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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.

April 17, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Auto insurance, double-dipping pensions, investor guarantees … more

April 10, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Hospital “prices,” cigarette taxes, unions, monopolies … more

April 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

New bills cover marijuana, mandates, police cameras … more

Proposal 1 Would Pay Michigan's Road Debt Hangover

Paying down the state's road debt is a good idea … more

March 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

A raise for judges; welfare truants; legalized scalping. … more

WSJ: Pension Reform 'Transition Cost' Claim More Bogus than Ever

Transitions costs are illusionary … more

March 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Abortions, homosexual adoptions, bake sale "push-back" … more

March 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Crime & punishment, film subsidies. … more

House Vote on Terminating Michigan Film Producer Subsidies

House rejects $50 million per year program. … more

March 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Pension debt, double-dipping, film subsidies … more

February 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

BB guns (‘Ralphie’s Law’), more corporate subsidies … more

February 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Guns, drones and votes. Subsidies ate the budget. … more

A History of Corporate Welfare Failure: Mackinac Center Testimony in the Michigan House

"The truth is these are mostly political development programs, not economic development programs." … more

February 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Presidential primary, absent voting, subsidies ate the budget. … more

February 6, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

Pension double dipping, concealed pistol rules. … more

Eight Days, 196 Bills, 12 Constitutional Amendments

Repeal film subsidies, let nurses do more, stalking registry. … more

88 New Bills in Four Days — a Sampler

Ban local Uber bans, restrict religious freedom restrictions. … more

And They’re Off – Jan. 16 Legislature Report

Hike taxes, extend term limits, repeal "prevailing wage" … more

2013-2014 Legislature Last Day Roll Call Report

Road funding/tax hike deal … more

December 17, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Obamacare “navigators,” unionized college athletes … more

December 5, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Road funding, religious freedom, film subsidies & more … more

November 21, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Constitutional amendment proposals … more

November 14, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Big gas tax hike, property forfeitures and more … more

November 7, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

New legislative leaders; facilitating medical innovation … more

October 31, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Tea Party? Occupy Wall Street? Corporate Welfare … more

October 24, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Extend film subsidies, and more key votes from 2014 … more

October 17, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

One Sector Grew Last Decade: Corporate Welfare

Very few jobs to show for special favors, subsidies. … more

October 10, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

Obamacare Could Negatively Impact Women

Twice as likely to work low-hour schedules. … more

October 3, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Drugged driving, automatic police pay hikes, "right to try" … more

Teacher 'Effectiveness' Ratings Gutted

Legislators turn their backs on students. … more

September 26, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Pensions, hunting drones, automatic pay hikes & more … more

September 19, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Expand forfeiture & court costs, auto protectionism, “right to try” … more

September 12, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Business tax, "bad driver" tax & more "shadow government" … more

September 5, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Wolf hunts, golf carts and more licensure … more

August 22, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

August 15, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Wolf hunts, terminal patients and Medicaid. … more

August 8, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

August 1, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

July 25, 2014, Michigan Legislature Roll Call Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

Obamacare's Survival up to State Legislators

Figures for Halbig's Michigan impact … more

July 18, 2014, Michigan Legislature Roll Call Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

Pension Malpractice and Fund Raids

Everyone's doing it! … more

July 11, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

July 3, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

Insurance 52% to 119% Costlier Under Obamacare

County-level comparisons now available. … more

June 27, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Key votes from 2013-14 … more

June 20, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Votes on “navigators,” pets, squatters, woodstoves, taxi-cartels … more

June 13, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

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