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  1. Should Michigan Become a Right-to-Work State?
    Labor reform that brings Michigan law up-to-date is not something to be feared. Giving workers freedom of choice in union membership would be a plus for the Michigan economy.
  2. Michigan Schools: Doing More With Less
    What financially hobbles our schools is not a lack of money, but a lack of money management. Contracting with the private sector offers a promising solution.
  3. Political Drift or Paradigm Shift?
    During the elections of 1994, the voters spoke with uncommon clarity about the role of government in their lives. Governor John Engler was re-elected to be a risk-taker, not a caretaker. In this advisory document, the Mackinac Center recommends several specific measures for education reform, labor law reform, and economic development. 5 pages.
  4. States to Washington: Cease and Desist!
    A burgeoning national movement to assert state sovereignty promises to mushroom into a crisis for the federal government if it refuses to live within its constitutional boundaries. Unfunded mandates are at the core of the controversy surrounding interpretations of the 10th Amendment.
  5. Understanding Charter Schools and the Constitution
    Public Act 362 of 1993 authorized charter schools and did not violate the Michigan Constitution. Charter schools are a creative way to make changes within public schools. However, luring private schools into the public domain with tax dollars is a danger.
  6. Ax the Package Tax
    Advance disposal fees are taxes imposed on containers at either the distributor or the retail level and are likely to add more burdens than they relieve. Managing the waste stream effectively requires a reliance upon markets, not new taxes that make little economic sense.
  7. Doing More With Less: Competitive Contracting for School Support Services
    Competitive contracting can provide schools with expertise, flexibility, and cost efficiencies not always available with in-house service provision. If they are properly designed and monitored, contracts between schools and private providers can help school administrators do more with less. Includes step-by-step guidelines for the "make or buy" decision, tells how to avoid pitfalls, and suggests measures for contractor evaluation. 26 pages.
  8. A Constitutional Convention Wish List
    Our state constitution would be improved if it incorporated provisions to restrict the state's ability to dictate terms of private contracts, protect and enhance educational freedom, and limit regulatory "takings" of private property.
  9. The Headlee Amendment: Alive and Well
    Though certain initiatives are needed to clarify the law and ensure enforcement, the 1978 Headlee Amendment to the Michigan Constitution has worked reasonably well in limiting the growth of government.
  10. Does Michigan Need a Constitutional Convention?
    Michigan voters decide this year whether they want to call a convention for the purposes of revising the state's constitution. The dangers of a general rewrite of our state's basic governing document exceed any potential benefit.
  11. Comparable Worth or Incomparably Worthless?
    A comparable worth scheme imposed on the economy would arbitrarily abolish the role of supply and demand in the labor market. Markets set wages better than any artificial, political contrivance could ever hope to.
  12. Not One Cent for Tributes in Lansing
    The Michigan legislature regularly spends taxpayers' money on resolutions of tribute for an array of special interests, individuals and groups.
  13. Public Housing: Subsidies or Vouchers?
    The moral, economic, and constitutional case for the federal government's involvement in housing is dubious at best, but the way it conducts its housing business now requires changes.
  14. "Discrimination" at Private Clubs in Michigan
    What was conceived as a protection for women in Michigan country clubs has become another entry on a long list of meddlesome and ultimately counterproductive restrictions on personal freedom.
  15. Must Teachers Pay for Union "Image Building"?
    An effort by the Michigan Education Association to extract an assessment from its members for a public relations campaign runs afoul of Supreme Court decisions protecting workers' rights.
  16. Medicaid Reform: Giving Michigan's Poor a Chance
    Privatizing Medicaid through the use of vouchers would reduce state expenditures, improve service quality, and provide greater access to health care for the needy.
  17. Private Efforts, Public Benefits
  18. A Moving Experience
    State regulations exist that stifle competition, protect inefficiency, and encourage movers to "call the cops" on each other. It's time to open the market up to competition and consumer choice.
  19. Beyond Deinstitutionalization: Mental Health Reform in Michigan
    Michigan's mental health reforms are relying on creative ways to place patients in compassionate community settings, and cutting loose local governments and private providers from inefficient state-run programs.
  20. Should the Blues Buy the Accident Fund?
    The state of Michigan should privatize its workers compensation insurer, but not by selling it to a quasi-public entity that enjoys many government-granted privileges.
  21. Science vs. the Chlorine Scare
    Proposals to ban the chemical chlorine represent environmental extremism. Wild claims unsubstantiated by scientific evidence should not become the foundation of our public policy.
  22. Solving Problems in Unemployment Insurance
    Two Central Michigan University professors argue that the unemployment insurance system is costly, bureaucratic, out-of-date, and in trouble. One solution is a privatized system of voluntary, tax-exempt Individual Unemployment Accounts.
  23. The Limits of Compulsory Professionalism: Does a Unified Bar Make Sense for Michigan?
    No profession other than the practice of law, in Michigan or any other state, requires membership in a professional organization to maintain a license. This practice, known as the unified bar, has been the subject of litigation in a number of states. Practicing attorney and Law Professor Bradley A. Smith and attorney Alan Falk note that nineteen states have voluntary bar associations, and compare their operation to the "unified" (involuntary) associations. They find that compulsory bar membership provides no greater benefits than those provided by voluntary bar associations. 26 pages.
  24. Biotechnology: From the Blackboard to the Barnyard
    Michigan dairy farmers who put cutting-edge research to work on the farm should beware: some people don't think that cows and science make a good combination. Will the public embrace science and economics or emotion and scare-talk masquerading as "environmentalism"?
  25. The Other Educational Choice
    Exempting Michigan's public school teachers from the Public Employment Relations Act would resolve the strike issue, remove barriers union policies have erected, and open the door for the advancement of good teachers.
  26. Discrimination at Private Clubs in Michigan: Freedom of Association After Public Act 70
    In recent years, a cherished American right, freedom of association, has come into conflict with laws designed to prevent discrimination by private organizations. Michigan's Public Act 70 of 1992 is one such law. Examining P.A. 70, as well as Michigan's famed Elliot-Larsen law, University of Detroit Law Professor Stephen J. Safranek finds that the act was unnecessary, misdirected, and economically harmful. Individual consumers of club services are the real losers. P.A. 70 is government intervention without regard to the right of private clubs to engage in freedom of association. 16 pages.
  27. Protecting the Public from Competition
    Michigan's bureaucratic regulation of the intrastate trucking industry is not intended to protect the general public from harm. Rather, it is intended to protect existing truckers from aggressive competition in a free market. The sad case of a Grand Rapids company, Federal Armored, proves it.
  28. Charter Schools in Michigan: Unfinished Business
    Michigan's recent charter school legislation, a well-intentioned effort to introduce market forces into public education, suffers from stifling rules and regulations.
  29. Confronting Urban Sprawl: How Cities and Suburbs Can Both Win
    Detroit and other urban centers need a strategy that will address the urban sprawl problem and offer economic prosperity and growth opportunities to both cities and suburbs. That strategy must include reducing tax burdens and alleviating costly environmental regulations.
  30. The Christmas Eve Hijacking
    The Michigan legislature squandered an opportunity to reform education when it arrived at a Christmas Eve "compromise" package that largely reaffirmed the status quo-a watered-down charter school program, limited parental choice, and almost no cost containment.
  31. When Opposites Attract: Public Schools and Private Enterprise
    Without additional spending, school administrators can take advantage of private sector expertise, accountability, and cost-effectiveness for public education.
  32. Sales vs. Income Taxes: The Verdict of Economists
    The March 15, 1994, statewide ballot question asked voters to weigh the pros and cons of school finance. The central question was this: Which does the least economic harm-the sales tax or the income tax? Economist Dean Stansel maintains that theory and empirical evidence suggest that consumption taxes are less deleterious than taxes on income, investment, and savings. Connecticut imposed a new income tax in 1991 and economic growth evaporated and job opportunities and population declined. We should learn from the experience of states with high income taxes. 9 pages.
  33. The Most Expensive Lottery Tickets in the Country?
    Thanks to a 1937 law requiring state printing be done according to "prevailing wages," Michigan pays one-third more for printing lottery tickets than Indiana, Kentucky, and New York. Repealing it would save taxpayers more than $2 million.
  34. The Rise and Fall of Michigan Cities
    Michigan's growth cities during the 1980s were also the ones that taxed and spent the least, while the state's declining cities taxed and spent the most. Detroit's dramatic decline was due in part to a tax burden seven times higher than the average Michigan municipality.
  35. Patient Power
  36. The Spirit of Freedom: Essays in American History
    Over 20 provocative essays describe many of the most glorious and notorious episodes in American history, originally published in The Freeman by the Foundation for Economic Education. You will read about America's earliest fling with socialism, which led to starvation in the Plymouth Massachusetts colony-until they turned to private property; and the inspiring story of Quaker William Penn, the first person to help promote freedom on two continents. Several essays discuss the much maligned "robber baron" entrepreneurs who contributed to prosperity during the late 19th century. 212 pages.
  37. Making Schools Work: Contracting Options for Better Management
    Can America's public schools be improved? Unquestionably. Without additional spending, school administrators can take advantage of the expertise of the private sector, introducing innovations that will make a world of difference. This study reveals dozens of examples of private companies now providing management, instructional, and support services to public schools across America. A must-read for anyone interested in changing public education by putting competition and the profit motive to work. 28 pages.
  38. The Power of Positive Example
    In this transcription of his May 1994 Commencement address at Central Michigan University, Mackinac Center for Public Policy President Lawrence Reed argues that it is counterproductive to try to reform the world by force or political decree while allowing our own personal lives to fall into disrepair.The best way to win others to a worthy cause is to serve as an attractive beacon instead of a hypocritical pontificator. Makes a great gift for graduates.10 pages.
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