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  1. Time to Rethink Unemployment Insurance
    The unemployment insurance system extends the very unemployment it is intended to alleviate and taxes stable firms to subsidize unstable ones. It's time to consider alternatives.
  2. Proposed Carbon Tax Would Impose Enormous Costs
    A carbon-based fuels tax desired by President Clinton to reduce carbon dioxide emissions would cost thousands of jobs and produce little or no positive environmental effect.
  3. Recycling Makes Sense--Sometimes
    Recycling seems to have taken on an almost religious meaning, with the faithful wrongly assuming that "disposable" is bad and "recycling" is good, without regard to costs and disruption of markets.
  4. Medical Savings Accounts Would Control Health Care Costs
    Informed patients are better suited to make decisions about the trade-offs between money and health care expenditures. Encouraging personal medical savings accounts would help control today's spiraling health costs.
  5. A Closer Look at Proposals A and C
    The two property tax proposals on the November 1992 Michigan ballot provide a glaring distinction: one is a property tax cut and the other is not. Proposal C, despite one drawback, represents the best hope in years for real property tax reduction.
  6. A Defense of Term Limits
    Term limitation is no panacea, but it is a needed structural reform that will break the stranglehold of special interests on the electoral process. If politicians know that they must return to the private sector, they will think more carefully about the long-term effects of the programs that they impose upon the country.
  7. Analysis of Tax Proposals on the 1992 Ballot
    The November 1992 general election in Michigan included two propositions regarding property taxes, Proposals A and C. This evaluation presents a detailed analysis of them, including projections for state and local government revenues. Widely cited in the press when released, it remains a useful guide to Michigan's property tax structure. The report makes a strong case that Michigan, which has the second highest property tax burden among twelve Midwestern states, sorely needs a property tax cut to spur economic growth and to stem the exodus of business from the state. 44 pages.
  8. The Future of Social Welfare May Be Just Down the Street
    Private initiatives in meeting the needs of the poor deserve attention and encouragement. Two such efforts in Michigan, one in Grand Rapids and the other in Harrison, are helping people who were cut from the General Assistance Welfare rolls in October 1991.
  9. Wastewater Should Be a Private Matter
    The treatment of municipal wastewater doesn't have to be an expensive duty of local government. In fact, it's increasingly being thought of as something the private sector can handle better and at lower cost, with the city of Alpena, Michigan, providing a showcase example.
  10. Selling Off the Accident Fund
    State government's error in taking over a workers compensation insurer in 1989 should be undone by privatization.
  11. Twenty Myths About National Health Insurance
    The allure of national health insurance comes largely because it is perceived as successful in Canada and Britain. This thoroughly documented report shows conclusively that government-run national health insurance has led to serious and inevitable dilemmas that no country should want to emulate. The authors prove that other models have not been more successful than the U.S. in controlling costs or providing superior access to care, and that adoption of a national health system would have negative consequences. Released in cooperation with the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis. 68 pages.
  12. Educational Choice Requires New Ways of Thinking
    Though educational choice works in countries like Holland and Canada, it is being stymied in the U.S. by the idea that preserving the current system is more important than educating children.
  13. Global Warming: Can Politicians Take the Heat?
    Public policy on the environment should not be driven by "bad" science or the absence of good science. Politicians must weigh the evidence and reject emotion, propaganda, and hidden agendas in the global warming debate.
  14. Mixing Government and Garbage
    A Michigan House Republican Task Force on Recycling and Waste Reduction proposes a series of interventionist solutions to problems that would not exist if the state weren't already deeply involved in managing solid waste.
  15. Privatization in Michigan Works--When We Let It
    Contracting out government services to private sector providers-the most prominent form of "privatization"-is on a roll in Michigan, especially at the local level. With the removal of certain barriers erected in Lansing, it could advance much further.
  16. Health Care: Solving the Administrative Costs Question
    A better way to cut health care administrative costs than copying Canada's socialized system would be to introduce the innovative ideas of Medisave accounts and health care debit cards.
  17. Dan Quayle: Correct But Not Politically Correct
    Vice President Dan Quayle was right to criticize the television show Murphy Brown for promoting the idea that single working motherhood is any kind of model for healthy development of children. All social science points to quite the contrary view.
  18. Tiger Stadium Tax is Unconstitutional
    An act passed by the legislature to allow certain cities and counties to tax restaurant, hotel, and rental car customers flouts the Michigan Constitution.
  19. Public Housing Beset with Scandals
    The Detroit Public Housing Authority's scandalous record of mismanagement is typical of many big city PHAs across the country. Tenant management is the most promising reform.
  20. Responding to Municipal Fiscal Crisis: Bottom Line Lessons from Ecorse, Michigan
    Ecorse, one of seventeen communities in the Downriver Detroit area, became the first Michigan city to be placed in receivership. Court-appointed Receiver Louis Schimmel turned the city's finances around through aggressive policies of cost cutting and privatization. He privatized the entire Department of Public Works for a minimum annual savings of $400,000. Other cities such as nearby Detroit have much to learn from the Ecorse experience. 13 pages.
  21. Back to the Drawing Board for Schools-of-Choice
    What once offered the hope of dramatic reform has now become simply another burdensome state mandate to local school officials; genuine choice requires more fundamental measures than what the legislature authorized in 1991.
  22. Protecting the Political Freedom of Workers
    Hundreds of thousands of Michigan labor union members need the protection promised them by the Supreme Court's landmark 1988 Beck decision.
  23. Trucking in Michigan: Cartel or Market?
    Special interest regulations have created a trucking cartel in Michigan that raises consumer costs, makes many Michigan firms uncompetitive with those in neighboring states and even increases air pollution.
  24. Repeal the Sunset (of No-Fault Insurance Law)
    Michigan's no-fault auto insurance law was working just fine until the state government in 1985 decided to tinker with the system.
  25. Child and Family Services in Michigan: Privatization Works!
    A vibrant network of private agencies is providing a wide range of important social services and ought to be encouraged.
  26. As Values Collapse, Government Grows
    America's ethical crisis is fueling both a war on freedom and the growth of excessive government.
  27. New Hope for Michigan Welfare Reform
    Welfare programs cost too much, foster dependency, and tear families apart. Consequently, they actually increase and perpetuate the very poverty which they are intended to remedy. What is required now is a sharp break from prevailing practices-a new philosophy of public assistance. This special report argues that Lansing lawmakers must restructure our state's welfare programs to provide incentives to keep families together and encourage people to work their way off welfare. The sixteen-point program for Michigan welfare reform, the first comprehensive proposal on the subject after the 1990 election, sparked a vigorous statewide debate. Dr. Gerald Miller, then director of the Michigan Department of Social Services, stated in June 1992, "Eleven of the Center's proposals were incorporated into Governor Engler's program." 7 pages.
  28. User Fees and Taxes: What's the Difference?
    User fees, when they are genuine, are not bad ideas, but Lansing is full of proposals to raise taxes and misname them "user fees."
  29. State Government Competes Unfairly With Private Firms
    Universities, prisons, and other state-run or subsidized entities are invading the domain of taxpaying private firms in Michigan.
  30. Gridlock in Government: How to Break the Stagnation of America
    Government growth has caused the entrenchment of special interests that politicians try to please at public expense. That, in turn, has enhanced the power of incumbency, making it extraordinarily difficult for challengers to mount effective campaigns. The resulting gridlock endangers the democratic process as well as the financial well-being of every taxpayer. Meiners and Miller make a compelling case for state and federal term limitations to correct imbalances, and encourage politicians to think of the long-term welfare of the general public instead of the short-term benefits for a few citizens. Even if the reader opposes term limits, he or she will find a gold mine of facts and figures documenting the explosive growth of the public sector. 147 pages.
  31. Keeping the Engler Revolution on Track
    This analysis of Governor Engler's first year in office gives the governor high marks for balancing the state's budget without a tax hike. The governor is urged not to shrink from the politics of constructive confrontation with legislative "big spenders." Includes a review of his first year in light of the Road Map for a Michigan Renaissance, issued by the Mackinac Center in November 1990, and makes recommendations for the continued downsizing of state government. 3 pages.
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