Aarne H. Frobom, Jr. is an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

By Aarne H. Frobom Jr.

Defeated Watershed Proposal Would Have Drained Taxpayers' Wallets

Michigan property owners should beware of continuing efforts to raise their taxes in the name of "watershed management." … more

Tickets As Taxes: A Cautionary Tale from California

As voters resist tax increases, municipalities turn to increased traffic fines for funding. Should exorbitant fines be used to fund local government? … more

Does Michigan Tax Itself Enough for Roads?

A federal "level of effort" test would return money to states based on state tax and spending levels. States with high taxes and wasteful spending would be rewarded most. … more

Catching Speeders: Cops or Cameras

New technology makes it possible to ticket speeders with cameras, radar, and computers-and no cops. Should it be allowed? There are many pros and cons. … more

The Language of Federal Mandates

When government forces others to do its bidding without providing the money to pay for it, it is called a mandate. Politicians and bureaucrats try to wriggle out of the responsibility with carefully crafted code phrases. This glossary of "governmentese" will entertain and enlighten. … more