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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.

School District May Violate State Law By Removing Teachers Based Strictly On Seniority

Superintendent Claiming Less Money Receives $515 More Per Pupil

Special Deals Allow Detroit To Collect Hundreds Of Millions In Extra Revenue

Local Governments Not Starved For Cash

Grand Rapids Selectively Released Public Information

Reuben Sandwich With A Side Of 500K Lost Jobs

Cities Increase Fees, Spend More While Complaining About State Shared Revenue

School Union Contracts Across The State Retain Clauses Calling For Hiring Based On Race

Superintendent Says District Worse Off Despite Getting More Overall State Money

Union Teacher Contract Has Illegal Racial Preferences Provision

District Disputes MEA President's Claim About School Funding Cuts

Michigan Paying $860 Million In Select Tax Incentives, Subsidies

Poll Shows Many Michigan Residents Misinformed About Education Spending

Electric Vehicle Battery Subsidy Failures Evident Early On

Non-Christians Given 'Special Consideration' In Union Teacher Contract

More People On Food Stamps After Past Minimum Wage Increases

Union Intimidation List Back Up

Unions, Left-Leaning Groups Dominate List of Largest Political Donors

MEA Says 8,000 Haven't Paid Dues; Some Teachers Say Union Intentionally Misled Members

'Super Seniority' For Union Officials, Other Clauses In School Contracts Prohibited By Law

Michigan Third-Grade Reading Levels Down Significantly

Union Touts Liability Insurance As Perk; Costs $4.35 A Year Per Member

Union Website Warns About Bullying, But Members Who Opted Out Report Being Bullied

School District, Union Working Together To Try To Ban Charter Schools

Housing Expenses Among the Perks Michigan Residents Pay for Big Hollywood

Hospital Union Resorts to Intimidation Tactics Against Workers Who Opt Out

School Districts Insist They Need More Money to Educate Fewer Students

School District Works Around State Law To Protect Teachers Based on Seniority

Michigan Exports to Mexico and China Increasing

Union Bullies Workers Exercising Their Rights

Narrative Changing On Michigan K-12 Education Spending

Democrats Selectively Considering Pension Benefits In Education Funding

Michigan Job Growth Higher Than Initially Reported

Pension Costs Mean Tighter Budgets For Classrooms, Taxpayers

Advocates of More Education Spending Ignoring Billions in Other Funds

Gubernatorial Candidate Makes Inaccurate Claim About Education Spending

The $2 Billion Education Funding Myth

Reality Check: Michigan Public Schools Getting More Money For Fewer Students

Michigan Auto Jobs On the Rebound Thanks to 'Leaner and Meaner' Manufacturers

Mismanagement Often to Blame for School District Financial Troubles

Cities Take Snow Emergencies To New Restrictive Level

Record Profits for Warner Bros. Doesn't Stop State From Giving Company Huge Subsidy

Michigan Among the Leaders In Job Growth

Superintendent Makes False Claim About Her Salary, Benefits

While Salaries Decline, Total Cost For Michigan Teachers Increasing

Despite Claim, Tax Cuts Have Not 'Overwhelmed' Michigan

Charter Schools Serve More Low-Income Students Than Conventional Districts

A Closer Look At Teacher Salaries In Michigan

Constitutional Convention Delegates Wanted State Worker Pensions To Be Fully Funded