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  1. 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.


     
  2. 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.


     
  3. Industrial Wind Farms Bring Political Conflict, Recalls and Lawsuit to Township
     
  4. Michigan Is Not a Windy State
    The true cost of wind in Michigan is beginning to become clear
     
  5. One Tax Cut and One Increased; an Unfair Levy Repealed; Stronger Pepper Spray
    February 16, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  6. City Taking In More But Manager Cries Poverty
     
  7. 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
     
  8. Did School Choice Opposition Help Doom Detroit’s Bid For Amazon HQ?
     
  9. Meet Some Law Enforcement Officers Who Support Forfeiture Reform
    Michigan Legislature should strengthen property rights
     
  10. IMPACT January/February 2018
     
  11. Michigan College Lands On Wrong Kind Of Top 10 List
     
  12. Michigan May Surpass 2000 Employment Levels Soon
    An important milestone of recovery for the Great Lakes State
     
  13. Mackinac Center Policy Expert Recommendations 2018
     
  14. Many More Walk To Work As Take Subsidized Transit in Michigan
     
  15. Some Teachers In This District In Line For 17 Percent Pay Hikes
     
  16. Flint Schools Hanging On After 77 Percent Enrollment Decline Since 2003
     
  17. Police Seize Property All The Time And It’s No Big Deal — Until They Want To Keep It
     
  18. 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
     
  19. Lawyers 'Double Dipping' on Asbestos, Traffic Stop Etiquette, Impaired EMTs
    February 9, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  20. Detroit Closed 194 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In 2016-17
     
  21. Last Year, Flint Schools Got Double The State Average In Funding
     
  22. Former State Trooper: Cops, Prosecutors Misuse Problematic Asset Forfeiture Law
     
  23. 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
     
  24. Where Teachers Get Highest Pay Has Shifted Over Past Three Years
     
  25. Illinois Takes Pension Advice From ‘The Simpsons’
    Michigan has done a lot to avoid this fate
     
  26. New Video Series Looks Underneath the Hood at How School Funding Works
    6-part video series examines school funding in Michigan
     
  27. Debate Heated On Ending Police Keeping Seized Property With No Conviction
     
  28. Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Needs to Go
     
  29. Michigan Charters Get More Bang for the Buck
     
  30. Extreme Cold Highlights Our Need for Better Energy Options
     
  31. City’s Politicians Strive To Beat The Clock Spending Federal Money
     
  32. DTE Electricity: Out With Old Coal, In With New Gas
     
  33. WMU Professor Responds To Claims He Is Not Pro-School Choice In Education
     
  34. Cats and Dogs, Chickens and Fish
    February 2, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  35. Traverse City Continuing Push for Government-Run Internet
    Similar efforts have failed in city after city
     
  36. Public Schooling Interests Recommend Spending More On Public Schooling
     
  37. Michigan Considers Allowing Ex-Offenders to Work as Health Professionals
    A step in the right direction on licensing
     
  38. Detroit Tax Officials Eye Blake Griffin’s $171M Salary
     
  39. Breaking Tax Cut Promise In 2011 Cost Michigan Taxpayers $4.3 Billion (So Far)
     
  40. 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?


     
  41. Charter Schools a Valuable Investment for Taxpayers
    Charters prove more cost effective and produce larger ROI
     
  42. Doing More With Less: The Charter School Advantage in Michigan
     
  43. Detroit Would Mandate Video Surveillance, Make Businesses Pay
     
  44. Snyder, New Report Pitch for More Education Dollars
    Evidence lacking for any significant impact on achievement
     
  45. Politicians Cannot Keep Up With Dynamic Economy
    Subsidies for a handful, costs for everyone else
     
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  47. Michigan Schools Underfunded - If You Don’t Count All The Funding Increases
     
  48. Media Plays Games, Misleads Readers When Its Target Is School Choice
     
  49. Stakes High In Special Education Disputes, With Legal Costs To Match
     
  50. Come or Go, Amazon’s HQ Decision Means Little to Michigan Economy
    It’s a magnet for agenda-driven interpretation though
     
  51. Income Tax Breaks, Environmental Rules Reviews, Ransomware and more
    January 26, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  52. Renewable Energy is Not Cheaper After All
    Popular measurement of renewable energy's cost ignores its unpredictable nature
     
  53. Number Of Unionized Charter Schools In Michigan: 2.4 Percent
     
  54. Detroit Fails To Collect 20 Percent of Property Taxes Owed
     
  55. New Additions to Mackinac Center Board of Scholars
    Three new faces join Center's Board of Scholars
     
  56. Michigan House Votes to Protect Electronic Data
    Nearly unanimous in support of prohibiting state cooperation with illegal federal searches and seizures
     
  57. Obama Stimulus Aside, More Money Than Ever Rolling Into State Road Repair Budget
     
  58. Cash Bail Hurts Innocent Poor People
    The practice should be reformed to serve its purpose better
     
  59. 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
     
  60. State Budget Rose $5.9 Billion During Gov. Snyder’s Tenure
     
  61. 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.


     
  62. 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
     
  63. Typical Household Has Lost $1,134 To 2007 Michigan Income Tax Hike
     
  64. School Choice Week Puts Michigan Progress in Perspective
    Choice popular with parents, still needs vigorous defense
     
  65. Detroit Education Scene: A March To School Choice
     
  66. Charter Teachers Get No Pensions, Amendment Would Make Schools Pay Anyway
     
  67. State Rep. Howrylak Explains Why He Believes Charters Should Pay Into Public School Pension System
     
  68. Education Policy Expert Provides Important Perspective on New School Finance Study
    Increased funding won’t automatically improve educational outcomes
     
  69. Veto Override, Higher Income Tax Exemptions, Charter Schools and ISD Money, more
    January 19, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  70. Bad Forensic Evidence Sends Innocents To Prison
     
  71. As Medicaid Costs Skyrocket, States Have a New Opportunity to Innovate
    New guidance on work requirements indicates potential for reforms
     
  72. More People Moving From Illinois To Michigan Than The Other Way
     
  73. 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.


     
  74. Half-A-Billion Dollars More This Year
     
  75. Fewer Kids Statewide Does Not Mean Less Money For Schools
     
  76. DTE Produces Enough Wind Power To Run 24,000 Homes - But Part Of The Day Only
     
  77. Rising Revenues Never Enough For Michigan Cities And Their Lobbyist
     
  78. Deed Restrictions, Neighborhood Watch Vehicles
    January 12, 2018 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  79. Bills Make It Easier For Private Marketing Bureaus To Force Dues on Businesses
     
  80. Many Michigan Families Sacrifice for Choice
    Documentary shows how Blaine Amendment limits education options
     
  81. What People Are Saying About Our 30th Anniversary
     
  82. Michigan’s Tax Collectors Are Hauling It In
     
  83. Michigan’s Most Popular Uber Destination is in the City That Once Banned It
    Ann Arbor overregulated ridesharing until state lawmakers freed it
     
  84. Governor Granholm Called to Underfund Pensions 6 Years Before Company Bankruptcy
    There is no natural constituency for properly funding pensions
     
  85. Teacher Shortage Claims: Republicans Did It
     
  86. How to Help Those with a Criminal Record Find Work
    Eliminate unnecessary crimes, right-size punishments and repeal licensing laws
     
  87. Property Owner: Mackinaw City’s Ban On Airbnb Rentals Violates Our Rights
     
  88. 2017 Was Good For Michigan
    State economy continues to expand
     
  89. Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Drives Up Costs
    Government should do fair bidding for projects
     
  90. Detroit Ignores State Law, Turns Down Money to Avoid Selling Abandoned School
    Detroit Public Schools Community District enforces deed restriction against charter
     
  91. You Can Legally Warm Your Car Now
    The Legislature should repeal more nonsensical administrative rules in 2018
     
  92. Michigan’s Well-Being Metric Stuck in “Balanced” Position
     
  93. School Choice Breaks Down Racial Barriers
     
  94. State Forces Hotels And Inns To Fund Private Marketing Bureaus
     
  95. Michigan Jails’ ‘Pay-To-Stay’ Jail Fees Stir Controversy
     
  96. 2003 Granholm: ‘California, Eat Your Heart Out!’
     
  97. Facts About Michigan’s Infrastructure You Never Hear
    Overall, it is serving us pretty well
     
  98. State Reforms of Occupational Licensing
    New report from Cato highlights Michigan work
     
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  100. Detroit Public Schools Super Responds To ‘Charter Students Outperform’ Report
     
  101. Did You Know? Michigan Wolf-Dog Ownership Restrictions
     
  102. The Numbers Are In: Detroit Charters Outperform Detroit District Schools
     
  103. Michigan Legislature’s 10 Most Revealing Votes of 2017
    Which side were your lawmakers on?
     
  104. Michigan Well-Being Metric Stuck in 'Balanced' Position
    Changes in policy could attract more people
     
  105. No, Michigan Teachers Did Not Experience Pay Cuts In 2017
     
  106. Unlawful In Michigan To Work For Less Than $9.25/Hour
     
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