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  1. Put Parents in the Drivers Seat of Detroit School Reform

    Opportunity to include neglected voices in the new year

  2. Power to the People: 2015 Brought Some Key Reforms to Michigan
  3. Less Than Half of Students 'Proficient,' but 97 Percent of Teachers Rated 'Effective' or Better
  4. How Local Governments Advocate for Tax Increases

    Senate bill 571 looks to curb abuses

  5. Mackinac Center Releases Report Highlighting Lawmakers’ Missed Votes

    Number of votes missed trending downward

  6. House Democrats Oppose 'Trapping' Detroit Students in Non-Union Schools
  7. Union Posts Names of Non-Members, Urges Shunning
  8. Michigan Gave Away Tens of Millions for Little in Return
  9. Government as Santa
  10. Gov. Snyder Signs Bill That Makes 'Guilty Mind' Necessary For Convictions
  11. Americans are Moving to Right-to-Work States

    Right-to-work states gain 480,000 people from domestic migration

  12. Global Warmist Media Thought Police
  13. State Agency Says '#MichiganIsAuto,' But the Economy Has Changed
  14. Archaic Prevailing Wage Law Should Be Repealed

    State-imposed wages lead to unnecessary extra costs for taxpayers

  15. Why Do These Top-Ranked Schools Have Zero Top-Ranked Teachers?
  16. Mackinac Center Research Featured in The Detroit News

    Vernuccio quoted on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

  17. Flimsy Job Projections Used to Promote Selective Business Tax Breaks
  18. There They Go Again: Liberals Claim Bogus Education Funding Cuts
  19. December 18, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    “Guilty state,” push-back fed overreach, selective tax breaks, more university debt

  20. Use Taxpayer Money to Call for Higher Taxes? Not Within Two Months of the Vote
  21. Michigan Legislature Unanimously Passes Criminal Intent Reform

    Gov. Snyder expected to sign HB 4713

  22. Mackinac Center Praises Michigan Legislature’s Passage of Criminal Intent Bill

    Reforms make it harder to prosecute people for unknowingly committing crimes

  23. Business Group, Utilities, Clash Over Rate Hikes, Electric Choice
  24. Press Room
  25. Government Officials to Pick Lodging Industry Winners and Losers?

    Tourism officials said to be scrutinizing Airbnb

  26. Teachers in 'Worst Urban District' Twice as Likely to be Rated 'Highly Effective'
  27. Do You Feel Endangered When You Travel Out of State?

    Licensing laws are arbitrary

  28. Survey Reveals How Schools in Different States Compare in Privatizing Services

    Pennsylvania leads the way among five states surveyed

  29. Don’t Blame Employees for Pension Underfunding

    Liabilities caused by lack of investment returns

  30. Economic Freedom Matters

    Michigan ranks 27th among the states

  31. Blame Engler, Granholm and Snyder for Detroit Public Schools Financial Woes?
  32. School Support Service Privatization: A Five-State Survey
  33. 'We’re Number 10' in School Choice

    Could be better for Detroit students

  34. Union Official: No More Charter Schools in Detroit
  35. Michigan's Two Teachers Unions Down Tens of Thousands of Members
  36. Job Makers: Sewing Beats Subsidized Solar in Snowy Michigan
  37. Legislature Hoping for Improbable Federal Rescue of Medicaid Expansion

    Without waiver, it's back to the drawing board

  38. LaFaive Op-Ed Published in The Detroit News

    Why Michigan shouldn't single out Switch for tax breaks

  39. December 11, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Recreation taxes, absentee voting, gambling, fee hikes and more

  40. Why is it Better to be Middle Class Than Upper Class?

    Income inequality is not the real problem

  41. Federal Rules Would Harm Work Centers for the Disabled
  42. Yet Another 'Photo Cop' Traffic Ticket Scheme

    This one attached to massive new government spending

  43. Skip Industry Breaks, Lower All Taxes
  44. GOP Helping Big Spending Public School Lobby

    Bills give schools new ways to tax and spend

  45. Addition by Subtraction

    Detroit's economy stagnates under regulatory burden

  46. An $84 Million Tax Break to Pfizer and Not Even a T-Shirt for Ann Arbor
  47. Acton Lecture Series: 'Excuse Me Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism'

    There's little truly "progressive" about Progressivism. True progress happens when humans are free, yet the Progressive agenda substantially diminishes freedom while promising the unachievable. Based on his recent book—Lawrence Reed will tackle many of the most common economic, philosophic and historical errors of “progressive” ideology.

  48. Pension Underfunding Has a Cause — But it is Not Smaller Workforces

    Pensions do not operate like Social Security

  49. IMPACT November/December 2015
  50. Benefits of Switch Data Center Likely to be Exaggerated, Unverified
  51. Criminal Intent Reform: Lessons from Ohio

    Prosecutors’ dissatisfaction with existing language was a key

  52. Criminal Intent Reform Bill Clears Senate Committee

    Now awaiting final action in the Senate

  53. Oil Boom on Private Land Contributes to Low Gas Prices
  54. Dan Crane Op-ed Published in Lansing State Journal

    Why Michigan should consider direct automobile sales

  55. Teacher Union Executives Get Double-Digit Raises While Liabilities Skyrocket
  56. Revenue From State to Cities is Increasing
  57. Fixing Detroit Schools – Five Principles
  58. If You Can’t Expect People to Know About a Crime, Don’t Prosecute Them for It
  59. Don’t Subsidize Billionaires’ Hobbies; Take Away the Copyright
  60. Who Knew? Man Faces Criminal Charges For Snowmobiling While Driver's License Suspended
  61. Poverty Rate Soaring? Rate Has Declined Past Three Years
  62. December 4, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Data center tax breaks, licensure mandates, teacher “double dipping,” debt and more

  63. Was President Eisenhower Prescient on Global Warming Alarmists?
  64. Amendment to Balance the Federal Budget May Die in GOP House Committee
  65. Republicans Backtracking on Previous Good Tax Work

    Shooting more holes in the tax code with data center deal

  66. The MEDC’s Pure Michigan Puffery: Part II

    Reforms could make agency more creditable

  67. MEDC’s Pure Michigan Puffery: Part I

    Agency claims about success deserve more scrutiny

  68. Michigan Education Association Retirement Costs Skyrocket in 2015
  69. Want to Buy a Tesla in Michigan? Too Bad, You Can't
  70. Michigan-Based Data Center Opposes Special Treatment for New Competitor
  71. Somewhere, Someone Lost $1 Million by Not Claiming Their Winning Lottery Ticket
  72. Why Can’t Tesla Sell Cars in Michigan?

    Under current Michigan law, Tesla Motors and other car companies may not open showrooms or service centers to work directly with consumers.  Instead, to operate in Michigan, car companies have to enter into franchise agreements with independent dealers.  Telsa and at least one other start-up car company, Elio Motors, have stated that working through dealers would impair their ability to get into the market.  A number of other states have recently moved to permit direct distribution by manufacturers.  Professor Crane will lay out the case for direct distribution, showing its importance to innovation, competition, and consumer choice.

  73. Misdiagnosing the Cause of Pension Problems

    Neither revenue sharing nor suburb-dwellers caused  underfunding

  74. Criminal Intent Op-ed in the Detroit News

    Executive Vice President Mike Reitz and Sen. Orrin Hatch advocate reform

  75. Feeling Lucky? State-Run Gambling Hits Record High in 2014
  76. House Members Right to Be Skeptical of Server Farm Favors
  77. Union Recertification
  78. Michigan Capitol Confidential
  79. Win Money at Fantasy Sports, Go to Jail
  80. Thanksgiving Dinner More Expensive for Michiganders Than Surrounding States
  81. Former Energy Regulator Says Bill Would Establish Energy Monopoly
  82. Let's Make a (Special) Deal: Legislators Can't Shake the Habit
  83. Liberty, Prosperity and Humility on Thanksgiving
  84. Forbes publishes Vernuccio op-ed on minimum wage protests

    Two bills passed by Michigan Senate will protect small businesses

  85. Detroit Taking Drastic Actions to Curb Students Missing School
  86. $1 Cigarette Tax Hike Helps Smugglers, Not Health Outcomes

    Prohibition by price drives consumers to alternatives

  87. Highlights Power of School Choice in Michigan

    Students, families attribute freedom in education to success in school

  88. Detroit Students Missed 1.5 Million Days of School Last Year
  89. Detroit Public Schools Bankruptcy Could Cost the State $3.4 Billion
  90. Union Contracts Stand in the Way of the Best Teachers Making $100,000
  91. Proposal Would Let Special Needs Children Attend Private School with Public Money
  92. November 20, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Drone wars, fantasy football, more corporate subsidies

  93. How People Are Prosecuted For Breaking Laws They Don’t Know Exist
  94. Make a gift of stock or appreciated securities
  95. Lawmakers Rushing Through Special Tax Breaks

    Taxpayers shouldn't subsidize Steelcase pyramid deal

  96. Other States Divulge What Michigan's Corporate Welfare Arm Keeps Secret
  97. Since When is 1 Percent of Anything Considered 'Massive'?
  98. Capping Retirement Contributions Changes Few District Incentives

    State aid could easily fluctuate

  99. State Pension Plans Are Unsustainable

    Funding liabilities would cost $5,400 per capita

  100. Money Rolling Into Lansing from State License Plate Tax
  101. Wright Joins Beckmann to Discuss August Window Win

    MEA may not enforce August Window while waiting for appeal

  102. Will Republicans Backtrack on Corporate Welfare Cuts?

    Many economic development programs receive bipartisan support

  103. What's Stopping Tesla from Selling Cars in Michigan?

    Forum to discuss protectionist laws that keep innovators out

  104. 'Union Time on Taxpayers' Dime' Bills Fate Uncertain in GOP House
  105. How Media Bias Works
  106. School Districts' Finances Can Plead the Fifth After So Many Years Under Bill
  107. As Congress Fumbles Overcriminalization Reform, Burden Lands on States
  108. Traverse City Homeless 'Bill of Rights' Could Turn Public Facilities into Impromptu Shelters
  109. Do Not Assume Economic Development Spending is Effective

    Is economic development a nuclear arms race?

  110. Court of Appeals Denies MEA’s Request to Keep ‘August Window’

    Decision will force MEA to “accept membership resignations submitted at any time” during the appeal

  111. November 13, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Union privileges, guns in schools, straight ticket voting, more

  112. Worker Bullied as UAW Publicizes His Opt-out
  113. Energy Laws are Next on the Agenda of State Lawmakers
  114. Ode to Shrode
  115. Fixing Detroit Schools – Five Principles

    The right approach could benefit students and protect taxpayers

  116. Debate Workshops 2015 Resources
  117. Michigan Gets D-Minus Grade for Forfeited Property Profit Mongering
  118. Headaches of Road Funding and Courser-Gamrat Scandal Now Blowing In the Wind
  119. Stopping Special Union Deals in Michigan

    Two important bills have passed the state Senate

  120. Two Cities, One Finance Director — For Over $200,000
  121. Hillary Clinton Dead Wrong: Charter Schools Must and Do Take 'Hardest to Teach'
  122. Teacher Job Openings Attract High Number of Applicants
  123. Hillary Has It Wrong: Low Income City Doesn't Mean Low Income Schools
  124. Guilty! Of Something No One Knows Is Illegal
  125. Michigan Must Seize Opportunities for Criminal Justice Reform
  126. Union Time on the Taxpayer Dime in Michigan
  127. Beware Claims of State Budget Cuts
  128. Michigan Moves to Ban Red Light Ticket Cameras
  129. November 6, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Gas tax hike, road funding finale, more.

  130. If At First You Don't Succeed, Sign and Sign Again
  131. Despite Billions More in Spending, Democrat Says GOP is Trying to Dramatically Reduce Budget
  132. Michigan Home Price Rise Among Fastest in the Nation
  133. MEDC's Magic Act: Make Taxpayer Money Disappear With Little Return
  134. Michigan Road Spending Near an All-Time High
  135. A Lesson from the Land of Lincoln: Electricity Competition Works

    Michiganders could have saved $10.6 billion in energy costs

  136. MLive quotes James Hohman on House roads funding package

    Promised tax cuts don't always materialize

  137. China’s One-Child Policy and the ‘Ultimate Resource’

    The costs of China's recently-lifted reproductive restrictions

  138. I Pledge Allegiance to the Union ...
  139. Idea to Hike Detroit Teacher Pay Could Cost $462 Million
  140. Earmarking Increasing Government Revenue to Roads Is a Good Idea
  141. Keeping Government Entities on Track

    A Case Study

  142. October 30, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Warrantless searches, guns, poachers, government “venture capital,” more

  143. How You Can Win in Court Against the Government But Still Lose
  144. Legacy Society Luncheon

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy invites you to join us for our 2015 Legacy Society Luncheon with special guest Jay Nordlinger of National Review.

  145. Legislature Examines Overcriminalization

    Two bills propose solutions to criminal intent problem

  146. Ohio Moves Closer to No More Windmills
  147. Interview with Ohio Sen. Bill Seitz
  148. Pension Predictions Fall Short

    Defined-benefit plans don't get funded, they get underfunded

  149. Hit the Road, Jack! Columnist's Pitch to Close All Charter Schools Hurts Kids
  150. A Closer Look: Michigan Radio Columnist Calls for Shuttering Charter Schools
  151. Beware 'Wimpy' Tax Cut Promises

    Politicians will gladly give tax relief later for a big tax increase today

  152. Praise for REI and Also Retailers Open On Black Friday

    There’s no shame in freedom

  153. Video Revealing Electoral Success of Legislators Who Support Labor Reforms Released

    Mackinac Center video timeline analyzes political outcomes in Midwestern states

  154. Governor's Plans For Detroit Schools Allows Leader to Limit School Choice
  155. More School Districts Paying Their Bills Without Debt
  156. No School Funding System Adequate to Manage Large Student Declines
  157. Big Spenders Relax: Projected Revenue Growth Easily Covers Road Fix Earmarks
  158. How the Michigan House Pays For Roads
  159. October 23, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Gas tax hike, road funding, criminalization, more

  160. Spring Forward, Fall Back? Bills Would End Daylight Saving in Michigan
  161. House Road Bill Could Be Better, but a Step in the Right Direction

    A mix of new and existing revenues to fund road repair

  162. The Politics of Speed Limits

    Some special interests oppose raising interstate speed limits

  163. How Effective Will Law Cutting Welfare for Truancy Be?
  164. The Case for Energy Competition

    Study shows states without a monopoly have better, cheapter power

  165. Number of Michigan Welfare Recipients Declines 70 Percent
  166. Planning for Life Workshop

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  167. Teacher Shortage? East Lansing Teaching Job Gets 96 Applicants
  168. Detroit Public Schools Debt Increases By $1 Million Every School Day
  169. Gov. Snyder Signs Forfeiture Reform Bills

    Media covers reforms and Mackinac's role

  170. Looming 'Teacher Shortage' Appears Largely Mythical
  171. Michigan Won't Be Blown Away By Renewable Energy Jobs
  172. Tax Watchdog Highlights the Millions Some Receive in Pension Benefits
  173. October 16, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Banning social promotion; personal protection orders for pets

  174. With Half of the Students Chronically Absent, New Truancy Law Would Strip Welfare From Families
  175. Beware Claims of State Budget Cuts

    Revenues are increasing

  176. Two-Thirds of Detroit Students 'Chronically Absent'
  177. Forfeiture: What Next?

    Take a look at bonding

  178. Cigarette Taxes Bad for Pennsylvania Businesses

    LaFaive co-authors op-ed for

  179. Cops Retiring in Their 40s While Pension Systems Break Cities’ Backs
  180. Bill Would Ban Advertising to Get More People on Medicaid
  181. Union Transparency: How to Make Michigan Public Unions More Accountable

    Public workers in Michigan pay hundreds or thousands of dollars per year in dues to unions, but it’s very difficult for workers to find out how that money is being spent. The reason is that Michigan has weak reporting requirements for government unions, asking for only a few numbers on spending in broad categories. Under this system, union members cannot assess if their union is spending their dues money wisely or not.

  182. Some Detroit Cops Claim They Are Working 16+ Hours a Day, 365 Days a Year
  183. How Much Overtime is There in Detroit?
  184. There is No Teacher Shortage
  185. D.C. Schools Spending Highest in U.S., But Firm Claims It’s 'Inadequate'
  186. Federal Government Mirrors Michigan Overcriminalization Efforts

    Op-ed by Sen. Orrin Hatch points to overarching problems

  187. October 9, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Civil forfeiture reform, bully breeds, medical marijuana and more

  188. Fed Audit: Township Used Forfeited Property for Non-Law Enforcement Expenses
  189. Finding Agreement in Criminal Justice Reform

    Sound priorities on sound policies for all

  190. Senate Votes for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

    Detroit Free Press quotes Skorup on development

  191. Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms Head to the Governor
  192. Unanimous Forfeiture Vote Brings Greater Transparency and Accountability

    'These bills are a great first step…'

  193. Right-to-Work-for-More: Income is Growing in Michigan
  194. School District Overspending for Last Nine Years Keeps Getting More Funding Per Pupil
  195. Why Believers in Limited Government Should Support Forfeiture Reform

    Why the right should support forfeiture reform in Michigan

  196. Even Compared to Workers With College Degrees, Teachers Are Well Paid
  197. Detroit Public Schools Takes Out a Loan to Pay Off Another Loan
  198. If It Quacks Like an $11 Billion State Taxpayer Liability…
  199. School Privatization Survey: Michigan Rates Increase Again
  200. Stretch Taxpayer Dollars and Promote Equality in Government: Repeal the Prevailing Wage
  201. We Can Have a Clean Environment and Good Paying Jobs
  202. School District Projects Enrollment Increase Despite 15 Years of Decline But Wishes Don’t Come True
  203. State Media Covers Push for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

    Mackinac Center releases study with ACLU of Michigan

  204. October 2, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Electronic proof of insurance and criminal justice reform

  205. Michigan's Wind Energy Mandate Costs Each Family Nearly $4,000
  206. IMPACT September/October 2015
  207. Why Won't It Die? Media Keeps Pushing School Funding Cuts Myth
  208. City Manager: 'Prosperity Doesn’t Come From Government; It Comes From Freedom'
  209. Critics of Schools of Choice Say It Causes 'Overcrowding' ... But District Lost Over 900 Students
  210. Firm Picked to Evaluate Education Funding Has Long History of Recommending Spending Hikes
  211. ACLU, Mackinac Center Report Calls on State to End Civil Forfeiture

    Study shows abuses of government power on innocent citizens

  212. State Senator Blames Public School Choice After Fight Makes News
  213. Civil Forfeiture in Michigan: A Review and Recommendations for Reforms

    Forfeiture is a practice by which law enforcement transfers assets – cash, vehicles, homes, etc. – from private citizens to the government. Criminal forfeiture occurs after the conviction of a person and is widely-accepted as legitimate.

    The problem is with civil forfeiture.

    Civil forfeiture occurs outside of the criminal justice system and does not require a conviction of a crime. This has led to instances of abuse in Michigan, which has among the lowest-rated forfeiture laws in the United States. The Mackinac Center believes property should only be transferred from citizens to the government after a criminal conviction is secured.

    This study explains how civil forfeiture works, how it differs from criminal forfeiture and what reforms state policymakers should consider in order to protect the rights of Michigan residents.

  214. Retired State Police Officer: Forfeiture is 'Big Money' for Law Enforcement Agencies
  215. Emails Show Shaky Grounds for Corporate Welfare Agency’s Transparency Shutdown
  216. Cutting Michigan's Income Tax Would Also Lessen Corporate Welfare Burden
  217. September 25, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Food carts, nursing home over-regulation, voter approval for tax

  218. Parents Complain Students From Adjacent Districts 'Overcrowding' Their Schools
  219. Doh! At Michigan State University This Pair Would Be Criminals
  220. Federal Money to Michigan Schools is Dropping
  221. Tax Cuts on Sale: Save Up to 10 Percent on Income Tax Rate Cuts
  222. Incentives and the Electricity Industry in Michigan

    Gary Wolfram's recommendations for a better power market

  223. How to Improve Economic Development Transparency

    State considers changes to economic development disclosure

  224. State Media Features Overcriminalization Fight

    Mackinac Center partners with ACLU, others

  225. Skorup Joins Steve Gruber for Forfeiture Discussion

    Bills on forfeiture working through legislature

  226. Former Teacher Lionized by Left for Resignation Letter Omitted Key Details
  227. Detroit Teachers Can Soon Protest Without Threat of Losing Their Jobs
  228. Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act

    True freedom, information, and action?

  229. Spread the Word – Pension Costs are Out of Control in Detroit Public Schools
  230. Number of Public School Districts in Debt At Six-Year Low
  231. Civil Forfeiture
  232. Frank Beckmann Features VoteSpotter

    App reaches 50,000 downloads

  233. Repeat After Us: Detroit Public Schools Is NOT Proof Michigan Needs a Better Funding Model
  234. How You Can Be Prosecuted For Unknowingly Breaking the Law
  235. U.S. Chamber Official on Obama Clean Power Plan: 'There Will Be Lawsuits'
  236. September 18, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Balanced budget amendment, government “jobs for life,” preschool spending

  237. Reitz Testifies on Overcriminalization, Mens Rea

    Prepared Testimony Regarding House Bill 4713, House Oversight and Ethics

  238. Michigan Sales Tax Will Hit Internet Shoppers on Oct. 1
  239. MERC Decision Publicized in State Media

    MEA's "August Window" ruled illegal by commission

  240. Vernuccio and Bowman Author Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

    The future of the UAW members under right-to-work

  241. MEA Ordered to Stop Violating School Employees’ Right-to-Work Law Rights
  242. Proposed Legislation Could Change 'Strict Liability' Standard

    Many laws now work against well-meaning citizens

  243. MEA’s ‘August Window’ ruled Illegal; union must change bylaws and accept resignations

    ‘Other government unions should take heed...’

  244. Michigan Taxpayers Spend Over $3 Million a Year on Union Release Time

    Mackinac Center releases new data for union time on the taxpayer dime

  245. Michigan Taxpayers Pay Union Officials Millions to Do Union Work
  246. This Newspaper's Headline Says It All
  247. Vernuccio Quoted In Washington Examiner

    Discussing Scott Walker's labor reforms

  248. The Detroit News Points to Mackinac Center Research

    Fact-checking right-to-work claims

  249. Bye-bye Prevailing Wage Law? Repeal Campaign Turns In 390,000 Signatures
  250. Economic Freedom of the World Index: America’s Worrisome Decline

    The U.S. ranks 16th in economic freedom

  251. Skyrocketing Pension Costs Trigger Parent Angst Over Loss of Teachers
  252. Teachers on Food Stamps? Not Likely
  253. Midland Daily News Features Mackinac Center Partnerships

    Joining organizations across the spectrum

  254. Most Americans Unaware Police Can Take Property Without Charges
  255. Courser's and Gamrat's 'Orphan Bills'

    Bills abandoned by the two former legislators

  256. September 11, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    Sex! Scandal! Expulsion! And substantive issues too

  257. Could a Backroom Political Deal Stop Prevailing Wage Repeal?
  258. The $49,129 Two-Week Vacation to Lake Charlevoix
  259. Here We Go Again: Media Says Public Schools Facing 'Cuts'; The State Gives K-12 Schools More $$$
  260. School Pension Costs Have Increased by $622 Per Pupil
  261. Debate Workshops 2015
  262. Vernuccio Quoted on UAW Opt Out in The Detroit News

    Michigan autoworkers can soon leave their union

  263. Michigan's Private Sector Economy Firing on All Cylinders
  264. Corruption, Mismanagement Closed Highland Park High; Not Insufficient 'Investment'
  265. Detroit Police Officers Are Not Making $28K
  266. Detroit Police Salaries Modest, But Not Peanuts
  267. Government Waste in Northern Michigan
  268. Regulations Gone Awry: The War Over Uber
  269. Aramark Contract: It Takes Two
  270. Health Care Law’s “Employer Mandate” Puts Squeeze on Public School Budgets and Staff
  271. Michigan Marked Down in National Rankings Due to Prohibition of Private School Vouchers
  272. Every Judge Costs Michigan Taxpayers $450K
  273. No Raises For Ten Years? Teachers' Contract Tells a Different Story
  274. September 4, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    New bills on road debt, child deaths, squatters, gender bending, more

  275. Watch Vernuccio Discuss Labor Reform at Heritage

    Panel discussion on right-to-work and wages

  276. Renewables Just a Hood Ornament on Fossil Fuel Power System
  277. The Worst Performing School District in the U.S. Says It Has Only One 'Ineffective' Administrator
  278. New Survey Says Texas Schools Behind Contracting Curve

    Only 22.8 percent of conventional public school districts contract out

  279. California Tax Bills Asking for Trouble

    Lawmakers raising cigarette excise taxes are well-intentioned but misguided

  280. You’re in the 1 Percent

    We can have policy differences while keeping perspective

  281. Michigan Democratic Staffer: Homeschooling Lobby 'Scary', Not Rational
  282. Survey: Pennsylvania is School Contracting Leader

    Of Five States Surveyed, Keystone State Ranks Highest

  283. State’s Faltering District Managers All Given High Rankings
  284. Michigan Capitol Confidential
  285. Michigan Leads the Country in Unemployment Recovery
  286. Raise Taxes? State Budget Already Projected to Get $2.7 Billion Extra in Taxes Over Next Three Years
  287. Schoolchildren, Teachers, Taxpayers Harmed When Pension Managers Assume Too Much

    The realities of Michigan's $26.5 billion pension liability

  288. August 28, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    Recently introduced bills of interest

  289. Mackinac Center Survey Finds One-Third of Ga. School Districts Contract Out Services

    Contracted custodial services are most popular

  290. The Environmentalist Rhetoric Guide
  291. Raiding Car Crash Victim Insurance Reserves No Way to Fund Roads

    A one-time funding blip won't solve Michigan's road funding problem

  292. Superintendent Concerned Teachers Will Bolt After Pay Cuts
  293. 'Not Doing the Job'? Top Researchers Say Charters in Detroit Should Serve as Models of Success
  294. Unions Should Get Serious About Pension Underfunding

    A $2.7 million shortfall causes concern in Grand Rapids

  295. Teacher Left Michigan Education Association and Has No Regrets
  296. Government Price Controllers Can’t Make Up Their Minds

    Supermarket chain investigated for low prices

  297. While Schools Ignore Merit Pay Law, State Has No Authority to Enforce It
  298. Protecting Detroit School Choice is Critical
  299. Michigan House Passes Package Repealing Outdated Laws

    Taking the first step toward crucial reforms

  300. Vernuccio Interviewed for Ohio Watchdog

    Examining the economic effects of right-to-work laws

  301. Myths and Exaggerations About Teacher Pay
  302. Car Crash Deaths Have Been Going Down for 50 Years
  303. MEA Opt Out Address Change Featured in State and National Media

    Teachers wishing to opt out of union must use little-known P.O. box

  304. August 21, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Key road funding votes of 2015

  305. Michigan’s Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

    Incentives gone awry

  306. Michigan Education Association Has Lost 34,000 Members in Last 10 Years
  307. MEA's Insults to Educators Pile Up as More and More Bolt
  308. Business Tax Hike Ballot Proposal Could Bring Back Michigan’s “Lost Decade”

    Doubling the corporate income tax will harm workers

  309. MEA Changes Opt-out Address, Keeps Members in the Dark

    Michigan Education Association’s Latest Trick to Lock Workers in a Dues Cage

  310. Reitz Quoted on Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Addressing overcriminalization and civil asset forfeiture

  311. Senate Judiciary Passes Forfeiture Transparency Bills

    Bills move on to full Senate

  312. 'Simon Says': Teacher Union Toys with Members Wanting Out, Demands Requests Go to 'Stealth' P.O. Box
  313. Lansing School District Poised to Privatize Facilities Management Despite Union Outcry
  314. Results of Privatization Survey Published in State Media

    70 percent of schools contract out for some services

  315. Mackinac Center Director of Research to Debate Lansing Mayor on Economic Development

    Panelists Will Discuss the Current Political Realities and Ideology of Corporate Welfare

  316. Aramark Contract: It Takes Two

    One bad outcome is not a reason to abandon privatization

  317. Have Schools Faced 'Seemingly Permanent Funding Cuts'?
  318. Employees Need a Choice

    Celebrating National Employee Freedom Week

  319. School Support Service Contracting Reaches 70.8 percent

    Growth in Food Service, Custodial and Transportation Services Returns After Slow 2014

  320. Pension System Costs the Monster That Ate School Funding Increases
  321. Number of Michigan Schools Privatizing Services Grows to 70 Percent

    New total up from 66 percent in 2014

  322. Pension Costs Eating Up Extra School Money
  323. Politicians Misrepresent Road Funding Bills to Promote Tax Hike
  324. No Evidence Michigan Business Owners Support New EPA Mandates
  325. Actually, Michiganders are Better off Than Their Parents

    Today's Michiganders aren't better off? Don't believe it.

  326. Teacher Quits, Rips GOP ‘Goons’ — Who Gave Her District $5.3 Million Extra Despite Fewer Students
  327. U-M Economist Forecasts Drop In School-Aged Children To Continue 'At a Very Rapid Rate'
  328. What the Olympics Can Teach Us About Subsidized Sports

    Evidence piles up against public investment in stadiums and Olympic dreams

  329. Schwarzenegger's Son Lands Role in Minor Film; State Cuts $140,000 Check
  330. Michigan Grapples With Fewest Number of Students In Decades
  331. Michigan Schools Receive Over $12,500 Per Student
  332. Public School Accounting: $100M Cut From Budget In 10 Years = Spending Increase
  333. School District Gives Teachers Raises, Has Deficit, Blames State that Gave Them an Extra $5 Million
  334. Great Lakes Won't Cooperate With Climate Alarmists
  335. August 7, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
    Recently introduced bills of interest.
  336. Local Governments Look To Cash In On Commercial Truck Inspections
  337. Rural School Districts Hit Hard by Federal Health Care Mandate

    Rising costs and limited options

  338. State's Largest Teachers Union Fails to Disclose 30 Percent of Its Income
  339. Pension FAQs
  340. The Myth of Teacher Poverty
  341. IMPACT July/August 2015
  342. More Government Spending Equals Higher Prices

    College costs exploding

  343. An Election for More than Just Mayor

    Grand Rapids election could be referendum on financial health

  344. School District Once Gave $1 to Top Teachers; Now Spreads Merit Bonus to 99 Percent of Teachers
  345. How Unions, Districts Hold Back Michigan's Best Teachers
  346. Film Incentives Clearly Hurt

    Studies show a lack of positive economic impact

  347. Fox News Features Fight Against Release Time

    Public money funds union activities in many states

  348. Senate Heart in Right Place, Execution Worrisome

    Examining the future of road funding and income tax cuts

  349. Generations of Inspiration

    A millennial reflects on the Legacy Society

  350. Michigan Should Reconsider Anticompetitive Certificate of Need Laws
  351. Right-to-Work Could Come to Public Employment
  352. That's a 'Renewable Energy' Job? If You Say So
  353. State Gives Billions in Dollars to Corporations – But Keeps Secret How Much They Get
  354. Protecting Detroit School Choice is Critical
  355. No Accountability? 30 Percent of Detroit's Charter Schools Have Closed
  356. Health Care Law Squeezes Public School Budgets

    Employer mandate forces schools to privatize services and cut hours

  357. Reitz Letter to the Editor Published in The Detroit News

    Responding to allegations made earlier this week

  358. July 31 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Bills on school “adequacy,” secret corporate welfare, police shootings and more

  359. Let Legislators Take a Vacation
  360. Michigan Anti-Fracking Ballot Proposal Would Limit All Drilling
  361. Friedman Legacy Day

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Northwood University Forum for Citizenship & Enterprise cordially invite you to join us in celebrating Milton Friedman Legacy Day 2015.

  362. Wright Discusses Right-to-Work Decision with State Media

    Michigan Supreme Court extends right-to-work to state employees

  363. Most Michigan School Districts Privatize Services
  364. State Supreme Court Ruling: State Employees are Free to Exercise Right-to-Work
  365. Michigan Supreme Court Upholds Right-to-Work for State Employees

    Accepting Mackinac Center Legal Foundation argument, justices decide 4 to 3 that Michigan Constitution prohibits agency fees for state workers

  366. Mackinac Center Policy Analyst, Congressman Walberg Discuss Civil Forfeiture

    Google Hangout on the topic tonight

  367. Grand Rapids' Mayoral Candidates Spar Over City's Financial Health
  368. Teachers Making Over $80,000 Say They Need Second Jobs 'To Make Ends Meet'
  369. New White House Report Highlights Occupational Licensing Problems

    Unnecessary regulations reduce employment and raise prices

  370. Repressive Ride-sharing Regulations Beaten Back in the Big Apple

    Similar regulations proposed in Michigan

  371. Washington Examiner Quotes Vernuccio on Proposed Labor Reform

    Employee Rights Act would increase worker freedom

  372. Paid Leave Mandate Raises Stakes in 'Punitive' Move Against Employers
  373. The Fight Over Energy Mandates

    Detroit News cites Mackinac Center while covering debate

  374. Excess of Laws Entangle Law-respecting People

    A lack of knowledge traps ordinary citizens

  375. Michigan Schools Improving Financially as Dire Predictions Shown to be False
  376. First Year Teachers Not Making Enough $$$? Talk to the Unions
  377. So Long Film Subsidies

    Other economic development programs should be next

  378. July 24 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Proposals to repeal right-to-work, expand licensure mandates, more

  379. Labor Reform Not a Death Knell for Legislators After All

    Timeline shows reformer success in later elections

  380. Expelling Mankind Won't Make Earth A Paradise
  381. Cut Corporate Welfare Before Social Welfare to Fund Roads
  382. Bipartisan Reading Bill Not Just 'Read or Flunk'
  383. Planning for Life Workshop

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  384. The Rise and Regulation of Craft Beer

    Comparing Michigan to competitors in the microbrewing game

  385. With Right-to-Work, Employees No Longer Have to Put Up With Unions Opposed to Their Values
  386. Planning for Life Workshop

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  387. 'Learning In Progress' on Legislative Roads Proposals

    How to make Senate’s tax cut trigger the real deal

  388. Reason Quotes LaFaive on Sin Taxes

    Examining the unintended effects of cigarette taxes

  389. State Supremes Rebuff Claims Government Land Bank Shortchanged Taxpayers
  390. Reitz Quoted on Transparency in Michigan Press

    Detroit officials using private emails for business

  391. National Teachers Union Boasts of Having 'Conservative' Members While Undermining Their Values
  392. Sen. Nofs: Bills Won't Eliminate 'Electric Choice'
  393. July 17 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest

  394. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Has a History of Secrecy
  395. State Lawmakers Compared to ‘Plantation Owners’ For Trying to Keep University Tuition Down
  396. A Victory for Political Free Speech

    Wisconsin Supreme Court rules raids unconstitutional

  397. Mackinac Center Reveals Interactive Webpage Detailing Labor Reforms and Political Outcomes

    Five states’ labor reforms analyzed

  398. U.P. Road Commission Taking On EPA
  399. Contracting Survey 2015: A Five State Report

    Remarks by Michael LaFaive to the National School Bus Transportation Association

  400. Article on Worker's Choice in Forbes

    Vernuccio discusses recent developments in labor reform

  401. Gov. Granholm in 2009: 'Movie Studio to Create 700 Jobs;' Six Years Later - Nada
  402. Mia's Story Shows Private Schools Can Help When Other Schools Have Failed

    Despite spending half as much, a private school gives students with special needs what they need

  403. Frustrated With Public School, Parents of Student With Special Needs Find Help at Private School
  404. Union President Attacks School Board While They Pay Her Not to Teach
  405. Skorup Quoted in Lansing State Journal

    Report on reducing costs in Michigan's prison system

  406. That's a Wrap! Film Subsidies Terminated
  407. State Press Covers the End of Film Subsidies

    Hohman comments on bill signed into law on July 10

  408. Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Bill Ending Film Subsidies

    State has granted over $450 million in corporate welfare for the movie industry since 2008

  409. July 10, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest

  410. Great Lakes Water Levels At High-Level Marks
  411. Michigan Radio Features Fight Against Forfeiture

    Bipartisan groups behind push for reform

  412. Media Echo Chamber Repeats Same Misinformation on Road Funding
  413. Progressive State Income Tax Would Damage Michigan’s Economy

    “Progressives” should be careful what they wish for

  414. National Group Gives Michigan a ‘D’ for Forfeiture Laws

    Bills that would raise that grade languish in legislature

  415. Economic Protectionism and Consumer Safety

    Examining legal challenges to occupational licensure

  416. Albion Superintendent Wrongly Tries to Stop Students From Leaving

    Asks nearby districts to stop busing area students to their schools

  417. Independent Union Shows Unions Can Prosper Under Right-To-Work
  418. There is Plenty of Money in the Budget for Roads

    It’s all about legislative priorities

  419. Number of People Collecting Unemployment in Michigan Plummets Nearly 90 Percent
  420. LaFaive Interview on Economic Freedom

    Hosted by Think Tech Hawaii and the Grassroots Institute

  421. MLive Gets Senate Roads Plan Wrong

    No spending reductions required in Senate plan

  422. Labor Reform in the States
  423. Five Road Funding Principles
  424. State Income Tax Also Serves as Stealth Welfare Program
  425. Time to Give Workers a Full Choice
  426. Cut Corporate Welfare, Shift Money to Road Repair for Economic Growth
  427. Clock is Ticking on Michigan's Film Subsidies
  428. House and Senate Pass Competing Road Funding Plans
  429. July 2, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    Key Senate Road Funding Votes

  430. Remembering Sir Nicholas Winton

    The world has lost a true hero

  431. Poor Ol' Peter and Poor Ol' Paul Are Expected to Get $1.6 Billion in Additional Tax Revenue
  432. Measure Would Open Doors To University Board Meetings
  433. Idaho Lawmakers Embrace Open Meetings, Michigan Still Waiting for Transparency

    New law may be "the best in the nation"

  434. Skorup Film Subsidy Op-Ed Published in Wall Street Journal

    Celebrating the death of a corporate welfare program

  435. How a Common Application Could Work for Detroit Parents

    Let all parents choose! Detroit should end the address-based school assignment system

  436. U.S. Supreme Court Accepts Case to Give 'Right-to-Work' to All Public Employees
  437. Mackinac Legal Expert Quoted in Detroit News

    Examining the implications of new Supreme Court case

  438. Michigan House Wise to Shift Corporate Welfare Spending to Roads

    Programs shown to be ineffective and wasteful

  439. United States Supreme Court to Hear Case That Could Declare Agency Fees for Public Employees Unconstitutional

    Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Filed Amicus Brief Asking Court to Hear Case

  440. New State School Super Favors Merit Pay for Teachers
  441. Bringing Financial Transparency to Michigan's Public Sector Unions

    Nathan Mehrens, a labor expert who helped implement financial reporting requirements for private sector unions while serving at the U.S. Department of Labor, explains how Michigan should reform its union transparency laws. Most public sector unions do not have to publicly disclose meaningful financial information, and Mehrens argues that Michigan lawmakers should adopt financial reporting requirements similar to those used by the federal government.

  442. Public Sector Unions Vague About How They Spend Dues Money
  443. Study: They Spend Millions, but Minimal Transparency Required for Government Union Finances
  444. Union Transparency Study Featured in Daily Caller

    Article details how disclosure can help members and expose corruption

  445. Most Michigan Teachers Leave Before Qualifying For a Pension
  446. June 25, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    More subsidies and higher fees; knives and founding documents

  447. Skorup Quoted on Release Time

    Release time costs public schools millions each year

  448. A Possible Uber Setback for Ride-sharing in California

    Examining the distinction between a contractor and an employee

  449. Top 1 Percent Paid 15 Percent of State Income Tax While Bottom 33 Percent Received Millions
  450. DPS Emergency Manager Could Make Big Changes

    Steps in the right direction are possible without changing laws

  451. GOP Group Calls for Eliminating Civil Forfeiture

    Mackinac Center scholar spoke on the issue prior to vote

  452. Michigan Has Third Largest GDP Growth Since Recession
  453. Money in Politics: How Much Should Be Disclosed?

    The Mackinac Center’s Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Debate will address the question of whether individuals who donate to nonprofit organizations or political issues should be able to maintain their privacy.

  454. It is Fine to Get Detroit Out of the School Pension System

    Other districts already pay for Detroit's liabilities

  455. The Real-World Costs of Union Release Time

    Proposed law would require public workers to work for the public

  456. Lone Democrat Votes Against Party Line on Film Subsidies
  457. Should Government Set Prices for Reselling Tickets?
  458. EPA Eyeing That Saturday Afternoon BBQ at the Park
  459. Debate on Money in Politics Featured in Media

    Michigan press features arguments in advance of Thursday's debate

  460. Profane, Insulting Math Teacher Flunks Math On School Funding
  461. Teachers Union Promotes Website Telling Dissident Member 'Go to Hell'
  462. School District's 'Comparatively Low' Administrative Costs Not Really That Low
  463. The Fight for Free Speech

    Think tanks juggle privacy and advocacy

  464. IMPACT May/June 2015
  465. June 19, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    Green light to Uber; red light to film subsidies; mobile beer bars and more

  466. A Look Back at Michigan's Battery Subsidies

    Mackinac Center policy analysts discuss A123

  467. MEA Lauches Personal Attack Against Dissident Teacher, Releases Confidential Information
  468. MEDC vs. Road Spending Poll Featured in Daily Caller

    Two-thirds of voters support turning subsidy money over to roads

  469. Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Debate on Money in Politics: How Much Should Be Disclosed?

    Mackinac Center partners with League of Women Voters of Michigan and The Federalist Society to host event

  470. Every Corporate Welfare Incentive Means New Jobs, Except for Most of Them
  471. Incomplete Analysis of Pension Scheme Bill Paints False Picture

    Fiscal Agency ignores benefit spiking costs, underfunding risks

  472. National Conservative Groups Push to End Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Is Michigan’s GOP Legislature listening?

  473. Coverage of Steve Cook Pension Spiking in Detroit News

    Two Senate bills would prevent union abuse of public funds

  474. Requiring Unions to Pay for Their Own Employees Saves Taxpayer Money

    Senate Bill 280 takes union leaders off the public payroll

  475. SEIU Affiliate’s Revenue Cut in Half After 'Dues Skim' Ended
  476. Michigan Film Incentives ‘All But Dead’

    But if the MEDC wants them, it can keep them

  477. State-Based Obamacare Exchanges Cause More Pain Than Help

    Three reasons why states should avoid creating their own health insurance exchanges.

  478. Two-thirds of Respondents Want Tax Dollars To Go To Roads Rather Than Corporate Welfare

    Over 60 percent of Democratic, Republican voters say yest to Michigan roads, no to MEDC

  479. Invasion of Privacy? Tax Assessors Taking Photos on Private Property
  480. Schools Receiving More and More Money, But it Goes to Pensions
  481. The Real Story About Highland Park Schools
  482. June 12, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    “Tax-lite” road funding, same-sex adoptions, local employer mandates

  483. MEA Skips Testifying on Bill Ending Its Pension Spiking Arrangements
  484. How Not to Regulate the Innovation Sector

    The Legislature appears torn on how to regulate ride-sharing.

  485. CAPPS Report Lays Out Some Solid Criminal Justice Reforms

    Michigan can reform prison policies without endangering the public

  486. Would Ford Leave Michigan if Not for a Handout from the State?
  487. High Taxes Promote Black Market Cigarettes in Bordering State
  488. Ruling Upholds the Right of Public Employees to Resign From Union Whenever They Want
  489. MERC Outlines Future Decision Outlawing ‘August Window’ and Stopping Collections

    The MEA should stop harassing teachers

  490. The Problem of Corporate Welfare

    Corporate welfare leaves smaller companies to struggle

  491. Vernuccio Joins New York Times 'Room for Debate'

    Discussing the role of unions in the modern workplace

  492. Union Approves Contract Freezing Members’ Salaries to Keep the Dues Flowing
  493. Vernuccio Talks Tenure on Fox Business

    Proposed modifications to professor tenure in Wisconsin

  494. House Road Plan Secures Road Funding

    Understanding proposed earmarks for road funding.

  495. Sen. Gary Peters Wants Higher Minimum Wage — Except for His Unpaid Interns
  496. Auto Insurance Reforms a Good Start
  497. Film Tax Credits Don’t Grow the Economy
  498. Michigan’s Economic Recovery More Than Just the Auto Industry
  499. LaFaive Tourism OpEd Published in the Times Herald

    Pushing back on accusations from Michigan's tourism lobby

  500. House Road Plan Leaves Plenty of Money for Pure Michigan Campaign
  501. Vernuccio Co-Authors Op-Ed in Washington Times

    Missouri may become 26th right-to-work state

  502. Overcriminalization Study in The Detroit News

    Gov. Rick Snyder's recommendations for reform reflect Mackinac Center recommendations

  503. Government Spending on Universities Rise, Tuition Hikes Follow

    Increased spending on public universities doesn't pay off for the economy or education.

  504. June 5, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    June 5 round up of important bills in the Michigan State Legislature.

  505. Tying Teacher Evaluations to Student Achievement Would Be Major Reform

    New reforms would allow more local control

  506. Bills Aiming to Protect Property from Overzealous Forfeiture Clear First Hurdle
  507. Note to Michigan's Tourism Lobbyist: GEICO Pays For Its Own Advertising and You Should Too

    Michigan taxpayers are paying for something private businesses normally pay for themselves

  508. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Takes Credit for Creating Jobs in Good Times ... and Bad
  509. That's One Mighty Big Bucket of $$$
  510. House Republicans Should be Applauded for Trying to Cut ‘21st Century Jobs Fund’

    The 21st Century Jobs fund has repeatedly failed in its objectives, and any efforts to cut it would be positive.

  511. Graduated Income Tax Won’t Help Income Inequality

    Changing from a flat income tax to a graduated income tax will not improve income equality in Michigan.

  512. Teacher Evaluations in Michigan Public Schools: One Size Fits All
  513. Skorup Joins Pat Johnston for Prevailing Wage Discussion

    The two debated repealing the law on the Art Lewis Show on WSGW

  514. Worker’s Choice Gives Unions and Employees More Freedom

    New study solves the issue of “forced-riders” and so-called “free riders”

  515. Worker's Choice Study Featured in National and State Media

    Study proposes fix to free/forced rider issue

  516. Detroit's Reform District Doesn't Have One Great Teacher According to Evaluations
  517. Worker's Choice: Freeing Unions and Workers from Forced Representation

    Worker’s Choice provides a method to fix the "free/forced rider" issue that exists in right-to-work states. Without requiring a complete overhaul of collective bargaining laws, this policy can free unions from having to provide services to employees who do not support them, and allow individual employees to represent themselves and negotiate independently with their employers.

  518. Tracking the True Cost of Tourism Spending

    Fiscal policy initiative director discusses new study with Michael Patrick Shiels on Michigan's Big Show.

  519. MLive Quotes Mackinac Center President on Road Funding

    Joe Lehman spoke as a panelist at the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference

  520. Home Schooling Not to Blame for Tragedy

    Greater regulations on home schoolers will not prevent future tragedies.

  521. Michigan School Pension Fund Liability Grows to $26.5 Billion
  522. Michigan Capitol Confidential
  523. Right-to-Work Lawsuit Featured in Hometown Life

    Susan Bank's suit challenges legality of August Window 

  524. Labor Union Caught in Dues Skim Fails to File Annual Report with Federal Government
  525. Study: State Tourism Promotion Ineffective

    Every $1.00 Spent Generates 1 Cent Extra Spending at Motels and Hotels

  526. Five Road Funding Principles

    Mackinac Center President Joseph Lehman lays out a free-market approach to pay for roads

  527. May 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  528. State Tourism Spending Ineffective

    For every $1 spent, hotel industry gets one penny

  529. Teachers Union Rails at For-Profit Charters While its Leaders Spike Own School Pensions
  530. The More Information Voters Have the Less They Support Film Subsidies

    Majority of respondents want film money to go to roads

  531. Skorup Discusses Civil Asset Forfeiture on WPHM

    Mackinac Center policy analyst Jarrett Skorup joins Bill Gilmer to discuss civil asset forfeiture.

  532. House Judiciary Passes Civil Forfeiture Reform Bills

    Progress on reforming civil asset forfeiture

  533. Mackinac Center President Serves as Panelist at Mackinac Policy Conference

    Topic is 'Michigan's Road Fix—the $1.5 Billion Question'

  534. Is State's Prevailing Wage Law at Risk of Being Tossed?
  535. Report: It Would Take Three Years to Read All the Federal Government's Rules
  536. Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Appeals Right-To-Work Case Involving Novi Special Education Teacher

    ‘The MEA has a duty of fair representation, yet it intentionally did not inform teachers of their rights.’

  537. What You Need to Know About the Initiative to Repeal Prevailing Wage

    If sponsors gather enough signatures in time, then legislature votes

  538. Unfunded State Employee Pension Liabilities Remain at $6.2 Billion

    Closing the system is saving taxpayers from future liabilities

  539. You Don’t Need $92,000 a Year to be 'Economically Stable'

    New report distorts the level of economic hardships in Michigan

  540. Teachers Union Presidents Extract Lucrative Benefits from Schools – For Themselves
  541. Assistant Fiscal Policy Director Analyses Michigan's Historic Unemployment Drop

    James Hohman discusses the numbers on the Frank Beckmann Show

  542. Memo to Reformers: Detroit Public Schools Received 42 Percent More Money Per Pupil Than State Average
  543. District Doesn't Take Evaluations Seriously, Now Laying Off its Best Teachers
  544. Michigan's Drop in Unemployment is Historic
  545. The Government Incentive to Seize Property
  546. May 22, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  547. Asset Forfeiture Package of Bills a 'Solid First Step'
  548. Frank Beckmann Show Highlights Mackinac Center/Michigan Chamber Poll

    66 percent of respondents support redirecting $50 million from films to roads

  549. Gov. Snyder Announces Criminal Justice Reforms

    Uses Center's research to make case for reforms

  550. Mackinac Center Event Featured in Media

    Topic of civil asset forfeiture attracts media and various ideologies

  551. Michigan's Economic Recovery More Than Just the Auto Industry

    Non-auto manufacturing has made a huge comeback

  552. MLive Sends Mixed Messages on School Funding
  553. Successful Public School System Would Charge Tuition, Screen Applicants
  554. Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Redirecting Film Subsidies to Roads

    66 Percent Surveyed Support Reprioritizing $50 Million Film Subsidy for Road Improvements

  555. Critics of Growth Projections in House Road Plan Should Be Unnerved by Pension Underfunding

    School pension plan requires large dedication of future revenue

  556. Corporate Welfare Isn't 'Essential' to a Vibrant Economy
  557. Feds to Michigan: End Anti-Competition 'Tesla Ban'
  558. Civil Asset Forfeiture: How Government Seizes Private Property from Innocent Citizens

    Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process by which allows the police to seize and sell private property, even if no crime has been charged against the owner of that property. Several states have recently reformed their civil asset forfeiture laws, and Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, has called for improving federal laws pertaining to this practice.

  559. Schools of Choice Program Causes Greater Competition

    Mackinac Center research cited on WILX News

  560. Mackinac Center Cited on Dangers of Targeted Tax Breaks

    Shifting the tax burden from influential businesses to smaller counterparts

  561. Mackinac Center Event Panelist on Frank Beckmann Show

    IJ's Lee McGrath talks about civil asset forfeiture

  562. Hohman Quoted on Proposal 1 Defeat

    Voters soundly rejected the "tax and spend" road funding proposal

  563. Prevailing Wage Repeal is Sound Policy

    However, not all reforms are cuts

  564. Mackinac Expert Talks Film Incentives on NPR

    No full-time jobs were created as a result of this corporate welfare

  565. Bills Attempt to Shine Light on Government-Seized Property
  566. Can't 'Cut Your Way to Prosperity?' Michigan Spending Up $3.9 Billion Since 2011
  567. Lansing Schools: MEA President Steve Cook's Deal Never Considered 'Long Term Thing'
  568. How Michigan Can Pay for its Roads Without a Tax Increase
  569. May 15, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  570. Pure Michigan Scare Tactics

    MEDC deploys 'Washington Monument syndrome'

  571. Property Tax Revenue on the Rise
  572. Affluent School Districts Don't Guarantee Better Academic Performance
  573. House Road Plan Relies on Reality

    Detroit News wrong to call it "mostly fantasy"

  574. FTC to Michigan Legislature: End Car Protectionism

    Let consumers buy cars from whomever they want

  575. Michigan House Republicans Find $1 Billion More for Roads with No Big Tax Hike
  576. State's Corporate Welfare Arm Says Ex-Attorney General Approved Being Less Transparent
  577. Interpreting Proposal 1’s Loss

    First, look at current resources

  578. Michigan Incentive Policies Fooled by Job Turnover
  579. How They Sold $17-Plus Million Spending Hike as $10 Million Cut
  580. Mackinac Center Road Solutions Prescribed in Detroit News

    Experts lay out a path to funding Michigan's roads

  581. Not As Good As You Think: Why Middle-Class Parents in Michigan Should be Concerned about Their Local Public Schools

    Many middle-class Michiganders think that most low-performing schools are located in poor inner cities such as Detroit, not in their nice neighborhoods or in their smaller towns. They need to think again.

  582. Here's How Much Michigan's 'Prevailing Wage' Law Costs Your School District
  583. Fossil Fuel Investments Yield Big Returns for State Pension Funds
  584. Michigan Income Taxes Already Progressive

    State Democrats want new power to create a graduated income tax

  585. Township Votes Down Wind Energy Project
  586. Local Union Leaves Michigan Education Association
  587. Charter Schools Cost Unions Millions in Dues
  588. May 8, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  589. Michael LaFaive and Todd Nesbit: R.I. set to lose tobacco revenue

    Increasing cigarette tax would be counterproductive

  590. Mackinac Center Experts Show Cigarette Tax Increase is Counterproductive

    Michael LaFaive and Todd Nesbit, Ph.D. cited in Providence Journal

  591. Prevailing Wage Research Cited in Detroit News

    Repealing the law could save taxpayers millions every year

  592. Bill Would Allow Local Governments to Post Notices Online Rather than in Newspapers
  593. Snug as an Official Bug in a Rug

    Politicians can find themselves deciding things of low value

  594. Prop 1 Unpopularity to Voters was Unprecedented
  595. Free Press Columnist Disses 'Michissippians' Like It's 2009; Michigan Outperforms States He Elevates
  596. Detroit Public Schools Gave 8 of 10 Teachers Highest Rating Despite Being Nation's Worst Urban District
  597. Detroit Education Overhaul Would Cost Other Schools $50 Per Student
  598. Gov. Snyder's Plan for Detroit Public Schools Meets Legislative Skepticism
  599. Guest Post: Kansas Excise Tax Hike Proposal a Bad Choice

    The unintended consequences of higher taxes

  600. Choice in Electricity: A Good Idea Michigan Abandoned
  601. Gov. Snyder’s Much-Needed Move on Licensing
  602. Not As Good As You Think: How Michigan’s Wealthier Schools Escape Scrutiny
  603. Governor's Plan to Fix Education in Detroit May Threaten School Choice
  604. Michigan Auto Insurance Reforms on Hold
  605. Obamacare Exchange: Michigan Dodged a Bullet

    Michigan fortunate not to have established state exchange

  606. May 1, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  607. Illegal Strike by Detroit Teachers Shuts Down 18 Schools
  608. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Scene From Fantasia Captures the Spirit of Earth Day
  609. IMPACT March/April 2015
  610. Show Me the Money and Then We'll Be Accountable
  611. Second MEA President Used $200,000+ Union Salary to ‘Spike’ Public Pension
  612. Auto Insurance Reforms a Good Start

    State needs to address high costs associated with mandated generous coverage

  613. Bills Put Obsolete Laws on the Chopping Block
  614. Fix Disparities in Public University Funding in Michigan
  615. Reasons to Reason

    Why we need analytical thinking in our policy debates

  616. As Obamacare is Implemented, Part-Time Jobs at All Time High
  617. Texas Moves Toward Dumping Wind Mandate
  618. April 24, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    “Early Warning System” for overspending school districts
  619. Film Incentive Supporters Ignore the Facts

    There's still no good evidence for this program

  620. Michigan’s Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Exceeds Projections by 22 Percent

    The cost of expanding Medicaid more expensive than originally assumed

  621. Mackinac Center Study Gives a How-To When Changing the Constitution
  622. 'Steve Cook' Bill Would Prevent Private Union Employees from Spiking State Pension
  623. The Disparity in Michigan University Funding
    State should use fair funding for universities
  624. Poll: Just 1 in 3 Know Wind Energy Depends on Fossil Fuels
  625. With $2 Billion at Stake, $100 Fines Won't Deter Violations of State Law
  626. Why Michigan Should Compact for a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment
  627. State Workers Use 4x as Many Sick Days as Private Sector
  628. Taylor School District Refuses to Inform Teachers They Don't Have to Financially Support the Union
  629. Michigan Supreme Court: Pension Reforms were Constitutional

    Unions lose challenge to 2012 law

  630. Will Poll Hurt Legislation Aiming to Give Energy Utilities Monopoly?
  631. 'Big Oil' and 'Big Wind' Keep Public in the Dark About Wind Dependence on Fossil Fuels
  632. Michigan Property Tax Revenues Up

    Both rates and revenue on the rise

  633. School District Has to Spend $1 Million to Improve 'Failing' Academic Performance
  634. Collection Bins for Clothing and Used Goods Targeted as Nuisances
  635. April 17, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Auto insurance, double-dipping pensions, investor guarantees
  636. Proposal 1: What It Is and How It Affects Taxpayers

    On May 5th Michigan voters will vote on Proposal 1, a constitutional amendment and series of bills that will go into effect if the amendment is approved. A large piece of the proposal is raising the sales tax...

  637. Low or High, Great Lakes Water Levels Always Blamed on Global Warming
  638. If Greedy Employers Discriminate by Paying Women Less, Why Don't They Hire a Lot More of Them?
  639. Union President Tells Women to Join Union to Get Equal Pay
  640. Open Letter to Steve Inskeep of National Public Radio

    National Public Radio wrong about Mackinac Center study

  641. Cigarette Tax Hikes Cause Unintended Consequences
  642. Detroit News Exposes MEDC Secrecy

    Michigan's corporate welfare program needs to be more transparent

  643. Facts About Road Safety in Michigan

    Traveling on Michigan's roads is safer than it's ever been

  644. Who You Gonna Believe? A K-12 Superintendent or the State Constitution?
  645. Manufacturing Jobs Set to Surpass Government Jobs in Michigan for First Time in Years
  646. Charter School Parent 'Grateful' to Have a Choice

    A Detroit mother explains the importance of school choice

  647. Huron County Pushes Stop Button on Wind Development
  648. Meet Toya Putnam, Charter School Parent
  649. Is Big Business a Danger to Economic Liberty?

    Please join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for a Club Mackinac event in Grand Rapids, as we welcome Timothy P. Carney, senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the author of two books: The Big Ripoff, and Obamanomics. 

  650. MCPP Experts Take Down Film Program in MLive

    The state should curtain this ineffective program

  651. Mackinac Center Work on Prop 1 Gets Wide Coverage

    MCPP original research prominently featured in Prop 1 stories

  652. Detroit Charter School Parents: Don’t Take Away Our Freedom to Choose
  653. Union: No Photo Needed to Vote, but Bring ID If You Want to Leave the Union
  654. Natural Gas to Wind Energy: You're Nothing Without Me
  655. April 10, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Hospital “prices,” cigarette taxes, unions, monopolies
  656. Poll Suggests Strong Turnout for May 5 Ballot Proposal
  657. Love it or Hate it, Voters are Aware of Proposal 1
  658. Court of Appeals Orders Wayne County Circuit Court to Hear Claim Related to Union’s End Run of Right-to-Work
  659. Mackinac Expert Debates Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Here's why Michigan needs to reform civil asset forfeiture

  660. State's Cost of Teacher Pension System Quintuples
  661. Amendment’s Effects on Higher Ed are Uncertain
    Proposal 1 may offer more leeway in funding than intended.
  662. Detroit Coalition Plan Would Lead to More Schools Outside of Detroit

    Restricting choice could lead to more students leaving Detroit

  663. Michigan Plummets in Economic Outlook Rankings Among States
  664. Our Children. Our Choice.
  665. Law that Made School Employees Pay More for Health Insurance Saved $1.3 Billion
  666. There Was Never a $470 Per Pupil Education Funding Cut in Michigan
  667. Charter Schools’ Record of Doing More With Less Validated by Stanford Report
  668. Cigarette Smuggling Still Rampant, Problematic
  669. The Cost of the Proposal 1: The May Tax Vote
  670. So What Happens if the May 5 $2 Billion Tax Hike Fails?
  671. What if it Were April Fools' Day Year Round?
  672. April 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    New bills cover marijuana, mandates, police cameras

  673. New State Tax Payment System Causing Headaches for Businesses
  674. Read This: FEE Interview With Larry Reed

    Former Mackinac Center president shares stories of his world travels

  675. Pro-School Choice Group: Let Detroit Students Attend School Anywhere They Want
  676. The Irony of Michigan's Film Incentive Program
  677. Detroit Charter School Students Gaining Months of Extra Education Per Year
  678. Coalition Wants $153 Million a Year Debt Forgiveness for Detroit Public Schools
  679. And the Answer is … 'Something a College Freshman Might Say'
  680. Coalition's Vision for Detroit: More Bureaucracy; Less Innovation

    Doubling down on what doesn't work won't fix Detroit schools

  681. Spalding Quoted in The Detroit News
    Article highlights school choice in Detroit.
  682. In Memory of Bob Crowner

    Mackinac Center remembers a long-time friend

  683. Here are the Highest Paying School Districts in Michigan
  684. Proposal 1 Would Pay Michigan's Road Debt Hangover

    Paying down the state's road debt is a good idea

  685. LaFaive Quoted on State Board Meeting Spending

    The state spends $1.3 million on oversight boards each year

  686. Hooray for Gov. Snyder on Occupational Licensure

    Legislature should curtail these needless regulations

  687. Bottom Line Will Tell How Effective House Republicans are at Limiting Government
  688. Here we go Again: Trying to Make Legislators' Records Public
  689. Mackinac Analyst on Frank Beckman Show
    James Hohman talks about Proposal 1 study findings.
  690. March 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    A raise for judges; welfare truants; legalized scalping.
  691. WSJ: Pension Reform 'Transition Cost' Claim More Bogus than Ever

    Transitions costs are illusionary

  692. Proposal 1 Will Cost Average Michigan Household Up to $525 a Year in Extra Taxes
  693. What Happened in Five Days?
  694. How Right-to-Work Can Make Unions Stronger

    Unions can still collectively bargain, but must earn support of workers

  695. Poor Cities' School Districts Receive the Most Funding
  696. Budget Cut to the Bone? It's Increased by $5 Billion the Last Three Years
  697. House Considers Repealing Outdated Crimes
    Current crimes include walkathons and reproachful language.
  698. New Study Analyzes Impact of Proposal 1 on Taxpayers
  699. Proposal 1 of 2015: An Analysis
  700. State's Tourism Agency Sees Tourism-Boosting Lodging Service as a 'Threat'
  701. State Superintendent Puts Failing Schools Ahead of Students' Choice
  702. Grands Rapids Mayor: Hate the Drillers, Love Their Money
  703. State Film Incentives are the Real 'President Business' Villain
  704. Transit: So Popular it Needs to be Subsidized
  705. Deficit-Ridden District Almost Demolishes Building Rather Than Take $3.5 Million From Charter
  706. March 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Abortions, homosexual adoptions, bake sale "push-back"
  707. Automatic Tax Increases are Not Good Policy

    Letter: Continued cigarette tax policy will increase smuggling from other states

  708. Media Covers MEA President’s Public Pension

    Story first discovered by Michigan Capitol Confidential

  709. Detroit Free Press Follows Up Story Broken by CapCon
    Free Press story covers civil asset forfeiture victim.
  710. Dispute Over $1,500 Charge for Phantom Copies from State is Resolved
  711. National Study: Detroit Charters Should Serve as a Model for Other Communities
  712. If You Can't Beat 'Em, Sound Like 'Em
  713. Mackinac Research Featured in Wall Street Journal
    Hohman and Skorup cited on film subsidies
  714. Smuggling Rampant in Minnesota
    The unintended costs of cigarette 'sin' taxes
  715. A Conversation About Private School Choice
    with Dr. Michael Q. McShane and Bruce Braun

    Featuring Michael Q. McShane, a research fellow in education policy studies at AEI.

  716. The 'M' in MEDC Should No Longer Stand For 'Mystery'
  717. Mitch Albom's 'Single-Industry' Blunder
  718. Bill Package Includes Elimination of Energy Choice
  719. Community College Secretaries Secede From the State's Largest Teachers Union
  720. Letter to the Detroit Free Press on Film Subsidies

    Corporate welfare programs rarely produce net new jobs

  721. Mackinac Center Gets FOIA Charges Reduced from $1,550 to $50
  722. Partisan Left’s Corporate Welfare Position Depends on Which Party Holds Office
  723. Oklahoma Shows Pension Reform Can Boost a State's Credit Rating
  724. The GOP Politicians Who Voted Against Ending Film Subsidies
  725. Detroit News Highlights Mackinac FOIA Fee Case
    FOIA laws in need of reform.
  726. March 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Crime & punishment, film subsidies.
  727. Washington Examiner Quotes Vernuccio
    Supreme Court could take up issue of agency fees.
  728. MEA Union President In Line for Six-Figure Government Pension
  729. How Steve Cook's Pension Will Cost Taxpayers
  730. House Vote on Terminating Michigan Film Producer Subsidies
    House rejects $50 million per year program.
  731. Three Reasons Why Michigan Should End Film Incentives

    Results show the investment is not worth it

  732. Excise Tax Hike on Cigarettes Irrational Choice for Washington

    Fewer legal sales doesn't necessarily mean lower smoking rates

  733. State on Required Payments for School Employees' Pension: 'The Check is in the Mail'
  734. Why Unions Care About Paid Sick Time
  735. Will Michigan GOP Continue Michael Moore Film Subsidies?
    Program is a waste of taxpayer money.
  736. LaFaive in Los Angeles Times
    Detroit’s foreclosure problem and what to do about it.
  737. Vernuccio Cited in Forbes
    Why Wisconsin and others become right-to-work.
  738. Unions and a Complicit Media in Pro-Paid Sick Time Campaign
  739. State Education Department's Puzzling Stance on Students' Family Income
  740. The 'Astroturf' Campaign to Force Employers to Give Paid Sick Time
  741. Thank You for Supporting CapCon!
  742. Paid Leave Isn't Free Leave
  743. Thank You for Supporting the Center!
  744. Hey! Is that Brad Pitt in the Frozen Food Aisle?
  745. $23K School Employee Upset that MEA President’s Pension Spiked by $200K Union Salary
  746. A $46,000 Spread in the Cost of Tuition Per Degree at Michigan Universities
  747. Weak Membership Growth Shows Need for New Union
  748. What the New Legislature Should Stand For — And What It Should Not
  749. Sheriff Lieutenant Caught on Video Saying Officers Disciplined for Not Writing Enough Tickets
  750. Right-To-Work For Taylor Teachers Begins Today
    Mackinac Center Legal Foundation case in the news
  751. March 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Pension debt, double-dipping, film subsidies
  752. Now is the Time to Demand Transparency from State's Corporate Welfare Agency
  753. Hohman in Wall Street Journal
    Right-to-work states enjoy higher per capita income
  754. Michigan Appeals Court Denies Stay in Taylor Teacher Case
  755. School Reformers Have 'Significant Concerns' About State Superintendent Finalist
  756. House Committee Votes to End Michigan Film Incentives

    $500 million spent for no permanent jobs

  757. Obamacare's Michigan Tale: Small Drop in Uninsured While Families Pay More
  758. Everything You Need to Know, Except the Cost
  759. Wright on the Beckman Show
    MEA president earning taxpayer-funded pension.
  760. VoteSpotter

    Your legislators work for you, and now there is a one-click way to stay informed and keep an eye on what they are doing in Lansing and in Washington.

  761. More Jobs, Higher Pay Since Right-to-Work Passed in Michigan
  762. High Court Should Strike Agency Fees
  763. Mackinac Center Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court to End Union Agency Fees
  764. How Wind Energy Creates More Dependence on Fossil Fuels
  765. Michigan Capitol Confidential
  766. Plot to Kill Film Credits Begins to Look Plausible
  767. Vernuccio in Washington Times
    Wisconsin at work on right-to-work
  768. February 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    BB guns (‘Ralphie’s Law’), more corporate subsidies
  769. 'If It's Not Illegal, It Should Be'
  770. Hohman on Film Incentives

    Price tag of $500 million for no industry growth

  771. LaFaive's Minnesota Senate Tax Committee Testimony

    Fiscal policy expert shows analysis of cigarette taxes and smuggling

  772. School District Carries MEA President on its Books, Boosting His Pension
  773. MEA President Inflating Public Pension with $200K Salary While Working for Private Union
  774. Hohman Testimony to House Committee
  775. How Occupational Licensing Redistributes Income
    No benefits to consumers to be found.
  776. IMPACT January/February 2015
  777. CBS 'Battle Creek' Show Misses City's Real Police Drama
  778. No Ineffective Teacher Left Behind
  779. Why Worker Freedom is Right for Wisconsin
  780. Vernuccio's Wisconsin Senate Committee Testimony Video
  781. The Facts on Electricity Choice

    Consumers pay a high price for utility monopolies.

  782. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Tone Deaf to Requests for Transparency
  783. Vernuccio Quoted on Illinois "Fair Share Dues"

    Unions can no longer deduct dues from non-member paychecks

  784. The 'Too Many School Districts' Myth
    Enrollment data doesn't support claim.
  785. Right to Work Isn't the Only Option

    The state should give workers and unions more choices.

  786. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association Background Data
  787. Michigan May Send Film Credits to the Cutting Room Floor
  788. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Hasn't Faced Real Media Scrutiny
  789. February 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Guns, drones and votes. Subsidies ate the budget.
  790. The Real Problem With ‘Economic Development’ Programs

    Michigan should end the MEDC

  791. MEDC Feeling the Heat for Corporate Welfare Deals Coming Home to Roost
  792. 96 Percent of Michigan Schools Getting Richer
  793. House Republicans Announce Criminal Justice Reforms
    The state should repeal antiquated and unnecessary criminal laws.
  794. LaFaive in National Media

    Mackinac Center expert's analysis on cigarette smuggling cited in national report

  795. Media Covers McHugh's Committee Testimony

    Few jobs, little transparency for Michigan corporate welfare machine

  796. A History of Corporate Welfare Failure: Mackinac Center Testimony in the Michigan House

    "The truth is these are mostly political development programs, not economic development programs."

  797. 2014 Was a Great Year for Adding Jobs in Michigan
  798. What if this had Happened at a Charter School?
  799. Governor Praises Detroit School Ranked Among the Worst in the State
  800. International Japanese School Gets a Second Chance
  801. Public Letter on Direct Automobile Sales

    Center signs on to letter explaining why state should allow car manufacturers to sell directly to consumers.

  802. Impact and How They Voted on May 5 Sales Tax Increase Ballot Measure

    Who voted “yes” and who voted “no” for $2 billion tax increase

  803. Labor Board Says Teacher Union Committed an Unfair Labor Practice and Acted “arbitrarily, indifferent and reckless”
  804. Right-to-Work Debate: Former Labor Boss and Think Tank Labor Expert Square Off
  805. Charter School Growth in Michigan is Not the 'Wild, Wild West'
  806. Lower Gas Costs Benefit School Funding in May 5 Ballot Proposal
  807. February 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Presidential primary, absent voting, subsidies ate the budget.
  808. Reitz on Overcriminalization

    MCPP, ACLU and Manhattan Institute panel discussion.

  809. Double Tax on Some Fuels is Problematic for $2 Billion May 5 Proposal
  810. Vernuccio in Bloomberg Business
  811. Ballot Proposal Backers Weighing Strategy

    $2 billion tax hike vote on May 5.

  812. State-Protected Alcohol Cartels Don’t Improve Public Safety
  813. Ohio Cigarette Tax Increase Would Bring Unintended Consequences
  814. How to Deal with Michigan’s Vast Criminal Code
  815. Media Muddles Magnitude of May Tax Hike Vote
  816. How Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Raises Costs
  817. Overcriminalization in Michigan

    Michigan’s vast, disorganized criminal law inherently places residents at risk of unintentionally violating a growing array of regulatory crimes that are difficult to discover and understand. The complexity of administrating such a criminal code threatens to divert scarce resources away from the enforcement of serious violent and property crimes. This event will feature ideas about how to protect Michigan residents from overcriminalization and improve the state’s criminal law.

  818. Closing School Retirement System the Right Choice

    MPSERS has been underfunded in 29 out of the past 30 years

  819. How Local Governments Toe the Line Advocating for Tax Hikes
  820. Here's the Upcoming Political Drama in Michigan
  821. Increased North Dakota Tobacco Taxes Could Lead to Rampant Smuggling
  822. Court of Claims Tosses MEA's Right-to-Work Lawsuit
  823. Economic Freedom in Michigan and Beyond
  824. May Sales Tax Proposal Explained
  825. The Myth of a Spreading ‘Tax Cut Fever’
  826. What the New Legislature Should Stand For – and What It Should Not
  827. House GOP Action Plan Points the Way to Real Reform

    Repealing prevailing wage a top priority.

  828. February 6, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Pension double dipping, concealed pistol rules.
  829. IRS to Tom Brady: Nice Trophy. What's That Worth?
  830. MEA Drops Attempt to Stop Vote on Decertification
  831. Teacher Claims Union Ruined Her Credit, Humiliated Her Over Trying to Leave
  832. Bipartisan Effort to Reform Licensing Laws

    President Obama, scholars call for rollback of rules.

  833. Vernuccio Op-Ed in Washington Times

    How Big Labor can solve its membership crisis.

  834. Energy Policy Director: Wind Energy isn't Cheap and Alone Can't Meet Our Needs
  835. Time to Uncork Beer and Wine Reforms?

    Office of Regulatory Reinvention seeks input.

  836. Difference Between Bridge and Center Report Cards

    Both are superior to state's Top-to-Bottom rankings.

  837. CapCon Interview with Founding Editor Ken Braun and Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman
  838. State Liquor Commission Should End Rules that Hike Prices
  839. CapCon Celebrates its Five Year Anniversary
  840. Center Study Featured in WZZM Report

    Overcriminalization a growing concern nationwide.

  841. Litigants Ask Supreme Court to Review County Land Bank Cherry-Picking Prime Property
  842. Politicians Want to Review State Agency that has 1 in 5 Jobs Track Record
  843. Michigan Adds, Loses Thousands of Jobs

    More proof corporate welfare doesn't work.

  844. District Ties Teachers' Salaries to Financial Health
  845. One Lawsuit Settled, But No Truce in Wind Energy Debate
  846. Eight Days, 196 Bills, 12 Constitutional Amendments

    Repeal film subsidies, let nurses do more, stalking registry.

  847. The End of Hollywood Corporate Welfare?

    Legislators look to fix budget overspending.

  848. 'Free' Community College

    Not a very sound idea.

  849. Ethanol Study Touted as Independent Was Paid for by Corn Growers
  850. In Ann Arbor, Jim Harbaugh Gets $150,000 Academic Incentive – City's Teachers Get $150
  851. Granholm Too Cool For Her Own Cool Initiative?
  852. Jennifer Granholm = Job Creator ... Really?
  853. Federal Government Stymies Energy Production on its Land
  854. A Formula for Happiness with Arthur Brooks
    Join AEI president Arthur Brooks for a discussion on the intersection between work, happiness, and human flourishing. This event is co-sponsored by The Mackinac Center, AEI, and Acton.
  855. $10,000 Plus More a Year, But Take Home Pay is the Same?
  856. Michigan Celebrates School Choice
  857. Michigan Celebrates National School Choice Week
  858. Michigan Turns 178

    A look back at the early days.

  859. Fixing Michigan's Budget-Killing School Employees' Pension Up in the Air
  860. National School Choice Week at the Capitol

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and partner organizations cordially invite you to join us in celebrating National School Choice Week with an event from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2015, at the Capitol.

  861. Spalding Discusses School Choice

    Joined on WKAR by Democratic lawmaker.

  862. Two Cheers for Legislators on Licensing

    Good progress in 2013, more to be done.

  863. Labor Policy Expert Cited on Union Decline

    Vernuccio in Detroit News, Free Press.

  864. State Revenue Increasing by $640 Million
  865. The Costs and Benefits of Wind Energy: Competing Groups Hold Forums
  866. 88 New Bills in Four Days — a Sampler
    Ban local Uber bans, restrict religious freedom restrictions.
  867. Wind Energy Allegations Deserve Hearings

    Claims about efficiency, health hazards should be explored.

  868. Governor Signs Bill Freeing Up Market Approach to Health Care
  869. State Out Nearly $300M from Cigarette Smuggling

    Yet another unintended consequence of high excise taxes.

  870. Why Not Double the Prevailing Wage?

    Arbitrary rate harms taxpayers, school districts.

  871. Open Letter to the Liquor Control Commission

    Abandon rules allowing industry price collusion.

  872. State Agency Wants $1,500 for a No-Cost Electronic File
  873. Mackinac Center Sues Michigan Liquor Control Commission Over FOIA Fees
  874. Speed Limit Reform Died Last Year but May be Revived
  875. Despite Media Reports, Michigan's Revenues are Increasing
  876. Another Tobacco Store Burglary Today

    Unintended consequence of high cigarette taxes.

  877. MEDC's New Program: Government Funding Government
  878. Gov. Snyder’s 2015 State of the State Address Included Six Proposed Government Expansions, One Limitation
  879. How Michigan Blew a Hole in its Budget
  880. Point One Finger, Three are Pointing Back at You
  881. Feds Take Step Forward on Asset Forfeiture

    Now state needs to step up.

  882. Michigan Sales Tax Hike Proposal May Provide Schools With Less
  883. Did the State Superintendent Advocate Detroit Schools Hire More Teachers?
  884. And They’re Off – Jan. 16 Legislature Report
    Hike taxes, extend term limits, repeal "prevailing wage"
  885. 'Big Oil' and Climate Change

    Debunking an urban myth.

  886. Center Research Cited in Washington Post

    New cigarette smuggling study released.

  887. State Superintendent Advocates Hiring More Teachers in Detroit
  888. Legislature Looks at Repealing Prevailing Wage

    Center experts made suggestion 20 years ago.

  889. 'Blown Away' Program Prolonged

    Corporate welfare program a continued failure.

  890. MEGA Fail: Progress Michigan Bashes Republican Governor for Democratic Governor’s Program
  891. Awarded Millions, Wind Turbine Company Defaults on State Loan
  892. Renewable Energy Advocate Falsely Claims Industry is not Supported by Taxpayer Dollars
  893. Cigarette Smugglers Still Love New York and Michigan, but Illinois Closing In
  894. Analysis: High Cigarette Taxes Contributing to Increased Smuggling Rates in Michigan, Elsewhere
  895. Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences

    Please join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in welcoming Daniel DiSalvo, assistant professor of Political Science at The City College of New York-CUNY and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership.

  896. Michigan’s Pension Underfunding Problem
  897. MEA Gives Update on Cyberbullying Bill While Still Bullying Ex-Members
  898. A Fresh Angle: Taking on 'Big Wind' With Competition
  899. ‘Tax Cut Fever’ – Never Burning Hot

    Has tax cut phobia gripped Lansing?

  900. A Presidential Flip Flop
  901. Five Years Later, Granholm's Green Economic Vision has Failed to Materialize
  902. The Mackinac Center, Policy, and Politics

    Setting the record straight

  903. Despite 'Tax Cut Fever,' State Revenue Grows by Billions
  904. LaFaive on WKZO in Kalamazoo

    Discussed migration, legislative priorities and roads.

  905. 'Green Energy' Companies Awarded $231 Million Created Just 44 Full-Time Jobs
  906. Union Tries to Block Election that Would Decertify it
  907. Doctors Accepting More Medicaid Patients – for Now
  908. Detroit Homicide Rate isn't the Lowest Since 1967, Despite TV Station's Claim
  909. A Better School Just a Mile Away, but Parents Don't Get a Choice
  910. Charter School Student Enjoying Success at Stanford

    Detroit student had been accepted to several top universities.

  911. Statewide Media Attention for Missed Votes Report

    How did your legislator do?

  912. Plan for Green Energy Biogas Facility in Reed City 'Just Dies'
  913. He's the Best Man for the Job, and So is His Brother
  914. Huron County Looks at Wind Turbine Moratorium
  915. Dear Taxpayer: Does This 'Bug' You?

    Politicians often focus on less important matters

  916. What is a 'Green Job'? Advocates Won't Say
  917. Bowl-ing for Dollars
  918. Happy New Year! It’s Time for Tax Cuts
  919. Center Report Card Puts School Performance in Context
  920. As Conventional Public Schools Fail Transparency Law, Charters are Targeted
  921. In or Out? How is Michigan Doing Among Other States?

    New United Van Lines National Movers Study released.

  922. How Would You Spend an Extra $130?

    How would you spend an extra $130?

  923. Politicians Don’t Guide the Economy, You Do
    Economic growth starts with the individual, not the state.
  924. No, Michigan is Not Projected to Run a Deficit
  925. Union Threatens School District for Removing Illegal Language From Contracts
  926. Happy New Year!

    The perfect time for tax cuts.

  927. The Best of the Best: CapCon's Top 10 Stories of 2014
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