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  1. For Union Dues Opt-Out Story, NPR Finds Teacher Making $27,000 Less Than Average
     
  2. Detroit Council Calls For $15 Minimum Wage; Many City Workers Get Less
     
  3. Public Safety Workers in Michigan Now Enjoy Right-to-Work
    Janus v. AFSCME decision gives right-to-work to police and firefighters in Michigan
     
  4. Michigan Has Added a Whole Miami Worth of Jobs Since Peak Recession
     
  5. Big Piece of Utility’s Future Electricity Supply Plans: Michigan Consumers Use Less
     
  6. Making Waves with the Mackinac Center

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


     
  7. State’s ‘Surplus Property’ Process Unchanged For Three Years After Warning of Fraud Risk
     
  8. Where Michigan Stands on Civil Asset Forfeiture
    The Detroit News chronicles the past, present and future of this misguided policy
     
  9. Mackinac Center’s Forfeiture Expertise Cited
    New federal lawsuit claims forfeiture violated due process rights
     
  10. University Spending, Not a Lack of Taxpayer Support, Drives Higher Tuition
     
  11. Statistics, Anecdotes Point To Public Employees Mostly Doing Better Not Worse
     
  12. Again, Data Trashes ‘Detroit Schools Underfunded’ Narrative
     
  13. Firearm Seizures, Sexual Assault, Lock Away Painkillers and More
    Michigan Votes looks at some recently introduced bills
     
  14. State Corporate Handout Program Milks Taxpayer for Cass City Operation
    Subsidies continue to prove to be utterly pointless
     
  15. U of M’s Office Of Institutional Equity Is In Court For Due Process Violations
     
  16. Utility Consultant Suggests Basing Electric Capacity Plans On Idea That Carbon Caps Are Coming
     
  17. Teachers Union On Supreme Court Janus Ruling: ‘Women And Minorities Hardest Hit’
     
  18. No Charge, No Conviction — But 956 People Still Lose Stuff To Cops
    https://www.michiganvotes.org/2015-HB-4504 c
     
  19. Michigan Capitol Confidential Removes Story With Wrong Data On Car Repairs
     
  20. Policy Proposed for Medicaid Workers Too Broad, Harms Patients and Consumers
     
  21. Neither Inmates Nor Counties Get Out of Jail Free
     
  22. Is One Subsidy Really Any Better?
     
  23. Michigan’s Local Wind Farm Opposition May Drive New Developments To Iowa
     
  24. By Honoring Football Anthem Protests, Union Dishonors Teachers Who Dissent
     
  25. Big Michigan Utility Expects No ‘Significant Growth’ Of Electric Cars Here
     
  26. Michigan Public Sector Salaries Have Increased Every Year Since 2001
     
  27. How Business Subsidies Cut to the Front of the Line for Michigan Tax Dollars
    Politicians focus on higher status than taxpayers
     
  28. Charter School Critic Shocked At Groups Giving Teachers Information On Unions
     
  29. National Publications Cite Mackinac Center in Wake of Supreme Court Decision
    Staff members quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post and more
     
  30. Retired Police Woman Has Made $200,000 + Annually
     
  31. Teacher Once Claimed He Fantasized About Being A Barista
     
  32. A Political Fiction that Won’t Go Away
    Candidates wrongly claim state education funds have been cut
     
  33. Snyder Budget Whacks $10 Million from Business Subsidy Programs
    Pure Michigan scores $1 million increase
     
  34. 26 Grand Rapids City Employees Received $20k-Plus in Overtime
     
  35. Legislature Approves New Business Subsidies
    Big budget bill makes it more difficult to hold lawmakers accountable for spending
     
  36. First Time Since 2000, No Local Governments Under State Receivership
     
  37. US Supreme Court Cites Mackinac Center in Landmark Ruling On Unions
     
  38. Supreme Court Restores, Strengthens Rights For Millions Of Public Employees In Janus Ruling
    My Pay My Say is a national campaign to educate and empower workers to exercise these rights
     
  39. Nine Years In A Row: State Spending Goes Up Again On Oct. 1
     
  40. 2018 Marks Final Year of High School Debate Workshops
     
  41. Michigan Subsidizes Amazon, Even Without Second HQ Project
     
  42. Another MBDP Jobs Subsidy Project Doesn’t Work
    State officials can’t pick economic winners from losers and shouldn’t try
     
  43. Higher Taxes Would Offer Little for Ottawa Schools
    Millage money more fairly shared, but promises little results
     
  44. State Business Handout Program Wastes Another $2 million
    Another state subsidy deal fails to deliver
     
  45. Recipe For Food Stamps Teacher: Seven In Household, Low Seniority
     
  46. Bills Reduce Work Restrictions, Give Those With Criminal Records Another Chance
     
  47. Foster Care Scholarships, Pavement Ideas, Career Predictions
    June 22, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  48. New 5G Internet Faster, Cheaper – And Vulnerable To Local Shakedowns
     
  49. Dems Get 99.9 Percent of 2018 Teacher Union Political Cash
     
  50. Students Here Far From ‘All Above Average’ - But Teachers Rated That Way
     
  51. Smart Regs for Smart Tech: How Government Can Allow Next Gen Internet Networks to Flourish
    This panel will discuss issues related to the future of internet networks, including 5G cell service, “net neutrality” and broadband infrastructure. Panelists will also offer guidance on what governments at all levels — local, state and federal — should do (or not do) in relation to the future of internet connectivity and the spinoff technologies it makes possible.
     
  52. Detroit’s Tax-Related Debt To Wayne County Down $70 Million Since 2010
     
  53. Bill Schuette Talks State Government
     
  54. Earmarks For Key Legislators Recall Late ’90s Spending Blowouts
     
  55. Detroit is Becoming Friendlier to Entrepreneurs
    The number of licensing violations enforced by the city has decreased
     
  56. Neither Inmates Nor Counties Get Out of Jail Free
    Michigan counties try, unsuccessfully, to pass their jail expenditures on to inmates
     
  57. IMPACT May/June 2018
     
  58. Another Michigan School Expert Misstates, Lowballs Taxpayer Contributions
     
  59. Is One Subsidy Really Any Better?
    Subsidies do have a destabilizing market influence
     
  60. Business Subsidy Programs Grow State’s Bureaucracy, Not Its Economy
    They’re mostly just in-state cronyism, not big employer “deal closing” incentives
     
  61. Flint Water Whistleblower, Mackinac Center Sue Wayne State Over Records Denials
     
  62. Planning for Life Workshop – Bay Harbor Yacht Club

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


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

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


     
  68. $8.4 Million Per Year for U-M Diversity Employees
     
  69. Brian Calley Talks State Government
     
  70. $107,400-A-Year Teacher Says Teachers Must Work Second Job To Support Families
     
  71. Auto Insurance Reform for Seniors, Repeal Prevailing Wage, Medicaid Work
    June 8, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  72. Like All Spending, Environmental Spending Needs a Plan and Oversight
    Real estate development is not remediation
     
  73. Despite Positive Buzz For Detroit, Downward Population Trend Continues
     
  74. Lawmakers Repeal Prevailing Wage and Pass Work Requirements for Able-Bodied Medicaid Population
    Repeal of union wage mandates and application of Medicaid work requirements will benefit taxpayers and Michigan’s economy
     
  75. Which Party Gives More In Taxpayer Funded Corporate Handouts?
     
  76. Lawmaker Blasts Utilities, Nearly Hits Donor Privacy Rights
    Gary Glenn’s rhetoric veers off-course
     
  77. State Considers Licensing Naturopathic Physicians
    But more regulatory hurdles are unlikely to improve safety
     
  78. Study Links Catholic Education and Self-Discipline
    Families may have new tool to support private school choices
     
  79. State Teachers Union on Privatization: Watch What They Do, Not Say
     
  80. Washtenaw County Township Builds Internet Service
     
  81. State Aid To School District Much More Than Newspaper Claims
     
  82. Shri Thanedar Talks State Government
     
  83. Connect Southeast Michigan Transit Proposal: Looking Backward
     
  84. Michigan’s New Testing Regime is Better But Should Be Improved
     
  85. Should Government Get Involved? What to Consider First
     
  86. Detroit Mayor: ‘We’ve Got To Change’ Children Fleeing City’s Failed Schools
     
  87. Involuntary Mental Health Treatment, Government Job Training, Aliens, Wine Tasting
    June 1, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  88. Reverse Course on Restricting Medicaid Workers With Criminal Backgrounds
    Michigan Department of Health and Human Services pushing new rules
     
  89. Even In Low-Paying School Districts, It’s Hard To Beat Teacher Pay And Benefits
     
  90. Getting More College Grads Won’t Improve State Prosperity
    Many factors play into an area's income growth
     
  91. If Money To Detroit Schools Is A Measure Of Caring, Michigan's People Care
     
  92. Beer Glut: The Overregulation of Alcohol in Michigan

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


     
  93. Seven Ann Arbor Retirees Getting Six-Figure Pensions
     
  94. Why Michigan Should Repeal Prevailing Wage
    Law benefits big companies at the expense of taxpayers
     
  95. Michigan Dems Don’t Like Current Policies, Ignore Facts About What Came Before
     
  96. Dr. Jim Hines Talks State Government
     
  97. Lonely Are The Michigan Democrats Who Oppose State Checks To Corporations
     
  98. Bicycle Clearance, Extend the Statute of Limitations for Sex Crimes, More
    May 25, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  99. 22 Of 498 Michigan Legislators Said 'No' To Corporate Welfare Since 2001
     
  100. Privacy Policy
     
  101. $757 Million In Taxpayer Funds Handed To A Few Lucky Companies This Year
     
  102. The Michigan Politicians Who Approved $6 Billion In Business Subsidies
     
  103. Millions In Taxpayer Money For Pontiac Theater And Little To Show
     
  104. District’s Teachers Work 50+ Days Fewer Than Private Sector, Union Prez Gripes
     
  105. Bonfire of the Bureaucratic Vanities
    MEDC should publicize its failures, too
     
  106. Sen. Patrick Colbeck Talks State Government
     
  107. Rise In State Revenue Far Exceeds Cost Of Defeated Income Tax Cut
     
  108. Detroit Charters Send More Graduates to College Than Peers Do
    Longer-term outcomes back up test-score advantages for charter schools
     
  109. Residential Levies for Business Subsidies, Truck Platoons, Baby Boxes and More
    May 18, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  110. Union In Potential Landmark Case Gave To Sharpton, Progressives, Dem Party
     
  111. Michigan’s Convoluted Electricity System Leads to Strife and Strain
    Legislature considers a deal for Hemlock Semiconductor and Consumers Energy
     
  112. State Partially Rolls Back Utility’s Rate Increase, Company Heralds Declining Bills
     
  113. Why Prescription Drugs Are So Expensive and What the State Can Do About It
    In recent years the price consumers pay for many brand name prescription drugs and even some generics has increased. There are several factors behind these increases. One has to do with the type of the drugs being developed today and the smaller number of patients they target. Another involves middlemen that absorb many of the price discounts provided by drug makers. And a third has to do with the regulations coming from both Washington and the states.
     
  114. Kayak Tax Proponents Try to Disguise Cash Grab as Safety Measure
    Adding onerous education requirements should not make tax more palatable
     
  115. ‘Guerilla Journalism’ Outfit Stings Michigan Teachers Unions A Second Time
     
  116. An Evening with the Mackinac Center
    Join us for an evening of fellowship among friends of liberty.
     
  117. New Scorecard Ranks Every Michigan Legislator on Corporate Handouts
    Tracks every vote of nearly 500 lawmakers since 2001
     
  118. The Lawmakers that Voted for the Most Business Subsidies and the Least
    $16 billion in corporate welfare approved since 2001
     
  119. How Michigan Legislators Voted on Taxpayer-Funded Business Subsidies
     
  120. Detroit Homes With Willing Buyers Get More, But Overall Assessments Plummeted
     
  121. Detroit Teachers: Never Mind The $617 Million, What Have You Given Us Lately?
     
  122. Teachers Union Math Lesson: $8,326 Per Kid > $7,462 Per Kid
     
  123. 'Clear and Convincing Need' Bill Would Limit Overregulation
    Proposed law would bring more Michigan rules in line with federal government
     
  124. Require Conviction for Police to Keep Seized Assets, School Safety Responses
    May 11, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  125. Token Symbols of Growth Damage the State Economy
    Select business interests have higher status with lawmakers than regular taxpayers
     
  126. Nonprofit’s Response To U-M ‘Bias Response Teams’: A Civil Rights Lawsuit
     
  127. Video Sting Group Claims Michigan Union Got Payoff For Alleged Child-Molesting Teacher
     
  128. Overtime In Final Years Will Spike Ann Arbor Cop’s Lifetime Pension Payout
     
  129. Solar Subsidies Are More than 'Fair'
    Those selling a wholesale product should be paid the wholesale price
     
  130. MEA Opposes Privatization In Schools But Practices It
     
  131. Group Opposing Wind Project Accused Of Misleading Public
     
  132. What I Would Like To See From Campaigns This Year
     
  133. More Guilty Verdicts Mean More Cash for Local Courts
     
  134. Think Big: Don’t Expand Transit, Uberize It!
     
  135. Teachers Union Here Eager To Align With Strikes; Higher Funding Makes It Tough
     
  136. Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Hosted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan in partnership with Acton Academies and Acton MBA, the Detroit Children’s Business Fair gives kids ages 6-14 a safe space to practice entrepreneurship. The marketplace is free and open to the public.
     
  137. Budgets, Beer Tents, Vehicle Bike Racks and More
    May 4, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  138. Proposed Bill Package Would Rein in DEQ Abuses
    Landowners should have an easy appeal process for rejected permits
     
  139. Bill Would Mandate New Parking Lots Use ‘Dynamic’ Handicap Sign
     
  140. City Denies Alcohol License to Restaurant it Doesn’t Like
    Royal Oak officials discriminate against fast food restaurant
     
  141. No More Additional Favors for Solar
    Property taxes should tax the value of property, including solar panels
     
  142. School District Implies Students Need Own Computers; State Law Says Otherwise
     
  143. Bill Bringing State Closer To Ending Asset Forfeiture Abuse Advances in Michigan
     
  144. Pump the Brakes: Michigan Should Rethink Driver's License Suspensions
    In 2010, Michigan suspended over 475,000 licenses – one for every 15 drivers. Over 95 percent of those suspensions were for offenses unrelated to driving. Today, 86 percent of Americans use a car or motorcycle to get to work, meaning that a suspended license puts them at serious risk of job loss and other hardships.
     
  145. The Battle Between Taxes and Fees in Storm Sewer Finance
    Local governments should get popular support for fiscal policies
     
  146. 99 Teachers In This District Do Union Work on Taxpayers’ Dime — 1 of every 15
     
  147. Detroit School Superintendent Mistaken On District's Pre-Charter Competition Greatness
     
  148. Another Michigan Community Moving Toward Wind Farm Restrictions
     
  149. Michigan Doesn't Fit Profile for Teacher Walkouts
    More already spent on teacher salaries, less on nonteaching staff
     
  150. School Safety, Frail Prisoners, Pyramid Schemes and Budgets
    April 27, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  151. MEDC Is a Moth to a Failure Flame
    Suniva bankruptcy lights up program shortcomings
     
  152. Ann Arbor’s $307,000 Firefighter
     
  153. Tough Time To Be Working In Government?
     
  154. Net Metering Decision Raises Hackles of Solar Supporters
    'Avoided cost' rate will impact Michigan’s interest in residential solar
     
  155. Health Policy Consensus Group Calls for Short-Term Health Plan Reform
    Organizations across the country urge Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to make short-term plans renewable
     
  156. Michigan Economy Rebounds, But Medicaid Enrollment Soars
     
  157. Compensation For Federal Employees Up 36 Percent In Michigan Since 2000
     
  158. Pfizer Profits $21.5 Billion In 2017, Gets $32 Million Tax Break From Small Michigan City
     
  159. Claims Of Rising Poverty Simply Aren't True
     
  160. Recent Corruption Scandals Involving Some of Michigan’s Largest Unions
     
  161. Medicaid Work Requirements, Alien Driver's Licenses, Dead Voters and More
    April 20, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  162. A Look at Unions in Michigan, Five Years After Right-to-Work
     
  163. A Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism

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


     
  164. Union Attempt to Force Teacher to Pay Fees Deemed Illegal Under Right-to-Work
    Mackinac Center challenges attempt to limit worker freedom
     
  165. In Michigan, Rich are Getting Richer – So Are the Poor
     
  166. Free-Range Michigan?
    New Utah law recognizes independence for parents and children
     
  167. Grand Valley State’s New Intersectionality And Systemic Racism Radio Reporter
     
  168. It’s Not Called The Great Lake State For Nothing
     
  169. More Competition Among Liquor Stores on the Way – For Now
    Judge upholds ruling that gets rid of arbitrary 'half-mile rule'
     
  170. Special Tax Breaks For Privileged Firms Means Money Comes From Someone Else
     
  171. Income Tax Cut Could Bring 15,000 New Jobs to Michigan
     
  172. Arbitrary Michigan Licensing Laws: Auto Mechanic vs. Makeup Artist
    Esthetician requires far more mandatory hours and much higher fees
     
  173. Despite Right-To-Work Laws, Unions Find Ways Make Workers Keep Paying
     
  174. Latest Test Scores Show Charter Schools Closing Gap
     
  175. Three Criminal Justice Proposals before the Michigan House this Week
    Here are a handful of bills that are being considered in or advanced out of committee
     
  176. Updated Research Highlights Impact of Cigarette Tax Evasion
    New York still an empire of smuggled smokes as Nevada leaps towards the top
     
  177. Ban Pit Bull Bans, Licensure Mandates for Foresters and Shampooers, More
    April 13, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  178. Strong Link Between Cigarette Tax and Illegal Smuggling Rates
    The negative and unintended consequences of excise taxes
     
  179. State Law May Drive Job-Seeking Michigan Woman To Move Elsewhere
     
  180. For Each Gallon Of Water Michigan’s People Use, 288 Gallons Fall From The Sky
     
  181. New Law Removes Obstacles to Classroom
    SB 727 should help alleviate teacher shortage outcry
     
  182. Money For Roads Doesn’t Go Where It’s Needed The Most
     
  183. Detroit People Mover Maintenance Worker Paid $174,602 In 2017
     
  184. Rural School Makes Fast Rise
    Akron-Fairgrove among most improved on Mackinac report card
     
  185. Oklahoma Teachers Average $20,000 Less Than Michigan - And Are On Strike
     
  186. It’s Time To Review and Repeal Occupational Licensing Laws
     
  187. DeVos is Right About Michigan Charter Schools
     
  188. You Don’t Need Six Figures to Live Comfortably
     
  189. City Socks Homeowner With $150 Fine For Using Airbnb
     
  190. Emotional Support Animals, License Mandates and More License Mandates
    April 6, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  191. Michigan’s Golf Courses Will Take Much More Water Than Nestle
     
  192. State Funding for Universities Continues Upward Climb
    Lawmakers should question what taxpayers get for more money
     
  193. Are Competition And Consumer Choice In Education Good Or Bad?
    Apologists for poor schools say ‘bad,’ despite their disparate impact on poor and minority children
     
  194. Pension Spiking, Early Payouts, Second Careers Make For High-Income Cops
     
  195. How a Top-Performing Charter School in Detroit Overcame Government Obstacles
    New video tells the story of Detroit Prep
     
  196. Is it Constitutional to Require Criminal Defendants to Fund Their Own Prosecution?
    State Supreme Court considers whether to hear a case presenting this question
     
  197. Michigan Funding Its Pensions, Using More Realistic Numbers
     
  198. For Legislature, University ‘Tuition Restraint’ Means Twice The Inflation Rate
     
  199. The Great Lakes Trough Truce
    Spending interest groups only ask for more money
     
  200. Michigan Electricity Rates Since 2003: 15 Increases, 1 Cut
     
  201. Back To The Future With Renewable Energy Puffery
    Who benefits if families must pay more to get the same amount of electric power?
     
  202. Michigan’s Top School Pension Payouts
     
  203. US On Pace To Produce More Oil In 2018 Than — Ever
     
  204. 10 Officials In Larry Nassar Sex Scandal By Salary
     
  205. Study on Arkansas Tourism Campaign Should Make You Scratch Your Head about Pure Michigan
    If economic impacts are as stated, the tourism industry should pay for its own ad campaign
     
  206. Constitutional Amendments on Parents' Rights, State University Boards, More
    March 29, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  207. The Steel Industry, Not Taxpayers, Should Pay for New Soo Lock
    Industry should pay for the services it uses
     
  208. Detroit People Mover Loses Almost $10 On Every Ride
     
  209. Union Files Federal Complaint Against Company For Giving Its Members Raises
     
  210. State Corporate Welfare Winner Released from Prison
     
  211. State’s Education Woes Require Full Assessment
    BLM report takes on key myths but misses complete picture
     
  212. Two-Thirds Of Last Year’s Gas-Tax Hike Pays Debt On Roadwork Done Years Ago
     
  213. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
     
  214. Where Michigan Lawmakers Stand on ‘Right to Try’ Laws
    Allowing terminally ill Americans the ability to try experimental medicine
     
  215. Detroit City Buses Cost Taxpayers $3.52 Per Trip; Average Rider Pays Just 76 Cents
     
  216. Shampooing Hair And Piloting Commercial Airliners Require Same Number Of Training Hours In Michigan
     
  217. New Pure Michigan Return-on-Investment Figure Won’t Include All Costs
    Previous estimation excluded 50 percent-plus of program costs
     
  218. Pure Fiction: State Tourism Cost-Benefit Analysis Ignores Costs
    The full cost of the Pure Michigan advertising campaign is ignored
     
  219. Costs At Issue For Raising Age On Adult Criminal Prosecution
     
  220. Average Teacher Pay Doesn’t Support Liberal Site’s Narrative? Use It Anyway
     
  221. Michigan Capitol Confidential
     
  222. Michigan Capitol Confidential
     
  223. Passing Bicycles, Peppier Pepper Spray, High School Internship Credit, More
    March 23, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  224. Michigan School Employees Can Officially Resign from Their Union at Any Time
    Supreme Court rejects MEA’S ‘August window’ appeal
     
  225. Four Years After Its Debunking, Union Still Promotes 'Snyder Cut Schools' Myth
     
  226. IMPACT March/April 2018
     
  227. Hamtramck Academy Tops Mackinac Report Card
    NHA charter school aims high, beats odds, busts myths
     
  228. Big Decline In Number Of People On Food Stamps In Michigan
     
  229. Awareness and Education Effort Launched Around Landmark Janus Case
    A national campaign spearheaded by the Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy
     
  230. Number of State Employees Down, Amount of State Payroll Up
     
  231. When the Goal of Spending Money is to Spend Money
    Transit should instead be about getting people places
     
  232. Democratic Attorney General Candidates Favor Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform
    Bipartisan support for protecting property rights and due process
     
  233. State of Michigan Spins, Puffs Economic Contribution Of Agriculture To Economy
     
  234. Michigan Teachers Nation’s Highest Paid Given State’s Lower Cost Of Living
     
  235. Dearborn Schools Rise to the Top
    District has remarkable showing on new CAP report card
     
  236. Bipartisanship on Criminal Justice Reform Continues to Grow
    Common ground needed to overcome current shortcomings of justice system
     
  237. Most Michigan Schools Surveyed Still Buying Union’s Costlier Health Insurance
     
  238. Magazine’s Description Of Michigan School Funding 24 Years Out Of Date
     
  239. A Look At The State Budget for Business Subsidies
    Old ideas get new taxpayer cash
     
  240. MSU Sex Crime Lawsuits, Online Voter Registration, Dead Voters, More
    March 16, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  241. Foreign Trade More Important To Michigan Than Any Other State
     
  242. What Michigan Government Lacks in Transparency
    Billions in business subsidies still can’t be disclosed
     
  243. Sponsor Of Medicaid Work Requirements: They’re The ‘Right Thing To Do’
     
  244. Supreme Court Eyes Unions Politicking With Fees Compelled From Workers
     
  245. State-led Health Care Reforms

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


     
  351. State Budget Rose $5.9 Billion During Gov. Snyder’s Tenure
     
  352. Gov. Snyder Should Make Link Between Jobs and Criminal Justice Reform
    Tonight’s State of the State will certainly focus on jobs — but shouldn’t ignore criminal justice reform
     
  353. Typical Household Has Lost $1,134 To 2007 Michigan Income Tax Hike
     
  354. School Choice Week Puts Michigan Progress in Perspective
    Choice popular with parents, still needs vigorous defense
     
  355. Detroit Education Scene: A March To School Choice
     
  356. State Rep. Howrylak Explains Why He Believes Charters Should Pay Into Public School Pension System
     
  357. Charter Teachers Get No Pensions, Amendment Would Make Schools Pay Anyway
     
  358. Education Policy Expert Provides Important Perspective on New School Finance Study
    Increased funding won’t automatically improve educational outcomes
     
  359. Veto Override, Higher Income Tax Exemptions, Charter Schools and ISD Money, more
    January 19, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  360. Bad Forensic Evidence Sends Innocents To Prison
     
  361. As Medicaid Costs Skyrocket, States Have a New Opportunity to Innovate
    New guidance on work requirements indicates potential for reforms
     
  362. More People Moving From Illinois To Michigan Than The Other Way
     
  363. Laws of Evidence: How Sound Forensic Science Policy Can Help Prevent Wrongful Convictions

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


     
  364. Half-A-Billion Dollars More This Year
     
  365. Fewer Kids Statewide Does Not Mean Less Money For Schools
     
  366. DTE Produces Enough Wind Power To Run 24,000 Homes - But Part Of The Day Only
     
  367. Rising Revenues Never Enough For Michigan Cities And Their Lobbyist
     
  368. Deed Restrictions, Neighborhood Watch Vehicles
    January 12, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  369. Bills Make It Easier For Private Marketing Bureaus To Force Dues on Businesses
     
  370. Many Michigan Families Sacrifice for Choice
    Documentary shows how Blaine Amendment limits education options
     
  371. Michigan’s Tax Collectors Are Hauling It In
     
  372. What People Are Saying About Our 30th Anniversary
     
  373. Michigan’s Most Popular Uber Destination is in the City That Once Banned It
    Ann Arbor overregulated ridesharing until state lawmakers freed it
     
  374. Governor Granholm Called to Underfund Pensions 6 Years Before Company Bankruptcy
    There is no natural constituency for properly funding pensions
     
  375. Teacher Shortage Claims: Republicans Did It
     
  376. How to Help Those with a Criminal Record Find Work
    Eliminate unnecessary crimes, right-size punishments and repeal licensing laws
     
  377. Property Owner: Mackinaw City’s Ban On Airbnb Rentals Violates Our Rights
     
  378. 2017 Was Good For Michigan
    State economy continues to expand
     
  379. Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Drives Up Costs
    Government should do fair bidding for projects
     
  380. Detroit Ignores State Law, Turns Down Money to Avoid Selling Abandoned School
    Detroit Public Schools Community District enforces deed restriction against charter
     
  381. You Can Legally Warm Your Car Now
    The Legislature should repeal more nonsensical administrative rules in 2018
     
  382. Michigan Jails’ ‘Pay-To-Stay’ Jail Fees Stir Controversy
     
  383. State Forces Hotels And Inns To Fund Private Marketing Bureaus
     
  384. School Choice Breaks Down Racial Barriers
     
  385. Michigan’s Well-Being Metric Stuck in “Balanced” Position
     
  386. 2003 Granholm: ‘California, Eat Your Heart Out!’
     
  387. Facts About Michigan’s Infrastructure You Never Hear
    Overall, it is serving us pretty well
     
  388. State Reforms of Occupational Licensing
    New report from Cato highlights Michigan work
     
  389. Did You Know? Michigan Wolf-Dog Ownership Restrictions
     
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  391. Detroit Public Schools Super Responds To ‘Charter Students Outperform’ Report
     
  392. The Numbers Are In: Detroit Charters Outperform Detroit District Schools
     
  393. Michigan Legislature’s 10 Most Revealing Votes of 2017
    Which side were your lawmakers on?
     
  394. Michigan Well-Being Metric Stuck in 'Balanced' Position
    Changes in policy could attract more people
     
  395. No, Michigan Teachers Did Not Experience Pay Cuts In 2017
     
  396. Unlawful In Michigan To Work For Less Than $9.25/Hour
     
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