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Tom Gantert

Senior Capitol Correspondent

Tom Gantert is senior capitol correspondent for Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

When Gantert arrived at Capitol Confidential in February 2010, he already had extensive experience as a journalist, having worked for more than 20 years at Michigan daily newspapers, including The Jackson Citizen Patriot, Lansing State Journal and Ann Arbor News. Gantert also served a four-month stint at USA Today as part of a Gannett Corporation loaner program. In 2008, Gantert was The Ann Arbor News writer of the year, and in September 2009, he founded Reporting Michigan, a nonprofit news Web site.

Gantert holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University. He has two sons and lives in Jackson, Mich.

Union: No Photo Needed to Vote, but Bring ID If You Want to Leave the Union

State's Cost of Teacher Pension System Quintuples

Law that Made School Employees Pay More for Health Insurance Saved $1.3 Billion

There Was Never a $470 Per Pupil Education Funding Cut in Michigan

Pro-School Choice Group: Let Detroit Students Attend School Anywhere They Want

Coalition Wants $153 Million a Year Debt Forgiveness for Detroit Public Schools

Here are the Highest Paying School Districts in Michigan

Proposal 1 Will Cost Average Michigan Household Up to $525 a Year in Extra Taxes

Poor Cities' School Districts Receive the Most Funding

State's Tourism Agency Sees Tourism-Boosting Lodging Service as a 'Threat'

State Superintendent Puts Failing Schools Ahead of Students' Choice

Grands Rapids Mayor: Hate the Drillers, Love Their Money

Dispute Over $1,500 Charge for Phantom Copies from State is Resolved

National Study: Detroit Charters Should Serve as a Model for Other Communities

MEA Union President In Line for Six-Figure Government Pension

State on Required Payments for School Employees' Pension: 'The Check is in the Mail'

Unions and a Complicit Media in Pro-Paid Sick Time Campaign

The 'Astroturf' Campaign to Force Employers to Give Paid Sick Time

Paid Leave Isn't Free Leave

School Reformers Have 'Significant Concerns' About State Superintendent Finalist

More Jobs, Higher Pay Since Right-to-Work Passed in Michigan

'If It's Not Illegal, It Should Be'

MEA President Inflating Public Pension with $200K Salary While Working for Private Union

CBS 'Battle Creek' Show Misses City's Real Police Drama

Michigan May Send Film Credits to the Cutting Room Floor

2014 Was a Great Year for Adding Jobs in Michigan

Governor Praises Detroit School Ranked Among the Worst in the State

Charter School Growth in Michigan is Not the 'Wild, Wild West'

Lower Gas Costs Benefit School Funding in May 5 Ballot Proposal

Media Muddles Magnitude of May Tax Hike Vote

Court of Claims Tosses MEA's Right-to-Work Lawsuit

Teacher Claims Union Ruined Her Credit, Humiliated Her Over Trying to Leave

CapCon Celebrates its Five Year Anniversary

District Ties Teachers' Salaries to Financial Health

Federal Government Stymies Energy Production on its Land

State Revenue Increasing by $640 Million

State Agency Wants $1,500 for a No-Cost Electronic File

MEDC's New Program: Government Funding Government

How Michigan Blew a Hole in its Budget

Did the State Superintendent Advocate Detroit Schools Hire More Teachers?

State Superintendent Advocates Hiring More Teachers in Detroit

Awarded Millions, Wind Turbine Company Defaults on State Loan

Renewable Energy Advocate Falsely Claims Industry is not Supported by Taxpayer Dollars

Five Years Later, Granholm's Green Economic Vision has Failed to Materialize

Despite 'Tax Cut Fever,' State Revenue Grows by Billions

A Better School Just a Mile Away, but Parents Don't Get a Choice

Plan for Green Energy Biogas Facility in Reed City 'Just Dies'

What is a 'Green Job'? Advocates Won't Say

As Conventional Public Schools Fail Transparency Law, Charters are Targeted

Union Threatens School District for Removing Illegal Language From Contracts

Despite GOP Dominance, Michigan Budget Keeps Growing by Billions

If Sales Tax is Passed, Michigan Would Have the Second Highest in the U.S.

In a Year Dominated by Stories of Strife, Republicans and Democrats Did Come Together in 2014

Taxpayer Cost for Road Fix 'Compromise' Went from $0 to $1.9 Billion

U-M Department Chair: 'It's Okay to Hate Republicans'

Media Promotes False Narrative that Schools Will Lose Money on Roads Package

Projections Show Schools Get More Even With Road Funding Shift

State School Board President Cites Funding 'Facts' That Ignore Billions in Spending

Union President Concedes Right-to-Work Lawsuit; Strikes Back Against Workers Who Left

'Uncompromised' Liberal Group Takes Big Money From Teachers Union

Outgoing NEA Union President Gets $123,000 Raise; Membership Falls 40,700

MEA Executives Take Big Pay Raises While Liabilities Continue to Grow

As Michigan Economy Recovers, State Collects More Taxes

How Much is Too Much to Pick the State's Chief Executive?

Did 'Republican Budget Cuts' Lead to a $51.7 Million Deficit and No Toilet Paper in Schools?

Detroit Shows that Poverty is Not Stopping Parents from Opting for School Choice

Democratic Lawmakers Target Charter Public Schools, School Choice

Michigan Paid 'Stupidity of American Voter' Obamacare Architect $481,050

State Superintendent Claims Detroit Public Schools Has Dramatic Teacher Shortage

State Can’t Name Any School Closed for Poor Performance

Charter School Group Warns State Superintendent

Google Doesn't Hit Ann Arbor Job Projections, But Still a Media Favorite

In Great Lakes States, Union Retribution Fizzles

School District May Have Crossed Legal Line in Tax Request

Michigan School Rankings Ignore Effects of Student Background

In comparing schools' performance, state ignores what one national expert says may be the prime determinant in academic achievement … more

Almost Every Teacher and Administrator at Poor Performing Districts Rated 'Effective'

'Batman vs. Superman' Swings Super Subsidy Deals from Multiple States

False School 'Cuts' Narrative Takes Another Hit

Michigan Senate Votes to Remove Sunset Provision Ending Hollywood Subsidies

State of Michigan Granted $3 Billion in Special Tax Credits to Big 3 Automakers

Little House on the Subsidized Prairie

Schauer Jobs Plan Pricetag: $3.7 Billion

During the 'Lost Decade,' Michigan Shed More Jobs Than U.S. as a Whole

Union Says Photo IDs not Necessary to Vote — Unless You Vote to Leave Union

Union Leader Celebrates Failing School’s Performance

Michigan Finally Reverses the Number of People Leaving

Michigan's 'Lost Decade' Was Historic

Libertarian Think Tank Grades Gov. Snyder Low for Tax Hike Intentions

Memo to Reporters: Follow the Money!

Without Fracking, Oil Prices Would be at Record Highs

Some Progressives Want to Silence, not Debate, Opponents

U-M Economist Says Feds Shortchanging Michigan by Tens of Thousands of Jobs

A Democrat's Reasons For Supporting School Choice

Union Bullying Members is Shedding Them: Over 500 People Leave Operating Engineers

Top DIA Officials Receive Huge Raises While Running Deficit, Raking in Taxpayer Money

Environmental Group Praises Michigan For Press Releases About 'Green Jobs'

Liberal Economist: 'Mostly White' Oakland County Deserves the Blame For Detroit's Problems