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Detroit Mom: Detroit Public Schools Were "Going Down" To Me

Tamika Harrison bounced from school to school growing up in the Detroit Public Schools. The experience contributed to her dropping out and later getting her GED. She is now turning to charter schools to spare her son the same experience. … more

Family Believes Charters and Choice are Tickets to Success

The Hesters attended Detroit public schools and believe now as parents, families need to have buy-in to make school a success for their children. Upon research, they found a charter that best suits their needs and their daughters are excelling. … more

Detroit Mom Bypasses Neighborhood School in Favor of Charter

Toya Putnam lives next to a Detroit Public school but chooses to send her 7 year to Connor Creek, a charter school, miles away. She said she was attracted to the curriculum, smaller class sizes and individual attention. … more

The School Choice Difference for One Detroit Area Family

Danielle Henderson grew up attending Detroit Public Schools. She felt unprepared for college and didn’t want her son to have the same experience. She values school choice. She wants her son to reach his potential and likes the fact that she can research schools to see if there is a better fit. Without charters, she says she’d be stuck. “I can’t afford private school,” she says. … more

Grandfather's Message to Lansing: Let Charters Flourish

Cory Hughes has five children and five grandchildren. He has seen charter school success through two generations. He addresses criticisms of charters including lack of transparency, for-profit management companies and too much “shopping around” for parents to find the right school. … more

Detroit Area Children Thrive in Charter School

Jocelyn wanted her granddaughters to have a better school experience than the one she remembers when she moved her family to Detroit 17 years ago. Jocelyn and her daughter, Janine discuss freedom of choice and how it’s reminiscent of the 1965 Voting Rights Movement. … more

Detroit Area Mom says Parents Know What's Best for their Kids

LaTanya Dorsey thought she had to send her daughter to the neighborhood public school that was assigned to her address. When she learned she had a choice, she looked for a school with a positive environment and found one at a charter academy. … more

Charter School Struggles to Purchase Building from Traditional Public School

After months of pressure, the Saginaw Public Schools Board agreed to sell an unused building to a successful charter school in the city. The video shows the weeks of wrangling Francis Reh Academy endured. … more

Mackinac Center Labor Expert Testifies in Wisconsin about Right-to-Work

F. Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor policy at the Mackinac Center, testifies on the value of worker freedom. … more

The (Lack of) Value of the MEDC

Mackinac Center for Public Policy Senior Legislative Analyst Jack McHugh testified before the Michigan House Tax Policy Committee on the questionable value of tax subsidies and economic development programs. … more

Wind Energy in Michigan

Events were held on the same day dealing with wind energy in Michigan by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Informed Citizens Coalition (IICC). … more

Michigan Celebrates School Choice

Students from around the state flooded into the capitol to share how school choice has made a difference in their lives. … more

Republican and Democrat Against Forfeiture

Michigan Republicans and Democrats find common ground in reforming civil asset forfeiture by demanding more transparency from government when claiming personal property. … more

Property Seized, Money Taken - No Charges Filed

Police seize assets of Michigan residents who have not been charged with crimes. One man was told he could get his belongings back for a price. Another had his bank accounts frozen and was unable to pay bills. He also lost property he called "auctionable." Last year, law enforcement raised over $20,000,000 from seizing personal property. … more

Unionization for the 21st Century

How new models can help unions attract members and better serve workers. Read the study by clicking here… more

Star International Academy: CAP Success Story

Star International Academy is the highest ranked high school in Michigan on the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's Contest and Performance report card for both 2014 and 2012. The study and a database of every school in the state can be found at www.Mackinac.org/CAP… more

Will Net Neutrality Save the Internet?

Advocates say that "Net Neutrality" will "save the Internet." But does the Internet need saving? … more

Dan Gilbert and Mark Cuban on Direct Tesla Sales

Dan Gilbert, Quicken Loans CEO, wants to know what Mark Cuban thinks about Michigan's bill banning direct Tesla sales. … more

How to End the Public-Sector Pension Crisis

"Optimistic scenario: it's $1 trillion in unfunded liabilities," says Adrian Moore, vice president of policy at Reason Foundation about public-sector pensions at the state, county, and local levels. "More realistic scenario: You're looking at $2 trillion to $4 trillion in unfunded liabilities. That's a huge debt." … more

Term Limits Coming to Your Neighborhood?

Two women have hit the trail trying to get term limits passed in the city of Grand Rapids. Their efforts could be a barometer of public sentiment as some Lansing politicians discuss the merits of eliminating term limits for state lawmakers. … more

Michigan Teacher Illegally Forced to Pay for Union Business

Adam Neuman was not afraid to put his life on the line; he's certainly not afraid of union bullying. He fought for freedom overseas, and he simply wants to exercise it back home. But the Brighton Education Association and his school district are violating his rights. … more

MCPP@Work Audrey Spalding

Mackinac Center for Public Policy Director of Education Policy Audrey Spalding describes her latest study on right-to-work law violations in public school contracts and suggests why districts and unions are ignoring the law. … more

MEA Calls Teachers "Freeloaders," but Won't Let Them Free

Steve Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association, calls teachers who don't want to financially support the MEA "freeloaders." However, MEA leadership wants to continue to represent those who do not want to pay and refuses to allow teachers to represent themselves. … more

$40 Million Silver Line Bus Line vs. the Car

Can Michigan's first "rapid transit bus" beat a car on the same route? Or, beat an existing bus route? The results may surprise you. … more

Uber Wars: How D.C.Tried to Kill a Great New Ride Technology

Like most powerful innovations, Uber disrupts the status quo by competing with established business interests. In Washington, D.C., the service was an instant hit with city residents - and almost as quickly found itself at odds with D.C.'s powerful taxi lobby and its allies on the city council.  … more

How Minimum Wage Laws Harm Teenage Unemployment

Central Michigan University economist Jason Taylor explains how raising the minimum wage will hurt teen workers trying to find their first job. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity." … more

How Minimum Wage Laws Harm Local Economies

Northern Michigan University economist Hugo Eyzaguirre discusses how raising the minimum wage will hurt emerging local economies. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity." … more

How Minimum Wage Laws Harm Low-Income Wage Earners

Stonehill College economist Sean Mulholland discusses how the minimum wage is a poorly targeted tool to help low-income earners. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity." … more

Jazz and Civil Society

The Detroit International Jazz Festival brings together music and charitable giving. Read more about this "spontaneous order" by clicking here: http://www.mackinac.org/7885 … more

How Minimum Wage Laws Harm Minorities

St. Lawrence University economist Steven Horwitz discusses how the minimum wage was used to block immigrants from taking scarce jobs during the depression era. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity." … more

MCPP@work, August Opt Opt with F. Vincent Vernuccio

The Michigan Education Association says members may leave only in the month of August. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has set up www.AugustOptOut.org to help inform MEA members of their rights. … more

Why We Left the Michigan Education Association

Teachers describe why they left the MEA and what impact it has had on their working conditions. The MEA says the only time members may leave is in the month of August. www.AugustOptOut.com … more

MCPP@Work Hohman

Meet James Hohman, Assistant Director of Fiscal Policy at the Mackinac Center. James discusses his latest project, an analysis of Proposal 1, the proposal on personal property tax reform that will appear on the August 5th ballot. Read more about Proposal 1 here: http://www.mackinac.org/20246 … more

PSA: Educational Choice Now

A new public service announcement called “Educational Choice Now” features NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, the WNBA’s Lisa Leslie, the NBA’s Jalen Rose, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Lou Gossett, Jr., Vivica Fox, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Laila Ali, Mary Millben, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Christian artists “Mary, Mary.”  … more

How Minimum Wage Laws Harm Income Mobility

Ohio State University economist Todd Nesbitt discusses how increasing the minimum wage makes it less attractive for low wage earners to want to invest in education and job training. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity." … more

How Minimum Wage Laws Harm Mom and Pop Shops

Northern Michigan University economist Tawni Hunt Ferrarini discusses how increasing the minimum wage hurts Mom and Pop businesses. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity." … more

How Minimum Wages Lead To Job Discrimination

Alma College economist Feler Bose describes how racist employers are helped by raising the minimum wage. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity." … more

How Minimum Wage Laws Harm The Poor

Duquesne University economist Antony Davies talks about the Catch-22 in the job market and how the minimum wage is responsible for it. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity." … more

MCPP At Work: Evaluating Harris v. Quinn

Mackinac Center for Public Policy senior attorney Derk Wilcox explains an important case the Supreme Court is currently considering. … more

Eat the Rich

Take all of the profits, salaries and assets of the rich and liquidate them and the United States would barely pay one year of current deficits. Prosperity must be built up in order to overcome deficits. Earning potential is infinite, Bill Whittle explains, but the destructive power of taxes is all too real and will bring us to a finite zero. … more

Milton Friedman - Redistribution of Wealth

Milton Friedman clears up misconceptions about wealth redistribution, in general, and inheritance tax, in particular. … more

Everything's Amazing and Nobody's Happy

People tend to think the world is much worse off than it actually is. Bad news gets a lot more attention than good news. Professor Bryan Caplan calls this "Pessimistic Bias," and argues that it affects the policies people vote for. Despite the amazing economic gains of the past 100 years and even the past decade, most people are under the impression that things are just getting worse. But Prof. Caplan argues that even with all the tough problems in the world, there is reason for optimism; contrary to most people's expectations, he contends that the best is yet to come. … more

Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams On the Minimum Wage

Minimum wage laws have been an effective means of creating unemployment and protecting unions from unskilled competition. … more

Overpopulation is a Myth

"Are we asking the right questions, or are we still in this old mindset where we think it's all about overpopulation? Because it's not," says Jessica Yu, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind the new documentary Misconception. … more

The Detroit Bailout 'Grand Bargain'

Mackinac Center Director of Fiscal Policy Michael LaFaive talks about bailing out Detroit, selling a Detroit Institute of Arts painting, taxpayers being on the hook for Detroit's mismanagement and where Michigan tax dollars could be better used. … more

Why Does 1% of History Have 99% of the Wealth?

Throughout the history of the world, the average person on earth has been extremely poor: subsisting on the modern equivalent of $3 per day. This was true until 1800, at which point average wages—and standards of living—began to rise dramatically. Prof. Deirdre McCloskey explains how this tremendous increase in wealth came about.  … more

From Detroit To The Ivy League: One Student's Journey

Meet Daniel Felix, the valedictorian for Detroit's Cesar Chavez Academy and his winning formula for success: inter-drive, strong family values, school choice.  … more

VoteSpotter: The Easiest Way to Spot an Important Vote

Michigan legislators vote on hundreds of bills every year. Keeping track of them can seem like a full-time job.

Not any more. VoteSpotter alerts you to important votes, but it doesn't stop there. You can vote on their vote, let them know if you agree or disagree, and share your views on social media. It's the easiest way to spot an important vote.

Click here to download now for Apple or Android! … more

EconPop - The Economics of Dallas Buyers Club

In this premiere episode of EconPop, Andrew discusses the economics of Academy Award winner Dallas Buyers Club. Subjects include public health and safety regulations, crony capitalism and the role of regulatory capture, the emergence of black and grey markets, and commercial exchange as a means for increased social tolerance. … more

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Tamika Harrison bounced from school to school growing up in the Detroit Public Schools. The experience contributed to her dropping out and later getting her GED. She is now turning to charter schools to spare her son the same experience.

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