Features and Highlights

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

Songs of Freedom

Students travel to Motown to learn about free markets. … more

Presidential Pardon

A state legislator gets kudos for apologizing.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Saugatuck millage, lunch money, master's pay. … more

News Release: Report: MEGA/MEDC Less Transparent

Fiscal Policy Director Michael LaFaive examines in a 20-page policy brief how MEGA and the MEDC have grown less transparent about their efforts to create and retain jobs.  … more

Tear Down This Wall

DPS should not be walled off from the expectations of other schools.  … more

Pool Party

Pooling school and other public employees for health insurance worth debate.  … more

Bad Idea Doused

State panel votes against mandatory fire sprinklers. … more


Recombining the DEQ and DNR would not help Michigan.  … more

News Release: Township, Schools Embrace Transparency

A small township and two school districts have posted their checkbooks online, but transparency is still lacking in some parts of Michigan.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Health pool, Detroit charters, family hires. … more

Welcome Aboard

The Mackinac Center names new director of education policy. … more

News Release: Michigan Considers Mandatory Fire Sprinklers

The Michigan Building Code Review Committee will consider making fire sprinklers mandatory in new homes, which could impact affordable housing for low-income families. … more

Driven to Tears

Unemployment and moving company data prove Michigan must change. … more

News Release: Latest Figures Demonstrate MEDC Failure

Michigan leads the nation in unemployment, as well as outbound moves for United Van Lines, showing that the Michigan Economic Development Corp. should be eliminated. … more

Bargaining Power

School boards should keep in mind the true nature of teachers unions. … more

Art Attack

The Detroit City Council should focus on more pressing issues than art. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Stimulus decisions, state funding, DPS turnaround. … more

Saving Money Is Dangerous?

What the MEA claims about school privatization.  … more

Big and Bad

The scope and reach of the federal government is too large.  … more

Healthy Debate

HSAs are a good alternative to nationalized health care.  … more

Secret Service

A Center forum on transparency.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Graduation rates, recall challenge, Ypsilanti deficit. … more

Defined Benefits

Government employee benefits in Michigan far outpace the private sector.  … more

News Release: Seven School Districts Post Spending Online

The state’s fourth-largest school district joins 46 others in posting check registers.  … more

Is This Progress?

Bad public policy and the downfall of Detroit.  … more

Independent Thoughts

A new film about Iran and the Fourth of July.  … more

Pop Quiz

Are tax-funded college scholarships necessary?  … more

Michigan Education Digest

Concessions, home-school numbers, DPS bankruptcy. … more

Emphasis on Savings

HSAs for state employees could bring multi-billion dollar savings.  … more

Buy American?

The federal takeover of GM and Chrysler may leave car buyers in a quandary.  … more

High Tide

A look at the debate over Great Lakes water levels.  … more

A Dash of Help

A new 'Right-to-Work Dashboard' shows why Michigan needs this law.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS/U-Prep talks, Whiteford privatization, ISD equity spat. … more

See Through

Government transparency should be the norm, not the exception.  … more

News Release: Center Releases RTW Dashboard

The Mackinac Center today announced its Right-to-Work Dashboard, a new feature that will provide data on several key economic indicators that show how states with right-to-work laws are performing better than Michigan.  … more

Sinking Feeling

House Bill 4313 sidesteps Prop A protections for taxpayers.  … more

News Release: Novi Posts Spending Online

The city of Novi is crediting the Mackinac Center as one inspiration for its decision to post its checkbook register online for public inspection. … more

Film at 11

A report on the Michigan Film Incentive's economic impact should be redone.  … more

Where Do We Go From Here?

Mackinac Center resources can help TEA Party activists move forward. … more

Michigan Education Digest

Fewer retirees, parent-run schools, 170-day mandate. … more

The Long and Winding Road

A step toward fixing failing schools in Michigan.  … more


MichiganScience looks at high school robotics competition winners.  … more

Introducing the 2010 Chrysler Backfire

Why the Chrysler bailout won't work. … more

Middle Management

The MEA's own management-labor difficulties.  … more

Michigan Education Digest

DPS outsourcing, college grad rates, tenure snafu. … more

Eight Is Not Enough

A new Center study defends Gov. Granholm's budget proposals.  … more

Which Way Is Up?

David Littmann discusses fixing Michigan's economy. … more

News Release: Center Defends 8 Granholm Proposals

A new study by Jack McHugh examines eight budget proposals the governor and Center agree on, and asks why the Legislature refuses to act on them. … more

Revolting Regulations

Michigan's regulatory agencies must be held accountable. … more

Planning Behind

Statistics show the MEDC is a total failure and should be eliminated. … more

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