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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.

Manufacturing Rebound Puts Michigan Back in the Ballgame

Democrats Call for Moratorium on New Charter Public Schools

Resident Harmed by Windmills Now on County Planning Commission Which Approved Windmills

House Committee Sitting on Bill That Would Let Qualified Nurses Write Prescriptions

Democrat Mark Schauer Receiving the Big Donations in Gubernatorial Race

MEA’s August Window Declared Illegal

Democrats See New Voter Turnout Techniques as Ace in the Hole

State Official Has Reputation for Doing it the Right Way

Political Predictions: A Glance at the Top of the Ballot in November

Coercive Driver Fees Phase-Out Close To Becoming Reality

Global Warming Alarmists Switch Complaints From Water Levels to Rainfall

Incumbents Outspent Challengers 5-to-1 In Competitive Primary Races

MEA-Endorsed Candidate: Education Spending Is Up

No Shortage of Issues To Attack On In Michigan's 15th District Senate Primary

Incumbent’s Record Targeted and Defended in Michigan's 46th

Utility Appeals Wind Turbine Noise Court Ruling

Defining The Primary In Michigan's 89th: Two Candidates, Two Views

Mitchell Ad About Moolenaar: Truthful or Over the Top?

Incumbent’s Voting Record, Philosophy Challenged In Michigan's 107th

MEA Committee Urges Dems To Vote In GOP Primary

Incumbent’s Voting Record Targeted In Michigan's 86th District House Primary Race

Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door For Daycare Workers To Get Money Back

Michigan Families Set Stage For Helping End Forced Unionization Schemes

Contrast Over Right-to-Work, Film Subsidies, Detroit Bailout In 31st District Senate Race

Court Backs Finding Of Wind Turbine Noise Problem

Thinking Outside the School Box

Select Business Subsidies, Endorsements Are Differences In 37th District Senate GOP Primary

Unionization Ruling Before The Supreme Court Could Be 'Huge'

Ohio Starts Holding Wind Industry Accountable

Unionization Case Before The Supreme Court Could Have Lasting National Impact

Legislature To Prohibit Courses That Teach Unionization Techniques

Republican Push For Higher Minimum Wage Likely Has Anti-Taxpayer Strings Attached

Union Loses $4.2 Million After Dues Skim Ends

Ohio One Step Closer To Ending In-State Renewable Energy Mandate

School Districts That Privatize Usually Pay Teachers More

In-State Renewable Energy Mandate Could Be Eliminated In Ohio

Bill Would Bring Public Notice Rule Changes

Cost of School Millage Approvals Inflated Because of Prevailing Wage Law

Measure Would Ban Enforcement Of Woodstove Emission Regulations

States Spending Less Money On K-12 Education Get Better Results

Teamsters Drop Case Requiring Non-Members Pay Unfair Fee

Poll: Voters Say Small Business Will Suffer Most With Minimum Wage Increase

SEIU Membership Drops 80 Percent After Dues Skim Ends

Michigan State University Administering Program On How To Unionize Employees

Poll Shows Solid Opposition To Detroit Bailout

Political Predictions for 2014

Community Group Fighting Third Attempt To Bring Wind Farm To Town

Details Behind Push For 'Mystery Project' Begin To Surface

Road Funding: Getting the Priorities Right

Draconian Traffic Fee Law Moving Toward The Chopping Block

Mystery Project Almost Got $5.5 Million From Taxpayers

Electricity Competition In Texas, Illinois Brought Lower Prices Than Michigan

Column: When Silence Speaks Volumes

Land Bank Funding Makes It Into Supplemental Spending Bill

House Readies For Vote On FOIA Reforms

Asset Forfeiture Issue Arises With Clause in Human Trafficking Bills

SEIU Fined Almost $200,000 Over Actions Tied To 2012 Ballot Proposal Campaign

Legislature Split on Funding For Land Bank Authority

Who Is Behind The Minimum Wage Increase Drive?

Study: Per-Pupil Funding, Class Size Not Predictor of Schools Families Choose

MEA Aggressive With Dues Collection Information; Silent On How To Opt Out

Lawmakers Move Away From Giving Land Banks Exclusive Privileges

Law Judge To Hear Unfair Labor Practice Complaints Against MEA

Expert: Consumers Energy Trying To ‘Muddle’ Wind Turbine Noise Solution

Bill Would Keep $60 Million Special Deal in Place for Hemlock Semiconductor

Democrats Education Spending Math Doesn't Add Up

Health Care Workers Having Trouble Finding Union That Plays Fair

Bill Would Add Paid Members to State's Corporate Welfare Agency

Court Orders Utility To Address Wind Turbine Noise Problems

Lawmakers Poised To Continue Corporate Welfare Fund

Like A Broken Record, MEA Complains About 'Insufficient Funds'

Utility Asks Court To Slap Down Excessive Wind Turbine Noise Finding

U.S. Supreme Court Discusses Right-to-Work For All Public Employees

Expert: Utilities Distorting Electric Choice Track Record

Q&A With the MEDC: Verifying Jobs Resulting From Special Government Favors

State Agency Has 52 Employees Who Earn More Than $100K

'Deep Freeze' Adding Inches of Ice to Great Lakes Levels

Bill Would Open Up Competition In Michigan’s Electricity Market

Can Tea Parties Succeed Again?

Judge Upholds Right-to-Work Dodging Tactic

2013 In Review: Worker Freedom, Medicaid Expansion Took Center Stage

MEA Testimony: Lower K-12 Spending State Does Better Than Michigan

Absent MEA Action, State Could Step In

The Ghosts of Christmases Past

Change To How Schools Are Graded Held Up Until New Year

Energy Company At Odds With County Over Safety of Wind Turbines

Teamsters Union Backs Away From Discriminatory Practice

Stirring the Ashes: Outdoor Smoking Bill Rekindles Smoking Ban Debate

MEA Says Union Members Should Have Known About Limited Window to Leave

Land Bank Reform Bills In Holding Pattern

Legislator: Improving State's Grading System for Schools A Priority

Michigan Insurance Companies: It's Too Late To Reinstate Old Health Care Plans

At Times Legislation Just Disappears

Bill Would Allow Automatic Pay Increases For Public Safety Employees