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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.

June 13, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Road taxes, budgets, e-cigs and more… … more

June 6, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Detroit “Bailout,” a Little Extra for Roads, Internet Harassment … more

May 30, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Minimum wage, medical service tax. … more

May 23, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Detroit bailout, gas tax, FOIA. … more

Closing Pensions a Litmus Test for Detroit Reform

"Business as usual" if Legislature caves. … more

Detroit Bailout Package

Handy link to descriptions of all 10 bills. … more

Detroit Bailout Solved: Sell Just ONE Painting

Use state money to fill potholes statewide. … more

'Binding' Taxpayers to Detroit

Bailout money means fewer potholes get fixed. … more