114. Even Compared to Workers With College Degrees, Teachers Are Well Paid
  115. Detroit Public Schools Takes Out a Loan to Pay Off Another Loan
  116. If It Quacks Like an $11 Billion State Taxpayer Liability…
  117. School Privatization Survey: Michigan Rates Increase Again
  118. Stretch Taxpayer Dollars and Promote Equality in Government: Repeal the Prevailing Wage
  119. We Can Have a Clean Environment and Good Paying Jobs
  120. School District Projects Enrollment Increase Despite 15 Years of Decline But Wishes Don’t Come True
  121. State Media Covers Push for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

    Mackinac Center releases study with ACLU of Michigan

  122. October 2, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Electronic proof of insurance and criminal justice reform

  123. Michigan's Wind Energy Mandate Costs Each Family Nearly $4,000
  124. IMPACT September/October 2015
  125. Why Won't It Die? Media Keeps Pushing School Funding Cuts Myth
  126. City Manager: 'Prosperity Doesn’t Come From Government; It Comes From Freedom'
  127. Critics of Schools of Choice Say It Causes 'Overcrowding' ... But District Lost Over 900 Students
  128. Firm Picked to Evaluate Education Funding Has Long History of Recommending Spending Hikes
  129. ACLU, Mackinac Center Report Calls on State to End Civil Forfeiture

    Study shows abuses of government power on innocent citizens

  130. State Senator Blames Public School Choice After Fight Makes News
  131. Retired State Police Officer: Forfeiture is 'Big Money' for Law Enforcement Agencies
  132. Civil Forfeiture in Michigan: A Review and Recommendations for Reforms

    Forfeiture is a practice by which law enforcement transfers assets – cash, vehicles, homes, etc. – from private citizens to the government. Criminal forfeiture occurs after the conviction of a person and is widely-accepted as legitimate.

    The problem is with civil forfeiture.

    Civil forfeiture occurs outside of the criminal justice system and does not require a conviction of a crime. This has led to instances of abuse in Michigan, which has among the lowest-rated forfeiture laws in the United States. The Mackinac Center believes property should only be transferred from citizens to the government after a criminal conviction is secured.

    This study explains how civil forfeiture works, how it differs from criminal forfeiture and what reforms state policymakers should consider in order to protect the rights of Michigan residents.

  133. Emails Show Shaky Grounds for Corporate Welfare Agency’s Transparency Shutdown
  134. Cutting Michigan's Income Tax Would Also Lessen Corporate Welfare Burden
  135. September 25, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Food carts, nursing home over-regulation, voter approval for tax

  136. Parents Complain Students From Adjacent Districts 'Overcrowding' Their Schools
  137. Doh! At Michigan State University This Pair Would Be Criminals
  138. Federal Money to Michigan Schools is Dropping
  139. Tax Cuts on Sale: Save Up to 10 Percent on Income Tax Rate Cuts
  140. Incentives and the Electricity Industry in Michigan

    Gary Wolfram's recommendations for a better power market

  141. How to Improve Economic Development Transparency

    State considers changes to economic development disclosure

  142. State Media Features Overcriminalization Fight

    Mackinac Center partners with ACLU, others

  143. Skorup Joins Steve Gruber for Forfeiture Discussion

    Bills on forfeiture working through legislature

  144. Former Teacher Lionized by Left for Resignation Letter Omitted Key Details
  145. Detroit Teachers Can Soon Protest Without Threat of Losing Their Jobs
  146. Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act

    True freedom, information, and action?

  147. Spread the Word – Pension Costs are Out of Control in Detroit Public Schools
  148. Number of Public School Districts in Debt At Six-Year Low
  149. Civil Forfeiture
  150. Frank Beckmann Features VoteSpotter

    App reaches 50,000 downloads

  151. Repeat After Us: Detroit Public Schools Is NOT Proof Michigan Needs a Better Funding Model
  152. How You Can Be Prosecuted For Unknowingly Breaking the Law
  153. U.S. Chamber Official on Obama Clean Power Plan: 'There Will Be Lawsuits'
  154. September 18, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Balanced budget amendment, government “jobs for life,” preschool spending

  155. Reitz Testifies on Overcriminalization, Mens Rea

    Prepared Testimony Regarding House Bill 4713, House Oversight and Ethics

  156. Michigan Sales Tax Will Hit Internet Shoppers on Oct. 1
  157. MERC Decision Publicized in State Media

    MEA's "August Window" ruled illegal by commission

  158. Vernuccio and Bowman Author Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

    The future of the UAW members under right-to-work

  159. MEA Ordered to Stop Violating School Employees’ Right-to-Work Law Rights
  160. Proposed Legislation Could Change 'Strict Liability' Standard

    Many laws now work against well-meaning citizens

  161. MEA’s ‘August Window’ ruled Illegal; union must change bylaws and accept resignations

    ‘Other government unions should take heed...’

  162. Michigan Taxpayers Spend Over $3 Million a Year on Union Release Time

    Mackinac Center releases new data for union time on the taxpayer dime

  163. Michigan Taxpayers Pay Union Officials Millions to Do Union Work
  164. This Newspaper's Headline Says It All
  165. Vernuccio Quoted In Washington Examiner

    Discussing Scott Walker's labor reforms

  166. The Detroit News Points to Mackinac Center Research

    Fact-checking right-to-work claims

  167. Bye-bye Prevailing Wage Law? Repeal Campaign Turns In 390,000 Signatures
  168. Economic Freedom of the World Index: America’s Worrisome Decline

    The U.S. ranks 16th in economic freedom

  169. Teachers on Food Stamps? Not Likely
  170. Skyrocketing Pension Costs Trigger Parent Angst Over Loss of Teachers
  171. Midland Daily News Features Mackinac Center Partnerships

    Joining organizations across the spectrum

  172. Most Americans Unaware Police Can Take Property Without Charges
  173. Courser's and Gamrat's 'Orphan Bills'

    Bills abandoned by the two former legislators

  174. September 11, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    Sex! Scandal! Expulsion! And substantive issues too

  175. Could a Backroom Political Deal Stop Prevailing Wage Repeal?
  176. The $49,129 Two-Week Vacation to Lake Charlevoix
  177. Here We Go Again: Media Says Public Schools Facing 'Cuts'; The State Gives K-12 Schools More $$$
  178. School Pension Costs Have Increased by $622 Per Pupil
  179. Debate Workshops 2015
  180. Vernuccio Quoted on UAW Opt Out in The Detroit News

    Michigan autoworkers can soon leave their union

  181. Michigan's Private Sector Economy Firing on All Cylinders
  182. Corruption, Mismanagement Closed Highland Park High; Not Insufficient 'Investment'
  183. Detroit Police Officers Are Not Making $28K
  184. Detroit Police Salaries Modest, But Not Peanuts
  185. Government Waste in Northern Michigan
  186. Regulations Gone Awry: The War Over Uber
  187. Aramark Contract: It Takes Two
  188. Health Care Law’s “Employer Mandate” Puts Squeeze on Public School Budgets and Staff
  189. Michigan Marked Down in National Rankings Due to Prohibition of Private School Vouchers
  190. Every Judge Costs Michigan Taxpayers $450K
  191. No Raises For Ten Years? Teachers' Contract Tells a Different Story
  192. September 4, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    New bills on road debt, child deaths, squatters, gender bending, more

  193. Watch Vernuccio Discuss Labor Reform at Heritage

    Panel discussion on right-to-work and wages

  194. Renewables Just a Hood Ornament on Fossil Fuel Power System
  195. The Worst Performing School District in the U.S. Says It Has Only One 'Ineffective' Administrator
  196. New Survey Says Texas Schools Behind Contracting Curve

    Only 22.8 percent of conventional public school districts contract out

  197. California Tax Bills Asking for Trouble

    Lawmakers raising cigarette excise taxes are well-intentioned but misguided

  198. You’re in the 1 Percent

    We can have policy differences while keeping perspective

  199. Michigan Democratic Staffer: Homeschooling Lobby 'Scary', Not Rational
  200. Survey: Pennsylvania is School Contracting Leader

    Of Five States Surveyed, Keystone State Ranks Highest

  201. State’s Faltering District Managers All Given High Rankings
  202. Michigan Leads the Country in Unemployment Recovery
  203. Raise Taxes? State Budget Already Projected to Get $2.7 Billion Extra in Taxes Over Next Three Years
  204. Schoolchildren, Teachers, Taxpayers Harmed When Pension Managers Assume Too Much

    The realities of Michigan's $26.5 billion pension liability

  205. August 28, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    Recently introduced bills of interest

  206. Mackinac Center Survey Finds One-Third of Ga. School Districts Contract Out Services

    Contracted custodial services are most popular

  207. The Environmentalist Rhetoric Guide
  208. Raiding Car Crash Victim Insurance Reserves No Way to Fund Roads

    A one-time funding blip won't solve Michigan's road funding problem

  209. Superintendent Concerned Teachers Will Bolt After Pay Cuts
  210. 'Not Doing the Job'? Top Researchers Say Charters in Detroit Should Serve as Models of Success
  211. Unions Should Get Serious About Pension Underfunding

    A $2.7 million shortfall causes concern in Grand Rapids

  212. Teacher Left Michigan Education Association and Has No Regrets
  213. Government Price Controllers Can’t Make Up Their Minds

    Supermarket chain investigated for low prices

  214. While Schools Ignore Merit Pay Law, State Has No Authority to Enforce It
  215. Protecting Detroit School Choice is Critical
  216. Michigan House Passes Package Repealing Outdated Laws

    Taking the first step toward crucial reforms

  217. Vernuccio Interviewed for Ohio Watchdog

    Examining the economic effects of right-to-work laws

  218. Myths and Exaggerations About Teacher Pay
  219. Car Crash Deaths Have Been Going Down for 50 Years
  220. MEA Opt Out Address Change Featured in State and National Media

    Teachers wishing to opt out of union must use little-known P.O. box

  221. August 21, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Key road funding votes of 2015

  222. Michigan’s Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

    Incentives gone awry

  223. Michigan Education Association Has Lost 34,000 Members in Last 10 Years
  224. MEA's Insults to Educators Pile Up as More and More Bolt
  225. Business Tax Hike Ballot Proposal Could Bring Back Michigan’s “Lost Decade”

    Doubling the corporate income tax will harm workers

  226. MEA Changes Opt-out Address, Keeps Members in the Dark

    Michigan Education Association’s Latest Trick to Lock Workers in a Dues Cage

  227. Reitz Quoted on Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Addressing overcriminalization and civil asset forfeiture

  228. Senate Judiciary Passes Forfeiture Transparency Bills

    Bills move on to full Senate

  229. 'Simon Says': Teacher Union Toys with Members Wanting Out, Demands Requests Go to 'Stealth' P.O. Box
  230. Lansing School District Poised to Privatize Facilities Management Despite Union Outcry
  231. Results of Privatization Survey Published in State Media

    70 percent of schools contract out for some services

  232. Mackinac Center Director of Research to Debate Lansing Mayor on Economic Development

    Panelists Will Discuss the Current Political Realities and Ideology of Corporate Welfare

  233. Aramark Contract: It Takes Two

    One bad outcome is not a reason to abandon privatization

  234. Have Schools Faced 'Seemingly Permanent Funding Cuts'?
  235. Employees Need a Choice

    Celebrating National Employee Freedom Week

  236. School Support Service Contracting Reaches 70.8 percent

    Growth in Food Service, Custodial and Transportation Services Returns After Slow 2014

  237. Pension System Costs the Monster That Ate School Funding Increases
  238. Number of Michigan Schools Privatizing Services Grows to 70 Percent

    New total up from 66 percent in 2014

  239. Politicians Misrepresent Road Funding Bills to Promote Tax Hike
  240. Pension Costs Eating Up Extra School Money
  241. No Evidence Michigan Business Owners Support New EPA Mandates
  242. Actually, Michiganders are Better off Than Their Parents

    Today's Michiganders aren't better off? Don't believe it.

  243. Teacher Quits, Rips GOP ‘Goons’ — Who Gave Her District $5.3 Million Extra Despite Fewer Students
  244. U-M Economist Forecasts Drop In School-Aged Children To Continue 'At a Very Rapid Rate'
  245. What the Olympics Can Teach Us About Subsidized Sports

    Evidence piles up against public investment in stadiums and Olympic dreams

  246. Michigan Grapples With Fewest Number of Students In Decades
  247. Schwarzenegger's Son Lands Role in Minor Film; State Cuts $140,000 Check
  248. Michigan Schools Receive Over $12,500 Per Student
  249. Public School Accounting: $100M Cut From Budget In 10 Years = Spending Increase
  250. School District Gives Teachers Raises, Has Deficit, Blames State that Gave Them an Extra $5 Million
  251. Great Lakes Won't Cooperate With Climate Alarmists
  252. August 7, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
    Recently introduced bills of interest.
  253. Local Governments Look To Cash In On Commercial Truck Inspections
  254. Rural School Districts Hit Hard by Federal Health Care Mandate

    Rising costs and limited options

  255. State's Largest Teachers Union Fails to Disclose 30 Percent of Its Income
  256. Pension FAQs
  257. The Myth of Teacher Poverty
  258. IMPACT July/August 2015
  259. More Government Spending Equals Higher Prices

    College costs exploding

  260. An Election for More than Just Mayor

    Grand Rapids election could be referendum on financial health

  261. How Unions, Districts Hold Back Michigan's Best Teachers
  262. School District Once Gave $1 to Top Teachers; Now Spreads Merit Bonus to 99 Percent of Teachers
  263. Film Incentives Clearly Hurt

    Studies show a lack of positive economic impact

  264. Fox News Features Fight Against Release Time

    Public money funds union activities in many states

  265. Senate Heart in Right Place, Execution Worrisome

    Examining the future of road funding and income tax cuts

  266. Generations of Inspiration

    A millennial reflects on the Legacy Society

  267. Michigan Should Reconsider Anticompetitive Certificate of Need Laws
  268. Right-to-Work Could Come to Public Employment
  269. That's a 'Renewable Energy' Job? If You Say So
  270. State Gives Billions in Dollars to Corporations – But Keeps Secret How Much They Get
  271. Protecting Detroit School Choice is Critical
  272. No Accountability? 30 Percent of Detroit's Charter Schools Have Closed
  273. Health Care Law Squeezes Public School Budgets

    Employer mandate forces schools to privatize services and cut hours

  274. Reitz Letter to the Editor Published in The Detroit News

    Responding to allegations made earlier this week

  275. July 31 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Bills on school “adequacy,” secret corporate welfare, police shootings and more

  276. Let Legislators Take a Vacation
  277. Michigan Anti-Fracking Ballot Proposal Would Limit All Drilling
  278. Friedman Legacy Day

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Northwood University Forum for Citizenship & Enterprise cordially invite you to join us in celebrating Milton Friedman Legacy Day 2015.

  279. Wright Discusses Right-to-Work Decision with State Media

    Michigan Supreme Court extends right-to-work to state employees

  280. Most Michigan School Districts Privatize Services
  281. State Supreme Court Ruling: State Employees are Free to Exercise Right-to-Work
  282. Michigan Supreme Court Upholds Right-to-Work for State Employees

    Accepting Mackinac Center Legal Foundation argument, justices decide 4 to 3 that Michigan Constitution prohibits agency fees for state workers

  283. Mackinac Center Policy Analyst, Congressman Walberg Discuss Civil Forfeiture

    Google Hangout on the topic tonight

  284. Grand Rapids' Mayoral Candidates Spar Over City's Financial Health
  285. Teachers Making Over $80,000 Say They Need Second Jobs 'To Make Ends Meet'
  286. New White House Report Highlights Occupational Licensing Problems

    Unnecessary regulations reduce employment and raise prices

  287. Repressive Ride-sharing Regulations Beaten Back in the Big Apple

    Similar regulations proposed in Michigan

  288. Washington Examiner Quotes Vernuccio on Proposed Labor Reform

    Employee Rights Act would increase worker freedom

  289. Paid Leave Mandate Raises Stakes in 'Punitive' Move Against Employers
  290. The Fight Over Energy Mandates

    Detroit News cites Mackinac Center while covering debate

  291. Excess of Laws Entangle Law-respecting People

    A lack of knowledge traps ordinary citizens

  292. Michigan Schools Improving Financially as Dire Predictions Shown to be False
  293. First Year Teachers Not Making Enough $$$? Talk to the Unions
  294. So Long Film Subsidies

    Other economic development programs should be next

  295. July 24 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Proposals to repeal right-to-work, expand licensure mandates, more

  296. Labor Reform Not a Death Knell for Legislators After All

    Timeline shows reformer success in later elections

  297. Expelling Mankind Won't Make Earth A Paradise
  298. Cut Corporate Welfare Before Social Welfare to Fund Roads
  299. Bipartisan Reading Bill Not Just 'Read or Flunk'
  300. Planning for Life Workshop

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  301. The Rise and Regulation of Craft Beer

    Comparing Michigan to competitors in the microbrewing game

  302. With Right-to-Work, Employees No Longer Have to Put Up With Unions Opposed to Their Values
  303. Planning for Life Workshop

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  304. 'Learning In Progress' on Legislative Roads Proposals

    How to make Senate’s tax cut trigger the real deal

  305. Reason Quotes LaFaive on Sin Taxes

    Examining the unintended effects of cigarette taxes

  306. State Supremes Rebuff Claims Government Land Bank Shortchanged Taxpayers
  307. Reitz Quoted on Transparency in Michigan Press

    Detroit officials using private emails for business

  308. National Teachers Union Boasts of Having 'Conservative' Members While Undermining Their Values
  309. Sen. Nofs: Bills Won't Eliminate 'Electric Choice'
  310. July 17 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest

  311. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Has a History of Secrecy
  312. State Lawmakers Compared to ‘Plantation Owners’ For Trying to Keep University Tuition Down
  313. A Victory for Political Free Speech

    Wisconsin Supreme Court rules raids unconstitutional

  314. Mackinac Center Reveals Interactive Webpage Detailing Labor Reforms and Political Outcomes

    Five states’ labor reforms analyzed

  315. U.P. Road Commission Taking On EPA
  316. Contracting Survey 2015: A Five State Report

    Remarks by Michael LaFaive to the National School Bus Transportation Association

  317. Article on Worker's Choice in Forbes

    Vernuccio discusses recent developments in labor reform

  318. Gov. Granholm in 2009: 'Movie Studio to Create 700 Jobs;' Six Years Later - Nada
  319. Mia's Story Shows Private Schools Can Help When Other Schools Have Failed

    Despite spending half as much, a private school gives students with special needs what they need

  320. Frustrated With Public School, Parents of Student With Special Needs Find Help at Private School
  321. Union President Attacks School Board While They Pay Her Not to Teach
  322. Skorup Quoted in Lansing State Journal

    Report on reducing costs in Michigan's prison system

  323. That's a Wrap! Film Subsidies Terminated
  324. State Press Covers the End of Film Subsidies

    Hohman comments on bill signed into law on July 10

  325. Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Bill Ending Film Subsidies

    State has granted over $450 million in corporate welfare for the movie industry since 2008

  326. July 10, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest

  327. Great Lakes Water Levels At High-Level Marks
  328. Michigan Radio Features Fight Against Forfeiture

    Bipartisan groups behind push for reform

  329. Media Echo Chamber Repeats Same Misinformation on Road Funding
  330. Progressive State Income Tax Would Damage Michigan’s Economy

    “Progressives” should be careful what they wish for

  331. National Group Gives Michigan a ‘D’ for Forfeiture Laws

    Bills that would raise that grade languish in legislature

  332. Economic Protectionism and Consumer Safety

    Examining legal challenges to occupational licensure

  333. Albion Superintendent Wrongly Tries to Stop Students From Leaving

    Asks nearby districts to stop busing area students to their schools

  334. Independent Union Shows Unions Can Prosper Under Right-To-Work
  335. There is Plenty of Money in the Budget for Roads

    It’s all about legislative priorities

  336. Number of People Collecting Unemployment in Michigan Plummets Nearly 90 Percent
  337. LaFaive Interview on Economic Freedom

    Hosted by Think Tech Hawaii and the Grassroots Institute

  338. MLive Gets Senate Roads Plan Wrong

    No spending reductions required in Senate plan

  339. Labor Reform in the States
  340. Five Road Funding Principles
  341. Cut Corporate Welfare, Shift Money to Road Repair for Economic Growth
  342. State Income Tax Also Serves as Stealth Welfare Program
  343. Time to Give Workers a Full Choice
  344. Clock is Ticking on Michigan's Film Subsidies
  345. House and Senate Pass Competing Road Funding Plans
  346. July 2, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    Key Senate Road Funding Votes

  347. Remembering Sir Nicholas Winton

    The world has lost a true hero

  348. Measure Would Open Doors To University Board Meetings
  349. Poor Ol' Peter and Poor Ol' Paul Are Expected to Get $1.6 Billion in Additional Tax Revenue
  350. Idaho Lawmakers Embrace Open Meetings, Michigan Still Waiting for Transparency

    New law may be "the best in the nation"

  351. Skorup Film Subsidy Op-Ed Published in Wall Street Journal

    Celebrating the death of a corporate welfare program

  352. How a Common Application Could Work for Detroit Parents

    Let all parents choose! Detroit should end the address-based school assignment system

  353. U.S. Supreme Court Accepts Case to Give 'Right-to-Work' to All Public Employees
  354. Mackinac Legal Expert Quoted in Detroit News

    Examining the implications of new Supreme Court case

  355. Michigan House Wise to Shift Corporate Welfare Spending to Roads

    Programs shown to be ineffective and wasteful

  356. United States Supreme Court to Hear Case That Could Declare Agency Fees for Public Employees Unconstitutional

    Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Filed Amicus Brief Asking Court to Hear Case

  357. New State School Super Favors Merit Pay for Teachers
  358. Bringing Financial Transparency to Michigan's Public Sector Unions

    Nathan Mehrens, a labor expert who helped implement financial reporting requirements for private sector unions while serving at the U.S. Department of Labor, explains how Michigan should reform its union transparency laws. Most public sector unions do not have to publicly disclose meaningful financial information, and Mehrens argues that Michigan lawmakers should adopt financial reporting requirements similar to those used by the federal government.

  359. Public Sector Unions Vague About How They Spend Dues Money
  360. Study: They Spend Millions, but Minimal Transparency Required for Government Union Finances
  361. Union Transparency Study Featured in Daily Caller

    Article details how disclosure can help members and expose corruption

  362. Most Michigan Teachers Leave Before Qualifying For a Pension
  363. June 25, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    More subsidies and higher fees; knives and founding documents

  364. Skorup Quoted on Release Time

    Release time costs public schools millions each year

  365. A Possible Uber Setback for Ride-sharing in California

    Examining the distinction between a contractor and an employee

  366. Top 1 Percent Paid 15 Percent of State Income Tax While Bottom 33 Percent Received Millions
  367. DPS Emergency Manager Could Make Big Changes

    Steps in the right direction are possible without changing laws

  368. GOP Group Calls for Eliminating Civil Forfeiture

    Mackinac Center scholar spoke on the issue prior to vote

  369. Michigan Has Third Largest GDP Growth Since Recession
  370. Money in Politics: How Much Should Be Disclosed?

    The Mackinac Center’s Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Debate will address the question of whether individuals who donate to nonprofit organizations or political issues should be able to maintain their privacy.

  371. It is Fine to Get Detroit Out of the School Pension System

    Other districts already pay for Detroit's liabilities

  372. The Real-World Costs of Union Release Time

    Proposed law would require public workers to work for the public

  373. Lone Democrat Votes Against Party Line on Film Subsidies
  374. Should Government Set Prices for Reselling Tickets?
  375. EPA Eyeing That Saturday Afternoon BBQ at the Park
  376. Debate on Money in Politics Featured in Media

    Michigan press features arguments in advance of Thursday's debate

  377. Profane, Insulting Math Teacher Flunks Math On School Funding
  378. Teachers Union Promotes Website Telling Dissident Member 'Go to Hell'
  379. School District's 'Comparatively Low' Administrative Costs Not Really That Low
  380. The Fight for Free Speech

    Think tanks juggle privacy and advocacy

  381. IMPACT May/June 2015
  382. June 19, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    Green light to Uber; red light to film subsidies; mobile beer bars and more

  383. A Look Back at Michigan's Battery Subsidies

    Mackinac Center policy analysts discuss A123

  384. MEA Lauches Personal Attack Against Dissident Teacher, Releases Confidential Information
  385. MEDC vs. Road Spending Poll Featured in Daily Caller

    Two-thirds of voters support turning subsidy money over to roads

  386. Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Debate on Money in Politics: How Much Should Be Disclosed?

    Mackinac Center partners with League of Women Voters of Michigan and The Federalist Society to host event

  387. Every Corporate Welfare Incentive Means New Jobs, Except for Most of Them
  388. Incomplete Analysis of Pension Scheme Bill Paints False Picture

    Fiscal Agency ignores benefit spiking costs, underfunding risks

  389. National Conservative Groups Push to End Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Is Michigan’s GOP Legislature listening?

  390. Coverage of Steve Cook Pension Spiking in Detroit News

    Two Senate bills would prevent union abuse of public funds

  391. Requiring Unions to Pay for Their Own Employees Saves Taxpayer Money

    Senate Bill 280 takes union leaders off the public payroll

  392. SEIU Affiliate’s Revenue Cut in Half After 'Dues Skim' Ended
  393. Michigan Film Incentives ‘All But Dead’

    But if the MEDC wants them, it can keep them

  394. State-Based Obamacare Exchanges Cause More Pain Than Help

    Three reasons why states should avoid creating their own health insurance exchanges.

  395. Two-thirds of Respondents Want Tax Dollars To Go To Roads Rather Than Corporate Welfare

    Over 60 percent of Democratic, Republican voters say yest to Michigan roads, no to MEDC

  396. Invasion of Privacy? Tax Assessors Taking Photos on Private Property
  397. Schools Receiving More and More Money, But it Goes to Pensions
  398. The Real Story About Highland Park Schools
  399. June 12, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    “Tax-lite” road funding, same-sex adoptions, local employer mandates

  400. MEA Skips Testifying on Bill Ending Its Pension Spiking Arrangements
  401. How Not to Regulate the Innovation Sector

    The Legislature appears torn on how to regulate ride-sharing.

  402. CAPPS Report Lays Out Some Solid Criminal Justice Reforms

    Michigan can reform prison policies without endangering the public

  403. Would Ford Leave Michigan if Not for a Handout from the State?
  404. High Taxes Promote Black Market Cigarettes in Bordering State
  405. Ruling Upholds the Right of Public Employees to Resign From Union Whenever They Want
  406. MERC Outlines Future Decision Outlawing ‘August Window’ and Stopping Collections

    The MEA should stop harassing teachers

  407. The Problem of Corporate Welfare

    Corporate welfare leaves smaller companies to struggle

  408. Vernuccio Joins New York Times 'Room for Debate'

    Discussing the role of unions in the modern workplace

  409. Union Approves Contract Freezing Members’ Salaries to Keep the Dues Flowing
  410. Vernuccio Talks Tenure on Fox Business

    Proposed modifications to professor tenure in Wisconsin

  411. House Road Plan Secures Road Funding

    Understanding proposed earmarks for road funding.

  412. Sen. Gary Peters Wants Higher Minimum Wage — Except for His Unpaid Interns
  413. Auto Insurance Reforms a Good Start
  414. Film Tax Credits Don’t Grow the Economy
  415. Michigan’s Economic Recovery More Than Just the Auto Industry
  416. LaFaive Tourism OpEd Published in the Times Herald

    Pushing back on accusations from Michigan's tourism lobby

  417. House Road Plan Leaves Plenty of Money for Pure Michigan Campaign
  418. Vernuccio Co-Authors Op-Ed in Washington Times

    Missouri may become 26th right-to-work state

  419. Overcriminalization Study in The Detroit News

    Gov. Rick Snyder's recommendations for reform reflect Mackinac Center recommendations

  420. Government Spending on Universities Rise, Tuition Hikes Follow

    Increased spending on public universities doesn't pay off for the economy or education.

  421. June 5, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    June 5 round up of important bills in the Michigan State Legislature.

  422. Tying Teacher Evaluations to Student Achievement Would Be Major Reform

    New reforms would allow more local control

  423. Bills Aiming to Protect Property from Overzealous Forfeiture Clear First Hurdle
  424. Note to Michigan's Tourism Lobbyist: GEICO Pays For Its Own Advertising and You Should Too

    Michigan taxpayers are paying for something private businesses normally pay for themselves

  425. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Takes Credit for Creating Jobs in Good Times ... and Bad
  426. That's One Mighty Big Bucket of $$$
  427. House Republicans Should be Applauded for Trying to Cut ‘21st Century Jobs Fund’

    The 21st Century Jobs fund has repeatedly failed in its objectives, and any efforts to cut it would be positive.

  428. Graduated Income Tax Won’t Help Income Inequality

    Changing from a flat income tax to a graduated income tax will not improve income equality in Michigan.

  429. Teacher Evaluations in Michigan Public Schools: One Size Fits All
  430. Skorup Joins Pat Johnston for Prevailing Wage Discussion

    The two debated repealing the law on the Art Lewis Show on WSGW

  431. Worker’s Choice Gives Unions and Employees More Freedom

    New study solves the issue of “forced-riders” and so-called “free riders”

  432. Worker's Choice Study Featured in National and State Media

    Study proposes fix to free/forced rider issue

  433. Detroit's Reform District Doesn't Have One Great Teacher According to Evaluations
  434. Worker's Choice: Freeing Unions and Workers from Forced Representation

    Worker’s Choice provides a method to fix the "free/forced rider" issue that exists in right-to-work states. Without requiring a complete overhaul of a state’s public sector collective bargaining law, this policy can free unions from having to provide services to employees who do not support them, and allow individual public sector employees to represent themselves and negotiate independently with their employers.

  435. Tracking the True Cost of Tourism Spending

    Fiscal policy initiative director discusses new study with Michael Patrick Shiels on Michigan's Big Show.

  436. MLive Quotes Mackinac Center President on Road Funding

    Joe Lehman spoke as a panelist at the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference

  437. Home Schooling Not to Blame for Tragedy

    Greater regulations on home schoolers will not prevent future tragedies.

  438. Michigan School Pension Fund Liability Grows to $26.5 Billion
  439. Right-to-Work Lawsuit Featured in Hometown Life

    Susan Bank's suit challenges legality of August Window 

  440. Labor Union Caught in Dues Skim Fails to File Annual Report with Federal Government
  441. Study: State Tourism Promotion Ineffective

    Every $1.00 Spent Generates 1 Cent Extra Spending at Motels and Hotels

  442. Five Road Funding Principles

    Mackinac Center President Joseph Lehman lays out a free-market approach to pay for roads

  443. May 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  444. State Tourism Spending Ineffective

    For every $1 spent, hotel industry gets one penny

  445. Teachers Union Rails at For-Profit Charters While its Leaders Spike Own School Pensions
  446. The More Information Voters Have the Less They Support Film Subsidies

    Majority of respondents want film money to go to roads

  447. Skorup Discusses Civil Asset Forfeiture on WPHM

    Mackinac Center policy analyst Jarrett Skorup joins Bill Gilmer to discuss civil asset forfeiture.

  448. House Judiciary Passes Civil Forfeiture Reform Bills

    Progress on reforming civil asset forfeiture

  449. Mackinac Center President Serves as Panelist at Mackinac Policy Conference

    Topic is 'Michigan's Road Fix—the $1.5 Billion Question'

  450. Is State's Prevailing Wage Law at Risk of Being Tossed?
  451. Report: It Would Take Three Years to Read All the Federal Government's Rules
  452. Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Appeals Right-To-Work Case Involving Novi Special Education Teacher

    ‘The MEA has a duty of fair representation, yet it intentionally did not inform teachers of their rights.’

  453. What You Need to Know About the Initiative to Repeal Prevailing Wage

    If sponsors gather enough signatures in time, then legislature votes

  454. Unfunded State Employee Pension Liabilities Remain at $6.2 Billion

    Closing the system is saving taxpayers from future liabilities

  455. You Don’t Need $92,000 a Year to be 'Economically Stable'

    New report distorts the level of economic hardships in Michigan

  456. Teachers Union Presidents Extract Lucrative Benefits from Schools – For Themselves
  457. Assistant Fiscal Policy Director Analyses Michigan's Historic Unemployment Drop

    James Hohman discusses the numbers on the Frank Beckmann Show

  458. Memo to Reformers: Detroit Public Schools Received 42 Percent More Money Per Pupil Than State Average
  459. District Doesn't Take Evaluations Seriously, Now Laying Off its Best Teachers
  460. Michigan's Drop in Unemployment is Historic
  461. The Government Incentive to Seize Property
  462. May 22, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  463. Asset Forfeiture Package of Bills a 'Solid First Step'
  464. Frank Beckmann Show Highlights Mackinac Center/Michigan Chamber Poll

    66 percent of respondents support redirecting $50 million from films to roads

  465. Gov. Snyder Announces Criminal Justice Reforms

    Uses Center's research to make case for reforms

  466. Mackinac Center Event Featured in Media

    Topic of civil asset forfeiture attracts media and various ideologies

  467. Michigan's Economic Recovery More Than Just the Auto Industry

    Non-auto manufacturing has made a huge comeback

  468. MLive Sends Mixed Messages on School Funding
  469. Successful Public School System Would Charge Tuition, Screen Applicants
  470. Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Redirecting Film Subsidies to Roads

    66 Percent Surveyed Support Reprioritizing $50 Million Film Subsidy for Road Improvements

  471. Critics of Growth Projections in House Road Plan Should Be Unnerved by Pension Underfunding

    School pension plan requires large dedication of future revenue

  472. Corporate Welfare Isn't 'Essential' to a Vibrant Economy
  473. Feds to Michigan: End Anti-Competition 'Tesla Ban'
  474. Civil Asset Forfeiture: How Government Seizes Private Property from Innocent Citizens

    Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process by which allows the police to seize and sell private property, even if no crime has been charged against the owner of that property. Several states have recently reformed their civil asset forfeiture laws, and Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, has called for improving federal laws pertaining to this practice.

  475. Schools of Choice Program Causes Greater Competition

    Mackinac Center research cited on WILX News

  476. Mackinac Center Cited on Dangers of Targeted Tax Breaks

    Shifting the tax burden from influential businesses to smaller counterparts

  477. Mackinac Center Event Panelist on Frank Beckmann Show

    IJ's Lee McGrath talks about civil asset forfeiture

  478. Hohman Quoted on Proposal 1 Defeat

    Voters soundly rejected the "tax and spend" road funding proposal

  479. Prevailing Wage Repeal is Sound Policy

    However, not all reforms are cuts

  480. Mackinac Expert Talks Film Incentives on NPR

    No full-time jobs were created as a result of this corporate welfare

  481. Bills Attempt to Shine Light on Government-Seized Property
  482. Can't 'Cut Your Way to Prosperity?' Michigan Spending Up $3.9 Billion Since 2011
  483. Lansing Schools: MEA President Steve Cook's Deal Never Considered 'Long Term Thing'
  484. How Michigan Can Pay for its Roads Without a Tax Increase
  485. May 15, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  486. Pure Michigan Scare Tactics

    MEDC deploys 'Washington Monument syndrome'

  487. Property Tax Revenue on the Rise
  488. Affluent School Districts Don't Guarantee Better Academic Performance
  489. House Road Plan Relies on Reality

    Detroit News wrong to call it "mostly fantasy"

  490. FTC to Michigan Legislature: End Car Protectionism

    Let consumers buy cars from whomever they want

  491. Michigan House Republicans Find $1 Billion More for Roads with No Big Tax Hike
  492. State's Corporate Welfare Arm Says Ex-Attorney General Approved Being Less Transparent
  493. Interpreting Proposal 1’s Loss

    First, look at current resources

  494. Michigan Incentive Policies Fooled by Job Turnover
  495. How They Sold $17-Plus Million Spending Hike as $10 Million Cut
  496. Mackinac Center Road Solutions Prescribed in Detroit News

    Experts lay out a path to funding Michigan's roads

  497. Here's How Much Michigan's 'Prevailing Wage' Law Costs Your School District
  498. Fossil Fuel Investments Yield Big Returns for State Pension Funds
  499. Not As Good As You Think: Why Middle-Class Parents in Michigan Should be Concerned about Their Local Public Schools

    Many middle-class Michiganders think that most low-performing schools are located in poor inner cities such as Detroit, not in their nice neighborhoods or in their smaller towns. They need to think again.

  500. Michigan Income Taxes Already Progressive

    State Democrats want new power to create a graduated income tax

  501. Township Votes Down Wind Energy Project
  502. Local Union Leaves Michigan Education Association
  503. Charter Schools Cost Unions Millions in Dues
  504. May 8, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  505. Michael LaFaive and Todd Nesbit: R.I. set to lose tobacco revenue

    Increasing cigarette tax would be counterproductive

  506. Mackinac Center Experts Show Cigarette Tax Increase is Counterproductive

    Michael LaFaive and Todd Nesbit, Ph.D. cited in Providence Journal

  507. Prevailing Wage Research Cited in Detroit News

    Repealing the law could save taxpayers millions every year

  508. Bill Would Allow Local Governments to Post Notices Online Rather than in Newspapers
  509. Snug as an Official Bug in a Rug

    Politicians can find themselves deciding things of low value

  510. Prop 1 Unpopularity to Voters was Unprecedented
  511. Free Press Columnist Disses 'Michissippians' Like It's 2009; Michigan Outperforms States He Elevates
  512. Detroit Public Schools Gave 8 of 10 Teachers Highest Rating Despite Being Nation's Worst Urban District
  513. Detroit Education Overhaul Would Cost Other Schools $50 Per Student
  514. Gov. Snyder's Plan for Detroit Public Schools Meets Legislative Skepticism
  515. Guest Post: Kansas Excise Tax Hike Proposal a Bad Choice

    The unintended consequences of higher taxes

  516. Governor's Plan to Fix Education in Detroit May Threaten School Choice
  517. Choice in Electricity: A Good Idea Michigan Abandoned
  518. Gov. Snyder’s Much-Needed Move on Licensing
  519. Not As Good As You Think: How Michigan’s Wealthier Schools Escape Scrutiny
  520. Michigan Auto Insurance Reforms on Hold
  521. Obamacare Exchange: Michigan Dodged a Bullet

    Michigan fortunate not to have established state exchange

  522. May 1, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  523. Illegal Strike by Detroit Teachers Shuts Down 18 Schools
  524. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Scene From Fantasia Captures the Spirit of Earth Day
  525. IMPACT March/April 2015
  526. Show Me the Money and Then We'll Be Accountable
  527. Second MEA President Used $200,000+ Union Salary to ‘Spike’ Public Pension
  528. Auto Insurance Reforms a Good Start

    State needs to address high costs associated with mandated generous coverage

  529. Bills Put Obsolete Laws on the Chopping Block
  530. Fix Disparities in Public University Funding in Michigan
  531. Reasons to Reason

    Why we need analytical thinking in our policy debates

  532. As Obamacare is Implemented, Part-Time Jobs at All Time High
  533. Texas Moves Toward Dumping Wind Mandate
  534. April 24, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    “Early Warning System” for overspending school districts
  535. Film Incentive Supporters Ignore the Facts

    There's still no good evidence for this program

  536. Michigan’s Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Exceeds Projections by 22 Percent

    The cost of expanding Medicaid more expensive than originally assumed

  537. 'Steve Cook' Bill Would Prevent Private Union Employees from Spiking State Pension
  538. Mackinac Center Study Gives a How-To When Changing the Constitution
  539. The Disparity in Michigan University Funding
    State should use fair funding for universities
  540. With $2 Billion at Stake, $100 Fines Won't Deter Violations of State Law
  541. Poll: Just 1 in 3 Know Wind Energy Depends on Fossil Fuels
  542. Why Michigan Should Compact for a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment
  543. State Workers Use 4x as Many Sick Days as Private Sector
  544. Taylor School District Refuses to Inform Teachers They Don't Have to Financially Support the Union
  545. Michigan Supreme Court: Pension Reforms were Constitutional

    Unions lose challenge to 2012 law

  546. Will Poll Hurt Legislation Aiming to Give Energy Utilities Monopoly?
  547. 'Big Oil' and 'Big Wind' Keep Public in the Dark About Wind Dependence on Fossil Fuels
  548. Michigan Property Tax Revenues Up

    Both rates and revenue on the rise

  549. School District Has to Spend $1 Million to Improve 'Failing' Academic Performance
  550. Collection Bins for Clothing and Used Goods Targeted as Nuisances
  551. April 17, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Auto insurance, double-dipping pensions, investor guarantees
  552. Proposal 1: What It Is and How It Affects Taxpayers

    On May 5th Michigan voters will vote on Proposal 1, a constitutional amendment and series of bills that will go into effect if the amendment is approved. A large piece of the proposal is raising the sales tax...

  553. Low or High, Great Lakes Water Levels Always Blamed on Global Warming
  554. If Greedy Employers Discriminate by Paying Women Less, Why Don't They Hire a Lot More of Them?
  555. Union President Tells Women to Join Union to Get Equal Pay
  556. Open Letter to Steve Inskeep of National Public Radio

    National Public Radio wrong about Mackinac Center study

  557. Cigarette Tax Hikes Cause Unintended Consequences
  558. Detroit News Exposes MEDC Secrecy

    Michigan's corporate welfare program needs to be more transparent

  559. Facts About Road Safety in Michigan

    Traveling on Michigan's roads is safer than it's ever been

  560. Who You Gonna Believe? A K-12 Superintendent or the State Constitution?
  561. Manufacturing Jobs Set to Surpass Government Jobs in Michigan for First Time in Years
  562. Charter School Parent 'Grateful' to Have a Choice

    A Detroit mother explains the importance of school choice

  563. Is Big Business a Danger to Economic Liberty?

    Please join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for a Club Mackinac event in Grand Rapids, as we welcome Timothy P. Carney, senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the author of two books: The Big Ripoff, and Obamanomics. 

  564. Meet Toya Putnam, Charter School Parent
  565. Huron County Pushes Stop Button on Wind Development
  566. MCPP Experts Take Down Film Program in MLive

    The state should curtain this ineffective program

  567. Mackinac Center Work on Prop 1 Gets Wide Coverage

    MCPP original research prominently featured in Prop 1 stories

  568. Detroit Charter School Parents: Don’t Take Away Our Freedom to Choose
  569. Union: No Photo Needed to Vote, but Bring ID If You Want to Leave the Union
  570. Natural Gas to Wind Energy: You're Nothing Without Me
  571. April 10, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Hospital “prices,” cigarette taxes, unions, monopolies
  572. Poll Suggests Strong Turnout for May 5 Ballot Proposal
  573. Love it or Hate it, Voters are Aware of Proposal 1
  574. Court of Appeals Orders Wayne County Circuit Court to Hear Claim Related to Union’s End Run of Right-to-Work
  575. State's Cost of Teacher Pension System Quintuples
  576. Mackinac Expert Debates Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Here's why Michigan needs to reform civil asset forfeiture

  577. Amendment’s Effects on Higher Ed are Uncertain
    Proposal 1 may offer more leeway in funding than intended.
  578. Detroit Coalition Plan Would Lead to More Schools Outside of Detroit

    Restricting choice could lead to more students leaving Detroit

  579. Michigan Plummets in Economic Outlook Rankings Among States
  580. Our Children. Our Choice.
  581. Law that Made School Employees Pay More for Health Insurance Saved $1.3 Billion
  582. There Was Never a $470 Per Pupil Education Funding Cut in Michigan
  583. So What Happens if the May 5 $2 Billion Tax Hike Fails?
  584. Charter Schools’ Record of Doing More With Less Validated by Stanford Report
  585. Cigarette Smuggling Still Rampant, Problematic
  586. The Cost of the Proposal 1: The May Tax Vote
  587. What if it Were April Fools' Day Year Round?
  588. April 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    New bills cover marijuana, mandates, police cameras

  589. New State Tax Payment System Causing Headaches for Businesses
  590. Read This: FEE Interview With Larry Reed

    Former Mackinac Center president shares stories of his world travels

  591. Pro-School Choice Group: Let Detroit Students Attend School Anywhere They Want
  592. The Irony of Michigan's Film Incentive Program
  593. Detroit Charter School Students Gaining Months of Extra Education Per Year
  594. Coalition Wants $153 Million a Year Debt Forgiveness for Detroit Public Schools
  595. And the Answer is … 'Something a College Freshman Might Say'
  596. Coalition's Vision for Detroit: More Bureaucracy; Less Innovation

    Doubling down on what doesn't work won't fix Detroit schools

  597. Spalding Quoted in The Detroit News
    Article highlights school choice in Detroit.
  598. In Memory of Bob Crowner

    Mackinac Center remembers a long-time friend

  599. Here are the Highest Paying School Districts in Michigan
  600. Proposal 1 Would Pay Michigan's Road Debt Hangover

    Paying down the state's road debt is a good idea

  601. LaFaive Quoted on State Board Meeting Spending

    The state spends $1.3 million on oversight boards each year

  602. Hooray for Gov. Snyder on Occupational Licensure

    Legislature should curtail these needless regulations

  603. Bottom Line Will Tell How Effective House Republicans are at Limiting Government
  604. Here we go Again: Trying to Make Legislators' Records Public
  605. Mackinac Analyst on Frank Beckman Show
    James Hohman talks about Proposal 1 study findings.
  606. March 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    A raise for judges; welfare truants; legalized scalping.
  607. WSJ: Pension Reform 'Transition Cost' Claim More Bogus than Ever

    Transitions costs are illusionary

  608. What Happened in Five Days?
  609. Proposal 1 Will Cost Average Michigan Household Up to $525 a Year in Extra Taxes
  610. How Right-to-Work Can Make Unions Stronger

    Unions can still collectively bargain, but must earn support of workers

  611. Poor Cities' School Districts Receive the Most Funding
  612. Budget Cut to the Bone? It's Increased by $5 Billion the Last Three Years
  613. House Considers Repealing Outdated Crimes
    Current crimes include walkathons and reproachful language.
  614. New Study Analyzes Impact of Proposal 1 on Taxpayers
  615. Proposal 1 of 2015: An Analysis
  616. State's Tourism Agency Sees Tourism-Boosting Lodging Service as a 'Threat'
  617. Site Map
    An overview of the website.
  618. State Superintendent Puts Failing Schools Ahead of Students' Choice
  619. Grands Rapids Mayor: Hate the Drillers, Love Their Money
  620. State Film Incentives are the Real 'President Business' Villain
  621. Transit: So Popular it Needs to be Subsidized
  622. Deficit-Ridden District Almost Demolishes Building Rather Than Take $3.5 Million From Charter
  623. March 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Abortions, homosexual adoptions, bake sale "push-back"
  624. Automatic Tax Increases are Not Good Policy

    Letter: Continued cigarette tax policy will increase smuggling from other states

  625. Media Covers MEA President’s Public Pension

    Story first discovered by Michigan Capitol Confidential

  626. Detroit Free Press Follows Up Story Broken by CapCon
    Free Press story covers civil asset forfeiture victim.
  627. Dispute Over $1,500 Charge for Phantom Copies from State is Resolved
  628. National Study: Detroit Charters Should Serve as a Model for Other Communities
  629. If You Can't Beat 'Em, Sound Like 'Em
  630. Mackinac Research Featured in Wall Street Journal
    Hohman and Skorup cited on film subsidies
  631. Smuggling Rampant in Minnesota
    The unintended costs of cigarette 'sin' taxes
  632. A Conversation About Private School Choice
    with Dr. Michael Q. McShane and Bruce Braun

    Featuring Michael Q. McShane, a research fellow in education policy studies at AEI.

  633. The 'M' in MEDC Should No Longer Stand For 'Mystery'
  634. Mitch Albom's 'Single-Industry' Blunder
  635. Bill Package Includes Elimination of Energy Choice
  636. Community College Secretaries Secede From the State's Largest Teachers Union
  637. Letter to the Detroit Free Press on Film Subsidies

    Corporate welfare programs rarely produce net new jobs

  638. Mackinac Center Gets FOIA Charges Reduced from $1,550 to $50
  639. Partisan Left’s Corporate Welfare Position Depends on Which Party Holds Office
  640. Oklahoma Shows Pension Reform Can Boost a State's Credit Rating
  641. The GOP Politicians Who Voted Against Ending Film Subsidies
  642. Detroit News Highlights Mackinac FOIA Fee Case
    FOIA laws in need of reform.
  643. March 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Crime & punishment, film subsidies.
  644. Washington Examiner Quotes Vernuccio
    Supreme Court could take up issue of agency fees.
  645. MEA Union President In Line for Six-Figure Government Pension
  646. How Steve Cook's Pension Will Cost Taxpayers
  647. House Vote on Terminating Michigan Film Producer Subsidies
    House rejects $50 million per year program.
  648. Three Reasons Why Michigan Should End Film Incentives

    Results show the investment is not worth it

  649. Excise Tax Hike on Cigarettes Irrational Choice for Washington

    Fewer legal sales doesn't necessarily mean lower smoking rates

  650. State on Required Payments for School Employees' Pension: 'The Check is in the Mail'
  651. Why Unions Care About Paid Sick Time
  652. Will Michigan GOP Continue Michael Moore Film Subsidies?
    Program is a waste of taxpayer money.
  653. LaFaive in Los Angeles Times
    Detroit’s foreclosure problem and what to do about it.
  654. Vernuccio Cited in Forbes
    Why Wisconsin and others become right-to-work.
  655. State Education Department's Puzzling Stance on Students' Family Income
  656. The 'Astroturf' Campaign to Force Employers to Give Paid Sick Time
  657. Thank You for Supporting CapCon!
  658. Unions and a Complicit Media in Pro-Paid Sick Time Campaign
  659. Paid Leave Isn't Free Leave
  660. Thank You for Supporting the Center!
  661. Hey! Is that Brad Pitt in the Frozen Food Aisle?
  662. $23K School Employee Upset that MEA President’s Pension Spiked by $200K Union Salary
  663. A $46,000 Spread in the Cost of Tuition Per Degree at Michigan Universities
  664. Weak Membership Growth Shows Need for New Union
  665. What the New Legislature Should Stand For — And What It Should Not
  666. Sheriff Lieutenant Caught on Video Saying Officers Disciplined for Not Writing Enough Tickets
  667. Right-To-Work For Taylor Teachers Begins Today
    Mackinac Center Legal Foundation case in the news
  668. March 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Pension debt, double-dipping, film subsidies
  669. Now is the Time to Demand Transparency from State's Corporate Welfare Agency
  670. Hohman in Wall Street Journal
    Right-to-work states enjoy higher per capita income
  671. Michigan Appeals Court Denies Stay in Taylor Teacher Case
  672. School Reformers Have 'Significant Concerns' About State Superintendent Finalist
  673. House Committee Votes to End Michigan Film Incentives

    $500 million spent for no permanent jobs

  674. Everything You Need to Know, Except the Cost
  675. Obamacare's Michigan Tale: Small Drop in Uninsured While Families Pay More
  676. Wright on the Beckman Show
    MEA president earning taxpayer-funded pension.
  677. VoteSpotter

    Your legislators work for you, and now there is a one-click way to stay informed and keep an eye on what they are doing in Lansing and in Washington.

  678. More Jobs, Higher Pay Since Right-to-Work Passed in Michigan
  679. High Court Should Strike Agency Fees
  680. Mackinac Center Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court to End Union Agency Fees
  681. How Wind Energy Creates More Dependence on Fossil Fuels
  682. Plot to Kill Film Credits Begins to Look Plausible
  683. Vernuccio in Washington Times
    Wisconsin at work on right-to-work
  684. February 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    BB guns (‘Ralphie’s Law’), more corporate subsidies
  685. 'If It's Not Illegal, It Should Be'
  686. Hohman on Film Incentives

    Price tag of $500 million for no industry growth

  687. LaFaive's Minnesota Senate Tax Committee Testimony

    Fiscal policy expert shows analysis of cigarette taxes and smuggling

  688. School District Carries MEA President on its Books, Boosting His Pension
  689. MEA President Inflating Public Pension with $200K Salary While Working for Private Union
  690. Hohman Testimony to House Committee
  691. How Occupational Licensing Redistributes Income
    No benefits to consumers to be found.
  692. IMPACT January/February 2015
  693. CBS 'Battle Creek' Show Misses City's Real Police Drama
  694. No Ineffective Teacher Left Behind
  695. Why Worker Freedom is Right for Wisconsin
  696. Vernuccio's Wisconsin Senate Committee Testimony Video
  697. The Facts on Electricity Choice

    Consumers pay a high price for utility monopolies.

  698. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Tone Deaf to Requests for Transparency
  699. Vernuccio Quoted on Illinois "Fair Share Dues"

    Unions can no longer deduct dues from non-member paychecks

  700. The 'Too Many School Districts' Myth
    Enrollment data doesn't support claim.
  701. Right to Work Isn't the Only Option

    The state should give workers and unions more choices.

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  703. Michigan May Send Film Credits to the Cutting Room Floor
  704. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Hasn't Faced Real Media Scrutiny
  705. February 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Guns, drones and votes. Subsidies ate the budget.
  706. The Real Problem With ‘Economic Development’ Programs

    Michigan should end the MEDC

  707. MEDC Feeling the Heat for Corporate Welfare Deals Coming Home to Roost
  708. 96 Percent of Michigan Schools Getting Richer
  709. House Republicans Announce Criminal Justice Reforms
    The state should repeal antiquated and unnecessary criminal laws.
  710. LaFaive in National Media

    Mackinac Center expert's analysis on cigarette smuggling cited in national report

  711. Media Covers McHugh's Committee Testimony

    Few jobs, little transparency for Michigan corporate welfare machine

  712. A History of Corporate Welfare Failure: Mackinac Center Testimony in the Michigan House

    "The truth is these are mostly political development programs, not economic development programs."

  713. 2014 Was a Great Year for Adding Jobs in Michigan
  714. What if this had Happened at a Charter School?
  715. Governor Praises Detroit School Ranked Among the Worst in the State
  716. International Japanese School Gets a Second Chance
  717. Public Letter on Direct Automobile Sales

    Center signs on to letter explaining why state should allow car manufacturers to sell directly to consumers.

  718. Impact and How They Voted on May 5 Sales Tax Increase Ballot Measure

    Who voted “yes” and who voted “no” for $2 billion tax increase

  719. Labor Board Says Teacher Union Committed an Unfair Labor Practice and Acted “arbitrarily, indifferent and reckless”
  720. Right-to-Work Debate: Former Labor Boss and Think Tank Labor Expert Square Off
  721. Charter School Growth in Michigan is Not the 'Wild, Wild West'
  722. Lower Gas Costs Benefit School Funding in May 5 Ballot Proposal
  723. February 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Presidential primary, absent voting, subsidies ate the budget.
  724. Reitz on Overcriminalization

    MCPP, ACLU and Manhattan Institute panel discussion.

  725. Double Tax on Some Fuels is Problematic for $2 Billion May 5 Proposal
  726. Vernuccio in Bloomberg Business
  727. Ballot Proposal Backers Weighing Strategy

    $2 billion tax hike vote on May 5.

  728. State-Protected Alcohol Cartels Don’t Improve Public Safety
  729. Ohio Cigarette Tax Increase Would Bring Unintended Consequences
  730. How to Deal with Michigan’s Vast Criminal Code
  731. Media Muddles Magnitude of May Tax Hike Vote
  732. Overcriminalization in Michigan

    Michigan’s vast, disorganized criminal law inherently places residents at risk of unintentionally violating a growing array of regulatory crimes that are difficult to discover and understand. The complexity of administrating such a criminal code threatens to divert scarce resources away from the enforcement of serious violent and property crimes. This event will feature ideas about how to protect Michigan residents from overcriminalization and improve the state’s criminal law.

  733. How Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Raises Costs
  734. Closing School Retirement System the Right Choice

    MPSERS has been underfunded in 29 out of the past 30 years

  735. How Local Governments Toe the Line Advocating for Tax Hikes
  736. Here's the Upcoming Political Drama in Michigan
  737. Increased North Dakota Tobacco Taxes Could Lead to Rampant Smuggling
  738. Court of Claims Tosses MEA's Right-to-Work Lawsuit
  739. Economic Freedom in Michigan and Beyond
  740. May Sales Tax Proposal Explained
  741. The Myth of a Spreading ‘Tax Cut Fever’
  742. What the New Legislature Should Stand For – and What It Should Not
  743. House GOP Action Plan Points the Way to Real Reform

    Repealing prevailing wage a top priority.

  744. February 6, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Pension double dipping, concealed pistol rules.
  745. IRS to Tom Brady: Nice Trophy. What's That Worth?
  746. MEA Drops Attempt to Stop Vote on Decertification
  747. Teacher Claims Union Ruined Her Credit, Humiliated Her Over Trying to Leave
  748. Bipartisan Effort to Reform Licensing Laws

    President Obama, scholars call for rollback of rules.

  749. Vernuccio Op-Ed in Washington Times

    How Big Labor can solve its membership crisis.

  750. Energy Policy Director: Wind Energy isn't Cheap and Alone Can't Meet Our Needs
  751. Time to Uncork Beer and Wine Reforms?

    Office of Regulatory Reinvention seeks input.

  752. Difference Between Bridge and Center Report Cards

    Both are superior to state's Top-to-Bottom rankings.

  753. CapCon Interview with Founding Editor Ken Braun and Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman
  754. State Liquor Commission Should End Rules that Hike Prices
  755. CapCon Celebrates its Five Year Anniversary
  756. Center Study Featured in WZZM Report

    Overcriminalization a growing concern nationwide.

  757. Litigants Ask Supreme Court to Review County Land Bank Cherry-Picking Prime Property
  758. Politicians Want to Review State Agency that has 1 in 5 Jobs Track Record
  759. Michigan Adds, Loses Thousands of Jobs

    More proof corporate welfare doesn't work.

  760. District Ties Teachers' Salaries to Financial Health
  761. One Lawsuit Settled, But No Truce in Wind Energy Debate
  762. Eight Days, 196 Bills, 12 Constitutional Amendments

    Repeal film subsidies, let nurses do more, stalking registry.

  763. The End of Hollywood Corporate Welfare?

    Legislators look to fix budget overspending.

  764. 'Free' Community College

    Not a very sound idea.

  765. Ethanol Study Touted as Independent Was Paid for by Corn Growers
  766. In Ann Arbor, Jim Harbaugh Gets $150,000 Academic Incentive – City's Teachers Get $150
  767. Federal Government Stymies Energy Production on its Land
  768. Granholm Too Cool For Her Own Cool Initiative?
  769. Jennifer Granholm = Job Creator ... Really?
  770. A Formula for Happiness with Arthur Brooks
    Join AEI president Arthur Brooks for a discussion on the intersection between work, happiness, and human flourishing. This event is co-sponsored by The Mackinac Center, AEI, and Acton.
  771. $10,000 Plus More a Year, But Take Home Pay is the Same?
  772. Michigan Celebrates School Choice
  773. Michigan Celebrates National School Choice Week
  774. Michigan Turns 178

    A look back at the early days.

  775. Fixing Michigan's Budget-Killing School Employees' Pension Up in the Air
  776. National School Choice Week at the Capitol

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and partner organizations cordially invite you to join us in celebrating National School Choice Week with an event from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2015, at the Capitol.

  777. Spalding Discusses School Choice

    Joined on WKAR by Democratic lawmaker.

  778. Two Cheers for Legislators on Licensing

    Good progress in 2013, more to be done.

  779. Labor Policy Expert Cited on Union Decline

    Vernuccio in Detroit News, Free Press.

  780. State Revenue Increasing by $640 Million
  781. The Costs and Benefits of Wind Energy: Competing Groups Hold Forums
  782. 88 New Bills in Four Days — a Sampler
    Ban local Uber bans, restrict religious freedom restrictions.
  783. Wind Energy Allegations Deserve Hearings

    Claims about efficiency, health hazards should be explored.

  784. Governor Signs Bill Freeing Up Market Approach to Health Care
  785. State Out Nearly $300M from Cigarette Smuggling

    Yet another unintended consequence of high excise taxes.

  786. Why Not Double the Prevailing Wage?

    Arbitrary rate harms taxpayers, school districts.

  787. Open Letter to the Liquor Control Commission

    Abandon rules allowing industry price collusion.

  788. State Agency Wants $1,500 for a No-Cost Electronic File
  789. Mackinac Center Sues Michigan Liquor Control Commission Over FOIA Fees
  790. Speed Limit Reform Died Last Year but May be Revived
  791. Despite Media Reports, Michigan's Revenues are Increasing
  792. Another Tobacco Store Burglary Today

    Unintended consequence of high cigarette taxes.

  793. MEDC's New Program: Government Funding Government
  794. Gov. Snyder’s 2015 State of the State Address Included Six Proposed Government Expansions, One Limitation
  795. How Michigan Blew a Hole in its Budget
  796. Point One Finger, Three are Pointing Back at You
  797. Feds Take Step Forward on Asset Forfeiture

    Now state needs to step up.

  798. Michigan Sales Tax Hike Proposal May Provide Schools With Less
  799. Did the State Superintendent Advocate Detroit Schools Hire More Teachers?
  800. And They’re Off – Jan. 16 Legislature Report
    Hike taxes, extend term limits, repeal "prevailing wage"
  801. 'Big Oil' and Climate Change

    Debunking an urban myth.

  802. Center Research Cited in Washington Post

    New cigarette smuggling study released.

  803. State Superintendent Advocates Hiring More Teachers in Detroit
  804. Legislature Looks at Repealing Prevailing Wage

    Center experts made suggestion 20 years ago.

  805. 'Blown Away' Program Prolonged

    Corporate welfare program a continued failure.

  806. MEGA Fail: Progress Michigan Bashes Republican Governor for Democratic Governor’s Program
  807. Awarded Millions, Wind Turbine Company Defaults on State Loan
  808. Renewable Energy Advocate Falsely Claims Industry is not Supported by Taxpayer Dollars
  809. Cigarette Smugglers Still Love New York and Michigan, but Illinois Closing In
  810. Analysis: High Cigarette Taxes Contributing to Increased Smuggling Rates in Michigan, Elsewhere
  811. Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences

    Please join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in welcoming Daniel DiSalvo, assistant professor of Political Science at The City College of New York-CUNY and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership.

  812. Michigan's Pension Underfunding Problem
  813. MEA Gives Update on Cyberbullying Bill While Still Bullying Ex-Members
  814. A Fresh Angle: Taking on 'Big Wind' With Competition
  815. ‘Tax Cut Fever’ – Never Burning Hot

    Has tax cut phobia gripped Lansing?

  816. A Presidential Flip Flop
  817. Five Years Later, Granholm's Green Economic Vision has Failed to Materialize
  818. The Mackinac Center, Policy, and Politics

    Setting the record straight

  819. Despite 'Tax Cut Fever,' State Revenue Grows by Billions
  820. LaFaive on WKZO in Kalamazoo

    Discussed migration, legislative priorities and roads.

  821. 'Green Energy' Companies Awarded $231 Million Created Just 44 Full-Time Jobs
  822. Union Tries to Block Election that Would Decertify it
  823. Doctors Accepting More Medicaid Patients – for Now
  824. Detroit Homicide Rate isn't the Lowest Since 1967, Despite TV Station's Claim
  825. A Better School Just a Mile Away, but Parents Don't Get a Choice
  826. Charter School Student Enjoying Success at Stanford

    Detroit student had been accepted to several top universities.

  827. Statewide Media Attention for Missed Votes Report

    How did your legislator do?

  828. Plan for Green Energy Biogas Facility in Reed City 'Just Dies'
  829. He's the Best Man for the Job, and So is His Brother
  830. Huron County Looks at Wind Turbine Moratorium
  831. Dear Taxpayer: Does This 'Bug' You?

    Politicians often focus on less important matters

  832. What is a 'Green Job'? Advocates Won't Say
  833. Bowl-ing for Dollars
  834. Happy New Year! It’s Time for Tax Cuts
  835. Center Report Card Puts School Performance in Context
  836. As Conventional Public Schools Fail Transparency Law, Charters are Targeted
  837. In or Out? How is Michigan Doing Among Other States?

    New United Van Lines National Movers Study released.

  838. How Would You Spend an Extra $130?

    How would you spend an extra $130?

  839. Politicians Don’t Guide the Economy, You Do
    Economic growth starts with the individual, not the state.
  840. Union Threatens School District for Removing Illegal Language From Contracts
  841. No, Michigan is Not Projected to Run a Deficit
  842. The Best of the Best: CapCon's Top 10 Stories of 2014
  843. Happy New Year!

    The perfect time for tax cuts.

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