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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.

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