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Mackinac in the Media

… slow-walk freedom-of-information requests.” As more school districts announced that they would start the 2020-21 school year virtually, some families wanted to use other … necessary by new legislation in Lansing that would spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. Rather …

How The Pandemic Exposed The Need For School Choice

… desperate students out of failing schools by dismantling a constitutional … challenges associated with COVID schooling. The pandemic disrupted school routines, caused many students … disrespected their values. One school year marred by disruptions … state-funded flexible education spending accounts for families of …

The Internet is Too Important for Government to Run

… months, if you couldn’t get online, it meant severe limits on your kids in school, going to work, buying supplies, ordering food or even visiting a medical … broadband business. A new bill, said to be supported by the governor, would spend $400 million in federal funds, designate public entities as internet service …

A Lawyer You Can Love

Mackinac Center’s vice president for legal affairs, Patrick Wright, protects freedom by suing the government

… seven places before I got to high school and settled in Traverse City,” Wright … University, where he graduated from the law school with honors. After a clerkship with … Wright enjoys playing sports and spending time with his family. His wife, Bobbi, … and his sons are students in high school.

Workers for Opportunity Initiative Scores Win in Indiana

… government unions to obtain direct consent from Indiana school employees before dues can be deducted from their … be forced to associate or fund the political spending of a group, business or individual. Thanks to … workers to make their own decisions about how to spend their money, rather than having those decisions …

The Family Man

A profile of the Mackinac Center’s Jim Walker

… passed away from a rare lung disease. His brother was diagnosed as well, spending years being fed by a tube and sleeping in an oxygen tank, and doctors … from people who wanted to help.” A few years later, he was asked to run a school near Dallas, as its chief executive. From there, he served a variety of …

Fighting for Liberty and Playing the Blues

A Profile of Mike Reitz

… foregoing a formal undergraduate degree and working his way through law school. He began working as a legal assistant at the Homeschool Legal Defense … public sector unions must get consent from those they represent before spending agency fees on election-related issues. He also co-authored a book about …

Donor Profile: Dr. Lou and Mary Jane Zako

… parents and a 50-student high school class. Her father joined the … system, all the way from grammar school through college. Thinking … actively working to expand school choice for the most disadvantaged … accountable the teachers unions and school districts that are failing … Harbor Springs community and spend about a quarter of their time …

Budgeting in The Pandemic

… come together to determine state spending, and that is done behind closed doors. … cut $10 billion in biennial state spending. While there was a lot of work done … increase funding for roads and other spending areas like schools and Medicaid. Republican legislators …

Resetting Priorities for 2020

… and churches have been physically disconnected. School buildings and have been shuttered and community … For starters, lawmakers will have less money to spend. Officials expect that the current year’s budget … will have to work quickly to make the painful spending cuts necessary to fulfill their constitutional …