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Jack McHugh

Senior Legislative Analyst

Jack McHugh is the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s senior legislative analyst and editor of MichiganVotes.org, a unique Web site that puts the activities of the Michigan Legislature at citizens’ fingertips. Since the site was launched in 2001, McHugh has written or edited concise, plain-English descriptions of every bill, vote and amendment in the state House and Senate: 12,000 bills; 10,000 roll call votes; 8,000 amendments; and 2,400 new laws. These can all be searched and sorted on the MichiganVotes.org Web site.

McHugh’s experience prior to joining the Center is wide and varied. He has been a floor trader in the treasury bond and gold futures “pits” of the Chicago commodity exchanges, writer and real estate developer. He entered the Michigan political and public policy scene in 1994, spending six years as a legislative chief of staff in the House of Representatives.

McHugh has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in political science from Central Michigan University (where he completed two highly relevant research projects, “Analyzing Michigan House Voting Records Using the ‘MichiganVotes.org’ Database” and “Analysis of Appropriations to Michigan’s Public Four-Year Universities, with Recommendations”).

Jack McHugh’s essays on public policy issues have appeared in The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The Grand Rapids Press and many other newspapers. He is also co-author of a book on Midwest mountain bike trails.

Medicaid's Roach Motel Coming to Michigan?

Once we get in, we'll never get out. … more

Michigan Republicans Go Wobbly on Obamacare

June 7, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Votes on National Guard pensions, hunting licenses … more

Yet Another Lansing 'Scaffolding for Plunder?'

Republicans pushing more crony capitalism. … more

May 31, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

House Budget and excess property tax refunds … more

Commentary: State Budget Windfall Invalidates Pension Reform Excuses

May 24, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Bills on wetland use, forest property tax breaks … more

May 17, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Vote Report

Deer hunting, "excess" property tax and Medicaid … more

Commentary: Medicaid Expansion Wrong Even with Reforms

Obamacare vulnerable; there's a better way. … more

Fla. Medicaid: Governor Proposes, House Disposes

Obamacare expansion wilts in Sunshine State. … more

May 3, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Who voted on what in Michigan Legislature. … more

Will Michigan Legislators Add to National Debt?

They will, by $22 billion, if they approve Medicaid expansion. … more

Stop Giving Tax Dollars to Hollywood

Corporate welfare for movies is "economically foolish." … more

April 26, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Who voted on what in Michigan Legislature. … more

EITC 'Improper Payments' Costing Taxpayers

One more reason Michigan should drop program. … more

Ryan to States: Don't Bet on Obama Medicaid Money

Congressman says both parties would break promise. … more

April 19, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Who voted on what in Michigan Legislature. … more

April 12, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Who voted on what in Michigan Legislature. … more

Trust Not in Obamacare Medicaid Promises

Check to states may not be in the mail. … more

Medicaid Expansion Bad Bet for Michigan Taxpayers

April 5, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

March 29, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

I’m Just a Bill

March 22, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

Tax-and-Spend Interests Pushing Medicaid Expansion

Contradictory "bond rating" alert the latest twist. … more

Obamacare Medicaid Expansion a Budget Trap

Other states' records shows projections were far too low. … more

Obamacare Medicaid Expansion a 'Roach Motel?'

States can check in but they can't leave. … more

March 15, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

Medicaid Expansion Costs Michigan Taxpayers

Heritage reports $1.3 billion. … more

March 8, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

Medicaid Expansion: The Decisive Obamacare Battle

Enlarging Medicaid is critical to Obamacare's survival. … more

Legislators Chip Away at Proposal A Property Tax Limits

Cumulative Weekly Roll Call Reports 2013

February 22, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Noteworthy committee hearings and bills of interest. … more

Questions About Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Too many unanswered questions, unforseen consequences. … more

February 8, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Newly introduced Labor Policy bills of interest. … more

Medicaid Expansion: Beware of Obamacare 'Gifts'

If it sounds to good to be true ... … more

Choice Between Two Tax Hikes No Choice At All

Lawmakers need different approach for road funding. … more

Just Say 'No' to Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Bad for the state budget, bad for the Constitution. … more

February 1, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

A focus on transportation funding. … more

January 25, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

A focus on firearms legislation. … more

January 18, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Compilation of significant bills before voting. … more

Collapse of Higher-Ed Bubble Draws Near

Michigan legislators, colleges unprepared for paradigm shift. … more

January 11, 2013, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Introduction of new legislators! … more

Government ‘Authorities’ Run Amok

Politicians Playing Games and Fooling Their Constituents

December 21, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Detroit income taxes, privatized prisons and more! … more

Election RECAP

Numbers Game

Media inflates number of protesters at anti-RTW rally. … more

December 14, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Right-to-work laws, Emergency Managers and more! … more

The Intellectual Firepower Against Right-to-Work

Who's who on right-to-work. … more

December 7, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Right-to-work roll calls, stadium subsidies and more. … more

Follow the Money

No wonder unions are agitated by right-to-work. … more

November 30, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

List of recently proposed bills of interest! … more

Michigan House 'Just Says No' to State Obamacare Exchange

Another GOP Gov. Refuses Obamacare Exchange

Arizona is out. Where does Michigan stand? … more

WSJ: Legislators as Obamacare 'Fall Guys'

Wall Street Journal sneers at idea of state exchange. … more

November 23, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

List of recently proposed bills of interest! … more

No State Obamacare Exchange Still Best Choice

"Partnership exchange" a blessing in disguise? … more

November 9, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

List of recently proposed bills of interest! … more

Key Word Missing from Prop 2: Mandatory

Would establish government unions as "fourth branch." … more

October 26, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

List of recently proposed bills of interest! … more

Michigan Governed by 'Political Careerists'

How much real-world experience do MI legislators have? … more

October 19, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

List of recently proposed bills of interest! … more

Legislators Propose More Corporate Welfare

Picking winners and losers; mostly losers.  … more

Collective Bargaining a 'Right' to Coerce

Prop 2 would benefit the few at the expense of the many. … more

About Those Judicial Candidates

Voters have to do their homework to learn about judges. … more

October 12, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

List of recently proposed bills of interest! … more

More Windmill-Related Environmental Concerns

"We're picking up 10 bats for every bird." … more

'Concerned Scientists' Not Very Scientific

Group responds to critique with logical fallacy. … more

October 5, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on internet crime and Pure Michigan license plates! … more

September 28, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on deer hunting and used cars! … more

Wind Subsidies Upon Mandates Upon Subsidies

Maybe politicians should just let the market sort it out. … more

Who Is Rep. Ken Yonker?

MichiganVotes.org can provide detailed voting records. … more

September 21, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on concussion "time outs" and home improvements! … more

September 14, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Votes on Facebook and the Pledge of Allegiance! … more

August 24, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Summer session votes round-up! … more

Gov. Snyder's Obamacare 'Partnership' Misguided

Law's implementation timetables beyond unrealistic. … more

August 17, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Important House and Senate votes on school pensions! … more

GOP Fumbles: On Verge of Giving MEA Huge Pension Win

On the verge of giving MEA a huge pension reform win. … more

August 10, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Recent votes on charter schools and green energy! … more

Michigan Legislators vs. Liberty and Human Flourishing

According to MichiganVotes.org, the legislators are winning. … more

Beware Doubling-Down on Municipal Pension Dysfunctions

August 3, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Recent votes on health care and government pensions! … more

Poll: Voters Support Senate Pension Reform

Moving school employees to 401(k)s draws favor. … more

Affordable HSA Insurance Growing

Despite threats from Obamacare. … more

July 27, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Recent votes on pension double-dipping and minimum wage! … more

July 20, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Recent votes on school debt and foreclosure lawsuits! … more

Official Calls Obamacare Implementation “A Mess”

Wisconsin, Virginia ask crucial questions about Obamacare. … more

July 13, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Recent bill proposals while Legislature is in summer recess. … more

Governor's Letter Reveals Obamacare Drowning

"Bureaucratic hubris and overreach" of law exposed. … more

Top 5 Reasons to Repeal Obamacare

The Heritage Foundation provides list in policy brief.  … more

House GOP, Pension Officials Scheme to Dupe Investors

Big investors no longer trust government credit ratings. … more

July 6, 2012, MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call

Recent bill proposals while Legislature is in summer recess. … more

Commentary: Two Reforms to Really Fix Health Care