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Jack Spencer

Capitol Affairs Specialist

Jack Spencer is Capitol affairs specialist for Michigan Capitol Confidential, a news service of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Spencer is a veteran Lansing-based journalist who worked 13 years at the Michigan Information & Research Service.

Let's Make a (Special) Deal: Legislators Can't Shake the Habit

Proposal Would Let Special Needs Children Attend Private School with Public Money

Other States Divulge What Michigan's Corporate Welfare Arm Keeps Secret

How Media Bias Works

'Union Time on Taxpayers' Dime' Bills Fate Uncertain in GOP House

As Congress Fumbles Overcriminalization Reform, Burden Lands on States

School Districts' Finances Can Plead the Fifth After So Many Years Under Bill

Energy Laws are Next on the Agenda of State Lawmakers

Headaches of Road Funding and Courser-Gamrat Scandal Now Blowing In the Wind

Guilty! Of Something No One Knows Is Illegal

If At First You Don't Succeed, Sign and Sign Again

MEDC's Magic Act: Make Taxpayer Money Disappear With Little Return

Michigan Road Spending Near an All-Time High

How You Can Win in Court Against the Government But Still Lose

Interview with Ohio Sen. Bill Seitz

Ohio Moves Closer to No More Windmills

How the Michigan House Pays For Roads

Spring Forward, Fall Back? Bills Would End Daylight Saving in Michigan

Bill Would Ban Advertising to Get More People on Medicaid

D.C. Schools Spending Highest in U.S., But Firm Claims It’s 'Inadequate'

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms Head to the Governor

Michigan's Wind Energy Mandate Costs Each Family Nearly $4,000

Voters in 2016 May Face Eight Ballot Proposals

Firm Picked to Evaluate Education Funding Has Long History of Recommending Spending Hikes

Emails Show Shaky Grounds for Corporate Welfare Agency’s Transparency Shutdown

Cutting Michigan's Income Tax Would Also Lessen Corporate Welfare Burden

How You Can Be Prosecuted For Unknowingly Breaking the Law

U.S. Chamber Official on Obama Clean Power Plan: 'There Will Be Lawsuits'

MEA Ordered to Stop Violating School Employees’ Right-to-Work Law Rights

Bye-bye Prevailing Wage Law? Repeal Campaign Turns In 390,000 Signatures

Could a Backroom Political Deal Stop Prevailing Wage Repeal?

Every Judge Costs Michigan Taxpayers $450K

Renewables Just a Hood Ornament on Fossil Fuel Power System

The Environmentalist Rhetoric Guide

No Evidence Michigan Business Owners Support New EPA Mandates

Michigan Schools Receive Over $12,500 Per Student

Great Lakes Won't Cooperate With Climate Alarmists

State's Largest Teachers Union Fails to Disclose 30 Percent of Its Income

Measures Would Ban Steve Cook-Style Schemes

State Gives Billions in Dollars to Corporations – But Keeps Secret How Much They Get

Let Legislators Take a Vacation

Michigan Anti-Fracking Ballot Proposal Would Limit All Drilling

State Supreme Court Ruling: State Employees are Free to Exercise Right-to-Work

Paid Leave Mandate Raises Stakes in 'Punitive' Move Against Employers

Expelling Mankind Won't Make Earth A Paradise

Cut Corporate Welfare Before Social Welfare to Fund Roads

Sen. Nofs: Bills Won't Eliminate 'Electric Choice'

State's Corporate Welfare Agency Has a History of Secrecy

U.P. Road Commission Taking On EPA

That's a Wrap! Film Subsidies Terminated

Great Lakes Water Levels At High-Level Marks

Clock is Ticking on Michigan's Film Subsidies

House and Senate Pass Competing Road Funding Plans

Measure Would Open Doors To University Board Meetings

Most Michigan Teachers Leave Before Qualifying For a Pension

Should Government Set Prices for Reselling Tickets?

EPA Eyeing That Saturday Afternoon BBQ at the Park

SEIU Affiliate’s Revenue Cut in Half After 'Dues Skim' Ended

MEA Skips Testifying on Bill Ending Its Pension Spiking Arrangements

Ruling Upholds the Right of Public Employees to Resign From Union Whenever They Want

Sen. Gary Peters Wants Higher Minimum Wage — Except for His Unpaid Interns

House Road Plan Leaves Plenty of Money for Pure Michigan Campaign

Labor Union Caught in Dues Skim Fails to File Annual Report with Federal Government

Is State's Prevailing Wage Law at Risk of Being Tossed?

Feds to Michigan: End Anti-Competition 'Tesla Ban'

Bills Attempt to Shine Light on Government-Seized Property

State's Corporate Welfare Arm Says Ex-Attorney General Approved Being Less Transparent

Here's How Much Michigan's 'Prevailing Wage' Law Costs Your School District

Township Votes Down Wind Energy Project

Charter Schools Cost Unions Millions in Dues

Bill Would Allow Local Governments to Post Notices Online Rather than in Newspapers

Michigan Auto Insurance Reforms on Hold

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Scene From Fantasia Captures the Spirit of Earth Day

Bills Put Obsolete Laws on the Chopping Block

Texas Moves Toward Dumping Wind Mandate

'Steve Cook' Bill Would Prevent Private Union Employees from Spiking State Pension

Poll: Just 1 in 3 Know Wind Energy Depends on Fossil Fuels

'Big Oil' and 'Big Wind' Keep Public in the Dark About Wind Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Will Poll Hurt Legislation Aiming to Give Energy Utilities Monopoly?

Low or High, Great Lakes Water Levels Always Blamed on Global Warming

Huron County Pushes Stop Button on Wind Development

Natural Gas to Wind Energy: You're Nothing Without Me

Love it or Hate it, Voters are Aware of Proposal 1

So What Happens if the May 5 $2 Billion Tax Hike Fails?

What if it Were April Fools' Day Year Round?

Bottom Line Will Tell How Effective House Republicans are at Limiting Government

Here we go Again: Trying to Make Legislators' Records Public

The 'M' in MEDC Should No Longer Stand For 'Mystery'

Bill Package Includes Elimination of Energy Choice

Oklahoma Shows Pension Reform Can Boost a State's Credit Rating

The GOP Politicians Who Voted Against Ending Film Subsidies

Now is the Time to Demand Transparency from State's Corporate Welfare Agency

How Wind Energy Creates More Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Plot to Kill Film Credits Begins to Look Plausible

State's Corporate Welfare Agency Tone Deaf to Requests for Transparency

State's Corporate Welfare Agency Hasn't Faced Real Media Scrutiny

MEDC Feeling the Heat for Corporate Welfare Deals Coming Home to Roost

Right-to-Work Debate: Former Labor Boss and Think Tank Labor Expert Square Off

Double Tax on Some Fuels is Problematic for $2 Billion May 5 Proposal

Ballot Proposal Backers Weighing Strategy

$2 billion tax hike vote on May 5. … more