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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.

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