John R. La Plante is an adjunct scholar for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and an education policy fellow with the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy in Wichita, Kansas. In addition to a variety of essays and research projects for the Mackinac Center, he has authored fiscal policy articles for the Thomas Jefferson Institute in Virginia and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. He is a graduate of Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo.

By John R. LaPlante

Private Initiative in a Detroit Neighborhood

Competitive Sourcing on an Individual Basis

Elections Are a Poor Way to Change Schools

Competitive Sourcing on an Individual Basis

Responding to Michigan’s Population Slide

No serious analysis can argue that redistributing the tax burden or putting the state deeper in debt so it can pick winners and losers could possibly make Michigan better off. … more

Right-Sizing Military Infrastructure

Trying Too Hard to Be Cool

Wine Sellers and Protectionism

The Verdict Is In: Private Juries Hold Promise

Tax Cut Stories Miss the Picture

Fewer Students = More Money?

School Board Self-Help

Offshoring State Services Benefits Michigan

Cities Need Less Government, Not More

AFL-CIO Says: Union Rules Hurt Us

DNR Contracts Out Management of Ski Area

Supercenters—And Shoppers—Under Attack

Lock in Savings with Prison Privatization

No Business In Snow Business

Why does the state of Michigan operate a ski area? The state has no business in snow business, and should sell off or contract out this operation. … more

Making Health Care Healthy Again

... if Michigan adopts Vermont-style Medicaid vouchers, and employees take advantage of the new HRA option, Michigan citizens will be able to obtain better insurance at lower cost. … more

Why Energy Conservation Efforts Fail

As the president and Congress debate energy policy, they would be wise to note that while conservation can have some benefits, reducing the total amount of energy we use isn't one of them. … more