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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 Legislators Take a Vacation

Michigan Anti-Fracking Ballot Proposal Would Limit All Drilling

State Supreme Court Ruling: ‘State Employees are Subject to 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

Here's the Upcoming Political Drama in Michigan

Energy Policy Director: Wind Energy isn't Cheap and Alone Can't Meet Our Needs

One Lawsuit Settled, But No Truce in Wind Energy Debate

Ethanol Study Touted as Independent Was Paid for by Corn Growers

Fixing Michigan's Budget-Killing School Employees' Pension Up in the Air

Wind Energy Allegations Deserve Hearings

Claims about efficiency, health hazards should be explored. … more

Governor Signs Bill Freeing Up Market Approach to Health Care

Michigan Sales Tax Hike Proposal May Provide Schools With Less

'Big Oil' and Climate Change

Debunking an urban myth. … more

A Fresh Angle: Taking on 'Big Wind' With Competition

Huron County Looks at Wind Turbine Moratorium

Two Wins for Freedom from Union Coercion in 2014

MSU Study: Ethanol Use is Good, as Long as the Environment isn’t Considered

Star Struck: Why States Chase the Film Industry with Subsidies

Corporate Welfare for Hollywood Comes First

Michigan's roads can wait. … more

Bill to Curb Local Government Meddling Dies in House

'Let's Make a Deal' Time on Road Funding?

School Budgets Safe Under ‘No New Taxes’ House Road Funding Package

How Outraged Is the Right, Really?

They could learn from their liberal counterparts. … more

Bill Would Allow Government to Post Legal Notices Online Instead of Newspapers

Myth And Muddle Blocking Pension Reform

Voters have Diminished Clout in Lame Duck

How much, if any, will gas taxes increase? … more

Rough Road for Pension Reform in New Senate?

Bill Would Ban Red Light Cameras

Winning by Default

Breaking down the GOP's 2014 election success. … more

Michigan Chamber CEO Blasts Film Subsidies as a 'Boondoggle'

Wisconsin Wind Turbines Declared Health Hazard

Bills Would Limit Wind Turbine Lawsuits

Effort to Short Circuit School Choice Laid Out

Caught With Their Swimming Trunks Down

Great Lakes levels prove climate alarmists wrong. … more

Senator Called Film Subsidies 'a Waste,' Now Votes to Continue Them

False Pretenses Should be Put to Rest

GOP candidates scrutinized. … more

Black Job Growth in Michigan Far Out-Pacing Other Groups Post Recession

School Choice and More at Risk in High-Stakes Board of Education Race

Bill Proposes Adding Wind Industry to 'Right to Farm' Act

'Hastert Rule' May Impact Michigan House GOP Leadership Race

Appointments: A Rarely Recognized Gubernatorial Power

Photo-Cop Camera Advocates Shift To Speeding

Failing to Counter the Big Lie

Gov. Snyder, GOP fail to defend K-12 spending. … more

Moratorium or Mortuary? School Choice Proponents Claim Bill Would Kill Charters