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Union Contracts Stand in the Way of the Best Teachers Making $100,000

A news story posted on Michigan Radio's website reports that more and more U.S. teachers make $100,000 a year. The best teachers should make $100,000 plus a year. But that's not a reality in Michigan, and union contracts are a big reason why. … more

Since When is 1 Percent of Anything Considered 'Massive'?

The Center For Michigan’s Bridge magazine described this state’s farming industry as “massive.” Many times the media underestimates just how diverse Michigan’s economy really is while also exaggerating the role of agriculture.  … more

Teacher Job Openings Attract High Number of Applicants

Detroit News opinion editor Nolan Finley wrote that the teaching profession is falling out of fashion. Yet, school districts are getting dozens and dozens of applications for many jobs. … more

Despite Billions More in Spending, Democrat Says GOP is Trying to Dramatically Reduce Budget

Rep. Jim Townsend, D-Royal Oak, wrote an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press recently where he claimed some Republicans are out to cut the state budget. The Senate Fiscal Agency says if that's the case, those Republicans have failed big time. The state is spending billions more than when they took control of both houses of the Legislature. … more

Earmarking Increasing Government Revenue to Roads a Good Idea

MLive columnist Susan Demas is angry over a House-passed proposal to earmark $600 million of state income tax receipts each year to road repairs by 2021. But revenue collections are projected to rise more than $700 million next year alone. If tax collections keep increasing at that rate, state revenues will be pushing $32 billion by the time the House road plan is fully implemented in the 2021-22 fiscal year. … more

Hit the Road, Jack! Columnist's Pitch to Close All Charter Schools Hurts Kids

Michigan Radio columnist Jack Lessenberry called for all charter schools to be closed. If that were to ever happen, it would force low-income kids out of excellent charter schools and into sub par conventional schools. … more

More School Districts Paying Their Bills Without Debt

MLive columnist Tim Skubick said that school districts in debt are not alone in this state. But it should be noted the number of Michigan public school districts that had to borrow to cover regular expenses (“in deficit”) is at a six-year low at 36. This is down from 55 in June of 2013.  … more

Big Spenders Relax: Projected Revenue Growth Easily Covers Road Fix Earmarks

Bottom line – revenues from Michigan's major taxes are expected to increase more than $920 million next year alone. So there's enough money for the $600 million a year politicians plan to take from the growing tax revenues to spend to fix roads. … more

Teacher Shortage? East Lansing Teaching Job Gets 96 Applicants

East Lansing Public Schools announced it had a teaching position open at MacDonald Middle School and it attracted 96 applicants. Many public school officials are saying there is a teacher shortage. You won't see it judging by the number of people applying for teaching jobs around the state. … more

Michigan Won't Be Blown Away By Renewable Energy Jobs

Michigan's push to use renewable energy has cost $3 billion and generated about 8,200 jobs. How much does 8,200 plus jobs mean to Michigan's economy? The state adds and loses a combined 400,000 jobs a quarter. … more

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Ted Nelson is a retired Michigan State Police officer who trained police departments throughout the state on civil asset forfeiture. He believes the practice has been misused and needs to change.

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