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  1. Planning for Life Workshop

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  2. Raise Taxes? State Budget Already Projected to Get $2.7 Billion Extra in Taxes Over Next Three Years
  3. Schoolchildren, Teachers, Taxpayers Harmed When Pension Managers Assume Too Much

    The realities of Michigan's $26.5 billion pension liability

  4. August 28, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    Recently introduced bills of interest

  5. Mackinac Center Survey Finds One-Third of Ga. School Districts Contract Out Services

    Contracted custodial services are most popular

  6. The Environmentalist Rhetoric Guide
  7. Raiding Car Crash Victim Insurance Reserves No Way to Fund Roads

    A one-time funding blip won't solve Michigan's road funding problem

  8. 'Not Doing the Job'? Top Researchers Say Charters in Detroit Should Serve as Models of Success
  9. Superintendent Concerned Teachers Will Bolt After Pay Cuts
  10. Unions Should Get Serious About Pension Underfunding

    A $2.7 million shortfall causes concern in Grand Rapids

  11. Teacher Left Michigan Education Association and Has No Regrets
  12. Government Price Controllers Can’t Make Up Their Minds

    Supermarket chain investigated for low prices

  13. While Schools Ignore Merit Pay Law, State Has No Authority to Enforce It
  14. Protecting Detroit School Choice is Critical
  15. Michigan House Passes Package Repealing Outdated Laws

    Taking the first step toward crucial reforms

  16. Myths and Exaggerations About Teacher Pay
  17. Car Crash Deaths Have Been Going Down for 50 Years
  18. MEA Opt Out Address Change Featured in State and National Media

    Teachers wishing to opt out of union must use little-known P.O. box

  19. August 21, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Key road funding votes of 2015

  20. Michigan’s Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

    Incentives gone awry

  21. Michigan Education Association Has Lost 34,000 Members in Last 10 Years
  22. MEA's Insults to Educators Pile Up as More and More Bolt
  23. Business Tax Hike Ballot Proposal Could Bring Back Michigan’s “Lost Decade”

    Doubling the corporate income tax will harm workers

  24. MEA Changes Opt-out Address, Keeps Members in the Dark

    Michigan Education Association’s Latest Trick to Lock Workers in a Dues Cage

  25. Reitz Quoted on Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Addressing overcriminalization and civil asset forfeiture

  26. Senate Judiciary Passes Forfeiture Transparency Bills

    Bills move on to full Senate

  27. 'Simon Says': Teacher Union Toys with Members Wanting Out, Demands Requests Go to 'Stealth' P.O. Box
  28. Lansing School District Poised to Privatize Facilities Management Despite Union Outcry
  29. Results of Privatization Survey Published in State Media

    70 percent of schools contract out for some services

  30. Mackinac Center Director of Research to Debate Lansing Mayor on Economic Development

    Panelists Will Discuss the Current Political Realities and Ideology of Corporate Welfare

  31. Aramark Contract: It Takes Two

    One bad outcome is not a reason to abandon privatization

  32. Have Schools Faced 'Seemingly Permanent Funding Cuts'?
  33. Employees Need a Choice

    Celebrating National Employee Freedom Week

  34. School Support Service Contracting Reaches 70.8 percent

    Growth in Food Service, Custodial and Transportation Services Returns After Slow 2014

  35. Pension System Costs the Monster That Ate School Funding Increases
  36. Number of Michigan Schools Privatizing Services Grows to 70 Percent

    New total up from 66 percent in 2014

  37. Politicians Misrepresent Road Funding Bills to Promote Tax Hike
  38. Pension Costs Eating Up Extra School Money
  39. No Evidence Michigan Business Owners Support New EPA Mandates
  40. Actually, Michiganders are Better off Than Their Parents

    Today's Michiganders aren't better off? Don't believe it.

  41. Teacher Quits, Rips GOP ‘Goons’ — Who Gave Her District $5.3 Million Extra Despite Fewer Students
  42. U-M Economist Forecasts Drop In School-Aged Children To Continue 'At a Very Rapid Rate'
  43. What the Olympics Can Teach Us About Subsidized Sports

    Evidence piles up against public investment in stadiums and Olympic dreams

  44. Michigan Grapples With Fewest Number of Students In Decades
  45. Schwarzenegger's Son Lands Role in Minor Film; State Cuts $140,000 Check
  46. Michigan Schools Receive Over $12,500 Per Student
  47. Public School Accounting: $100M Cut From Budget In 10 Years = Spending Increase
  48. School District Gives Teachers Raises, Has Deficit, Blames State that Gave Them an Extra $5 Million
  49. Great Lakes Won't Cooperate With Climate Alarmists
  50. August 7, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
    Recently introduced bills of interest.
  51. Local Governments Look To Cash In On Commercial Truck Inspections
  52. Rural School Districts Hit Hard by Federal Health Care Mandate

    Rising costs and limited options

  53. State's Largest Teachers Union Fails to Disclose 30 Percent of Its Income
  54. Pension FAQs
  55. The Myth of Teacher Poverty
  56. IMPACT July/August 2015
  57. More Government Spending Equals Higher Prices

    College costs exploding

  58. An Election for More than Just Mayor

    Grand Rapids election could be referendum on financial health

  59. How Unions, Districts Hold Back Michigan's Best Teachers
  60. School District Once Gave $1 to Top Teachers; Now Spreads Merit Bonus to 99 Percent of Teachers
  61. Film Incentives Clearly Hurt

    Studies show a lack of positive economic impact

  62. Fox News Features Fight Against Release Time

    Public money funds union activities in many states

  63. Senate Heart in Right Place, Execution Worrisome

    Examining the future of road funding and income tax cuts

  64. Generations of Inspiration

    A millennial reflects on the Legacy Society

  65. Michigan Should Reconsider Anticompetitive Certificate of Need Laws
  66. Right-to-Work Could Come to Public Employment
  67. That's a 'Renewable Energy' Job? If You Say So
  68. State Gives Billions in Dollars to Corporations – But Keeps Secret How Much They Get
  69. Protecting Detroit School Choice is Critical
  70. No Accountability? 30 Percent of Detroit's Charter Schools Have Closed
  71. Health Care Law Squeezes Public School Budgets

    Employer mandate forces schools to privatize services and cut hours

  72. Reitz Letter to the Editor Published in The Detroit News

    Responding to allegations made earlier this week

  73. July 31 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Bills on school “adequacy,” secret corporate welfare, police shootings and more

  74. Let Legislators Take a Vacation
  75. Michigan Anti-Fracking Ballot Proposal Would Limit All Drilling
  76. Friedman Legacy Day

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Northwood University Forum for Citizenship & Enterprise cordially invite you to join us in celebrating Milton Friedman Legacy Day 2015.

  77. Wright Discusses Right-to-Work Decision with State Media

    Michigan Supreme Court extends right-to-work to state employees

  78. Most Michigan School Districts Privatize Services
  79. State Supreme Court Ruling: State Employees are Free to Exercise Right-to-Work
  80. Michigan Supreme Court Upholds Right-to-Work for State Employees

    Accepting Mackinac Center Legal Foundation argument, justices decide 4 to 3 that Michigan Constitution prohibits agency fees for state workers

  81. Mackinac Center Policy Analyst, Congressman Walberg Discuss Civil Forfeiture

    Google Hangout on the topic tonight

  82. Grand Rapids' Mayoral Candidates Spar Over City's Financial Health
  83. Teachers Making Over $80,000 Say They Need Second Jobs 'To Make Ends Meet'
  84. New White House Report Highlights Occupational Licensing Problems

    Unnecessary regulations reduce employment and raise prices

  85. Repressive Ride-sharing Regulations Beaten Back in the Big Apple

    Similar regulations proposed in Michigan

  86. Washington Examiner Quotes Vernuccio on Proposed Labor Reform

    Employee Rights Act would increase worker freedom

  87. Paid Leave Mandate Raises Stakes in 'Punitive' Move Against Employers
  88. The Fight Over Energy Mandates

    Detroit News cites Mackinac Center while covering debate

  89. Excess of Laws Entangle Law-respecting People

    A lack of knowledge traps ordinary citizens

  90. Michigan Schools Improving Financially as Dire Predictions Shown to be False
  91. First Year Teachers Not Making Enough $$$? Talk to the Unions
  92. So Long Film Subsidies

    Other economic development programs should be next

  93. July 24 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Proposals to repeal right-to-work, expand licensure mandates, more

  94. Labor Reform Not a Death Knell for Legislators After All

    Timeline shows reformer success in later elections

  95. Expelling Mankind Won't Make Earth A Paradise
  96. Cut Corporate Welfare Before Social Welfare to Fund Roads
  97. Bipartisan Reading Bill Not Just 'Read or Flunk'
  98. Planning for Life Workshop

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  99. The Rise and Regulation of Craft Beer

    Comparing Michigan to competitors in the microbrewing game

  100. With Right-to-Work, Employees No Longer Have to Put Up With Unions Opposed to Their Values
  101. Planning for Life Workshop

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  102. 'Learning In Progress' on Legislative Roads Proposals

    How to make Senate’s tax cut trigger the real deal

  103. Reason Quotes LaFaive on Sin Taxes

    Examining the unintended effects of cigarette taxes

  104. State Supremes Rebuff Claims Government Land Bank Shortchanged Taxpayers
  105. Reitz Quoted on Transparency in Michigan Press

    Detroit officials using private emails for business

  106. National Teachers Union Boasts of Having 'Conservative' Members While Undermining Their Values
  107. Sen. Nofs: Bills Won't Eliminate 'Electric Choice'
  108. July 17 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest

  109. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Has a History of Secrecy
  110. State Lawmakers Compared to ‘Plantation Owners’ For Trying to Keep University Tuition Down
  111. A Victory for Political Free Speech

    Wisconsin Supreme Court rules raids unconstitutional

  112. Mackinac Center Reveals Interactive Webpage Detailing Labor Reforms and Political Outcomes

    Five states’ labor reforms analyzed

  113. U.P. Road Commission Taking On EPA
  114. Article on Worker's Choice in Forbes

    Vernuccio discusses recent developments in labor reform

  115. Gov. Granholm in 2009: 'Movie Studio to Create 700 Jobs;' Six Years Later - Nada
  116. Mia's Story Shows Private Schools Can Help When Other Schools Have Failed

    Despite spending half as much, a private school gives students with special needs what they need

  117. Frustrated With Public School, Parents of Student With Special Needs Find Help at Private School
  118. Union President Attacks School Board While They Pay Her Not to Teach
  119. Skorup Quoted in Lansing State Journal

    Report on reducing costs in Michigan's prison system

  120. That's a Wrap! Film Subsidies Terminated
  121. State Press Covers the End of Film Subsidies

    Hohman comments on bill signed into law on July 10

  122. Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Bill Ending Film Subsidies

    State has granted over $450 million in corporate welfare for the movie industry since 2008

  123. July 10, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Recent constitutional amendment proposals of general interest

  124. Great Lakes Water Levels At High-Level Marks
  125. Michigan Radio Features Fight Against Forfeiture

    Bipartisan groups behind push for reform

  126. Media Echo Chamber Repeats Same Misinformation on Road Funding
  127. Progressive State Income Tax Would Damage Michigan’s Economy

    “Progressives” should be careful what they wish for

  128. National Group Gives Michigan a ‘D’ for Forfeiture Laws

    Bills that would raise that grade languish in legislature

  129. Economic Protectionism and Consumer Safety

    Examining legal challenges to occupational licensure

  130. Albion Superintendent Wrongly Tries to Stop Students From Leaving

    Asks nearby districts to stop busing area students to their schools

  131. Independent Union Shows Unions Can Prosper Under Right-To-Work
  132. There is Plenty of Money in the Budget for Roads

    It’s all about legislative priorities

  133. Number of People Collecting Unemployment in Michigan Plummets Nearly 90 Percent
  134. LaFaive Interview on Economic Freedom

    Hosted by Think Tech Hawaii and the Grassroots Institute

  135. MLive Gets Senate Roads Plan Wrong

    No spending reductions required in Senate plan

  136. Labor Reform in the States
  137. Cut Corporate Welfare, Shift Money to Road Repair for Economic Growth
  138. Five Road Funding Principles
  139. State Income Tax Also Serves as Stealth Welfare Program
  140. Time to Give Workers a Full Choice
  141. Clock is Ticking on Michigan's Film Subsidies
  142. House and Senate Pass Competing Road Funding Plans
  143. July 2, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    Key Senate Road Funding Votes

  144. Remembering Sir Nicholas Winton

    The world has lost a true hero

  145. Poor Ol' Peter and Poor Ol' Paul Are Expected to Get $1.6 Billion in Additional Tax Revenue
  146. Measure Would Open Doors To University Board Meetings
  147. Idaho Lawmakers Embrace Open Meetings, Michigan Still Waiting for Transparency

    New law may be "the best in the nation"

  148. Skorup Film Subsidy Op-Ed Published in Wall Street Journal

    Celebrating the death of a corporate welfare program

  149. How a Common Application Could Work for Detroit Parents

    Let all parents choose! Detroit should end the address-based school assignment system

  150. U.S. Supreme Court Accepts Case to Give 'Right-to-Work' to All Public Employees
  151. Mackinac Legal Expert Quoted in Detroit News

    Examining the implications of new Supreme Court case

  152. Michigan House Wise to Shift Corporate Welfare Spending to Roads

    Programs shown to be ineffective and wasteful

  153. United States Supreme Court to Hear Case That Could Declare Agency Fees for Public Employees Unconstitutional

    Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Filed Amicus Brief Asking Court to Hear Case

  154. New State School Super Favors Merit Pay for Teachers
  155. Bringing Financial Transparency to Michigan's Public Sector Unions

    Nathan Mehrens, a labor expert who helped implement financial reporting requirements for private sector unions while serving at the U.S. Department of Labor, explains how Michigan should reform its union transparency laws. Most public sector unions do not have to publicly disclose meaningful financial information, and Mehrens argues that Michigan lawmakers should adopt financial reporting requirements similar to those used by the federal government.

  156. Public Sector Unions Vague About How They Spend Dues Money
  157. Study: They Spend Millions, but Minimal Transparency Required for Government Union Finances
  158. Union Transparency Study Featured in Daily Caller

    Article details how disclosure can help members and expose corruption

  159. Most Michigan Teachers Leave Before Qualifying For a Pension
  160. June 25, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    More subsidies and higher fees; knives and founding documents

  161. Skorup Quoted on Release Time

    Release time costs public schools millions each year

  162. A Possible Uber Setback for Ride-sharing in California

    Examining the distinction between a contractor and an employee

  163. Top 1 Percent Paid 15 Percent of State Income Tax While Bottom 33 Percent Received Millions
  164. DPS Emergency Manager Could Make Big Changes

    Steps in the right direction are possible without changing laws

  165. GOP Group Calls for Eliminating Civil Forfeiture

    Mackinac Center scholar spoke on the issue prior to vote

  166. Michigan Has Third Largest GDP Growth Since Recession
  167. Money in Politics: How Much Should Be Disclosed?

    The Mackinac Center’s Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Debate will address the question of whether individuals who donate to nonprofit organizations or political issues should be able to maintain their privacy.

  168. It is Fine to Get Detroit Out of the School Pension System

    Other districts already pay for Detroit's liabilities

  169. The Real-World Costs of Union Release Time

    Proposed law would require public workers to work for the public

  170. Lone Democrat Votes Against Party Line on Film Subsidies
  171. Should Government Set Prices for Reselling Tickets?
  172. EPA Eyeing That Saturday Afternoon BBQ at the Park
  173. Debate on Money in Politics Featured in Media

    Michigan press features arguments in advance of Thursday's debate

  174. Profane, Insulting Math Teacher Flunks Math On School Funding
  175. Teachers Union Promotes Website Telling Dissident Member 'Go to Hell'
  176. School District's 'Comparatively Low' Administrative Costs Not Really That Low
  177. The Fight for Free Speech

    Think tanks juggle privacy and advocacy

  178. IMPACT May/June 2015
  179. June 19, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    Green light to Uber; red light to film subsidies; mobile beer bars and more

  180. A Look Back at Michigan's Battery Subsidies

    Mackinac Center policy analysts discuss A123

  181. MEA Lauches Personal Attack Against Dissident Teacher, Releases Confidential Information
  182. MEDC vs. Road Spending Poll Featured in Daily Caller

    Two-thirds of voters support turning subsidy money over to roads

  183. Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Debate on Money in Politics: How Much Should Be Disclosed?

    Mackinac Center partners with League of Women Voters of Michigan and The Federalist Society to host event

  184. Every Corporate Welfare Incentive Means New Jobs, Except for Most of Them
  185. Incomplete Analysis of Pension Scheme Bill Paints False Picture

    Fiscal Agency ignores benefit spiking costs, underfunding risks

  186. National Conservative Groups Push to End Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Is Michigan’s GOP Legislature listening?

  187. Coverage of Steve Cook Pension Spiking in Detroit News

    Two Senate bills would prevent union abuse of public funds

  188. Requiring Unions to Pay for Their Own Employees Saves Taxpayer Money

    Senate Bill 280 takes union leaders off the public payroll

  189. SEIU Affiliate’s Revenue Cut in Half After 'Dues Skim' Ended
  190. Michigan Film Incentives ‘All But Dead’

    But if the MEDC wants them, it can keep them

  191. State-Based Obamacare Exchanges Cause More Pain Than Help

    Three reasons why states should avoid creating their own health insurance exchanges.

  192. Two-thirds of Respondents Want Tax Dollars To Go To Roads Rather Than Corporate Welfare

    Over 60 percent of Democratic, Republican voters say yest to Michigan roads, no to MEDC

  193. Invasion of Privacy? Tax Assessors Taking Photos on Private Property
  194. Schools Receiving More and More Money, But it Goes to Pensions
  195. The Real Story About Highland Park Schools
  196. June 12, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    “Tax-lite” road funding, same-sex adoptions, local employer mandates

  197. MEA Skips Testifying on Bill Ending Its Pension Spiking Arrangements
  198. How Not to Regulate the Innovation Sector

    The Legislature appears torn on how to regulate ride-sharing.

  199. CAPPS Report Lays Out Some Solid Criminal Justice Reforms

    Michigan can reform prison policies without endangering the public

  200. Would Ford Leave Michigan if Not for a Handout from the State?
  201. High Taxes Promote Black Market Cigarettes in Bordering State
  202. Ruling Upholds the Right of Public Employees to Resign From Union Whenever They Want
  203. MERC Outlines Future Decision Outlawing ‘August Window’ and Stopping Collections

    The MEA should stop harassing teachers

  204. The Problem of Corporate Welfare

    Corporate welfare leaves smaller companies to struggle

  205. Vernuccio Joins New York Times 'Room for Debate'

    Discussing the role of unions in the modern workplace

  206. Union Approves Contract Freezing Members’ Salaries to Keep the Dues Flowing
  207. Vernuccio Talks Tenure on Fox Business

    Proposed modifications to professor tenure in Wisconsin

  208. House Road Plan Secures Road Funding

    Understanding proposed earmarks for road funding.

  209. Sen. Gary Peters Wants Higher Minimum Wage — Except for His Unpaid Interns
  210. Auto Insurance Reforms a Good Start
  211. Film Tax Credits Don’t Grow the Economy
  212. Michigan’s Economic Recovery More Than Just the Auto Industry
  213. LaFaive Tourism OpEd Published in the Times Herald

    Pushing back on accusations from Michigan's tourism lobby

  214. House Road Plan Leaves Plenty of Money for Pure Michigan Campaign
  215. Vernuccio Co-Authors Op-Ed in Washington Times

    Missouri may become 26th right-to-work state

  216. Overcriminalization Study in The Detroit News

    Gov. Rick Snyder's recommendations for reform reflect Mackinac Center recommendations

  217. Government Spending on Universities Rise, Tuition Hikes Follow

    Increased spending on public universities doesn't pay off for the economy or education.

  218. June 5, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    June 5 round up of important bills in the Michigan State Legislature.

  219. Tying Teacher Evaluations to Student Achievement Would Be Major Reform

    New reforms would allow more local control

  220. Bills Aiming to Protect Property from Overzealous Forfeiture Clear First Hurdle
  221. Note to Michigan's Tourism Lobbyist: GEICO Pays For Its Own Advertising and You Should Too

    Michigan taxpayers are paying for something private businesses normally pay for themselves

  222. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Takes Credit for Creating Jobs in Good Times ... and Bad
  223. That's One Mighty Big Bucket of $$$
  224. House Republicans Should be Applauded for Trying to Cut ‘21st Century Jobs Fund’

    The 21st Century Jobs fund has repeatedly failed in its objectives, and any efforts to cut it would be positive.

  225. Graduated Income Tax Won’t Help Income Inequality

    Changing from a flat income tax to a graduated income tax will not improve income equality in Michigan.

  226. Teacher Evaluations in Michigan Public Schools: One Size Fits All
  227. Skorup Joins Pat Johnston for Prevailing Wage Discussion

    The two debated repealing the law on the Art Lewis Show on WSGW

  228. Worker’s Choice Gives Unions and Employees More Freedom

    New study solves the issue of “forced-riders” and so-called “free riders”

  229. Worker's Choice Study Featured in National and State Media

    Study proposes fix to free/forced rider issue

  230. Detroit's Reform District Doesn't Have One Great Teacher According to Evaluations
  231. Worker's Choice: Freeing Unions and Workers from Forced Representation

    Worker’s Choice provides a method to fix the "free/forced rider" issue that exists in right-to-work states. Without requiring a complete overhaul of a state’s public sector collective bargaining law, this policy can free unions from having to provide services to employees who do not support them, and allow individual public sector employees to represent themselves and negotiate independently with their employers.

  232. Tracking the True Cost of Tourism Spending

    Fiscal policy initiative director discusses new study with Michael Patrick Shiels on Michigan's Big Show.

  233. MLive Quotes Mackinac Center President on Road Funding

    Joe Lehman spoke as a panelist at the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference

  234. Home Schooling Not to Blame for Tragedy

    Greater regulations on home schoolers will not prevent future tragedies.

  235. Michigan School Pension Fund Liability Grows to $26.5 Billion
  236. Right-to-Work Lawsuit Featured in Hometown Life

    Susan Bank's suit challenges legality of August Window 

  237. Labor Union Caught in Dues Skim Fails to File Annual Report with Federal Government
  238. Five Road Funding Principles

    Mackinac Center President Joseph Lehman lays out a free-market approach to pay for roads

  239. Study: State Tourism Promotion Ineffective

    Every $1.00 Spent Generates 1 Cent Extra Spending at Motels and Hotels

  240. May 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  241. State Tourism Spending Ineffective

    For every $1 spent, hotel industry gets one penny

  242. Teachers Union Rails at For-Profit Charters While its Leaders Spike Own School Pensions
  243. The More Information Voters Have the Less They Support Film Subsidies

    Majority of respondents want film money to go to roads

  244. Skorup Discusses Civil Asset Forfeiture on WPHM

    Mackinac Center policy analyst Jarrett Skorup joins Bill Gilmer to discuss civil asset forfeiture.

  245. House Judiciary Passes Civil Forfeiture Reform Bills

    Progress on reforming civil asset forfeiture

  246. Mackinac Center President Serves as Panelist at Mackinac Policy Conference

    Topic is 'Michigan's Road Fix—the $1.5 Billion Question'

  247. Is State's Prevailing Wage Law at Risk of Being Tossed?
  248. Report: It Would Take Three Years to Read All the Federal Government's Rules
  249. Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Appeals Right-To-Work Case Involving Novi Special Education Teacher

    ‘The MEA has a duty of fair representation, yet it intentionally did not inform teachers of their rights.’

  250. What You Need to Know About the Initiative to Repeal Prevailing Wage

    If sponsors gather enough signatures in time, then legislature votes

  251. Unfunded State Employee Pension Liabilities Remain at $6.2 Billion

    Closing the system is saving taxpayers from future liabilities

  252. You Don’t Need $92,000 a Year to be 'Economically Stable'

    New report distorts the level of economic hardships in Michigan

  253. Teachers Union Presidents Extract Lucrative Benefits from Schools – For Themselves
  254. Assistant Fiscal Policy Director Analyses Michigan's Historic Unemployment Drop

    James Hohman discusses the numbers on the Frank Beckmann Show

  255. Memo to Reformers: Detroit Public Schools Received 42 Percent More Money Per Pupil Than State Average
  256. District Doesn't Take Evaluations Seriously, Now Laying Off its Best Teachers
  257. Michigan's Drop in Unemployment is Historic
  258. The Government Incentive to Seize Property
  259. May 22, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  260. Asset Forfeiture Package of Bills a 'Solid First Step'
  261. Frank Beckmann Show Highlights Mackinac Center/Michigan Chamber Poll

    66 percent of respondents support redirecting $50 million from films to roads

  262. Gov. Snyder Announces Criminal Justice Reforms

    Uses Center's research to make case for reforms

  263. Mackinac Center Event Featured in Media

    Topic of civil asset forfeiture attracts media and various ideologies

  264. Michigan's Economic Recovery More Than Just the Auto Industry

    Non-auto manufacturing has made a huge comeback

  265. MLive Sends Mixed Messages on School Funding
  266. Successful Public School System Would Charge Tuition, Screen Applicants
  267. Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Redirecting Film Subsidies to Roads

    66 Percent Surveyed Support Reprioritizing $50 Million Film Subsidy for Road Improvements

  268. Critics of Growth Projections in House Road Plan Should Be Unnerved by Pension Underfunding

    School pension plan requires large dedication of future revenue

  269. Corporate Welfare Isn't 'Essential' to a Vibrant Economy
  270. Feds to Michigan: End Anti-Competition 'Tesla Ban'
  271. Civil Asset Forfeiture: How Government Seizes Private Property from Innocent Citizens

    Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process by which allows the police to seize and sell private property, even if no crime has been charged against the owner of that property. Several states have recently reformed their civil asset forfeiture laws, and Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, has called for improving federal laws pertaining to this practice.

  272. Schools of Choice Program Causes Greater Competition

    Mackinac Center research cited on WILX News

  273. Mackinac Center Cited on Dangers of Targeted Tax Breaks

    Shifting the tax burden from influential businesses to smaller counterparts

  274. Mackinac Center Event Panelist on Frank Beckmann Show

    IJ's Lee McGrath talks about civil asset forfeiture

  275. Hohman Quoted on Proposal 1 Defeat

    Voters soundly rejected the "tax and spend" road funding proposal

  276. Prevailing Wage Repeal is Sound Policy

    However, not all reforms are cuts

  277. Mackinac Expert Talks Film Incentives on NPR

    No full-time jobs were created as a result of this corporate welfare

  278. Bills Attempt to Shine Light on Government-Seized Property
  279. Can't 'Cut Your Way to Prosperity?' Michigan Spending Up $3.9 Billion Since 2011
  280. Lansing Schools: MEA President Steve Cook's Deal Never Considered 'Long Term Thing'
  281. How Michigan Can Pay for its Roads Without a Tax Increase
  282. May 15, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  283. Pure Michigan Scare Tactics

    MEDC deploys 'Washington Monument syndrome'

  284. Property Tax Revenue on the Rise
  285. Affluent School Districts Don't Guarantee Better Academic Performance
  286. House Road Plan Relies on Reality

    Detroit News wrong to call it "mostly fantasy"

  287. FTC to Michigan Legislature: End Car Protectionism

    Let consumers buy cars from whomever they want

  288. Michigan House Republicans Find $1 Billion More for Roads with No Big Tax Hike
  289. State's Corporate Welfare Arm Says Ex-Attorney General Approved Being Less Transparent
  290. Interpreting Proposal 1’s Loss

    First, look at current resources

  291. Michigan Incentive Policies Fooled by Job Turnover
  292. How They Sold $17-Plus Million Spending Hike as $10 Million Cut
  293. Mackinac Center Road Solutions Prescribed in Detroit News

    Experts lay out a path to funding Michigan's roads

  294. Here's How Much Michigan's 'Prevailing Wage' Law Costs Your School District
  295. Fossil Fuel Investments Yield Big Returns for State Pension Funds
  296. Not As Good As You Think: Why Middle-Class Parents in Michigan Should be Concerned about Their Local Public Schools

    Many middle-class Michiganders think that most low-performing schools are located in poor inner cities such as Detroit, not in their nice neighborhoods or in their smaller towns. They need to think again.

  297. Michigan Income Taxes Already Progressive

    State Democrats want new power to create a graduated income tax

  298. Township Votes Down Wind Energy Project
  299. Local Union Leaves Michigan Education Association
  300. Charter Schools Cost Unions Millions in Dues
  301. May 8, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  302. Michael LaFaive and Todd Nesbit: R.I. set to lose tobacco revenue

    Increasing cigarette tax would be counterproductive

  303. Mackinac Center Experts Show Cigarette Tax Increase is Counterproductive

    Michael LaFaive and Todd Nesbit, Ph.D. cited in Providence Journal

  304. Prevailing Wage Research Cited in Detroit News

    Repealing the law could save taxpayers millions every year

  305. Bill Would Allow Local Governments to Post Notices Online Rather than in Newspapers
  306. Snug as an Official Bug in a Rug

    Politicians can find themselves deciding things of low value

  307. Prop 1 Unpopularity to Voters was Unprecedented
  308. Free Press Columnist Disses 'Michissippians' Like It's 2009; Michigan Outperforms States He Elevates
  309. Detroit Public Schools Gave 8 of 10 Teachers Highest Rating Despite Being Nation's Worst Urban District
  310. Detroit Education Overhaul Would Cost Other Schools $50 Per Student
  311. Gov. Snyder's Plan for Detroit Public Schools Meets Legislative Skepticism
  312. Guest Post: Kansas Excise Tax Hike Proposal a Bad Choice

    The unintended consequences of higher taxes

  313. Choice in Electricity: A Good Idea Michigan Abandoned
  314. Gov. Snyder’s Much-Needed Move on Licensing
  315. Not As Good As You Think: How Michigan’s Wealthier Schools Escape Scrutiny
  316. Governor's Plan to Fix Education in Detroit May Threaten School Choice
  317. Michigan Auto Insurance Reforms on Hold
  318. Obamacare Exchange: Michigan Dodged a Bullet

    Michigan fortunate not to have established state exchange

  319. May 1, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
  320. Illegal Strike by Detroit Teachers Shuts Down 18 Schools
  321. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Scene From Fantasia Captures the Spirit of Earth Day
  322. IMPACT March/April 2015
  323. Show Me the Money and Then We'll Be Accountable
  324. Second MEA President Used $200,000+ Union Salary to ‘Spike’ Public Pension
  325. Auto Insurance Reforms a Good Start

    State needs to address high costs associated with mandated generous coverage

  326. Bills Put Obsolete Laws on the Chopping Block
  327. Fix Disparities in Public University Funding in Michigan
  328. Reasons to Reason

    Why we need analytical thinking in our policy debates

  329. As Obamacare is Implemented, Part-Time Jobs at All Time High
  330. Texas Moves Toward Dumping Wind Mandate
  331. April 24, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    “Early Warning System” for overspending school districts
  332. Film Incentive Supporters Ignore the Facts

    There's still no good evidence for this program

  333. Michigan’s Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Exceeds Projections by 22 Percent

    The cost of expanding Medicaid more expensive than originally assumed

  334. 'Steve Cook' Bill Would Prevent Private Union Employees from Spiking State Pension
  335. Mackinac Center Study Gives a How-To When Changing the Constitution
  336. The Disparity in Michigan University Funding
    State should use fair funding for universities
  337. With $2 Billion at Stake, $100 Fines Won't Deter Violations of State Law
  338. Poll: Just 1 in 3 Know Wind Energy Depends on Fossil Fuels
  339. Why Michigan Should Compact for a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment
  340. State Workers Use 4x as Many Sick Days as Private Sector
  341. Taylor School District Refuses to Inform Teachers They Don't Have to Financially Support the Union
  342. Michigan Supreme Court: Pension Reforms were Constitutional

    Unions lose challenge to 2012 law

  343. Will Poll Hurt Legislation Aiming to Give Energy Utilities Monopoly?
  344. 'Big Oil' and 'Big Wind' Keep Public in the Dark About Wind Dependence on Fossil Fuels
  345. Michigan Property Tax Revenues Up

    Both rates and revenue on the rise

  346. School District Has to Spend $1 Million to Improve 'Failing' Academic Performance
  347. Collection Bins for Clothing and Used Goods Targeted as Nuisances
  348. April 17, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Auto insurance, double-dipping pensions, investor guarantees
  349. Proposal 1: What It Is and How It Affects Taxpayers

    On May 5th Michigan voters will vote on Proposal 1, a constitutional amendment and series of bills that will go into effect if the amendment is approved. A large piece of the proposal is raising the sales tax...

  350. Low or High, Great Lakes Water Levels Always Blamed on Global Warming
  351. If Greedy Employers Discriminate by Paying Women Less, Why Don't They Hire a Lot More of Them?
  352. Union President Tells Women to Join Union to Get Equal Pay
  353. Open Letter to Steve Inskeep of National Public Radio

    National Public Radio wrong about Mackinac Center study

  354. Cigarette Tax Hikes Cause Unintended Consequences
  355. Detroit News Exposes MEDC Secrecy

    Michigan's corporate welfare program needs to be more transparent

  356. Facts About Road Safety in Michigan

    Traveling on Michigan's roads is safer than it's ever been

  357. Who You Gonna Believe? A K-12 Superintendent or the State Constitution?
  358. Manufacturing Jobs Set to Surpass Government Jobs in Michigan for First Time in Years
  359. Charter School Parent 'Grateful' to Have a Choice

    A Detroit mother explains the importance of school choice

  360. Is Big Business a Danger to Economic Liberty?

    Please join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for a Club Mackinac event in Grand Rapids, as we welcome Timothy P. Carney, senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the author of two books: The Big Ripoff, and Obamanomics. 

  361. Huron County Pushes Stop Button on Wind Development
  362. Meet Toya Putnam, Charter School Parent
  363. MCPP Experts Take Down Film Program in MLive

    The state should curtain this ineffective program

  364. Mackinac Center Work on Prop 1 Gets Wide Coverage

    MCPP original research prominently featured in Prop 1 stories

  365. Detroit Charter School Parents: Don’t Take Away Our Freedom to Choose
  366. Union: No Photo Needed to Vote, but Bring ID If You Want to Leave the Union
  367. Natural Gas to Wind Energy: You're Nothing Without Me
  368. April 10, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Hospital “prices,” cigarette taxes, unions, monopolies
  369. Poll Suggests Strong Turnout for May 5 Ballot Proposal
  370. Love it or Hate it, Voters are Aware of Proposal 1
  371. Court of Appeals Orders Wayne County Circuit Court to Hear Claim Related to Union’s End Run of Right-to-Work
  372. State's Cost of Teacher Pension System Quintuples
  373. Mackinac Expert Debates Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Here's why Michigan needs to reform civil asset forfeiture

  374. Amendment’s Effects on Higher Ed are Uncertain
    Proposal 1 may offer more leeway in funding than intended.
  375. Detroit Coalition Plan Would Lead to More Schools Outside of Detroit

    Restricting choice could lead to more students leaving Detroit

  376. Michigan Plummets in Economic Outlook Rankings Among States
  377. Our Children. Our Choice.
  378. Law that Made School Employees Pay More for Health Insurance Saved $1.3 Billion
  379. There Was Never a $470 Per Pupil Education Funding Cut in Michigan
  380. So What Happens if the May 5 $2 Billion Tax Hike Fails?
  381. Charter Schools’ Record of Doing More With Less Validated by Stanford Report
  382. Cigarette Smuggling Still Rampant, Problematic
  383. The Cost of the Proposal 1: The May Tax Vote
  384. What if it Were April Fools' Day Year Round?
  385. April 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call

    New bills cover marijuana, mandates, police cameras

  386. New State Tax Payment System Causing Headaches for Businesses
  387. Read This: FEE Interview With Larry Reed

    Former Mackinac Center president shares stories of his world travels

  388. Pro-School Choice Group: Let Detroit Students Attend School Anywhere They Want
  389. The Irony of Michigan's Film Incentive Program
  390. Detroit Charter School Students Gaining Months of Extra Education Per Year
  391. Coalition Wants $153 Million a Year Debt Forgiveness for Detroit Public Schools
  392. And the Answer is … 'Something a College Freshman Might Say'
  393. Coalition's Vision for Detroit: More Bureaucracy; Less Innovation

    Doubling down on what doesn't work won't fix Detroit schools

  394. Spalding Quoted in The Detroit News
    Article highlights school choice in Detroit.
  395. In Memory of Bob Crowner

    Mackinac Center remembers a long-time friend

  396. Here are the Highest Paying School Districts in Michigan
  397. Proposal 1 Would Pay Michigan's Road Debt Hangover

    Paying down the state's road debt is a good idea

  398. LaFaive Quoted on State Board Meeting Spending

    The state spends $1.3 million on oversight boards each year

  399. Hooray for Gov. Snyder on Occupational Licensure

    Legislature should curtail these needless regulations

  400. Bottom Line Will Tell How Effective House Republicans are at Limiting Government
  401. Here we go Again: Trying to Make Legislators' Records Public
  402. Mackinac Analyst on Frank Beckman Show
    James Hohman talks about Proposal 1 study findings.
  403. March 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    A raise for judges; welfare truants; legalized scalping.
  404. WSJ: Pension Reform 'Transition Cost' Claim More Bogus than Ever

    Transitions costs are illusionary

  405. Proposal 1 Will Cost Average Michigan Household Up to $525 a Year in Extra Taxes
  406. What Happened in Five Days?
  407. How Right-to-Work Can Make Unions Stronger

    Unions can still collectively bargain, but must earn support of workers

  408. Poor Cities' School Districts Receive the Most Funding
  409. Budget Cut to the Bone? It's Increased by $5 Billion the Last Three Years
  410. House Considers Repealing Outdated Crimes
    Current crimes include walkathons and reproachful language.
  411. New Study Analyzes Impact of Proposal 1 on Taxpayers
  412. Proposal 1 of 2015: An Analysis
  413. State's Tourism Agency Sees Tourism-Boosting Lodging Service as a 'Threat'
  414. State Superintendent Puts Failing Schools Ahead of Students' Choice
  415. Site Map
    An overview of the website.
  416. Grands Rapids Mayor: Hate the Drillers, Love Their Money
  417. State Film Incentives are the Real 'President Business' Villain
  418. Transit: So Popular it Needs to be Subsidized
  419. Deficit-Ridden District Almost Demolishes Building Rather Than Take $3.5 Million From Charter
  420. March 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Abortions, homosexual adoptions, bake sale "push-back"
  421. Automatic Tax Increases are Not Good Policy

    Letter: Continued cigarette tax policy will increase smuggling from other states

  422. Media Covers MEA President’s Public Pension

    Story first discovered by Michigan Capitol Confidential

  423. Detroit Free Press Follows Up Story Broken by CapCon
    Free Press story covers civil asset forfeiture victim.
  424. Dispute Over $1,500 Charge for Phantom Copies from State is Resolved
  425. National Study: Detroit Charters Should Serve as a Model for Other Communities
  426. If You Can't Beat 'Em, Sound Like 'Em
  427. Mackinac Research Featured in Wall Street Journal
    Hohman and Skorup cited on film subsidies
  428. Smuggling Rampant in Minnesota
    The unintended costs of cigarette 'sin' taxes
  429. The 'M' in MEDC Should No Longer Stand For 'Mystery'
  430. Mitch Albom's 'Single-Industry' Blunder
  431. A Conversation About Private School Choice
    with Dr. Michael Q. McShane and Bruce Braun

    Featuring Michael Q. McShane, a research fellow in education policy studies at AEI.

  432. Bill Package Includes Elimination of Energy Choice
  433. Community College Secretaries Secede From the State's Largest Teachers Union
  434. Letter to the Detroit Free Press on Film Subsidies

    Corporate welfare programs rarely produce net new jobs

  435. Mackinac Center Gets FOIA Charges Reduced from $1,550 to $50
  436. Oklahoma Shows Pension Reform Can Boost a State's Credit Rating
  437. Partisan Left’s Corporate Welfare Position Depends on Which Party Holds Office
  438. The GOP Politicians Who Voted Against Ending Film Subsidies
  439. Detroit News Highlights Mackinac FOIA Fee Case
    FOIA laws in need of reform.
  440. March 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Crime & punishment, film subsidies.
  441. Washington Examiner Quotes Vernuccio
    Supreme Court could take up issue of agency fees.
  442. MEA Union President In Line for Six-Figure Government Pension
  443. How Steve Cook's Pension Will Cost Taxpayers
  444. House Vote on Terminating Michigan Film Producer Subsidies
    House rejects $50 million per year program.
  445. Three Reasons Why Michigan Should End Film Incentives

    Results show the investment is not worth it

  446. Excise Tax Hike on Cigarettes Irrational Choice for Washington

    Fewer legal sales doesn't necessarily mean lower smoking rates

  447. State on Required Payments for School Employees' Pension: 'The Check is in the Mail'
  448. Why Unions Care About Paid Sick Time
  449. Will Michigan GOP Continue Michael Moore Film Subsidies?
    Program is a waste of taxpayer money.
  450. LaFaive in Los Angeles Times
    Detroit’s foreclosure problem and what to do about it.
  451. Vernuccio Cited in Forbes
    Why Wisconsin and others become right-to-work.
  452. Unions and a Complicit Media in Pro-Paid Sick Time Campaign
  453. State Education Department's Puzzling Stance on Students' Family Income
  454. The 'Astroturf' Campaign to Force Employers to Give Paid Sick Time
  455. Thank You for Supporting CapCon!
  456. Paid Leave Isn't Free Leave
  457. Hey! Is that Brad Pitt in the Frozen Food Aisle?
  458. $23K School Employee Upset that MEA President’s Pension Spiked by $200K Union Salary
  459. Thank You for Supporting the Center!
  460. A $46,000 Spread in the Cost of Tuition Per Degree at Michigan Universities
  461. Weak Membership Growth Shows Need for New Union
  462. What the New Legislature Should Stand For — And What It Should Not
  463. Sheriff Lieutenant Caught on Video Saying Officers Disciplined for Not Writing Enough Tickets
  464. Right-To-Work For Taylor Teachers Begins Today
    Mackinac Center Legal Foundation case in the news
  465. March 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Pension debt, double-dipping, film subsidies
  466. Now is the Time to Demand Transparency from State's Corporate Welfare Agency
  467. Hohman in Wall Street Journal
    Right-to-work states enjoy higher per capita income
  468. Michigan Appeals Court Denies Stay in Taylor Teacher Case
  469. School Reformers Have 'Significant Concerns' About State Superintendent Finalist
  470. House Committee Votes to End Michigan Film Incentives

    $500 million spent for no permanent jobs

  471. Obamacare's Michigan Tale: Small Drop in Uninsured While Families Pay More
  472. Everything You Need to Know, Except the Cost
  473. Wright on the Beckman Show
    MEA president earning taxpayer-funded pension.
  474. VoteSpotter

    Your legislators work for you, and now there is a one-click way to stay informed and keep an eye on what they are doing in Lansing and in Washington.

  475. More Jobs, Higher Pay Since Right-to-Work Passed in Michigan
  476. High Court Should Strike Agency Fees
  477. Mackinac Center Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court to End Union Agency Fees
  478. How Wind Energy Creates More Dependence on Fossil Fuels
  479. Plot to Kill Film Credits Begins to Look Plausible
  480. Vernuccio in Washington Times
    Wisconsin at work on right-to-work
  481. February 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    BB guns (‘Ralphie’s Law’), more corporate subsidies
  482. 'If It's Not Illegal, It Should Be'
  483. Hohman on Film Incentives

    Price tag of $500 million for no industry growth

  484. LaFaive's Minnesota Senate Tax Committee Testimony

    Fiscal policy expert shows analysis of cigarette taxes and smuggling

  485. School District Carries MEA President on its Books, Boosting His Pension
  486. MEA President Inflating Public Pension with $200K Salary While Working for Private Union
  487. Hohman Testimony to House Committee
  488. How Occupational Licensing Redistributes Income
    No benefits to consumers to be found.
  489. IMPACT January/February 2015
  490. CBS 'Battle Creek' Show Misses City's Real Police Drama
  491. No Ineffective Teacher Left Behind
  492. Why Worker Freedom is Right for Wisconsin
  493. Vernuccio's Wisconsin Senate Committee Testimony Video
  494. The Facts on Electricity Choice

    Consumers pay a high price for utility monopolies.

  495. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Tone Deaf to Requests for Transparency
  496. Vernuccio Quoted on Illinois "Fair Share Dues"

    Unions can no longer deduct dues from non-member paychecks

  497. The 'Too Many School Districts' Myth
    Enrollment data doesn't support claim.
  498. Right to Work Isn't the Only Option

    The state should give workers and unions more choices.

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  500. Michigan May Send Film Credits to the Cutting Room Floor
  501. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Hasn't Faced Real Media Scrutiny
  502. February 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Guns, drones and votes. Subsidies ate the budget.
  503. The Real Problem With ‘Economic Development’ Programs

    Michigan should end the MEDC

  504. MEDC Feeling the Heat for Corporate Welfare Deals Coming Home to Roost
  505. 96 Percent of Michigan Schools Getting Richer
  506. House Republicans Announce Criminal Justice Reforms
    The state should repeal antiquated and unnecessary criminal laws.
  507. LaFaive in National Media

    Mackinac Center expert's analysis on cigarette smuggling cited in national report

  508. Media Covers McHugh's Committee Testimony

    Few jobs, little transparency for Michigan corporate welfare machine

  509. A History of Corporate Welfare Failure: Mackinac Center Testimony in the Michigan House

    "The truth is these are mostly political development programs, not economic development programs."

  510. 2014 Was a Great Year for Adding Jobs in Michigan
  511. What if this had Happened at a Charter School?
  512. Governor Praises Detroit School Ranked Among the Worst in the State
  513. International Japanese School Gets a Second Chance
  514. Public Letter on Direct Automobile Sales

    Center signs on to letter explaining why state should allow car manufacturers to sell directly to consumers.

  515. Impact and How They Voted on May 5 Sales Tax Increase Ballot Measure

    Who voted “yes” and who voted “no” for $2 billion tax increase

  516. Labor Board Says Teacher Union Committed an Unfair Labor Practice and Acted “arbitrarily, indifferent and reckless”
  517. Right-to-Work Debate: Former Labor Boss and Think Tank Labor Expert Square Off
  518. Charter School Growth in Michigan is Not the 'Wild, Wild West'
  519. Lower Gas Costs Benefit School Funding in May 5 Ballot Proposal
  520. February 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Presidential primary, absent voting, subsidies ate the budget.
  521. Reitz on Overcriminalization

    MCPP, ACLU and Manhattan Institute panel discussion.

  522. Double Tax on Some Fuels is Problematic for $2 Billion May 5 Proposal
  523. Vernuccio in Bloomberg Business
  524. Ballot Proposal Backers Weighing Strategy

    $2 billion tax hike vote on May 5.

  525. State-Protected Alcohol Cartels Don’t Improve Public Safety
  526. Ohio Cigarette Tax Increase Would Bring Unintended Consequences
  527. How to Deal with Michigan’s Vast Criminal Code
  528. Media Muddles Magnitude of May Tax Hike Vote
  529. How Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Raises Costs
  530. Overcriminalization in Michigan

    Michigan’s vast, disorganized criminal law inherently places residents at risk of unintentionally violating a growing array of regulatory crimes that are difficult to discover and understand. The complexity of administrating such a criminal code threatens to divert scarce resources away from the enforcement of serious violent and property crimes. This event will feature ideas about how to protect Michigan residents from overcriminalization and improve the state’s criminal law.

  531. Closing School Retirement System the Right Choice

    MPSERS has been underfunded in 29 out of the past 30 years

  532. Here's the Upcoming Political Drama in Michigan
  533. How Local Governments Toe the Line Advocating for Tax Hikes
  534. Increased North Dakota Tobacco Taxes Could Lead to Rampant Smuggling
  535. Court of Claims Tosses MEA's Right-to-Work Lawsuit
  536. Economic Freedom in Michigan and Beyond
  537. May Sales Tax Proposal Explained
  538. The Myth of a Spreading ‘Tax Cut Fever’
  539. What the New Legislature Should Stand For – and What It Should Not
  540. House GOP Action Plan Points the Way to Real Reform

    Repealing prevailing wage a top priority.

  541. February 6, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Pension double dipping, concealed pistol rules.
  542. IRS to Tom Brady: Nice Trophy. What's That Worth?
  543. MEA Drops Attempt to Stop Vote on Decertification
  544. Teacher Claims Union Ruined Her Credit, Humiliated Her Over Trying to Leave
  545. Bipartisan Effort to Reform Licensing Laws

    President Obama, scholars call for rollback of rules.

  546. Vernuccio Op-Ed in Washington Times

    How Big Labor can solve its membership crisis.

  547. Energy Policy Director: Wind Energy isn't Cheap and Alone Can't Meet Our Needs
  548. Time to Uncork Beer and Wine Reforms?

    Office of Regulatory Reinvention seeks input.

  549. Difference Between Bridge and Center Report Cards

    Both are superior to state's Top-to-Bottom rankings.

  550. CapCon Interview with Founding Editor Ken Braun and Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman
  551. State Liquor Commission Should End Rules that Hike Prices
  552. CapCon Celebrates its Five Year Anniversary
  553. Center Study Featured in WZZM Report

    Overcriminalization a growing concern nationwide.

  554. Politicians Want to Review State Agency that has 1 in 5 Jobs Track Record
  555. Litigants Ask Supreme Court to Review County Land Bank Cherry-Picking Prime Property
  556. Michigan Adds, Loses Thousands of Jobs

    More proof corporate welfare doesn't work.

  557. District Ties Teachers' Salaries to Financial Health
  558. One Lawsuit Settled, But No Truce in Wind Energy Debate
  559. Eight Days, 196 Bills, 12 Constitutional Amendments

    Repeal film subsidies, let nurses do more, stalking registry.

  560. The End of Hollywood Corporate Welfare?

    Legislators look to fix budget overspending.

  561. 'Free' Community College

    Not a very sound idea.

  562. Ethanol Study Touted as Independent Was Paid for by Corn Growers
  563. In Ann Arbor, Jim Harbaugh Gets $150,000 Academic Incentive – City's Teachers Get $150
  564. Granholm Too Cool For Her Own Cool Initiative?
  565. Jennifer Granholm = Job Creator ... Really?
  566. Federal Government Stymies Energy Production on its Land
  567. A Formula for Happiness with Arthur Brooks
    Join AEI president Arthur Brooks for a discussion on the intersection between work, happiness, and human flourishing. This event is co-sponsored by The Mackinac Center, AEI, and Acton.
  568. $10,000 Plus More a Year, But Take Home Pay is the Same?
  569. Michigan Celebrates School Choice
  570. Michigan Celebrates National School Choice Week
  571. Michigan Turns 178

    A look back at the early days.

  572. Fixing Michigan's Budget-Killing School Employees' Pension Up in the Air
  573. National School Choice Week at the Capitol

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and partner organizations cordially invite you to join us in celebrating National School Choice Week with an event from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2015, at the Capitol.

  574. Spalding Discusses School Choice

    Joined on WKAR by Democratic lawmaker.

  575. Two Cheers for Legislators on Licensing

    Good progress in 2013, more to be done.

  576. Labor Policy Expert Cited on Union Decline

    Vernuccio in Detroit News, Free Press.

  577. State Revenue Increasing by $640 Million
  578. The Costs and Benefits of Wind Energy: Competing Groups Hold Forums
  579. 88 New Bills in Four Days — a Sampler
    Ban local Uber bans, restrict religious freedom restrictions.
  580. Wind Energy Allegations Deserve Hearings

    Claims about efficiency, health hazards should be explored.

  581. Governor Signs Bill Freeing Up Market Approach to Health Care
  582. State Out Nearly $300M from Cigarette Smuggling

    Yet another unintended consequence of high excise taxes.

  583. Why Not Double the Prevailing Wage?

    Arbitrary rate does harm taxpayers, school districts.

  584. Open Letter to the Liquor Control Commission

    Abandon rules allowing industry price collusion.

  585. State Agency Wants $1,500 for a No-Cost Electronic File
  586. Mackinac Center Sues Michigan Liquor Control Commission Over FOIA Fees
  587. Speed Limit Reform Died Last Year but May be Revived
  588. Despite Media Reports, Michigan's Revenues are Increasing
  589. Another Tobacco Store Burglary Today

    Unintended consequence of high cigarette taxes.

  590. MEDC's New Program: Government Funding Government
  591. Gov. Snyder’s 2015 State of the State Address Included Six Proposed Government Expansions, One Limitation
  592. How Michigan Blew a Hole in its Budget
  593. Point One Finger, Three are Pointing Back at You
  594. Feds Take Step Forward on Asset Forfeiture

    Now state needs to step up.

  595. Michigan Sales Tax Hike Proposal May Provide Schools With Less
  596. Did the State Superintendent Advocate Detroit Schools Hire More Teachers?
  597. And They’re Off – Jan. 16 Legislature Report
    Hike taxes, extend term limits, repeal "prevailing wage"
  598. 'Big Oil' and Climate Change

    Debunking an urban myth.

  599. Center Research Cited in Washington Post

    New cigarette smuggling study released.

  600. State Superintendent Advocates Hiring More Teachers in Detroit
  601. Legislature Looks at Repealing Prevailing Wage

    Center experts made suggestion 20 years ago.

  602. 'Blown Away' Program Prolonged

    Corporate welfare program a continued failure.

  603. MEGA Fail: Progress Michigan Bashes Republican Governor for Democratic Governor’s Program
  604. Awarded Millions, Wind Turbine Company Defaults on State Loan
  605. Renewable Energy Advocate Falsely Claims Industry is not Supported by Taxpayer Dollars
  606. Cigarette Smugglers Still Love New York and Michigan, but Illinois Closing In
  607. Analysis: High Cigarette Taxes Contributing to Increased Smuggling Rates in Michigan, Elsewhere
  608. Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences

    Please join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in welcoming Daniel DiSalvo, assistant professor of Political Science at The City College of New York-CUNY and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership.

  609. Michigan's Pension Underfunding Problem
  610. MEA Gives Update on Cyberbullying Bill While Still Bullying Ex-Members
  611. A Fresh Angle: Taking on 'Big Wind' With Competition
  612. ‘Tax Cut Fever’ – Never Burning Hot

    Has tax cut phobia gripped Lansing?

  613. A Presidential Flip Flop
  614. Five Years Later, Granholm's Green Economic Vision has Failed to Materialize
  615. The Mackinac Center, Policy, and Politics

    Setting the record straight

  616. Despite 'Tax Cut Fever,' State Revenue Grows by Billions
  617. LaFaive on WKZO in Kalamazoo

    Discussed migration, legislative priorities and roads.

  618. 'Green Energy' Companies Awarded $231 Million Created Just 44 Full-Time Jobs
  619. Union Tries to Block Election that Would Decertify it
  620. Doctors Accepting More Medicaid Patients – for Now
  621. A Better School Just a Mile Away, but Parents Don't Get a Choice
  622. Detroit Homicide Rate isn't the Lowest Since 1967, Despite TV Station's Claim
  623. Charter School Student Enjoying Success at Stanford

    Detroit student had been accepted to several top universities.

  624. Statewide Media Attention for Missed Votes Report

    How did your legislator do?

  625. Plan for Green Energy Biogas Facility in Reed City 'Just Dies'
  626. He's the Best Man for the Job, and So is His Brother
  627. Huron County Looks at Wind Turbine Moratorium
  628. Dear Taxpayer: Does This 'Bug' You?

    Politicians often focus on less important matters

  629. What is a 'Green Job'? Advocates Won't Say
  630. Bowl-ing for Dollars
  631. Happy New Year! It’s Time for Tax Cuts
  632. Center Report Card Puts School Performance in Context
  633. As Conventional Public Schools Fail Transparency Law, Charters are Targeted
  634. In or Out? How is Michigan Doing Among Other States?

    New United Van Lines National Movers Study released.

  635. How Would You Spend an Extra $130?

    How would you spend an extra $130?

  636. Politicians Don’t Guide the Economy, You Do
    Economic growth starts with the individual, not the state.
  637. Union Threatens School District for Removing Illegal Language From Contracts
  638. No, Michigan is Not Projected to Run a Deficit
  639. The Best of the Best: CapCon's Top 10 Stories of 2014
  640. Happy New Year!

    The perfect time for tax cuts.

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