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  1. Mackinac Center Director of Labor Policy Selected for Trump Agency Landing Team
    Vernuccio will serve on team to coordinate transition at Department of Labor
  2. December 9, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
    Speed limits, corporate subsidies, ‘photo-cop,’ Israel and more
  3. Michigan's Economy Best In Midwest, And It's Not Just Cars
  4. Critic Still Misses Mark on Detroit Charter Research

    The trouble with doubling down on anti-DeVos criticism

  5. Michigan House Rejects Cronyism Bills

    ‘TIF on steroids’ legislation dead for now

  6. House Lawmakers Consider Key Bills

    Pension spiking, union release time, private public partnerships and toll roads on the table

  7. Bad Santa: Trump Risks Cronyist Blowout with Carrier Incentives

    Draining the swamp by creating new ones

  8. Michigan Senate Passes Sensible Transportation Reforms

    Uber, Lyft and taxis to play by the same rules

  9. Michigan Legislature Set to End Union Schemes

    Special ‘release time’ and pension spiking arrangements unfair to taxpayers

  10. 'Photo Cops' Could Write Automated Tickets to Generate Money for Detroit Public Schools
  11. As Michigan House Considers Electric Monopoly Bill, Observers Fear Price Spikes
  12. Why School Choice is So Valuable

    Detroit Schools doesn’t expect academic progress for a decade

  13. MSU Bans Smoking on Campus But Reports No Violations
  14. Infrastructure Funding Principles

    Eight guidelines to maximize value for taxpayers

  15. Teachers Union Said They Were Done Losing Members (They’ve Lost 17K Since)
  16. Pew Trust: State Pension Managers Failed Even To Meet Own Funding Estimates
  17. Free Trade Agreements Have Been Good For America
  18. Roll Ridesharing Regulations Across the Finish Line
  19. Michigan’s Licensing Laws Prevent Poor from Accessing Health Care
  20. SEIU Sues Its Own Members for Banquet Hall They Paid For
  21. Don’t Impose Granholm-era Mandates on Michigan Energy

    With new federal regulations likely, legislators should wait on energy reform

  22. Michigan’s Pension Bureaucrats Mislead Policymakers and the Public
    Office of Retirement Services tries to derail pension reform
  23. Pension Officials Mislead Lawmakers

    Testimony from state bureaucrats against pension reform bill is unfounded and inaccurate

  24. December 2, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Give taxpayer cash to developers; permissive regs for Uber; ban local bag bans and more

  25. More Than 18,000 in Michigan Voted Without a Photo ID This Election
  26. Bill Closing Possible Loophole In Photo ID Voting Law May Be On Fast Track
  27. Mackinac Center Receives $500,000 Education Research Grant
    Funding supports third year of education initiative
  28. ACLU: Study Finds Detroit's Charters May Outperform, But Their Competition Hurts Regular Schools
  29. School Budgets, Senate Pension Reforms Under Attack From Pension System
  30. ACLU Joins DeVos Assaults By Ignoring Inconvenient Charter School Truths
  31. Mackinac Scholars Challenge Tourism Officials to Debate

    Letter sent to key proponents of Pure Michigan campaign

  32. Tourism Officials Invited To Debate Efficacy of Pure Michigan

    Mackinac Center researchers challenge state to defend claim that program is worth its cost

  33. How the New York Times Distorts the Performance of Detroit Charters

    Best available research shows Detroit charter schools are successful

  34. The New York Times’ Comprehension Problem on Detroit Charters
  35. Soaring Pension Costs Breaking School Budgets, Crimping Teacher Pay
  36. School Choice on the National Stage

    How Can New Education Secretary Best Advance Opportunities?

  37. Policy Experts Available to Discuss Key Lame Duck Bills

    Mackinac Center analysts offer insights on ridesharing, pension, energy and economic development bills

  38. School Choice Opponents Recycle Myths as Trump Picks DeVos for Education
  39. Dear Teachers Union: School Pensions Not Supposed To Be A Ponzi Scheme
  40. Higher Education Spending Still Down After Michigan's 'Lost Decade,' But Rising
  41. Even With $500 Million Borrow-and-Spend, Detroit Schools Violates Building Codes
  42. Cost of Federal Employees Who Said They'd Quit Under Trump: $65 Billion
  43. You Can Now Drink and Ride a Pedal Pub in Detroit
  44. Happy Thanksgiving
  45. Pistons Move to Downtown Comes With Big Taxpayer Price Tag

    Mackinac Center experts comment on the deal in state media

  46. Mackinac Center President’s Statement on Betsy DeVos Nomination
    DeVos will be new Secretary of the Department of Education
  47. Unions Fight their Members’ Interests on Pensions

    Containing and curing pension underfunding benefits retirees, workers and taxpayers

  48. How to Revamp Michigan’s School Rating System

    Include comparisons, tie growth to standards and issue grades

  49. Experts: Michigan Senate's Utility Bill Shackles State To Obama EPA Overreach
  50. Study: New Sports Facilities Do Not Increase New Business Openings

    Research discredits idea for ‘catalyst’ or ‘transformational’ developments

  51. After Election Season, Economic Liberty Please

    Lesson from a state-by-state study: Liberty promotes prosperity

  52. Teacher Pay Flat at Insolvent Detroit Schools, But Union President's Pay Doubles
  53. Un-Making a Murderer

    Preventing crimes provides huge cost savings

  54. Obamacare in Michigan: 32 Percent More Than Projected Take Medicaid Expansion
  55. How Michigan Stands in the Way of Poor People Getting Medical Care
  56. State Not Transparent with Effectiveness of Multi-Million-Dollar Program

    New Pure Michigan study questions advertising expenditure

  57. Radical U-M Student Group Demands 'Sanctuary Campus' Walkouts
  58. Despite Union Claims, School Pension System is in Trouble

    MPSERS, unfunded liability

  59. Ballot-Selfie Ban Stands In Way of Free Speech

    Riley pens op-ed in The Detroit News

  60. Labor Reform Wins Big on Election Day

    Mackinac experts discuss results in Wall Street Journal, others

  61. Michigan Employers Create Thousands of Jobs without the Aid of Politicians

    Economic development programs just transfer money to a lucky handful

  62. Annual Cost To Pay Teachers Same As Doctors $1,283 Per Person
  63. Voters Reject Transit Tax Proposal in Wayne County

    Mackinac commentary featured in Detroit media

  64. Only Two of the Nation's 72 Largest Newspapers Endorsed Trump
  65. Legacy Society Luncheon: The Morality of Capitalism

    Please join us as we welcome Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, as guest speaker at the Mackinac Center Legacy Society Annual Luncheon this year. Mr. Bandow will share the moral arguments for free-market principles in his talk, Morality of Capitalism.

  66. Chamber: Concern Lansing Abatement Proposal Could Have 'Unintended Consequences'
    corporate welfare,
  67. MEA Union's Latest In Persistent Pattern of Lowballing Teacher Salaries
  68. Friday, November 11, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Increase windmill mandates, authorize driverless vehicles, empower airport police

  69. Some Proposals for Criminal Justice Reform in the Legislature

    Making Michigan safer, freer and more prosperous

  70. Ghosts Of Corporate Welfare Past To Suck $7.6 Billion From State Budget
  71. Mackinac Center Welcomes New Scholars

    Two NMU professors join Center's Board of Scholars

  72. Recommended Reading: A New Look at “The Bet”

    Human well-being has increased dramatically over the last few decades

  73. Back to the Drawing Board on Energy Policy

    The election results results could mean a different future for electricity

  74. Grass Roots Tax Group Helps Defeat Big Metro Transit Tax
  75. Voters Reject Detroit-Area Transit Boondoggle

    Flawed 20-year RTA plan falls at ballot box

  76. Worker Freedom Won Tuesday

    Election results favor labor reform movement

  77. Free The Unions — Let Workers Who Don't Pay Represent Themselves
  78. Safe Space? Ann Arbor Landmark Painted With 'Kill em All' After Trump Victory
  79. State Gave Biofuel Company Millions for Unbuilt Plant
  80. Tax Hike Vote in Kent County Expensive, Unnecessary

    Unfair to force taxpayers to subsidize the recreation of others

  81. Let Dentists Hire Licensed Dental Therapists
  82. The Double Standard in Environmental Protection
  83. Where Michigan’s Public Sector Union Laws Rank
  84. Individualized Solutions for Juvenile Justice Can Help Reduce Mass Incarceration
  85. Music in Motown: Private Detroit College Prepares Students for Music Careers
  86. Friday, November 4, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Some key votes of the 2015-16 Legislature

  87. Michigan Energy Battle May Mean More 500 Foot Wind Turbines in Communities
  88. Senate Proposes Broad Criminal Justice Reforms

    Changes could save money and improve outcomes

  89. Rising Pension Costs Bury Michigan Schools Despite Past Tweaks to System
  90. Pension Debt Soaring After Three Rounds of Reform Half-Measures
  91. Key Criminal Justice Bills Working Their Way Through the Legislature

    Proposed reforms to juvenile sentencing, prisoner parole time and judicial power

  92. The State Claims ‘Pure Michigan’ is Worth Tens of Millions. It Isn’t.

    Other research does not validate MEDC’s secretive, no-bid contractor

  93. Liberal Math: Millions More Equals a 'Billion Dollar Cut'
  94. Let Them Take Selfies: Explaining Michigan’s Law

    Ballot selfies are still prohibited in Michigan, for now

  95. Pure Michigan’s ‘Budget Justification’

    Why an independent review is necessary

  96. Study: Pure Michigan a Poor Investment

    New study raises questions about Pure Michigan’s effectiveness

  97. Research Is Clear When It Comes To School Choice

    DeGrow op-ed published in The Detroit News

  98. Pension Debt ‘Like a Mortgage?’ Yeah – On a Home You Sold Years Ago
  99. An Analysis of State-Funded Tourism Promotion

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

  100. Pure Michigan Spent $295 Million and Even Hotels Only Got Scraps Back
  101. Pure Michigan Spent $295 Million and Even Hotels Only Got Scraps Back
  102. The Spookiest Policy Ideas Threatening Michigan

    From taxing free meals to creating a Bank of Michigan

  103. Northridge Academy Still Growing Strong

    Beating odds the beginning for Flint charter school

  104. Michigan Local Government Revenues Strong Despite Complaints

    Taxpayers already provide local governments more money

  105. Wayne County Schools’ Tax Hike Sponsors Paint False Picture With ‘Factual Information'
  106. Metro Transit Tax Ad's False Claims About Riders With Disabilities
  107. Friday, October 28, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Gas tax increase, more college building debt, ‘culpable mental states,” liquor oligopoly and midwife licensure

  108. Labor Reform Efforts Still Big Issue In Michigan, Across Country

    Mackinac Center experts recently in the news

  109. U-M's New 'Chief Diversity Officer' Will Collect $385,000 per Year
  110. Climate Activists Endanger Lives by Tampering with Pipelines

    As winter approaches, fossil fuels keep us warm

  111. Michiganders Want Electricity Choice But Bill Would End It

    Op-ed published in Bridge Magazine

  112. Wayne Co. Schools’ $80 Million Annual Tax Hike Won’t Cover Pensions
  113. Metro Detroit Transit Tax Assumes Funding From State and Feds That May Never Come
    transit, RTA
  114. You'd Be In Big Trouble If You Spent Like Uncle Sam
  115. An Opportunity to Improve School Funding Equity?

    Pushback against federal regulation should not preclude local reform

  116. State Health Policy Toolkit

    10 reforms state lawmakers can implement now

  117. Defined-Contribution Plans Help State Credit

    Michigan's credit rating could increase after pension reform

  118. Media Loves Corporate Welfare Stories, But Silent When Jobs Go Bust
  119. WikiLeaks: Granholm's Obama Job Application Oversold Clean Energy Jobs
  120. RTA Transit Tax Focuses on Old Technology, Ignores Opportunity

    Mozena debates merits of plan on Michigan Matters

  121. October 21, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Ban gas chamber for pets; subsidies for hospitals and Flint businesses; authorize new school taxes; regulate drones; more

  122. Tilt from Tax Cutting to Corporate Welfare Renews Failed Approach to Economic Growth

    Lawmakers face a number of corporate welfare proposals

  123. Some Upper Peninsula Residents In Revolt Over Federal Road Closings
  124. Michigan Considers Freeing Up Uber and Taxis

    Ridesharing companies, taxis and limos would compete on level playing field

  125. Granholm Touted Failed Companies in Bid for Federal Energy Job
  126. Young Entrepreneurs Set Up Shop In Detroit

    Local media covers Detroit Children's Business Fair

  127. Detroit’s Taxes, Regulations Keeping It Down

    Skorup pens op-ed in The Detroit News

  128. Michigan High School Grad Rate Up as Detroit Schools Increases 30 Percent
  129. Superintendent Compensation Available Online

    State media covers update of Mackinac Center database

  130. $1 Billion of Tax Money Thrown Into a Growing Deficit

    Michigan increased pension funding and it’s still not enough

  131. Government Official Denigrates Citizen for Seeking Public Information

    FOIA is a legitimate accountability tool

  132. Oakland Officials Deny Hushing Up Report Critical of Transit Tax Proposal
  133. Potential Corporate Welfare Binge Risks Second Michigan ‘Lost Decade’
  134. How Saginaw Prep Turned Around Academically

    Charter school shedding 'priority' label

  135. Flashy Projects Won’t Save Detroit: Here’s What is Hampering Recovery
  136. State Spending Up and Up, But Spending Interests Cry Poverty
  137. Building Bikes in the Motor City
  138. October 14, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Tax breaks for developers; allow school recreation tax; fee hikes; ban ‘cyber-revenge porn’

  139. EPA Expands Power by Calling Plowed Farm Fields 'Mini Mountain Ranges'
  140. Rights and Responsibilities Collide: Student Free Speech Bill Struggles
  141. On Hiatus: Debate Workshops 2016
  142. Here's Why You Deserve a State Income Tax Cut
  143. High School Debate Workshops Overview
  144. Michigan Spends Hundreds of Millions Supporting Private Schools
  145. First Detroit Children’s Business Fair This Saturday

    Free community event showcases young entrepreneurs

  146. Back to the Future for Taxpayer Stadium Funding in Detroit

    Legislators should stand firm against special deals 

  147. Michigan Capitol Confidential
  148. State Takes Minnow-Bite From City’s Budget, Lobbyist Cries 'Shark'
  149. Dental Therapists Would Relieve Michigan’s Dentist Shortage

    The Detroit News covers new Mackinac Center report

  150. Tuition Up 3.9 Percent, But U-M Finds $85 Million More For 'Diversity'
  151. Coming to America: Liberian Immigrant Now Detroit Business Owner
  152. Worker’s Choice: Freedom for Employees and Unions

    State and national media cover Mackinac Center concept

  153. October 7, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Big gas tax hike; welfare cops; local pit bull bans; selling student data

  154. IMPACT September/October 2016
  155. Got a Permit for That Garage Sale?
  156. Mackinac Center Dismisses Tourism Tax Suit After Resort Owner Sells Property

    Center wishes former client well in retirement; leaves door open to future challenge

  157. Rumors of Unions' Post-Right-to-Work Death Exaggerated
  158. What is 'Electricity Choice'?

    11,000 customers are waiting for it

  159. Saginaw County Sheriff Denies Driving Seized Muscle Car, Won't Explain 56k New Miles
  160. Norton Shores Resident Fears Pension Underfunding Will Cause Tax Increases, Job Losses
  161. Education Union Should Be Voice For Pension Reform

    School employees deserve more than political promises

  162. Putting Too Many People in Prison Puts Michigan at Risk

    New study indicates prison time increases recidivism

  163. Union Sloppiness Costs Teacher Thousands in Lost Pay, Blames Mythical ‘Funding Cuts’
  164. Michigan Legislature Can End 2016 Strong by Acting on Key Issues
  165. Michigan and Ontario Governments Agree to Promote Crony Capitalism Together
  166. Voters Support School Choice
  167. Researchers: Having More College Grads Around Doesn't Mean Less-Educated Workers Earn More
  168. The Lose-Lose Situation in Pension Funding

    Pension underfunding, not defined contributions, is the problem

  169. September 30, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Sex! Crime! Hollywood! Uber! Oh boy!

  170. Closest Thing to Immortality? Government Programs

    Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps has survived multiple defundings

  171. State Policies Created School Pension Pain
    The only real solution is to close public pensions to new employees
  172. Here are the Issues Facing Detroit Schools

    Adding to the dialogue

  173. Dental Therapists Would Improve Access to Care

    Study recommends Michigan create new midlevel providers

  174. Working in Detroit
  175. Michigan District Bans Homeschooled Girl From Homecoming Dance
  176. Feds Force Michigan Cherries to Rot – In Order To Raise Prices
  177. Dental Therapists: A Proposal to Expand Access to Dental Care in Michigan

  178. This Week in Fiscal Policy News

    Tax reform proposals and state pension underfunding

  179. Republican AG Rebuffs GOP Governor On Failed Detroit Schools: OK To Close Them
  180. Michigan's Pension Crisis Means Tax Hikes and Cutting Cops
  181. Feds Claim Power Over Every Mud Puddle Under 'Migratory Molecule' Theory
  182. Progress Michigan Hits Road With False School 'Cuts' Claims
  183. U of M Brings Personal Pronoun Wars To Michigan
  184. Michigan Counties on the Verge of Pension Crisis

    Lansing State Journal publishes op-ed on local pension debt

  185. Sierra Club: No Gas, No Coal, No Nukes; Lansing Utility: No Lights, Then
  186. Time to End the 21st Century Jobs Fund

    New Mackinac study featured in state media

  187. Obama’s Overtime Rule Would Hurt Those It’s Intended To Help

    Patrick Wright joins WNEM TV5 to discuss new rule

  188. Michigan House Passes Bills Rolling Back Arbitrary ‘Handyman’ Licensing
  189. Detroit Metro’s Economy No. 14 In U.S., Bigger Than Nation Of Chile
  190. Proposed Beer Tax Hike Would Hurt Brewers

    LaFaive comments in MLive article

  191. September 23, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Out with old in with new licensure mandate; increase legislature transparency; more

  192. Lawsuit Filed to Fight Michigan’s Ban on Tesla Sales

    Skorup weighs in with USA Today and the Detroit Free Press

  193. There Will Be Harsh Consequences for Raising North Dakota’s Tobacco Tax
  194. Union Survey: Michigan Teachers Want Pension Reform

    Only 12.2 percent of MEA members feel they will have a comfortable retirement

  195. Note to Hillary Clinton: Right-to-Work Laws Are Very Popular
  196. EPA Opposes U.P. Road, But Senator Suggests New Mine Its Real Target
  197. Superintendent Pay, Contract Database Updated

    109 school district heads paid $200,000+

  198. Pugsley Correctional Facility to Close

    Michigan's prison population on the decline

  199. Before Flint’s Lead Crisis, City Council Raided Money from 'Water Fund'
  200. Budget Gimmicks, Debt and Deficit Smokescreens Preceded Flint Lead Crisis
  201. Calling All Young Entrepreneurs to the First Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Finding the next Henry Ford or Hendrik Meijer
  202. More to Charter Special Ed Gap than Meets the Eye

    Disability types, local conditions drive disparity

  203. We Verify Teachers Union Pay Claims, You Choose Whether to Trust Them
  204. 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.

  205. Union Claims Experienced Teachers Make Less Than $30K; They Don't
  206. Michigan Bill Legalizes March Madness and Fantasy Sports Bets
  207. Michigan Class Sizes Hard to Find, So Public Radio Reports Opinions
  208. September 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Blasts-from-the-past on road funding, same-sex adoptions, civil asset forfeiture and more

  209. State’s '21st Century Jobs Fund' Spent $100 Million For Just 1,052 Jobs
  210. Michigan Must Stop Keeping Peoples’ Property Without Conviction

    Skorup discusses civil forfeiture on Michigan Radio

  211. Study Recommends Ending Michigan’s 21st Century Jobs Fund

    The program has failed even by its own measurements

  212. An Evaluation of Michigan's 21st Century Jobs Fund

    In 2005, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm launched a project intended to stimulate he state’s economy: the 21st Century Jobs Fund. At the time the state had not yet recovered from the 2001 national recession and was suffering the country’s highest unemployment levels.

    After a tough political battle to establish the program and after making a number of compromises, the 21st Century Jobs Fund was created. The program was to be funded from 2006 to 2015, and in the 2013-14 legislative session, under a new governor and Legislature, it was extended until 2019 and provided with $75 million in continued annual funding.

    After ten years of existence, this program has received little attention and its effectiveness has never been measured. All government programs should be reviewed regularly, and it is time for a close look at the 21st Century Jobs Fund.

  213. NAACP: Historical 13-Star Flag Associated With 'Racial Supremacy' Groups
  214. Understand the Emergency Manager Law Before Changing It
  215. Union and School Illegally Take Dues from Teachers' Paychecks
  216. 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.

  217. An Opening for Michigan Licensing Reform

    When the state asks for higher fees, repeal the mandates

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

    Event in Lansing discusses new legislation

  219. Police Seize Car, Drive 56,000 Miles, Sell It Without Charging Owners With a Crime
  220. School Superintendent: 13-Star 'Betsy Ross' Flag Injects 'Hostility' and 'Hate'
  221. Markets, Not Politicians, Slow State Oil and Gas Production

    From 'obscene profits' to 'obscene losses'

  222. Michigan’s Quiet Success in Containing Retiree Health Care Costs

    Simple reforms lower the burden of debt

  223. Flashy Projects Generate Taxpayer Losses

    A state economy isn't made up of the biggest companies

  224. Lawmakers Agree Car Insurance Too Expensive — But Not On How To Fix It
  225. Bill Would Ban Ann Arbor's Ban on Young Adult Tobacco Sales
  226. What You Owe for Pensions

    Michigan governments hold $3,800 per person in pension debt

  227. September 9, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Medical marijuana crack-down, driverless trucks, dogs in outdoor cafés

  228. Should Michigan Cities Be Allowed to Ban Pit Bulls?

    Probably not

  229. Michigan Will Have No Ballot Questions This Year
  230. ‘Worker's Choice’ or ‘Free Riders’? Union Reform Bill Opts for Former
  231. Post a Photo of Your Marked Ballot? You've Broken the Law
  232. New Study Calls for More Spending to Provide Nothing

    Higher education costs are increasing, but why?

  233. Wild West: What Education Establishment Calls Parents Choosing Their Kids’ School
  234. Mackinac Center Research Topic of Council Meeting

    Local news covers pension problems in Norton Shores

  235. An Inspiration for Expanding Detroit’s Educational Choices

    The second in a two-part series on Detroit Cristo Rey High School

  236. Michigan Lawmaker Introduces Worker’s Choice Bill

    Legislation would increase worker rights and free unions from representing those who do not pay dues

  237. Reform Occupational Licensing Laws to Prevent Crime
  238. Privatization Remains a Popular Practice with School Districts
  239. Do Michigan Criminal Penalties Make Sense? No One Knows
  240. Your Transaction is Secure
  241. Despite the Hype, Detroit's Job Growth Among the Lowest in the State
  242. An 'Exclusive' Private School, But Not Like You Think

    The first in a two-part series on Detroit Cristo Rey High School

  243. Schooling Outside the Box: State Bans Aid to Private Innovators Like This School
  244. Union Membership in Michigan Down 38 Percent in 32 Years
  245. Foundation Examines Michigan Pensions and Finds - Mismanagement
  246. Mackinac Center Offers Labor Reform Ideas in Time for Labor Day

    Op-ed on top reforms in The Detroit News

  247. September 2, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Ding overspending schools, limit corporate subsidies, legislative subpeonas and a boost for the disabled

  248. Multiplier Analyses Are Prone to Abuse

    Common ways to rationalize use of taxpayer dollars

  249. Governor Gives Academically Failed Detroit Schools a Three-Year Pass
  250. Plastic Bag Tax Hurts Consumers, Businesses and Does Little for the Environment

    Legislature considers bill to stop new Washtenaw County tax

  251. Michigan’s Looming Dentist Shortage?

    Mid-level providers could help fill the gaps

  252. You’re OUT! School Bars Resident From Working as Baseball Ump
  253. Top Labor Reforms for Michigan
  254. Troubling Lack of Student Test Progress Deserves Candor, Not Spin
  255. Detroit Should Lessen Licensing Requirements

    Mackinac Center op-ed published in Wall Street Journal

  256. Praise, Not Criticism for Companies That Follow Rules

    Op-ed on Mackinac pipeline published in MLive

  257. Statewide Student Test Scores Are In and the News Isn't Good
  258. Voters’ Support for School Choice Remains Strong

    Most Detroit residents want more options

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

    Survey of likely voters shows broad support

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

    The benefits of trade in Michigan

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

    When international cooperation is not helpful but destructive

  267. Charter School-Prison Comparison Misses the Mark

    Analyzing recent attacks on school choice

  268. 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

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

    Creating unnecessary crimes weakens force of important laws

  275. Government Held to Different Standard in Environmental Matters

    Hayes discusses Kalamazoo River spill on WWMT

  276. Key Part of Civil Asset Forfeiture Law Ruled Unconstitutional

    Bond requirement challenged at Court of Appeals

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

    pension unfunded liability, pension funds

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

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

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

    Proposal A has not been a dismal failure

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

    National Employee Freedom Week poll finds overwhelming support of idea

  286. Cigarette tax hike initiative a bridge too far
  287. Lessons from Muskegon Heights School Overhaul

    What DPS officials can learn from similar reforms

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

    Michigan still has room for improvement on overcriminalization

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

    Statewide survey finds continued growth in school privatization

  290. Couple Could Lose Their Home Through Civil Forfeiture

    Government confiscates thousands of dollars without filing charges

  291. When Was Flint 'Run Like a Business'?
  292. Township Denies It Had Landfill Documents, County Records Say Otherwise
  293. "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.

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

    Wall Street Journal features Mackinac Center concept

  295. Michigan’s Highest Taxpayers Could Soon Pay More

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

  296. Ann Arbor Council Defies State Law, Bans Cigarette Sales to Adults Age 18 to 20
  297. 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.

  298. Michigan School Privatization Survey 2016

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

    This is the 15th 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.

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

    New op-ed published in The Detroit News

  301. August 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

  302. Study: Ontario Should Look to Michigan

    Canadian think tank recommends following the Michigan tax reform model

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

    Liquor laws benefit the few and the expense of the many

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

    Mandate more music, restrict fracking, surrogate moms and more

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

    Michigan should spend smarter before spending more

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

    Free Press covers direct auto sales debate

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

    Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program a success

  324. School Choice Benefits All Students

    DeGrow debates value of private schools on WalletHub

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

    Michigan's economic liberty is slowly improving

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

    Op-ed published in The Detroit News

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

    More ways for lawmakers to exhibit warm-and-fuzzy

  333. 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.

  334. Michigan to Write $1 Billion in Secret Corporate Welfare Checks in 2016
  335. A Quick Brief on the Housing Recovery in Michigan

    Price of average home is approaching record levels

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

    New plans don't even claim to develop the economy

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

    Nearly $9 billion in subsidies over two years

  343. Union Should Secure the Retirement of Their Members

    New op-ed discusses Teamster pension problems in Washington Examiner

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

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

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

    Cost and quality should be the primary concern

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

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

  352. A Federal Bill to Loosen Licensing Requirements

    And a step for Michigan to follow suit

  353. Department of Environmental Quality Must Be Transparent

    Michigan media reports on latest Mackinac Center lawsuit

  354. Criminal Justice in a Free Society

    Mackinac Center announces criminal justice initiative

  355. Six Numbers Showing Detroit’s Pension Problems
  356. Shivering in the Dark? Sierra Club Opposes 91 Percent of Michigan Electricity
  357. Detroit's Red Ink Remains, But Future Looks Brighter
  358. 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

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

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

  364. July 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

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

    Van Beek discusses reforms in Fox UP interview

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

    The problem with occupational licensing 

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

    Open government requires timely information

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

    Students continue to flee troubled district

  373. Blown Away By Flawed Research on Jobs Program

    Michigan spent millions with little to show for it

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

    State media covers tourism bureau lawsuit

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

    Vernuccio op-ed published in The Detroit News

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

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

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

    New study provides few clear-cut answers

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

    State media covers school funding study

  394. Independence Day
  395. How Bad Investment Rate Projections Cause Pension Underfunding
  396. Here's What the NY Times Got Wrong On Detroit Public Schools
  397. 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
  398. Academic Failure Forces Charter School Closure
  399. More Mythical School Funding Cuts Reported
  400. Mackinac Center Weighs In On State’s Education Adequacy Study

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

  401. I Don’t Have Answers to These Questions

    There aren't always easy answers to policy questions

  402. Commemorating the Repeal of the Stamp Act

    The history of transaction taxes in America

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

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

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

    Research from Michael Thom analyzes a variety of programs

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

    Time to question the benefits of the Regional Transit Authority 

  409. June 24, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Noteworthy proposals to amend the state constitution

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

    MLive covers defeat of anti-competition bill

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

    Says revenue has been cut

  414. 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’

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

    Judge Rhodes points out oversight in op-ed

  417. Tackle Licensing for Good Policy in Michigan

    New York Times covers fight to allow people to work

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

    HB 4344 would have increased red tape for consumers and businesses

  420. State Government Up to Its Eyeballs in Pension Debt

    Unfunded pension liabilities dwarf state’s other borrowing

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

    Votes from the last week of the spring legislative session

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

    Op-ed in The Detroit News addresses union release time

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

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

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

    Vernuccio op-ed published in Huffington Post

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

    Media covers new Mackinac Center lawsuit

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

    Introduction of Uber decreases crash rates and DUIs

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

    Hard work, hopeful opportunities lie ahead

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

    Tenuous relationship between corporate welfare and economic health

  443. Lawmakers Must Preserve Choice in DPS Bailout

    Op-eds in The Detroit News and Midland Daily News

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

    Will Gov. Snyder veto the bill?

  450. June 3, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

  451. Rumors of Taxpayer Spending

    State job funds are expensive and underwhelming

  452. Michigan School Pension Debt Grows Again
  453. Michigan Private Schools Cost Significantly Less Than Public Schools
  454. 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.

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

    Bridge Magazine article misses the big picture

  457. Freedom for Nations, States and Cities

    Economic freedom increases human well-being

  458. Four Months and Counting for Records from Agency at Center of Flint Water Crisis
  459. 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.

  460. Michigan Capitol Confidential
  461. The Mackinac Center at the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference
  462. State Data: No Detroit Teacher Shortage
  463. Detroit Bailout's Charter School Restrictions Not About What's Best for Kids
  464. Here's How Much More Money Detroit Public Schools Has Received Over the Years
  465. Thousands of Detroit Parents Vote With Their Feet for School Choice
  466. Detroit Teachers Under Pay Freeze, But Union President Gets Big Pay Hike
  467. Detroit Charter Schools Spend Way Less Money and Get Way Better Results

    Just look at the evidence

  468. The State of Private Schools in Michigan

    Survey provides new information about this unique education sector

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

    Michigan already spends more per pupil than the national average

  470. Money Rolling In, But Cities With Hands Out To Lansing Claim 'Broken' Finances
  471. 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.

  472. Transparency Bills A “Significant Step Forward”

    Reitz interviewed by Michigan Radio

  473. A Life in Perspectives

    A Celebration of the Life of Andrew J. Coulson

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

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

  480. May 20, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

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

    Op-ed explains efforts to permit and restrict ridesharing 

  483. Taxpayers Should Not Be on the Hook for Stadiums

    Bill Simmons gets it right

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

    Op-ed published in Chicago Daily Herald

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

    It's about how resources are managed

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

    Mackinac Center representing teacher suing MEA

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

    Op-ed published in Lansing State Journal

  489. Maryland Brewer Tweaks Michigan's Alcohol Regulators
  490. Three Reforms to Bring Down Michigan Health Care Costs
  491. Ridesharing Drivers Tell Their Stories

    Why statewide regulations are important to so many Michiganders

  492. 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.

  493. Federal Red Tape Costing Michigan Families and Businesses Billions
  494. How Forfeiture Should Work in Michigan

    New Mexico and Nebraska limit forfeiture to criminal cases

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

    Joint Free Press op-ed explains transparency efforts

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

    Economic Development Week is no cause for celebration

  500. May 13, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

  501. School Choice Opponents Pick Institutions Over Special Needs Families

    Students with special needs should have access to real choices

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

    New bill would prevent local governments from overregulating grocers

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

    Michigan increases higher education spending by tens of millions

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

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

  508. Right-to-Work Makes Unions Stronger

    Vernuccio op-ed in Washington Examiner

  509. delete me
  510. The Right Way to Analyze Teacher Salaries in Michigan
  511. Average Teacher Salaries Decline, But Individual Educators Get More
  512. That’s What We Said

    Right-to-work studies confirm Mackinac Center findings

  513. Communities Consider Risky Municipal Broadband

    Local governments should get out of the way of private providers

  514. Pension Costs Are Crowding Out Public Safety

    Michigan is losing cops to retiree costs

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

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

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

    There is constant job loss and creation in the state economy

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

    Mackinac labor policy director interviewed by Fox Business

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

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

  529. 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. 

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

    The ‘bubble score’ of Mackinac Center staff

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

    Mackinac Center analyst authors op-ed in Detroit Free Press

  538. April 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

  539. How Two Similar School Districts Get Such Different Results

    Study suggests funding levels have little impact on student growth

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

    New study featured in state media

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

    Possible backtracking on worker freedom if union-endorsed candidate elected

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

    Spending at Michigan public colleges is skyrocketing

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

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

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

    Michigan improves slightly

  556. The Many Benefits of Ridesharing

    Lyft and Uber provide transportation and jobs in Michigan

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

    Be wary of limiting competition in a failing school district

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

    Vernuccio op-ed explains idea in national publications

  561. Ann Arbor Crackdown Illustrates Need for Statewide Ridesharing Framework

    Eliminate gray areas surrounding Lyft and Uber

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

    Charter schools may not refuse students selectively

  564. Pure Michigan Campaign Ineffective, Needs To End

    New op-ed published in the Detroit News

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

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

  570. April 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

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

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

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

    Study highlights savings from defined-contribution reform

  574. 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.

  575. Local Ballot Initiatives Target Police, Prosecutors Confiscating Property
  576. Mackinac Center Names New Vice President of Marketing and Communications

    Welcoming John Mozena

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

    Pure Michigan ads are attractive corporate welfare

  580. Trust Parents with Schools of Choice

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

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

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

  584. Reasons to be Optimistic Abound in Michigan Economy

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

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

    Changing licensing restrictions and expanding services would help

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

    Current laws increase health care costs and limit access

  589. Detroit Children Need Choice, Not Bureaucracy

    DeGrow responds to DPS reform in the Detroit News

  590. Ride Sharing
  591. Michigan Pushes Back Against Feds on Labor Regulations
  592. Why Michigan Needs Electioneering Reform

    MLive publishes Mackinac Center policy analyst’s take

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

    Watch Rebecca Friedrichs make her case for worker freedom

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

    Taxpayers deserve more transparency about how their money is being spent

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

    Public employees' First Amendment rights are on hold

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

    Road funding will morph into Medicaid funding.

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

    Detroit needs drastic reforms, not more tinkering.

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

    Can we celebrate recent record-breaking job growth figures?

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

    Remove needless barriers that block entrepreneurs and job seekers

  620. Fact-Checking Teacher Union Math on Detroit Schools
  621. R.I. Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal to Cost State Money
  622. When Obstructionist Teachers Unions Applaud the Senate Republicans ...
  623. 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

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

    Michigan Senate Approves New Commission, Prevents New Educational Choices

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

    Well-designed third-grade retention policies can work

  627. Supposed To Be For the Children
  628. Meme This: Michigan Sells a Lot to China
  629. Detroit Receives Friendly Airbnb Ranking

    Here’s the best regulatory approach for the state

  630. March 18, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

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

    Bet with friends at your own risk

  634. Acton Wins Tax Dispute in Grand Rapids

    City unfairly targeted the group

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

    Boosted pensions aren't the main cause of underfunding

  639. Flint Shows Importance of Open Government

    Reitz in The Detroit News

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

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

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

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

  647. State Dodges Deadline for High Stakes School Performance List
  648. Vernuccio Joined WXYZ for Primary Night

    How labor issues factor into the 2016 election

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

    Michigan's charters are excellent and improving

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

    Freer trade is good for Michigan and the country


    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. 

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

    Rebutting DPS allegations from teacher union president

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

    NAFTA is not responsible for Detroit's woes

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

    State refuses to disclose how much each company gets

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

    Possible change of course for presidential candidate

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

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

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

    FOIA lessons from the rest of the states

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

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

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

    How Raising Cigarette Taxes Could Increase More Than Revenue

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

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

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

    Panel discussion on replacing the deceased Supreme Court judge

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

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

  681. Mackinac Research Cited by Wall Street Journal

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

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

    Recovered from recession and grown beyond its 2000 peak

  684. New Context and Performance Report Card in the News

    Study ranks elementary and middle schools with socioeconomic context

  685. Federal Funding Favors Poorer School Districts Like Detroit
  686. February Viewpoints

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

  687. 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.

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

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

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

    Possible conflict of interest in new Red Wings venue

  695. Union Official Peddles False Figures in Teacher Pay Complaint
  696. 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.

  697. Unions are Super PACS
  698. IMPACT January/February 2016
  699. The Best Elementary and Middle Schools in Michigan

    New Context and Performance Report Card released

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

    Raising cigarette taxes would increase smuggling

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

    West Virginia Legislature overrides Governor’s veto

  708. February 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Nude dancing, pet adoption background checks, unionization and pensions

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

    And spending continues to increase

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

    Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal hikes cost to taxpayers

  714. Marquette County Takes on EPA
  715. Detroit Classrooms Are Not Overcrowded
  716. Andrew Coulson: In Memoriam

    Remembering a great champion of educational freedom

  717. Vernuccio Interviewed by Wall Street Journal

    West Virginia Legislature votes for right-to-work

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

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

  725. February 5, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

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

  726. Little Evidence That Unions Make Workers Safer

    right-to-work, injury

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

    DPS has benefited from state loan program

  728. Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Economic Growth

    Only broad changes will improve the state's economy

  729. School District Thwarts Transparency With Unnecessary Costs
  730. Right-to-Work States Enjoying Faster Job Growth
  731. Michigan Competitiveness Stuck on Mediocre

    Economic outlook has improved, but could be better

  732. Nastiest Bumper Sticker Ever

    Addressing common misconceptions about capitalism

  733. Blizzard Hits East Coast But Climate Change Not Blamed
  734. School District Used Second-Graders to Urge Tax Vote
  735. Friends of Freedom

    Featuring Michigan Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter

  736. Civil Forfeiture Timeline
  737. School Transportation News Features Center Study

    Survey of school service privatization 

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

    Legislation would gut new taxpayer-friendly restrictions

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

    To increase college grads, increase opportunities for all

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

    Michigan tax burden mediocre; improvements can be made

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

    Some homeowners find property assessor guidelines objectionable

  746. January 29, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint crisis money, drone bans, animal abuser checks

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

    Director of Labor Policy described how states benefit from worker freedom

  751. Sports Stadium Deals Consistently Strike Out

    Cities fail to negotiate deals that protect taxpayers

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

    Van Beek discusses effects of and solutions to over regulation

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

    Michigan should consider a full range of choice

  755. Mackinac in the News for School Choice Week

    Op-eds highlight benefits of educational options

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

    It's time to expand public records transparency

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

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

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

    It harms current employees and retirees as well

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

    Flint water money, driving while stoned, more

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

    State gets no benefit from protectionist rationing scheme

  781. January 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Occupational licensure mandates, African-American needs, more

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

    And without more taxpayer money

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

    Michigan students slow to improve, despite increased funding

  787. Detroit School Bailout Jeopardized by Teacher Sickouts
  788. Statewide Ridesharing Regulations

    A simple solution to the Uber lawsuit

  789. Michigan’s Next Criminal Intent Challenge

    Many local ordinances would benefit from reform

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

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

  794. Vernuccio Op-ed Published on

    Labor policy director discusses Friedrichs case in press

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

    Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association at issue

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

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

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

    Notice published in official magazine

  807. Michigan Economy No Longer Dependent on Auto Industry
  808. The Real Problem with Government Pensions

    Hint: It's not markets or greedy workers

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

    Examining government alcohol control across the country

  812. Vernuccio Quoted on UAW Bullying in The Detroit News

    Coverage of intimidation by UAW local

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