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

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


     
  2. How Pensions Are Bankrupting Cities and States and How to Fix It

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


     
  3. Voters’ Support for School Choice Remains Strong

    Most Detroit residents want more options


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

    Survey of likely voters shows broad support


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

    The benefits of trade in Michigan


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

    When international cooperation is not helpful but destructive


     
  12. Charter School-Prison Comparison Misses the Mark

    Analyzing recent attacks on school choice


     
  13. August 26, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


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

    Creating unnecessary crimes weakens force of important laws


     
  20. Government Held to Different Standard in Environmental Matters

    Hayes discusses Kalamazoo River spill on WWMT


     
  21. Key Part of Civil Asset Forfeiture Law Ruled Unconstitutional

    Bond requirement challenged at Court of Appeals


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

    pension unfunded liability, pension funds


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

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


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

    Proposal A has not been a dismal failure


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

    National Employee Freedom Week poll finds overwhelming support of idea


     
  31. Cigarette tax hike initiative a bridge too far
     
  32. Lessons from Muskegon Heights School Overhaul

    What DPS officials can learn from similar reforms


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

    Michigan still has room for improvement on overcriminalization


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

    Statewide survey finds continued growth in school privatization


     
  35. Couple Could Lose Their Home Through Civil Forfeiture

    Government confiscates thousands of dollars without filing charges


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

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


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

    Wall Street Journal features Mackinac Center concept


     
  40. Michigan’s Highest Taxpayers Could Soon Pay More

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


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

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

    This is the 14th edition of the Mackinac Center's annual school privatization survey. We ask every school district in the state if they outsource one of the three main noninstructional services — custodial, transportation and food services. The results from this year's survey show that 70 percent of school districts contract out for at least one of these services.


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

    New op-ed published in The Detroit News


     
  45. August 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


     
  46. Study: Ontario Should Look to Michigan

    Canadian think tank recommends following the Michigan tax reform model


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

    Liquor laws benefit the few and the expense of the many


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

    Mandate more music, restrict fracking, surrogate moms and more


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

    Michigan should spend smarter before spending more


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

    Free Press covers direct auto sales debate


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

    Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program a success


     
  68. School Choice Benefits All Students

    DeGrow debates value of private schools on WalletHub


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

    Michigan's economic liberty is slowly improving


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

    Op-ed published in The Detroit News


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

    More ways for lawmakers to exhibit warm-and-fuzzy


     
  77. Michigan to Write $1 Billion in Secret Corporate Welfare Checks in 2016
     
  78. Friedman Legacy Day

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


     
  79. A Quick Brief on the Housing Recovery in Michigan

    Price of average home is approaching record levels


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

    New plans don't even claim to develop the economy


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

    Nearly $9 billion in subsidies over two years


     
  87. Union Should Secure the Retirement of Their Members

    New op-ed discusses Teamster pension problems in Washington Examiner


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

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


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

    Cost and quality should be the primary concern


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

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


     
  96. A Federal Bill to Loosen Licensing Requirements

    And a step for Michigan to follow suit


     
  97. Department of Environmental Quality Must Be Transparent

    Michigan media reports on latest Mackinac Center lawsuit


     
  98. Criminal Justice in a Free Society

    Mackinac Center announces criminal justice initiative


     
  99. Six Numbers Showing Detroit’s Pension Problems
     
  100. Shivering in the Dark? Sierra Club Opposes 91 Percent of Michigan Electricity
     
  101. Detroit's Red Ink Remains, But Future Looks Brighter
     
  102. 10th Annual Milton Friedman Legacy Day Celebration to Be Held in Midland

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


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

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


     
  108. July 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


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

    Van Beek discusses reforms in Fox UP interview


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

    The problem with occupational licensing 


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

    Open government requires timely information


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

    Students continue to flee troubled district


     
  117. Blown Away By Flawed Research on Jobs Program

    Michigan spent millions with little to show for it


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

    State media covers tourism bureau lawsuit


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

    Vernuccio op-ed published in The Detroit News


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

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


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

    New study provides few clear-cut answers


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

    State media covers school funding study


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

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


     
  145. I Don’t Have Answers to These Questions

    There aren't always easy answers to policy questions


     
  146. Commemorating the Repeal of the Stamp Act

    The history of transaction taxes in America


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

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


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

    Research from Michael Thom analyzes a variety of programs


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

    Time to question the benefits of the Regional Transit Authority 


     
  153. June 24, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Noteworthy proposals to amend the state constitution


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

    MLive covers defeat of anti-competition bill


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

    Says revenue has been cut


     
  158. More School Spending is Still Unlikely to Boost Achievement

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


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

    Judge Rhodes points out oversight in op-ed


     
  161. Tackle Licensing for Good Policy in Michigan

    New York Times covers fight to allow people to work


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

    HB 4344 would have increased red tape for consumers and businesses


     
  164. State Government Up to Its Eyeballs in Pension Debt

    Unfunded pension liabilities dwarf state’s other borrowing


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

    Votes from the last week of the spring legislative session


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

    Op-ed in The Detroit News addresses union release time


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

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


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

    Vernuccio op-ed published in Huffington Post


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

    Media covers new Mackinac Center lawsuit


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

    Introduction of Uber decreases crash rates and DUIs


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

    Hard work, hopeful opportunities lie ahead


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

    Tenuous relationship between corporate welfare and economic health


     
  187. Lawmakers Must Preserve Choice in DPS Bailout

    Op-eds in The Detroit News and Midland Daily News


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

    Will Gov. Snyder veto the bill?


     
  194. June 3, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


     
  195. Rumors of Taxpayer Spending

    State job funds are expensive and underwhelming


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

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


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

    Bridge Magazine article misses the big picture


     
  201. Freedom for Nations, States and Cities

    Economic freedom increases human well-being


     
  202. Four Months and Counting for Records from Agency at Center of Flint Water Crisis
     
  203. Michigan Capitol Confidential
     
  204. Worker's Choice

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


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

    Just look at the evidence


     
  212. The State of Private Schools in Michigan

    Survey provides new information about this unique education sector


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

    Michigan already spends more per pupil than the national average


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

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

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


     
  216. Transparency Bills A “Significant Step Forward”

    Reitz interviewed by Michigan Radio


     
  217. A Life in Perspectives

    A Celebration of the Life of Andrew J. Coulson


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

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


     
  224. May 20, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


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

    Op-ed explains efforts to permit and restrict ridesharing 


     
  227. Taxpayers Should Not Be on the Hook for Stadiums

    Bill Simmons gets it right


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

    Op-ed published in Chicago Daily Herald


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

    It's about how resources are managed


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

    Mackinac Center representing teacher suing MEA


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

    Op-ed published in Lansing State Journal


     
  233. Maryland Brewer Tweaks Michigan's Alcohol Regulators
     
  234. Three Reforms to Bring Down Michigan Health Care Costs
     
  235. Ridesharing Drivers Tell Their Stories

    Why statewide regulations are important to so many Michiganders


     
  236. Free Market Solutions to Problems in Health Care

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


     
  237. Federal Red Tape Costing Michigan Families and Businesses Billions
     
  238. How Forfeiture Should Work in Michigan

    New Mexico and Nebraska limit forfeiture to criminal cases


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

    Joint Free Press op-ed explains transparency efforts


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

    Economic Development Week is no cause for celebration


     
  244. May 13, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


     
  245. School Choice Opponents Pick Institutions Over Special Needs Families

    Students with special needs should have access to real choices


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

    New bill would prevent local governments from overregulating grocers


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

    Michigan increases higher education spending by tens of millions


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

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


     
  252. Right-to-Work Makes Unions Stronger

    Vernuccio op-ed in Washington Examiner


     
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  254. The Right Way to Analyze Teacher Salaries in Michigan
     
  255. Average Teacher Salaries Decline, But Individual Educators Get More
     
  256. That’s What We Said

    Right-to-work studies confirm Mackinac Center findings


     
  257. Communities Consider Risky Municipal Broadband

    Local governments should get out of the way of private providers


     
  258. Pension Costs Are Crowding Out Public Safety

    Michigan is losing cops to retiree costs


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

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


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

    There is constant job loss and creation in the state economy


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

    Mackinac labor policy director interviewed by Fox Business


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

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


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

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


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

    The ‘bubble score’ of Mackinac Center staff


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

    Mackinac Center analyst authors op-ed in Detroit Free Press


     
  282. April 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


     
  283. How Two Similar School Districts Get Such Different Results

    Study suggests funding levels have little impact on student growth


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

    New study featured in state media


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

    Possible backtracking on worker freedom if union-endorsed candidate elected


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

    Spending at Michigan public colleges is skyrocketing


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

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


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

    Michigan improves slightly


     
  300. The Many Benefits of Ridesharing

    Lyft and Uber provide transportation and jobs in Michigan


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

    Be wary of limiting competition in a failing school district


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

    Vernuccio op-ed explains idea in national publications


     
  305. Ann Arbor Crackdown Illustrates Need for Statewide Ridesharing Framework

    Eliminate gray areas surrounding Lyft and Uber


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

    Charter schools may not refuse students selectively


     
  308. Pure Michigan Campaign Ineffective, Needs To End

    New op-ed published in the Detroit News


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

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


     
  314. April 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


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

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


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

    Study highlights savings from defined-contribution reform


     
  318. Local Ballot Initiatives Target Police, Prosecutors Confiscating Property
     
  319. School Spending and Student Achievement in Michigan: What's the Relationship?

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

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

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

    That is the question this paper attempts to answer.

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


     
  320. Mackinac Center Names New Vice President of Marketing and Communications

    Welcoming John Mozena


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

    Pure Michigan ads are attractive corporate welfare


     
  324. Trust Parents with Schools of Choice

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


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

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


     
  328. Reasons to be Optimistic Abound in Michigan Economy

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


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

    Changing licensing restrictions and expanding services would help


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

    Current laws increase health care costs and limit access


     
  333. Detroit Children Need Choice, Not Bureaucracy

    DeGrow responds to DPS reform in the Detroit News


     
  334. Ride Sharing
     
  335. Michigan Pushes Back Against Feds on Labor Regulations
     
  336. Why Michigan Needs Electioneering Reform

    MLive publishes Mackinac Center policy analyst’s take


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

    Watch Rebecca Friedrichs make her case for worker freedom


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

    Taxpayers deserve more transparency about how their money is being spent


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

    Public employees' First Amendment rights are on hold


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

    Road funding will morph into Medicaid funding.


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

    Detroit needs drastic reforms, not more tinkering.


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

    Can we celebrate recent record-breaking job growth figures?


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

    Remove needless barriers that block entrepreneurs and job seekers


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

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


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

    Michigan Senate Approves New Commission, Prevents New Educational Choices


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

    Well-designed third-grade retention policies can work


     
  371. Supposed To Be For the Children
     
  372. Meme This: Michigan Sells a Lot to China
     
  373. Detroit Receives Friendly Airbnb Ranking

    Here’s the best regulatory approach for the state


     
  374. March 18, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


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

    Bet with friends at your own risk


     
  378. Acton Wins Tax Dispute in Grand Rapids

    City unfairly targeted the group


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

    Boosted pensions aren't the main cause of underfunding


     
  383. Flint Shows Importance of Open Government

    Reitz in The Detroit News


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

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


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

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


     
  391. State Dodges Deadline for High Stakes School Performance List
     
  392. Vernuccio Joined WXYZ for Primary Night

    How labor issues factor into the 2016 election


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

    Michigan's charters are excellent and improving


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

    Freer trade is good for Michigan and the country


     
  396. UNION RECERTIFICATION

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


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

    Rebutting DPS allegations from teacher union president


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

    NAFTA is not responsible for Detroit's woes


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

    State refuses to disclose how much each company gets


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

    Possible change of course for presidential candidate


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

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


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

    FOIA lessons from the rest of the states


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

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


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

    How Raising Cigarette Taxes Could Increase More Than Revenue


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

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


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

    Panel discussion on replacing the deceased Supreme Court judge


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

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


     
  425. Mackinac Research Cited by Wall Street Journal

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


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

    Recovered from recession and grown beyond its 2000 peak


     
  428. New Context and Performance Report Card in the News

    Study ranks elementary and middle schools with socioeconomic context


     
  429. Federal Funding Favors Poorer School Districts Like Detroit
     
  430. February Viewpoints

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


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

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


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

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


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

    Possible conflict of interest in new Red Wings venue


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

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


     
  441. Unions are Super PACS
     
  442. IMPACT January/February 2016
     
  443. The Best Elementary and Middle Schools in Michigan

    New Context and Performance Report Card released


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

    Raising cigarette taxes would increase smuggling


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

    West Virginia Legislature overrides Governor’s veto


     
  452. February 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Nude dancing, pet adoption background checks, unionization and pensions


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

    And spending continues to increase


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

    Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal hikes cost to taxpayers


     
  458. Marquette County Takes on EPA
     
  459. Detroit Classrooms Are Not Overcrowded
     
  460. Andrew Coulson: In Memoriam

    Remembering a great champion of educational freedom


     
  461. Vernuccio Interviewed by Wall Street Journal

    West Virginia Legislature votes for right-to-work


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

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


     
  469. February 5, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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


     
  470. Little Evidence That Unions Make Workers Safer

    right-to-work, injury


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

    DPS has benefited from state loan program


     
  472. Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Economic Growth

    Only broad changes will improve the state's economy


     
  473. School District Thwarts Transparency With Unnecessary Costs
     
  474. Right-to-Work States Enjoying Faster Job Growth
     
  475. Michigan Competitiveness Stuck on Mediocre

    Economic outlook has improved, but could be better


     
  476. Nastiest Bumper Sticker Ever

    Addressing common misconceptions about capitalism


     
  477. Civil Forfeiture Timeline
     
  478. Blizzard Hits East Coast But Climate Change Not Blamed
     
  479. School District Used Second-Graders to Urge Tax Vote
     
  480. Friends of Freedom

    Featuring Michigan Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter


     
  481. School Transportation News Features Center Study

    Survey of school service privatization 


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

    Legislation would gut new taxpayer-friendly restrictions


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

    To increase college grads, increase opportunities for all


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

    Michigan tax burden mediocre; improvements can be made


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

    Some homeowners find property assessor guidelines objectionable


     
  490. January 29, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint crisis money, drone bans, animal abuser checks


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

    Director of Labor Policy described how states benefit from worker freedom


     
  495. Sports Stadium Deals Consistently Strike Out

    Cities fail to negotiate deals that protect taxpayers


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

    Van Beek discusses effects of and solutions to over regulation


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

    Michigan should consider a full range of choice


     
  499. Mackinac in the News for School Choice Week

    Op-eds highlight benefits of educational options


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

    It's time to expand public records transparency


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

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


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

    It harms current employees and retirees as well


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

    Flint water money, driving while stoned, more


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

    State gets no benefit from protectionist rationing scheme


     
  525. January 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Occupational licensure mandates, African-American needs, more


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

    And without more taxpayer money


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

    Michigan students slow to improve, despite increased funding


     
  531. Detroit School Bailout Jeopardized by Teacher Sickouts
     
  532. Statewide Ridesharing Regulations

    A simple solution to the Uber lawsuit


     
  533. Michigan’s Next Criminal Intent Challenge

    Many local ordinances would benefit from reform


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

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


     
  538. Vernuccio Op-ed Published on FoxNews.com

    Labor policy director discusses Friedrichs case in press


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

    Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association at issue


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

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


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

    Notice published in official magazine


     
  551. Michigan Economy No Longer Dependent on Auto Industry
     
  552. The Real Problem with Government Pensions

    Hint: It's not markets or greedy workers


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

    Examining government alcohol control across the country


     
  556. Vernuccio Quoted on UAW Bullying in The Detroit News

    Coverage of intimidation by UAW local


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