Features and Highlights

Center Suing Kent-Area School Districts, Unions

Suit seeks to purge illegal “no-privatization” contract language. … more

Full Court Press

Legal Foundation appeals day care unionization case to the Michigan Supreme Court. … more

A World of Questions

GlobalWatt MEGA deal investigated. … more

Free Advice

L. Brooks Patterson on what Michigan's next governor should do. … more

State Pension Plans Exceed Private Sector

New study examines disparity between public- and private-sector benefits.  … more

Unity Studios: Unhappy Ending

The glitter of Hollywood has left Allen Park taxpayers with overpriced real estate.  … more

Appeals Court Dismisses Day Care Union Case

Forced unionization case dismissed without explanation a fourth time. … more

Virtual Learning

Experts discuss the benefits and future of online learning. … more

School Privatization up 8 Percent

Almost half of Michigan public school districts now contract out for one of three main noninstructional services.  … more

Flight Fight

New flight restrictions ground local pilots. … more

Plagiarism in MSU's School Consolidation Report?

A study published by Michigan State University’s Education Policy Center appears to contain plagiarized material. … more

The Foundation Allowance Myth

Watch the video, and read more about school funding myths. … more

Granholm Admits Role in Day Care Unionization

The governor boasted in 2008 about the forced unionization. … more

The Class Size Myth

The latest in an ongoing series on school funding myths.

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Knockout Punch

Michigan Education Association "punching bag" ads fail a Truth-o-Meter… more

The Overton Window

Our newly designed page explains the late Joe Overton's model of how ideas shape politics. … more

A Tale of Two Counties

Public-sector collective bargaining makes the difference. … more

Will It Fly?

Journalists keep probing the Hangar42 Studios subsidy deal. … more

'Lay Off!'

The MEDC wants critics to stop pointing out its failures. … more

News Release: State Ducks Central Question in Day Care Case

The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation replies to the DHS' meager brief. … more

What Michigan Gets Right

State laws that work.  … more

News Release: Overturn Ruling That 'Guts' FOIA

The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation and the Michigan Press Association file a joint amicus brief. … more

Power Pellets!

Who wins funding battles among school employee groups? … more

Cap-and-Trade and Michigan's Economy

Watch the video from Margo Thorning's presentation. … more

The Plot Thickens

The latest on the day care union scheme: revealing e-mails, a web of connections and a zombie agency.

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Dot-to-Dot

The emerging picture on the day care unionization scheme may include Lt. Gov. John Cherry. … more

And Cut!

Since the enactment of the film incentive, Michigan movie employment has dropped nearly 10 percent.

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A Taxing Calculation

Don't add to Michigan's already growing tax burden. … more

Peaceably to Assemble

Sights and sounds of the April 15 Tea Party protest at the state Capitol. (2:04) … more

Ken Braun on WMKT Radio

In this April 15 interview, the editor of the Mackinac Center's Michigan Capitol Confidential discusses how to effect policy change. Click the arrow. Time: 5:17.
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Borrowing Trouble

HB 5963 would punish fiscally responsible school districts. … more

Sherry Loar on WJR Radio

A plaintiff in the Mackinac Center's lawsuit tells her story in this compelling interview. Click the arrow. Time: 10:10.
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Nobody's Servant

Public employees make more than private-sector workers. … more

More Schools Post Spending

Kent County districts, others, report checkbooks now online. … more

Control Pitcher

School districts could use a Little League coach's advice. … more

Legislature Zeroes Budget, MHBCCC Somehow Lingers

State executive agencies fail to respond to queries concerning the source of the MHBCCC's funding. … more

Center's Michael LaFaive Decries Governor's Tax Hike Proposals

The total proposed spending for next year is $2.1 billion higher than in the current fiscal year’s budget. … more

'This Is Shocking'

Rush Limbaugh discusses day care story. … more

News Release: Michael Moore's Anti-Greed Film Subsidized by Taxpayers

Moore now benefits from a program he once seemed to criticize. … more

News Release: Court Decision Undermines FOIA

Court of Appeals ruling regarding e-mails decreases transparency.  … more

The Overton Window

An explanation of the influential idea developed by late Mackinac Center Vice President Joseph Overton and popularized by Fox News' Glenn Beck. … more

News Release: Insurance Data Online

Health insurance data for school employees now available. … more

News Release: MSP Misses FOIA Deadlines

The Michigan State Police has missed the legal deadlines on two FOIA requests from the Center about how public monies are spent.  … more

The Overton Window

An explanation of the influential idea developed by late Mackinac Center Vice President Joseph Overton and popularized by Fox News' Glenn Beck. … more

101 Recommendations to
Revitalize Michigan

A compendium of policy ideas. … more

Eight Is a Start

Gov. Granholm and the Mackinac Center agree on eight state budget reforms. Now what about the Legislature? … more

Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling

High cigarette taxes can be hazardous to public health.  … more

Leveling the Playing Field

Charter schools can remain union-free. … more

Lock Step

Pay steps for teachers should be reconsidered.  … more

Playing Favorites

Targeted tax breaks and subsidies have not helped Michigan.  … more

Solid Foundation

Center Legal Foundation sues DHS over forced unionization.  … more

Fit to Print?

Lawrence W. Reed looks at media bias.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Brighton insurance, property values down. … more

Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Sues DHS

The Mackinac Center announces the launch of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation with the filing of Loar v. DHS, a case involving the bogus unionization of home-based day care providers. … more

Who Cares?

Do bureaucrats really care about your health?  … more

Garbage In, Garbage Out

Faulty data can lead to false assumptions.  … more

Run for the Border

Problems with Canada's single-payer health care deserve attention.  … more

Perils of PERA

Government employee collective bargaining is failing Michigan.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Drivers stay on, AYP growth, MESSA dispute. … more

School Privatization 2009

More schools are turning to privatization to save money.  … more

News Release: School Privatization Up 5.4 Percent

The Center’s 2009 public school privatization survey shows that 44.6 percent of districts privatize for one of the three main support services — custodial, food or transportation — a 5.4 percent increase over last year.  … more

Sick Numbers

A new MEA study on health care costs gives an incomplete picture.  … more

News Release: Study: Repeal Government Employee Labor Law

A new study from Paul Kersey, Mackinac Center labor policy director, calls for an end to the Michigan Public Employee Relations Act, which he says gives union officials an “effective veto” over local elected officials. … more

Green Jobs, Red Balance Sheets

The push for green jobs will be harmful to Michigan's economy.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Health care, charter growth, picket. … more

Doth Protest Too Little?

Resources for student activists championing liberty.  … more

Train Wreck

Proposals to spend billions on high-speed rail are bad for Michigan.  … more

News Release: MEDC Should Be Eliminated, Study Recommends

The Michigan Economic Development Corp., the state's chief "jobs" department, is ineffective and nontransparent, according to a new Mackinac Center Study.  … more

News Release: NRDC Plan Would Cost Jobs

Mackinac Center environmental analysts said today that policy recommendations by the NRDC would harm Michigan’s economy by relying too much on alternative energy.  … more

Third Place

Getting rid of third-party payment to reform health care.  … more

A Taste of Victory

Ingredients that make for successful school reform.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

MEA criticized, Algebra II, merit pay. … more

Ride 'Em Cowboy

Unions shouldn't treat workers like rodeo animals.  … more

News Release: More Districts Post Checkbooks

Three more school districts, Carman-Ainsworth, Battle Creek Lakeview and Birch Run, have embraced transparency and posted their checkbooks online.  … more

Oh, Canada

Michigan lawmakers play politics with trash.  … more

Rose D. Friedman, RIP

Her lasting legacy to freedom and liberty.  … more

Ballot Unmeasure

New ballot proposals do more harm to Michigan's business image.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Parents sue, bonus pay, jail threat. … more

Lighten Up

A very different approach to the smoking ban debate. … more

News Release: Film Incentive Possible Job Killer

Despite a State Capitol rally today, the true impact of the Michigan Film Incentive would most likely show it to be a job killer, were the actual costs properly analyzed.  … more

School Daze

Quality teachers, not longer school years, will benefit students.  … more

News Release: Center Posts Union Contracts

The Mackinac Center today updated its ‘Michigan School Databases’ with hundreds of new collective bargaining agreements from public schools statewide.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

College-ready, November votes, stimulus flexibility. … more

Summer Reading List

Mackinac Center offerings provide summer and year-round reading enjoyment.  … more

Follow the Leader?

Michigan should not follow Massachusetts' example for health care.  … more

Advice … Or Vice?

Michigan government wants to help you do EVERYTHING.  … more

Quality Control

The arbitrary charter school cap harms students.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Health plan, charter cap, building loans. … more

Sunrise, Sunset

Michigan's economic development programs are not transparent enough.  … more

Private Funds

The Refuge looks at how property rights increase prosperity.  … more

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