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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.

Manufacturing Job Growth Helps Move Michigan Ahead

Michigan Teacher Pension Costs Increase To Nearly $1 Billion Per Year

Failing Charter Public Schools Are Shut Down; Conventional Public Schools Remain Open

Public School District Benefits By Branching Into Private Schools

School Official Says Illegal Language Should Be Removed From Union Contract

Taxpayers Handcuffed By Money Being Given To Beverly Hills Cop Production Company

Schauer Wants to Put Limits On Advertising Done By Charter Public Schools

Supreme Court Rules Unionization Schemes Involving Home-Based Care Providers Are Illegal

Public School Administrators Complain About Pension Costs; Don't Offer Solutions

School Districts Copying Each Other's Homework While Calling Increased Funding a 'Cut'

A Request For Lower Beer And Wine Prices

State Agency Rules That Graduate Student Research Assistants Not Eligible For Unionization

School District's Math Doesn't Add Up

Wind Power 'Success Story' Was a Massive Failure

State Budget Shifts Extra Revenue Sharing Funds To Detroit

Double Standard On School District Deficits

Michigan Teacher Pension System Liabilities Increase Again

MEA Sends Credit Agency After Teacher Who Stopped Paying Dues

Legislator Blames 'Shady Bankers' For Detroit's Problems Despite Voting To Double Debt

Proposed State Law Would End Blowout High School Football Games Early

Bill Would Allow Strip Searches for Misdemeanor Crimes; Probable Cause Not Necessary

Despite Differing Reports, Michigan Experiencing 'Solid Job Recovery'

A Timeline of Events

Internal Issues Put International Charter Public School At Risk

Teachers Contract Contains Questionable Forced Unionization Clause

The 89,000 Clean Energy Jobs Myth

Union Opposes Privatization For Others, Outsources For Itself

MEA Still Chasing Thousands Not Paying Dues Or Fees

A Look At The Left-Wing Groups The National Education Association Supports

Michigan Teachers Contribute to Six-Figure Salaries at the NEA

Hypocrisy Over Private Organizations 'Profiteering' Off Education System

MEA Economist Ignores Billions In Education Spending

State Government Playing Favorites With Food Providers

Stricter Rules Proposed For Taxpayer Funded Bridge Cards

Union Surrenders Member Benefits To Keep Unenforceable Clause In Contract

Despite Shortage Of Bus Drivers, Union Wants Worker Fired For Not Paying Dues

Attorney General: School District Violating State Law By Automatically Deducting Union Dues

School Board Member: Close Teacher Pension System

Repeating Inaccurate Claim About School Funding Does Not Make It True

Union Leader Claims Government Entities 'Falsifying' Financial Problems

Schauer Calls For Long-Term Solvency Of Pension System; As State Senator Voted To Underfund It

Schauer Education Plan Looks To Shut Down Successful Charter Public Schools

CEO Compensation Comparison Lacks Perspective

Retiree Becoming Face Of 'Pension Tax' Collecting Generously

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