Features and Highlights

VoteSpotter App for Android and Apple iOS

Give instant feedback to legislators. … more

ACLU, Mackinac Center Report Calls on State to End Civil Forfeiture

Study shows abuses of government power on innocent citizens … more

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

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

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

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

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

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

School Support Service Contracting Reaches 70.8 percent

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

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 … more

Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Bill Ending Film Subsidies

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

SCOTUS to Hear Case That Could Declare Agency Fees for Public Employees Unconstitutional

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

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 … more

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 … more

Worker’s Choice Gives Unions and Employees More Freedom

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

Study: State Tourism Promotion Ineffective

Every $1 spent generates only one penny of extra spending at motels and hotels … more

Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Appeals Right-To-Work Case Involving Novi Teacher

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

Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Redirecting Film Subsidies to Roads

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

Poll Suggests Strong Turnout for May 5 Ballot Proposal

79 percent of respondents say they know how they’ll vote … more

Court of Appeals Orders Wayne County Circuit to Hear Claim Related to Union’s End Run of RTW

‘The merits are clear. The union and school district violated the law and thumbed their noses at the legislature.’ … more

New Study Analyzes Impact of Proposal 1 on Taxpayers

Policy expert lays out May 5th ballot measure. … more

Mackinac Center Gets FOIA Charges Reduced from $1,550 to $50

Michigan Liquor Control Commission waives fees for virtual copies … more

Michigan Appeals Court Denies Stay in Taylor Teacher Case

Teachers could exercise right-to-work starting on March 6, 2015 … more

High Court Should Strike Agency Fees

U.S. Supreme Court decision could bring right-to-work to public sector … more

MEA President’s Pension Examined

Steve Cook appears to be earning taxpayer-funded pension benefits while not actually working at Lansing School District. … more

Taylor Teachers Win at MERC

Labor board says union committed an unfair labor practice and acted “arbitrarily, indifferent and reckless”  … more

Center Files FOIA Lawsuit

State agency wants $1,550 for spreadsheet data. … more

Gov. Snyder's 2015 State of the State Address

Calls for six government expansions, one limitation. … more

New Cigarette Smuggling Data Released

Michigan still ranks 10th in the nation. … more

2014 Missed Votes Report

Which legislators missed the most votes? … more

Center Receives $1M Grant from Dow Foundation

Will fund education research for two years. … more

New High School Report Card Available

Dearborn Heights charter school tops in the state. … more

21st Century Unionism

How labor can adapt to meet workers' needs. … more

Reforming Michigan's Criminal Code

New study co-authored with Manhattan Institute. … more

Brighton Drops Illegal Contract Language

Teacher's right-to-work freedoms protected. … more

Slight Increase in School Privatization Survey

Federal school lunch rules could play a part. … more

Brighton Teacher Sues Union, District

Afghanistan vet fights RTW violation. … more

SEIU Keeps Millions from 'Dues Skim'

Court of Appeals dismisses case. … more

MEA's 'August Window' Declared Illegal

Judge rules union committed unfair labor practices. … more

Right-to-Work Problems in Teacher Contracts

A quarter contain questionable union dues language. … more

Supreme Court Ends Dues Skim

Center filed two amicus briefs in case. … more

Center Asks State to Rescind Alcohol Rule

'Government-facilitated price collusion.' … more

AugustOptOut.org Unveiled for MEA Members

Help for those wishing to resign from the union. … more

Center Requests New MERC Rule

Public-sector union resignation process streamlined. … more

Track Detroit Bailout on VoteSpotter

Instant updates on multi-bill package. … more

Teamsters Drop Suit Against MCLF Clients

Union also agrees to pay MCLF legal fees. … more

Voters Weigh in on Minimum Wage Hike

Would hurt family businesses and tipped workers. … more

Reitz Joins Statewide Transparency Group

Michigan Coalition for Open Government. … more

GOP Voters Oppose Detroit Bailout

New public opinion poll released. … more

Michigan Education Association Gives Up Fight

MEA drops fight against unfair labor practice complaints. … more

New Survey of School Union Contracts

Districts still bargaining over prohibited subjects. … more

Lawsuit Filed Against MEA

Union threatens 8,000 educators over unpaid dues. … more

New Tobacco Smuggling Data

Michigan remains 10th nationally. … more

School Privatization Survey Released

Numbers hit all-time high. … more

Gov. Snyder's 2014 State of the State Address

Proposes six expansions, two limitations of government. … more

Highland Park Charter District

Policy brief, documentary show improvements. … more

Teamsters Abandon Anti-RTW Policy

MCLF sued on behalf of Dearborn employees. … more

MEA Accused of Unfair Labor Practices

Eight teachers file at MERC over right-to-work. … more

Benefits out of Balance

Public sector outpaces private sector by $5.8B. … more

SEIU Case Appealed

Dues skim victims should get money back. … more

Study: Top-to-Bottom Rankings Flawed

Schools penalized for serving low-income students. … more

Center Involved in Supreme Court Case

Forced unionization schemes under review. … more

Lehman Honored with Roe Award

Recognizes dedication to free-market principles. … more

Center Files FOIA Lawsuit

City of Westland fees illegal, exorbitant. … more

House Passes Flawed Medicaid Expansion

'An exceptionally cynical exercise.' … more

Press Release: RTW Laws Increase Economic Growth

New study examines six decades of data. … more

Press Release: Medicaid Waivers a Risky Proposal

Waivers are temporary, but expansion is permanent … more

Press Release: Teamsters Discriminate Against Workers

Lawsuit filed in Wayne County Circuit Court. … more

Study: New CAP Report Card for Young Students

How did your kid's school rank? … more

Study: Don’t Overlook Medicaid’s Flaws

Expansion would cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. … more

Michigan Should Look to Florida to Improve Public Education

New study contains six specific policy recommendations. … more

Poll: Underwhelming Support for Medicaid Expansion

Only half of active voters favor expansion. … more

MCLF Files Suit on Behalf of Taylor Teachers

Three Taylor teachers object to forced dues extension. … more

New Right-to-Work Website Now Available

Includes sample opt-out letter for those who want to resign union membership. … more

Superintendent Compensation Database

Searchable database now available online. … more

An Open Letter to Sen. Gretchen Whitmer

Lindsey Dodge takes a different view of women and RTW. … more

The False Social Concerns About Right-to-Work

Poverty, lack of insurance not higher in right-to-work states. … more

Michigan Is a Right-to-Work State

Center experts a leading voice in Michigan, nationwide, in promoting worker freedom for more than 20 years. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Right-to-work legislation introduced, requested public charter school moves forward, school tax revenues approved for Red Wings … more

Gov. Snyder Announces Right-to-Work Bills

Worker freedom on the horizon for Michigan. … more

All Five Constitutional Amendments Defeated

Emergency manager law repealed. … more

Prop 5: Lower Taxes, More Growth

Tax limitation would still allow for reform. … more

MPA and Mackinac Joint Statement on FOIA, Prop 2

Prop 2 dangerous to citizens' "right to know" … more

Proposal 1: Not About Local Control

"Local control is always at risk when cities go bankrupt." … more

View an easy-to-follow grid of the all the ballot proposals … more

Merit Pay: 80 Percent of Public Schools Shirk Law

Most union contracts refuse to reward good teaching … more

Proposal 4: Forced Unionization of Home-Based Caregivers

‘Dubious arrangement for the sole purpose of allowing the SEIU to pad its political coffers’ … more

Study: Prop 2 Would Shield Unions, Cost the Public

Center analysts estimate at least $1.6 billion in taxpayer savings lost annually  … more

Prop 3 Could Cost 10,540 Michigan Jobs, Says Study

Study considers investment and costs of the ‘25 x 25’ proposal; effect of current 10 percent standard also estimated … more

Roscommon Teachers Decertify From the MEA

Local union will continue to negotiate with district. … more

State Supreme Court Approves POJA

Voters face tough decision on radical union proposal. … more

Justices Wrongly Pressured on Union Proposal

Court of Appeals approves 'Protect Our Jobs'; backers try to bully Supreme Court justices ahead of final decision. … more

School Privatization Survey 2012

61 percent of districts now contract out for one of three main support services. … more

Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card Released!

New study provides a measure of schools' student test scores adjusted for student poverty levels. … more

Signatures Submitted in Home Health Scheme

Ballot initiative seeks to continue dues skim. … more

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