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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.

Firing Police, Concealed Pistol Regs, Internet Games Not Gambling

March 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Flashing Lights, Beaming Aircraft, Access to Legislator Records, More

March 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Copper Mine Regulations, Parole and Probation Reforms, Expelled Lawmakers

March 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Crime Scene Investigations, Guardians Bureau, Rails to Trails Liability

March 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Don’t Cut Income Tax Rate; Do Redistribute $1.8 Billion to Big Developers

February 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

People First or Well Connected Developers?

We should provide tax relief for all instead of favors to a select few … more

Tax Cuts and Corporate Welfare

February 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Testimony: When Will Michigan Families Get Some Tax Relief Too?

Testimony before the House Tax Policy Committee … more

Charitable Gambling, Special Needs Database, More Corporate Welfare

February 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Senate Passes Probation and Parole Reforms

February 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Recently Introduced Bills of Interest

January 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Elect Speaker of the House; Names of Senators

January 20, 2017 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report … more

MichiganVotes.org Takes Accountability to a New Level: 16 Years, 30,000 Bills, 26,517 Votes

MichiganVotes.org Celebrates 16 years of legislative transparency … more

Votes on Electric Regulations, Asset Forfeiture, School Restraint Rules, More

December 16, 2016 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report … more

Profiles in Courage in Defense of Taxpayers

Cotter and Chatfield hold the line on cronyism … more

December 9, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Speed limits, corporate subsidies, ‘photo-cop,’ Israel and more … more

Bad Santa: Trump Risks Cronyist Blowout with Carrier Incentives

Draining the swamp by creating new ones … more

December 2, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Give taxpayer cash to developers; permissive regs for Uber; ban local bag bans and more … more

Friday, November 11, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Increase windmill mandates, authorize driverless vehicles, empower airport police … more

Friday, November 4, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Some key votes of the 2015-16 Legislature … more

Friday, October 28, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Gas tax increase, more college building debt, ‘culpable mental states,” liquor oligopoly and midwife licensure … more

State Health Policy Toolkit

10 reforms state lawmakers can implement now … more

October 21, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Ban gas chamber for pets; subsidies for hospitals and Flint businesses; authorize new school taxes; regulate drones; more … more

October 14, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Tax breaks for developers; allow school recreation tax; fee hikes; ban ‘cyber-revenge porn’ … more

October 7, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Big gas tax hike; welfare cops; local pit bull bans; selling student data … more

September 30, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Sex! Crime! Hollywood! Uber! Oh boy! … more

September 23, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Out with old in with new licensure mandate; increase legislature transparency; more … more

September 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Blasts-from-the-past on road funding, same-sex adoptions, civil asset forfeiture and more … more

September 9, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Medical marijuana crack-down, driverless trucks, dogs in outdoor cafés … more

September 2, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Ding overspending schools, limit corporate subsidies, legislative subpeonas and a boost for the disabled … more

August 26, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Income tax money for roads; bans on e-cigs for minors, powdered booze and local knife regulations and more … more

August 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Cut-off welfare truant scofflaws, ease stair-lift restrictions, cap government investor guarantees, raise license fees … more

August 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Key votes on guns, same-sex adoptions, pensions, nanny-statism … more

Study: Ontario Should Look to Michigan

Canadian think tank recommends following the Michigan tax reform model … more

Corporate Welfare’s Strange Allure for Politicians

Just say "no" to crony capitalism … more

Corporate Welfare’s Strange Allure for Politicians

August 5, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Mandate more music, restrict fracking, surrogate moms and more … more

July 29, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

More ways for lawmakers to exhibit warm-and-fuzzy … more

Michigan Crushes Korea in Corporate Welfare Handouts

Nearly $9 billion in subsidies over two years … more

July 22, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Plates for me, plates for thee, plates for the man behind the tree … more

July 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

More government energy debt; more subsidies for college, grocery stores and water; pension reform and more … more

July 1, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Repeal 'stand your ground,' assert 'right to drinking water,' make policy body camera images secret, more … more

June 24, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Noteworthy proposals to amend the state constitution … more

June 17, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Votes from the last week of the spring legislative session … more

June 10, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Detroit School bailout “final answer,” require warrant for electonic data search, much more … more

June 3, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

School recreation taxes, raises some speed limits, disclose pension liabilities … more

Freedom for Nations, States and Cities

Economic freedom increases human well-being … more

May 27, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Coerced abortion, flashing green snowplow lights and lawsuits, welfare heating subsidies … more

May 20, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Automaker protectionism, who’s the repo man, ballot initiative signatures and more … more