Mackinac Center in the News

Focus on the Day Care

Focus on the Family's weekend news program highlighted the Mackinac Center's legal fight against the DHS's forced unionization of 40,000 day care providers in Michigan.
Mackinac Center President Joseph Lehman was interviewed for the segment. He commented:
[U]nion and government officials ... got together and said, "You know, there's a $300 million day care subsidy that's flowing from government to day care providers, and we wanna grab a chunk of that." ... So they concocted a way to siphon off $3.7 million a year from that day care subsidy.
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The Court of Public Opinion

The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation's suit against the DHS continues to draw national attention. … more

Balancing Their Problems on Our Backs

The governor and Legislature won't cut their overspending crisis, so Michael LaFaive asks them what part of our own family budgets should we cut to satisfy their thirst for more taxes. … more

The Mitten State Waves Goodbye

Census Bureau figures released today continue to confirm the damaging impact of bad public policy on Michigan this decade. … more

Public School Funding, Consolidation Discussed

Michigan's public school funding continues to draw attention. … more

Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Case Proceeding

The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation is awaiting the next step in its lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Human Services. … more

Are Schools Underfunded?

Here is a new resource that Michael Van Beek, director of education policy, put together to help people better understand the issue. … more

Expenses Consume Prop A Funding Increases

Personnel costs are responsible for public school budget problems. … more

Story on Film Subsidies Ignores the Full Picture

A report at indicates an increase in the number of hotel room rentals in the Ann Arbor area and credits the Michigan film subsidy, but the story fails to mention any impact on hotels - or other businesses - throughout the rest of Michigan that pay taxes to fund the subsidy. … more

School District Consolidation Talk in Lansing

A Detroit Free Press story today on school district consolidation cites a Mackinac Center study on the issue from 2007. … more

Littmann: Michigan Can Recover

Despite its myriad problems, Michigan is a place of "opportunity," David Littmann, the Center's senior economist, tells The Washington Examiner today. … more

David Littmann Discusses Michigan's Unemployment

Littmann: Prediction still valid. … more

Ethanol and HSAs Explained

Center scholars address two issues of the day. … more

Two More Ideas for Fixing Michigan

The anatomy of change. … more

Government Lobbying on the Rise

Government lobbying government: A wise expenditure? … more

MEDC Subsidies Questioned

Another Michigan Economic Development Corp. tax subsidy has come under fire. … more

House Bill 5319 Attacks Private Property Rights

Property owners should expect to be able to use groundwater under their own land without state interference. … more

Ethanol Subsidies Create Problems

Russ Harding's Op-Ed in The New York Times addresses the faults of ethanol subsidies. … more

'Climategate' Raises Questions About Money in Science

Russ Harding explains how money may impact research on global warming. … more

The Overton Window Opens to Another Audience

Joseph G. Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center, discussed the Overton Window on Detroit's WDET Public Radio today. … more

Center Scholars Cited on Economy, Environment, Education and More

Mackinac Center expertise on display. … more

Center Cited in Detroit, Grand Rapids

The Center's work on prevailing wage and government employee benefits was featured in two of the state's largest newspapers Sunday. … more

MEDC-SEIU Arrangement Still Raising Questions

Paul Kersey discusses MEDC-SEIU deal on Frank Beckmann's show. … more

Center Scholars Discuss Dollar, State Spending

Two center scholars were recently called upon for their expertise. … more

LaFaive 'Has Plenty of Ideas,' According to NRO

John Hood at National Review Online yesterday called Michigan the "epicenter of the fiscal earthquake," referring to the overspending crisis created by Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the Legislature. … more

Will Michigan Sit Out This Race?

A Detroit Examiner columnist Friday cited Michael Van Beek, the Center's director of education policy, on Michigan's refusal to pursue school reforms that could help the state secure federal funding. … more

The First Raindrops Fall

A Mackinac Center July Viewpoint was prescient, to say the least. … more

Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling

A study co-authored almost a year ago by Michael D. LaFaive, director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative at the Center, continues to garner media attention. … more

Data Mining

A look at mining issues and water regulation. … more

Epic FOIA Bill Provides Amusement

Politico's Ben Smith passed along the story about the $7 million fee the Michigan Department of State Police would charge to fulfill the Mackinac Center's Freedom of Information Act request. … more

Demanding More Transparency in Government

A Bay City Times editorial enthusiastically echoed the Mackinac Center's rallying cry for government transparency: "Show Michigan the Money." The Times goes on to ask, "Why not require [public posting of financial information] of all agencies and governments that receive taxpayer money? It’s the public’s money they are pending, [sic] and taxpayers have the right to see where it is going." … more

Center Ideas Featured in Detroit News

How to Fix Michigan. … more

Mackinac Center Cited in Wall Street Journal

In a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, Shikha Dalmia cited the Mackinac Center's recent finding that Michigan's public-sector employees annually receive $5.7 billion more in benefits than their private-sector counterparts. … more

Russ Harding on WMKT

Russ Harding discusses property rights in Traverse City. … more

Reed Cited on Free Speech and Elections

Lawrence W. Reed cited in The Detroit News, Investors Business Daily. … more

Russ Harding on WTCM

Russ Harding, director of the Property Rights Network at the Mackinac Center, was a guest today on "The Norm Jones Show" on WTCM in Traverse City. … more

Getting Money, Saving Money

Mackinac Center media coverage today includes ... … more

New Client for Mackinac Center Legal Foundation

A new client who is part of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation's lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Human Services is featured in The Flint Journal today. … more

Columnist Cites Michael Van Beek on School Consolidation

A Kalamazoo Gazette columnist Saturday cited Michael Van Beek, director of education policy, on a recent Current Comment he wrote about school district consolidation. … more

Michigan Messenger: Kersey Correct

A reporter with The Michigan Messenger contacted two college professors in response to an Op-Ed that Paul Kersey, labor policy director, wrote for The Detroit News. … more

Michael LaFaive Rebuttal in Detroit News

Michael LaFaive, director of fiscal policy, responded today to a Detroit News story that distorted information contained in a recent policy brief written by Gary Wolfram, Ph.D., a Hillsdale College professor and Mackinac Center adjunct scholar. … more

Coverage of Michael Tanner Speech at Northwood

A speech on health care reform at Northwood University last night sponsored by Students for a Free Economy was covered by WEYI-TV25 and the Midland Daily News… more

Reed Receives JA Honor

Lawrence W. Reed, president emeritus of the Mackinac Center, will be inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Wednesday night, according to the Midland Daily News. … more

Mackinac Center Forum on Health Care Coverage

A public forum about Canadian health care hosted Monday by the Mackinac Center was covered by Reporting Michigan. … more

Center Media Highlights

Transparency, spending, health care and the state’s budget process were the topics of several media stories involving the Mackinac Center in the last few days. … more

Shanghai Surprise: The Unionization of Home Day Care Providers

Michelle Malkin said it best when she said, "The Culture of Corruption has never hit so close to home." The prominent author, blogger and commentator was referring in a recent blog post to a shady scheme to shanghai Michigan's home day care providers into a newly-formed, dues-paying labor union. Last month, the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation exposed this scheme in its first lawsuit, Loar v. DHS… more

Center Cited on Prevailing Wage

Frank Beckmann, host of “The Frank Beckmann Show” on WJR AM760, cited the Mackinac Center in his weekly Detroit News column today. … more

Mackinac Center in the News

A roundup of recent Mackinac Center media citations. … more

Mackinac Center in the Media

Cigarette smuggling and student achievement drew two recent media mentions for Mackinac Center scholars. … more

Center's Legal Foundation Cited

Another home-based day care owner forced into a union has been highlighted by the media… more

Center Cited on Jobs (or Lack Thereof)

A new study by the Center's Michael LaFaive, director of fiscal policy, and James Hohman, fiscal research analyst, figured prominently in media coverage across Michigan Sunday and today highlighting Michigan's inability to create jobs, despite various programs, subsidies and other give-aways. … more

Center MEDC Study in National Spotlight

A recently released Mackinac Center study about the ineffectiveness of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. is receiving state and national media attention… more

Labor Issues Highlight Center Media Coverage

Labor issues, including Michigan's Public Employee Relations Act and a lawsuit over forced union dues have been the focal point of the Mackinac Center's media coverage this week. … more

Legislature Adopts Center's Quest for Transparency

The Legislature has agreed to request greater transparency from Michigan's public school districts, adopting a cause the Mackinac Center first took up more than 18 months ago, according to The Grand Rapids Press… more

Roadmap to Nowhere

Last week, while Michiganders shivered through more subnormal temperatures and watched their crop yields freeze from a summer of too-cool weather, a green echo chamber of media, government bureaucrats and activists gathered for a Midwest Governor's Association (MGA) conference in downtown Detroit to draw a "Midwestern Energy Security and Climate Stewardship Roadmap" to help Michigan navigate around . . . global warming. … more

Mackinac Center in the News

Mackinac Center scholars were cited in four different newspapers - including one from North Carolina - on four different topics Friday, Sunday and today. … more

Center Cited on Teacher Pay

WJR's Paul W. Smith mentioned the Mackinac Center and policy analyst Ken Braun's analysis of public school teachers’ salaries during a radio interview of Nolan Finley of the Detroit News. (audio… more

Mackinac Center in the News

The Mackinac Center has been cited in various media outlets in the past few days. … more

Center Cited on Teacher Pay

Research by Policy Analyst Ken Braun was highlighted in a column by Nolan Finley in today's Detroit News. … more

Center Op-Ed on Nanny State

An Op-Ed by Communications Director Michael D. Jahr and Assistant Editor Hannah K. Mead was published in today's Midland Daily News. … more

Center Cited on State Budget

The Mackinac Center was cited today by World Magazine in a story about the Michigan Legislature's failure to balance the fiscal 2010 budget and its self-created $2.8 billion overspending crisis. … more

How Will They Solve the Budget Dilemma?

Mackinac Center analysts were cited in two Detroit-area newspapers today about how Michigan can address its current financial difficulties. … more

2007 Redux

Jack McHugh, senior legislative analyst, is quoted in a Detroit News article today about Michigan's budget negotiations and the possibility of a government shutdown if a balanced budget is not passed by midnight tomorrow. … more

Center Op-Eds in Detroit-area Newspapers

Op-Eds by two Mackinac Center authors were recently featured in the Dearborn Times-Herald. … more

Michael LaFaive Cited on Tax Hikes

Michael LaFaive, director of the Mackinac Center's Morey Fiscal Policy, was cited in today's Lansing State Journal in a story about the public's disinterest in tax hikes. The Michigan Legislature currently faces a self-created $2.8 billion overspending crisis and has until midnight Wednesday to eliminate it and pass a balanced fiscal year 2010 budget. The Legislature passed $1.4 billion in tax hikes in 2007 to balance the state budget, since which time Michigan's unemployment rate has doubled. … more

USA Today Cites Center MEDC Research

USA Today cited a recent Mackinac Center study showing that just one-third of jobs promised by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. have come to fruition. … more

School Privatization Can Offset Budget Cuts

An Op-Ed by the Center's James Hohman and Eric Imhoff in today's Detroit News highlights the millions of dollars public schools can save by privatizing noninstructional services. … more

Harding Discusses Cap-and-Trade

Russ Harding, Mackinac Center senior environmental analyst, discussed cap-and-trade and other energy issues in Oakland County recently. … more

Center Cited on Transparency

The Mackinac Center's ongoing efforts to get public schools, municipalities and legislators to post spending online for public inspection was highlighted by WEYI-TV25 today. … more

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