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  1. Agencies Have Until Whenever To Fulfill Open Records Law Requests
     
  2. Charter Schools, Developer and Grocery Store Subsidies, University Debt, more
    December 15, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  3. Michigan Falls in Economic Freedom Index
    Lower rank due to reforms in other states
     
  4. No Sports At Charters? Good Teams Can’t Undo A Poor School
     
  5. State Senate Tightens Rules on Driver’s License
    The three-ticket rule may inflict collateral damage
     
  6. Township Officials: Cronyism Rife On Lucrative Wind Project Deals
     
  7. Happy Anniversary, Michigan Business Development Program
     
  8. School Choice Breaks Down Racial Barriers
    Some districts’ residency requirements reinforce segregation
     
  9. The ‘50 Students Per Classroom’ Myth: Detroit Class Sizes Are Normal
     
  10. The Problems with the Pension and Retiree Health Insurance Bills
    Recent legislation confuses legal obligations between benefits
     
  11. Teacher Sues Union Over Right-to-Work
    A Michigan Education Association affiliate is violating state law
     
  12. Detroit School District Still Needs Teachers
     
  13. Charters Schools ‘Segregated’? Children Only Attend If Their Parents Choose
     
  14. Raise For Detroit School Union Official Exceeds Salary Of Many Teachers
     
  15. A Message From Joe
     
  16. The Right Way to Fund a Second Poe Lock
    The shipping industry should help pay for the services it uses
     
  17. Increase Cell Phone Tax, Expand Stopped Vehicle Mandate, Car Seat Regulations, More
    December 8, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  18. Grosse Pointe Restricts Nonresident Students, Board Member Joins ‘Charter School Segregation’ Chorus
     
  19. Mackinac Center Files Amicus in Pivotal Right-to-Work Case
    Janus v. AFSCME could extend freedom of association to all public workers
     
  20. Fire Chief Calls City’s $92 Million Pension Debt ‘Responsible’
     
  21. Parents Deserve Clear Information About School Performance
    Letter grades work for students, they can work for schools too
     
  22. Critic Cites Performance In Other States To Attack Michigan Charters
     
  23. Go To Jail, Pay $60 Per Night
     
  24. Detroit Schools’ Annual Budget Balanced With Emergency Bailout Money
     
  25. Virtual Justice: Using New Technology in the Criminal Justice System
    It can work if used judiciously
     
  26. Productive Skills, Not College Degrees, Key to Economic Prosperity
    A critique of ‘talent mercantilism’
     
  27. Change Careers to Teaching? Take the SAT
     
  28. How to Solve Government Employee Retiree Health Insurance Costs
     
  29. Why There’s a Revolving Prison Door
     
  30. Another Pension ‘Spike’ For Outgoing Teachers Union President
     
  31. Wyoming Lights Up a Tax Hike
    Op-ed published in Casper Star Tribune
     
  32. The Highest-Paid Employees in Michigan's State Government
     
  33. Unions Complicit in Retirement Benefit Crisis
    But trying to shift the blame to Lansing anyway
     
  34. Parking Ticket License Renewal, Animal Cruelty, Student Loan Disclosures, more
    December 1, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  35. Ex-Con Working as Nurse Gets Denied License When Moving to Michigan
    Great Lakes State has some of the most stringent laws in the nation
     
  36. Michigan’s Largest Teachers Union Has Lost 25 Percent of Its Members
     
  37. Assessing Michigan’s Alleged Teacher Shortage
    Over 100,000 qualified teachers are not employed by a public school
     
  38. Michigan’s Largest Teachers Union Funds Leftist Activist Group
     
  39. Mackinac Center Joins Tax Reform Letter
    Senate vote for tax reform possible this week
     
  40. Are Any Left? 100 Years Of ‘Michigan Teacher Shortage’ Headlines
     
  41. State Ends Fiscal Year With Surplus After 12 House Republicans Defeat Tax Cut
     
  42. Taxpayers Shouldn’t Subsidize High Income Housing
    Millions going to build luxury developments
     
  43. Accountability? Nothing Appears Closer To Eternal Than A Failed Detroit School
     
  44. Union Head Questions Corporate Pay, Ignores Own Officers’ Huge Salaries
     
  45. No Arrest — But Cops Took And Kept His $2,035 Anyway
     
  46. Thanksgiving Day: More Than Football and Turkey
     
  47. Bills Would Ban Keeping Taxpayer Handouts To Corporations Secret
     
  48. The Most Bizarre Licenses in Michigan
     
  49. How to Regulate Vacation Rentals in Michigan
    And why property rights need to be secured
     
  50. How Right-to-Work and the End of the 'Dues Skim' Killed the SEIU in Michigan
    Membership, revenue and political spending plummet for SEIU Healthcare-Michigan
     
  51. Police Set Up Crime, Entrap College Student’s Cellphone and $100
     
  52. Half a Million Prevailing Wage Rates For 162,000 Construction Workers
     
  53. Unions That Say Prevailing Wage Law Protects Retirees Mismanage Worker Pensions
     
  54. Unconstitutional? Not If These Resolutions Pass
    November 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  55. Arcades Owe Detroit Thousands of Quarters Each Year
     
  56. Teachers Union President: It’s A Lousy Job And Young People Should Look Elsewhere
     
  57. MEA Attack on Online Charters Misses Mark
    Policy based on bad data, double standards would hurt families
     
  58. Update: D.C.’s Tax Reform Sausage Making May Still Work Out
    Tax Foundation Calculates $2,500 gain per Michigan worker
     
  59. Half Of Able-Bodied Michigan Medicaid Expansion Enrollees Don’t Work
     
  60. Michigan Was Right to End Film Incentives
    New report backs up legislators
     
  61. Iron Mountain Schools Draws Flak for Novel Homeschool Co-op
     
  62. Why did the Governor Flip Flop on Corporate Welfare?
    Corporate handouts remain unfair and ineffective
     
  63. Online Map Shows Local Government Retiree Health Care Funding Levels
    Find out if your community can afford its retiree health benefits
     
  64. Teachers Union Head Gets Annual $92,000 Pension Bonus, Courtesy of Taxpayers
     
  65. Price of Electricity Up 85 Percent Since 2001
     
  66. This ‘Sleepy Old Monopoly’ Jams Region’s Highest Energy Rates on Michigan
     
  67. Forfeiture From People Not Convicted of a Crime in Michigan Isn’t ‘Rare’
     
  68. Guns in Schools, Fetus as Victim, Ice Shanties and More
    November 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  69. With Income Tax Rejected By Voters, East Lansing Looks at Spending Cuts
     
  70. East Lansing Loses $350,000 Running 'Aquatic Center'
     
  71. The Business Climate Matters More Than Amazon
    Number of jobs created apart from Amazon dwarfs that offered by retailer’s new project
     
  72. Another Local Politician Violates Election Law, Sanctions Again Unlikely
     
  73. Smart Regulations for the Coming Driverless Car Revolution

    As you read this, a future that features driverless cars on city streets, interstate highways and maybe in your driveway is steadily unfolding. But before this future fully arrives, policymakers need to think hard about how to properly regulate these new technologies. Regulations, after all, are powerful and often blunt tools — they can be used to foster innovation, competition and economic growth, and they can be used to prevent change, snuff out invention and slow technological advances. The predicted benefits of autonomous vehicles to society are large and widespread, and Michigan needs to be ensure that its residents can take full advantage of these upsides.


     
  74. NSCW
     
  75. Mackinac Center Settles Transparency Lawsuit with DEQ
    Legislative clarity still needed for FOIA timeliness
     
  76. Let Them Fill Growlers
    Mackinac Center testimony on beer freedom
     
  77. Why There’s a Revolving Prison Door
    New research suggests that strict parole rules contribute to inflated prison populations
     
  78. City Taxpayers Will Pay Millions For Past Employees’ Benefits
     
  79. No More ‘Chippewas,’ ‘Eskymos’ or ‘Fighting Scots’? Bill Bans Ethnic Mascots
     
  80. Michigan Lottery Sees Huge Increase, Meaning Windfall for Schools
     
  81. Change Careers to Teaching? Take the SAT
    New bureaucratic rule constricts educator pipeline
     
  82. Michigan May Streamline Internet Services
    Testimony: House and Senate bills gets government out of the way
     
  83. Insurance Reform Opponents Spin 'No' Votes; Drivers Just Want Rate Relief
    Now what? Some special interests have reason to celebrate the high-cost status quo
     
  84. Michigan Local Governments Have Self-Inflicted Financial Problems
     
  85. Don’t Push the School Funding Panic Button
     
  86. Legislature Looking to Streamline Internet Services
     
  87. Incentive For New Teachers in Hard-To-Fill Specialties? Zero
     
  88. Skilled Trades Teachers Don’t Need a College Degree
    Why doesn’t the principals’ association trust its members?
     
  89. Kill Auto Insurance Reform, Repeal “Bad Driver Tax,” Ballast Water Rules and More
    November 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  90. Which Special Interest Is Raking In Big Profits On Michigan Auto Insurance?
     
  91. Federal Tax Proposal Not Perfect, but Good for Michigan, Nation
    Reform plans are on the right track
     
  92. How to Encourage Local Internet Development
    Cities should encourage broadband without owning it
     
  93. Spending And Tax Collections Up, But East Lansing Still Asks For Local Income Tax
     
  94. Michigan House Should Pass Auto Insurance Reform Bill
    House Bill 5013 provides the relief drivers need
     
  95. Local Governments Are Not in Debt Because of Less Revenue Sharing
    It's time to address unfunded liabilities
     
  96. City Claims It Will Cut Almost Everything Without a ‘Needed’ Tax Hike
    But Fraser has a spending problem it should address first
     
  97. New Analysis: Auto Insurance Costs Out of Control
    Costs on the rise, will get worse if nothing is done
     
  98. It’s Mostly Dems Pushing Auto Insurance ‘Alternative’ Bills That Benefit Trial Attorneys
     
  99. Planning for Life Workshop – Southfield, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2017 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.


     
  100. When Firefighters Aren’t Allowed to Fight Fires
    Licensing rules prevent ex-convicts from contributing productively to society
     
  101. Why We Might Not Want to Require Rescue
    Proposal to reverse no-duty-to-rescue law needs a deeper examination
     
  102. CEOs of Michigan’s Big Energy Monopolies Get Millions, Customers Get Rate Hikes
     
  103. Tipping the Scales on Solar
    Mackinac Center signs open letter on trade restrictions
     
  104. DeVos: Fight for Students, Not Over Them
    Secretary of Education makes powerful case for parental choice
     
  105. Progressive Advocacy Groups Wants Tax Loophole for the Wealthy
     
  106. Fake News: HuffPost Article on DeVos Filled With Mistruths
     
  107. Close Coal Plants, Open Gas Plants, DTE Gets 10 Percent Profit Either Way
     
  108. Homeschoolers, Pre-nups, Keggers and Cybersecurity
    October 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  109. Only One Auto Insurance Reform Plan Worth Pursuing
    HB 5013 will reduce premiums, competing reform bills may increase them
     
  110. Detroit School Boss: Charter Schools Are ‘Disastrous’
     
  111. Unions Admit Forcing People to Pay Dues is Political
    U.S. Supreme Court considers right-to-work for all
     
  112. State’s Largest Teachers Union Offloads Some Pension Obligations Onto Taxpayers
     
  113. How to Solve Government Employee Retiree Health Insurance Costs
    Freeze salary schedules until health insurance is fully funded
     
  114. Teachers in Taylor Win Final Right-to-Work Battle
    Supreme Court rejects appeal and upholds teachers’ rights
     
  115. Sweet Deal: Another Teachers Union President's Pension On Taxpayers' Dime
     
  116. Fraser Public Schools Explains Its Role In A Union Pension Spiking Scheme
     
  117. The Retiree Health Care Problem in Michigan
     
  118. MEDC Downplayed Pure Michigan Return On Investment Claims? Oh Really
     
  119. Michigan’s Big Electric, Gas Monopoly Hikes Rates, Rakes In Billions
     
  120. Education Officials Avoid Obvious Solutions
    Reforms needed before taking teacher shortage claims seriously
     
  121. Michigan Auto Insurance Reform Would Mandate Nation’s Richest Injury Coverage
     
  122. School Choice Opponents Hold Another DeVos Protest
     
  123. Repeal ‘Bad Driver Tax’ with Partial Amnesty, Share ISD Millage with Charter Schools, More
    October 20, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  124. Rep. Sam Singh Says He Opposes Corporate Giveaways; His Voting Record Says Otherwise
     
  125. The False Claim That Won’t Die: School ‘Funding Cuts’ By The State
     
  126. Allow Competition in Infrastructure Upgrades
    Expanded choice and reduced prices good for everyone
     
  127. Millions For Local Earmarks, But Not A Cent To Right An Injustice?
     
  128. Legislature Looking to Streamline Internet Services
    Bills would limit fees and ban government-owned networks
     
  129. EPA Administrator Pruitt to 'Unravel' Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan
    Federal actions are unlikely to change Michigan’s course
     
  130. Millions Borrowed And Spent For Enviro Cleanups – But Did They Happen?
     
  131. State Spends $660 Million In Public Debt, But For What?
     
  132. Michigan Local Governments Have Self-Inflicted Financial Problems
    It’s up to them to stop adding retiree debt
     
  133. Wastewater Infrastructure Updates Lagging?
    The market is ready to serve
     
  134. State of Michigan To Restrict Union ‘Ghost Workers’
     
  135. Union Labels Nonunion Employees 'Welfare Scabs' With Vulgar Photo on Company Property
     
  136. Michigan Closer to More Available Dental Care
    Mackinac Center recommendation passes Senate
     
  137. Divert 'Orphaned' Fuel Tank Clean-Up Money, Limited Multi-State Physician License, More
    October 13, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  138. Don’t Push the School Funding Panic Button
    Districts can adapt to federal enrollment projections
     
  139. Criminal Justice Policy Commission Examines Raise-the-Age Proposals
    Legislature wants to find out what raising the age limit for adult prosecution might cost
     
  140. Judge Dismisses Lawsuit after Tourism Bureau Promises Not to Charge B&B Owner
    First Amendment issue still in question
     
  141. Mackinac Center FOIA Lawsuit with University of Michigan Receives Wide Coverage
    Here’s how the Legislature can solve the problem going forward
     
  142. Libertarian Scholar Charles Murray Is Shouted Down At U-M Event By Students
     
  143. Auto Insurance Fix Is 2017’s ‘Lobbyist Full Employment Act’
     
  144. Auto Insurance Reforms Worth Supporting
    Bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a significant move in the right direction
     
  145. It’s Time to Repeal the Bad Driver Tax
    A mess that should never have been created
     
  146. Small Business Owners Say Liquor Commission Gave Bad Advice, Then Punished Them
    Alcohol needs less and better control
     
  147. How to Strike a Balance on Short-Term Rentals
    Cities should enforce existing regulations, not ban rentals all together
     
  148. Liquor Store Owners Think It’s Great For State To Ban Nearby Competition
     
  149. Michigan Manufacturing Is Back (If Not All The Way)
     
  150. Michigan's Top Cop Could Lose $161,903 In Double Dipping Benefits If Ousted
     
  151. MSU Pulls Down Windmill Safety Guidelines After Industry Complains
     
  152. Listen to Michigan Parents Who Use School Choice
     
  153. Climate Agreements and Corporate Responsibility
     
  154. Michigan Has Repealed Some Unnecessary Laws But Too Many Remain
     
  155. Public Radio Misses Point of U-M’s Open Records Deceptions
     
  156. Why Pension Reform Is Hard for Politicians
    No consequences to kicking the can down the road
     
  157. Ban Local Soda Taxes and Job Interview Restrictions, Subsidize Methane Digesters, More
    October 6, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  158. Charter Schools Face Funding, Facility Inequities
    Legislation, possible legal showdown could help shrink gap
     
  159. For This City’s Politicians, Keeping A Lid On Spending Called ‘Trying Times’
     
  160. Taxpayers Deserve to Know Details of Business Subsidy Deals
    State officials are hiding what should be public information
     
  161. Mackinac Center Settles Transparency Lawsuit Against University of Michigan
    University to improve process for FOIA requests; releases additional documents
     
  162. University of Michigan Violates Open Records Law
     
  163. Lansing’s Political Dictionary: $400 Million Tax Revenue Increase Called ‘Shortfall’
     
  164. Happy Anniversary Tax Hikers
    Ten years have passed since we took your bait
     
  165. High School Debate Workshops Overview
     
  166. No Names in State Budget, But 36 Recipients Getting $38 Million
     
  167. What’s Wrong With Auto Insurance in Michigan
     
  168. Sheriffs Float the Idea of a Kayak Tax
    Just another example of the trough truce
     
  169. Janus
     
  170. This Just In … Longwoods Out
    Secretive MEDC consultant replaced
     
  171. School Officials Claim Teacher Shortage; Job Applicant Numbers Tell Another Story
     
  172. Supreme Court Could Bring Right-To-Work To Government Employees Nationwide
     
  173. Consumers Don’t Need a Law to Limit Competition
    Get rid of the ‘half mile’ rule for selling alcohol
     
  174. Electric Bicycles, Lawsuits against Unlawful Local Government Gun Restrictions
    September 29, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  175. Short-Term Rentals Are Good for Michigan
    State should stop municipalities from cracking down on homesharing
     
  176. Does ‘True Success’ for Michigan Business Mean Government Handouts?
     
  177. More State Oversight Needed for Government Assistance Programs
    Michigan should adopt best practices for welfare, WIC programs
     
  178. It’s Time to Allow Direct Vehicle Sales
    You can’t buy a Tesla or a Fido in Michigan
     
  179. U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Pivotal Right-to-Work Case
    Mackinac Center Legal Foundation on the front lines of Janus v. AFSCME dispute
     
  180. How to Fix Michigan’s Broken Auto Insurance System
    New report details problems and describes solutions for no-fault
     
  181. How Juvenile Justice Works in Michigan
    A brief overview of legal proceedings involving youth
     
  182. New ‘Labor Voices’ Column, Same Old Teachers Union Disinformation
     
  183. What's Wrong With Michigan's No-Fault Automobile Insurance

    A PDF copy of this study is available.

    On Oct. 1, 1973, Michigan joined a growing number of states in adopting a “no-fault” automobile insurance law, which has remained in tack ever since. This policy brief outlines the variety of problems plaguing Michigan's auto insurance laws and explains why these issues are leading to the most expensive car insurance premiums in the nation.

    The brief also describes several reform ideas for how to fix Michigan's no-fault insurance system. These reforms would maintain the no-fault approach to car insurance, but would put downward pressure on premiums, a benefit that would be enjoyed by all Michigan drivers.


     
  184. Arbitrary Licensing Requirements Should be Scrapped
    Unemployment is a leading indicator for recidivism
     
  185. Michigan’s Best Teacher Gets Recognition But No Reward
     
  186. West Virginia Supreme Court Upholds RTW Law
    Mackinac Center scholars support the ruling
     
  187. 22 Percent of Public Students in Michigan Use School Choice
     
  188. Lowest-Paid Flint Officer: $17 Per Hour (Not $11.25)
     
  189. ‘Raise the Age’ Proposals Pending in Lansing
    New legislation would stop automatically treating 17-year-olds as adults
     
  190. City Manager: ‘It might be nice if there was a utopia where everyone played with the same rule book’
     
  191. City Property Tax Breaks Mean Sweetheart Deals For A Select Few
     
  192. An Evening with the Mackinac Center
    Join us for an evening of fellowship among friends of liberty.
     
  193. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Call For $15 Minimum Wage; Don't Pay Their Interns
     
  194. Jobs Department’s Fake News: $10 Tax return for Every $1 in Subsidies
    Program lacks transparency, too
     
  195. Political Free Speech, Cocaine Sentencing, Add Details to Liquor Control Law
    September 22, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  196. Former Congressman Dave Camp on Where Tax Reform is Heading in D.C.
     
  197. One In Four Michigan School District Teachers Chronically Absent
     
  198. Most Michigan Parents Satisfied with School Choice
    Superintendent Whiston backtracks from “backwards” claim
     
  199. Two Standards Of Justice For Sexual Assault Claims
     
  200. How a Private Arts Festival Thrives
    ArtPrize is in its ninth year
     
  201. State Increases Fee For Public Data From $96 to $3,800
     
  202. Legislature Takes Aim at Rolling Back Harmful Licensing Laws
    These proposals would free up citizens to work, earn money
     
  203. Mackinac Center Joins 87 Groups and Activists Calling for Federal Tax Reform
    Time for a simple, efficient, sufficient and fair tax code
     
  204. MLive Erroneously Reports New Flint Police Officers Get Just $11.25/Hour
     
  205. A Response to the New York Times About Charter Schools in Michigan

    A Response to the New York Times About Charter Schools in Michigan


     
  206. Michigan Income Tax Cuts Remain Affordable
    State government is very well fed
     
  207. Meet The New Teachers Union Myths, Same As The Old Ones
     
  208. Ann Arbor Considering City Income Tax, Blames State
     
  209. Accommodate Citizens United, Terminate Parental Rights for Female Genital Mutilation, More
    September 15, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  210. Detroit Charter Schools Outperform District School Peers On State Tests
     
  211. Michigan Parents Satisfied with Education Choice
    New study looks at the factors driving increased school choice
     
  212. A Survey of Michigan Parents
    Who Use School Choice

    This report highlights the results of a survey conducted of Michigan parents who exercise some form of public school choice for their children. Among the diverse group of 837 parents from across the state who were interviewed, substantial majorities gave high marks to their chosen schools, said the experience boosted their expectations of their children’s future success and would likely recommend choice options to other parents. Respondents also said that information they receive from other parents influences their school choice decisions, in addition to published school performance data and in-person visits. Survey results further revealed that most parents highly value academics in making their decision, though safety and discipline are leading considerations as well.
     
  213. Best Schools In Michigan Would Vanish If For-Profit Charters Were Banned
     
  214. What Can We Learn from Michigan Parents Using School Choice?

    An increasing number of Michigan families are exercising choice within the public education system. More than 300,000 students attend either a charter school or another public school across district lines, most often through Schools of Choice. While there has been much debate about how school choice is working in Michigan, the voices of parents seeking educational alternatives have largely not been included in the discussion.


     
  215. Proposed Law Would Allow MDOC to Hire Felons
    Bill opens another avenue to former offenders seeking employment
     
  216. The Quiet Good News: US Economy Is Doing Really Well
     
  217. More Inaccuracies in New York Times Attack on Michigan Charter Schools
     
  218. New York Times Cherry-Picks Data In Takedown Of Michigan Charter Schools
     
  219. New York Times Article, Critical of Charter Schools, Misses Key Point on School Funding
     
  220. Private Harbors, Free IDs for Veterans, Fixing and Punishing City Election Goofs
    September 8, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  221. False Claims, Inaccuracies Rife in New York Times Article On Michigan Charter Schools
     
  222. Issues & Campaigns
     
  223. Flatten the Tax Code
    Select tax breaks aren’t the answer to our tax problems
     
  224. Public Service Commission actions threaten electric choice in Michigan
    MPSC intends to restrict access to out-of-state markets
     
  225. DTE Declines Participation In Township Wind Farm Debate
     
  226. The New Fight for the Right: Where the Conservative Movement is Going

    The Republican Party fully controls most states and at the national level has captured the House, Senate and presidency. By many measures, the party has more power than it has had in many decades. But will that control last? And, more importantly, what policy priorities are coming about from these political victories?


     
  227. Giving More Taxpayer Dollars to Universities Won’t Make Michigan More Educated
    No link between state spending and educational attainment
     
  228. Post Labor Day Weekend Good Time for Tourism Talk
    Lots to discuss with unofficial end of summer season
     
  229. Michigan Charter School Growth Modest Since Limits Lifted In 2011
     
  230. A “Not Welcome” Sign for Special-Needs Students
    Nonresidents denied local special education dollars in 21 ISDs
     
  231. Outgoing Leader Was Disastrous for Teachers Union
     
  232. Cutting Federal Great Lakes Funding Would Not Be an Environmental and Economic Crisis
     
  233. More Schools Than Ever Use Private-Sector Firms to Provide Support Services
     
  234. Legislators Shouldn’t Let a Political Celebrity Keep Them From Their Unfinished Business
     
  235. It’s Labor Day, But Union Officials May Not Be Celebrating
     
  236. City Hassles Homeowners Doing Airbnb Rentals, Legislature May Come To Rescue
     
  237. Contract Preferences for Immigrants, Restrict Stop-and-Frisk, Criminalize Leaving Pet in Car
    September 1, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  238. Average Detroit Teacher Missed 13 Days Of School Last Year
     
  239. New Subsidies Show Which Groups Are Important to Lansing Politicians
    Improving the rules for everyone puts residents first
     
  240. 83,000 Plus: The Number of State Regulations That Affect Your Life
     
  241. State Payments To City Hold Steady, Mayor Claims They’re ‘Abandoned’
     
  242. Cleaning Hats in Detroit Still Requires a License
     
  243. Change In Regulations On Electricity Markets Could Hit Schools
     
  244. Puffery And Spin The Norm When Industry Advocates Are Protecting Tax Favors
     
  245. UAW Spins 26 Percentage-Point Defeat By Nissan Workers As Just ‘A Few Hundred Votes’
     
  246. Michigan Having ‘Hardest Times In The Union’? That’s So 2009
     
  247. Bullying, Redskins, Foster Care Alternative, No Immigration Enforcement, More
    August 25, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  248. The Key Barriers Promoting Inequality
    Some agreement between the left and the right
     
  249. Media Personality, State, Exaggerate Economic Impact of Agriculture Sector
     
  250. A response to Oxford Economics' Review
    Critique of 'An Analysis of State Funded Tourism Promotion' not substantive, helpful
     
  251. New School Privatization Survey Results
    Nearly three-quarters of districts contract out
     
  252. Number of School Districts Privatizing Services Continues to Grow
    Districts see higher quality services for less money
     
  253. Former Campaign Manager Cites Granholm's Job Creation Despite Loss of 596,000 Jobs
     
  254. Michigan School Privatization Survey 2017

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

    This is the 15th edition of the Mackinac Center's annual school privatization survey. We ask every school district in the state if they outsource one of the three main noninstructional services — custodial, transportation and food services. The results from this year's survey show that 71.5 percent of school districts contract out for at least one of these services.


     
  255. Holland Going Into The Broadband Business
     
  256. Spending Up $1.8 Billion But Publication Claims Michigan ‘Disinvests’ In Schools
     
  257. Give Foxconn Nothing
    Lansing politicians should not make tools out of taxpayers
     
  258. Despite Record State Revenue, Spending Interests Predict Budget Meltdown
     
  259. Union Head’s Latest Media Tall Tale: Teachers Get No Time For Conferences
     
  260. Michigan Unemployment Rate: From Worst To ‘We’re No. 16!’
     
  261. Lansing Politicians Betray Their Stated Ideals
    Watch what they do, not what they say
     
  262. Cigarette tax debate should include lawlessness
     
  263. Dog-Fight Dogs, Obamacare, Financial Exploitation, Multi-Lingual State Websites
    August 18, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  264. Home Health Caregivers Might Find Relief from Union Coercion at Supreme Court
    Mackinac Center joins groups to call an end to the union dues skim
     
  265. State Police Pay 43 Officers Over $300k Each To Not Retire
     
  266. One in Four Of This District’s Teachers Missed More Than 20 Days of School
     
  267. Lansing Politicians Put Favored Businesses Ahead of Everyone Else
    Another $1.2B in favors approved this year
     
  268. Oughta Be A Law? Neighbors’ Dispute Leads To Air Conditioner Noise Rule
     
  269. Let Local Schools Decide Their Calendars
    More districts seeking freedom from Labor Day mandate
     
  270. State Troopers Collect $400,000 Plus In Legal Pension Double-dipping Plan
     
  271. Cities hurt budgets with police/fire pension spiking schemes, blame state
     
  272. Hundreds Apply, But Grand Rapids Union Claims 'Teacher Shortage'
     
  273. City Income Tax Proposal On November Ballot Sparks Business Revolt
     
  274. Unflattering Comparisons Never Made About Male-Politicians – NOT!
     
  275. State of Michigan’s Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge
    Crowdsourcing the state’s carp strategy
     
  276. Election Season In Detroit, And Here Comes Another Transit Scheme
     
  277. Unions Try to Kill a Private Trade School
    But Greater Michigan Construction Academy is a success
     
  278. How Michigan Could Benefit from District Voting
    Joe Lehman discusses concept on MIRS podcast
     
  279. Less Than A Year After Bailout, Detroit Schools Again Scramble to Stay Afloat
     
  280. Measuring Success in Alternative Education
    Programs serving dropout risks need meaningful metrics too
     
  281. To Improve Michigan’s Political Culture, Reverse the Trend Toward Overcriminalization
     
  282. How State Licensing Rules Harmed Flood Recovery
     
  283. School Officials, Teachers Unions, Media All Complicit In Edu-Disinformation
     
  284. Keep Michigan Taxes Limited
     
  285. State Revenue Up Almost Twice The Amount Of Defeated Income Tax Cut
     
  286. Opioids, Internet Gambling, Trump Tax Returns and More
    August 4, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  287. Governor, Lawmakers Disagree Over Heavy 'Vaping' Regs
     
  288. State Licensure Mandate Ensnarls Another Hair Braider
     
  289. Wayne County 'Jail Fail' Site Moves Closer To Subsidized Redevelopment
     
  290. IMPACT July/August 2017
     
  291. IMPACT September/October 2017
     
  292. Regular People Get In Trouble For Doing This, But Government Skates
     
  293. The Foundation Allowance: Only The Beginning of School Funding
     
  294. Sign up for a free eBook!
     
  295. 84 Companies Offered $63.8 Million Michigan Taxpayer Dollars In 2016
     
  296. Federal Spending To Top $4 Trillion in 2017, Highest Ever
     
  297. Targeted Business Subsidies vs. Broad Tax Relief
    State lawmakers think subsidies improve the economy more
     
  298. High School Debate 2017/2018
     
  299. Rooting Out Suspected Bias A Full-Time Job At U-M
     
  300. State Drops Links To Left-Leaning Political Websites After Inquiry
     
  301. More Proposals to Amend the State Constitution
    July 28, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  302. Taking the Pension Task Force to Task
    Governments should stop generating new pension debt
     
  303. It Failed
     
  304. 20 Percent Of Michigan Jobs Disappeared Last Year – But Slightly More New Ones Were Created
     
  305. Trump Labor Secretary Joins Bipartisan Call for Licensure Reform
    Obama administration also wanted changes
     
  306. Most Teacher Salaries Are Increasing
     
  307. ‘Public Education’ Not Easy to Define
    Questions raised by rally for more school funding
     
  308. Want More Substitute Teachers? Pay Them More
     
  309. As Feds Expand Forfeiture, Michigan Looks to Restrict It
    Preserving property rights is essential
     
  310. How School Funding Works in Michigan
     
  311. We’re No. 13: Fuel Price, Gas Tax Up In Michigan And Elsewhere
     
  312. Need A License To Shampoo Hair For Pay? Michigan Says ‘Yes’
     
  313. The Allure of Corporate Welfare
    Both parties seem to agree that handing out select tax breaks is good politics
     
  314. Substitute Teachers Paid Fraction Of Full-Time Rate, May Explain Why They’re Hard To Find
     
  315. Despite Claims, There Is No Teacher Shortage in Michigan
     
  316. Novi Community Schools Received 952 Applicants For One Teaching Job
     
  317. Replace Coal With Solar? We’re Going To Need A Lot Of Acres
     
  318. Legislative Proposals to Change the Michigan Constitution
    July 21, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  319. A Solution to Local Government Debt
    Pension and retiree health care liabilities are in crisis and the time to act is now
     
  320. Union Head: Teachers Get No Time to Attend Professional Conferences
     
  321. Why Michigan Pension Reform Matters
    Michigan now a national leader on fixing pension problems
     
  322. Why We Can’t Build Infrastructure Like We Used To
    Regulatory burdens just as much to blame as political gridlock
     
  323. Beware the Union Label on Teacher Pay Newspaper Columns
     
  324. Michigan Unemployment Rate Lower For Not-The-Best Reason — But Still Very Low
     
  325. Statement on the Appointment of Vernuccio to the Federal Service Impasses Panel
     
  326. How Many People Should be in Prison?
    No easy answer, but here’s how to think about the question
     
  327. Mackinac Center Publishes New Report to Simplify Complexities of Education Funding
    How School Funding Works in Michigan can serve as resource for all stakeholders
     
  328. On Cigarette Tax Evasion, I Told You So
    Raising cigarette taxes has consequences and not always good ones
     
  329. How School Funding Works in Michigan

    Discussions about school funding can create more confusion than clarity. Each state has its own intricacies and peculiarities. Michigan is no exception. Funding flows down from different sources, often based on different formulas and intended for different purposes. There’s no one unified system that controls school funding — rather, schools rely on a number of systems layered on top of each to supply them with resources.

    This publication presents a brief overview of some of the key components of Michigan’s school funding system, if it can be called that. The goal is to provide a general understanding of how tax dollars reach schools and what they are intended for.


     
  330. House Shelves Effort to Provide Charter School Transportation Vouchers
     
  331. Kid Rock: ‘Work Your Butt Off And Pay Taxes’
     
  332. ‘Trough Truce’ on Display in Latest Debate on Corporate Welfare
    Latest business subsidy gets bipartisan support and some opposition
     
  333. Newspaper Cites ‘Cuts’ in Case for City Tax Hike — But Spending Is Up, Not Down
     
  334. Snyder Calls Legislature's Penalty For No Merit Pay 'Unenforceable'
     
  335. East Lansing Cries Poverty in Newsletter, But Fails to Mention Revenue Is Up
     
  336. Corporate Handouts Run Amok
    July 14, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  337. Union Gets $241k From Turning Teachers Over to Collection Agency
     
  338. Michigan Bans Direct Tesla Car Sales, But Made Money Trading Its Stock
     
  339. Another Judge Upholds Teachers’ Right-to-Work Status; Faults Union’s Tactics
    Mackinac Center calls on Michigan Education Association to stop sending teachers to collections
     
  340. Wind Farm Developer Responds to Michigan Conflict of Interest Questions
     
  341. Questionable Job Claims, Patronage Perks Part of Pistons' Move to Detroit
     
  342. Mackinac Center: Michigan a National Innovator in Pension Reform
    State addresses underfunding while protecting earned benefits
     
  343. Special Needs Families Deserve Transparency
    Posting ISD special education plans enables sound decisions
     
  344. Christian Farm Family's State Training Contract Canceled for Prayers, God
     
  345. Social Media: Did Betsy DeVos Stiff Waiter On $500 Restaurant Bill?
     
  346. Detroit Schools Chief Wants Out of Charter School Business
     
  347. Site Map
    An overview of the website.
     
  348. ‘But For’ Can’t Be Proved: Corporate Welfare is a Waste
    New MEGA not costless, despite assurances
     
  349. Elected Officials Stand to Get Thousands from Wind Deals If Zoning Approved
     
  350. Does Your Campus Free Speech End at My Mob’s Power to Shout You Down?
     
  351. 1 In 10 People Who Had Property Forfeited To Police Were Not Charged With A Crime
     
  352. New Corporate Welfare Proposal is Unfair
    'Good Jobs for Michigan' a repeat of failed MEGA program
     
  353. Union Head: GOP Made Teaching Undesirable; 952 Apply for One Opening
     
  354. Major Accomplishments (forward)
     
  355. Paris Was a Bad Deal for the US
    Greens agreed with Trump on Paris before he pulled out
     
  356. Red Tape Keeps Flooded Midland Residents Up A Creek Without A Repairman
     
  357. A Map of Michigan Commute Times
    Where do people make the longest drives to work?
     
  358. The Unreported Reason Why Detroit’s Unemployment Rate Dropped
     
  359. In Remembrance on Independence Day: William T. Wilson, Ph.D.
    Economist once paid steep price for intellectual honesty
     
  360. Two Michigan Cities Ranked Among Nation’s Best Places To Be A Teacher
     
  361. Return of the Mega Subsidy
    Corporate welfare still demonstrably ineffective
     
  362. Teacher Shortage in Detroit Calls For New Policies
     
  363. Lawmakers May Further Subsidize Millionaires and Billionaires with New Program
     
  364. A Proposal to Build Trust in Government: Let Lawmakers Vote from Home
     
  365. Teacher Says Young People Don’t Want Teacher Jobs; Data Say They Do
     
  366. Michigan Cities are Banning People From Renting Out Their Property
     
  367. Opioids, Slingshots, Switchblades, Police Sex with Prostitutes and Important 'Do Not Resuscitate' Proposal
    June 30, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  368. The Model Facade: Selling Jobs to the Public, Press and Policymakers
    History shows models are used to obscure costly, ineffective programs
     
  369. In Picturesque U.P. Peninsula, It's Birds v. Wind Turbines
     
  370. The Double Standard in Environmental Protection: A Reprise
    Delving further into sewage system failures
     
  371. Loophole Could Make State's Open Records Law a Dead Letter
     
  372. MEGA 2 Hearing Demonstrates Desperation
    New corporate welfare proposal gets hard sell in tax committee
     
  373. City Emails: Christian Farmer's Facebook Post Led to Ban From East Lansing Market
     
  374. Michigan's Robust Municipal Finance Model
    Taxpayer protections don't stop revenue growth
     
  375. Where's Teacher Shortage School Districts Claim?
     
  376. Trump’s Crime Policy Comes to Lansing
    Rhetoric about US cities’ “serious violent crime problem” is misleading and distracting
     
  377. ‘Richest Person in Michigan’ Could Get Richer With New State Subsidies
     
  378. Special Deals for Special Corporations
     
  379. There You Go Again: Teachers Union Spins Misleading Food Stamp Claim
     
  380. Why Does Michigan License Painters?
    Few other states do
     
  381. Big Budget Bills, Jail for Bringing in too much Beer, Ban Government Charter School Discrimination, more
    June 23, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  382. Free Press Omits Key CREDO Charter School Finding
    Students learning more from most Michigan for-profit operators
     
  383. Teacher Pay Rates Unusually Stable
     
  384. Kids Experience Entrepreneurship at Detroit Children's Business Fair
    Second annual event provided opportunities to learn, grow and earn money
     
  385. A Plea for Fairness, Transparency and Intellectual Honesty
    Testimony prepared for the Michigan Travel Commission
     
  386. Superintendent Gets Above Average Pay, District’s Teachers, Below Average
     
  387. Michigan DROPs Big Payouts to Retain State Police Employees
     
  388. Planning for Life Workshop – Traverse City, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2017 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.


     
  389. Traverse City Should Avoid Risky Public Internet
    Most municipal broadband projects losing money
     
  390. Watchdogs Sleep
     
  391. Michigan Wine Taxes Among the Highest in the Region
     
  392. Done: With School Pension Reform, State's Big Pension Liabilities Contained
     
  393. Traverse City Government Still Thinking About Internet Project
     
  394. Government Internet Coming to Traverse City
     
  395. Teacher Gets $80k Salary, Spends Half His Time on Union Work
     
  396. Pension Reform, Electronic Vehicle Registration, Decriminalize Idling in Driveway
    June 16, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  397. Vitti’s ‘Student-First’ Agenda Faces Early Test
    Pay limits for incoming teachers an unnecessary obstacle
     
  398. Michigan is Spending As Much on State Police Pensions as Salaries
     
  399. Teacher Makes $77k, Gets $13k Raise Over 5 Years, Complains It's 'Embarrassing'
     
  400. Mackinac Center Praises Groundbreaking Pension Reforms in Michigan
    State demonstrates national leadership in addressing public employee retirement crisis
     
  401. Michigan House Dems Propose State Contract Preference for Immigrants
     
  402. Planning for Life Workshop – Grand Rapids, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2017 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.


     
  403. George Orwell and Humpty Dumpty Economic Policy
    Michigan must remember warnings to not corrupt the English language to give businesses 'free' money
     
  404. Skorup Speaks on ‘Good Jobs’ Proposal Before Michigan House Committee
    These bills provide more opportunities for some by taking from the many.
     
  405. Home Sharing: Michigan’s Next Property Rights Battle

    Renting out the family summer cottage is a common practice in Michigan, but with today’s technologies, it’s easier than ever, empowered by companies like AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO and more. These short-term rentals mean vacationers can find a place much more easily and inexpensively, while owners can earn some extra money. It seems like a win-win.


     
  406. Detroit Schools Would Already Be in Deficit if Not for Teacher Vacancies, Extra State Money
     
  407. Do Millionaires Need More Subsidies?
    MEGA 2.0 bound for failure
     
  408. IMPACT May/June 2017
     
  409. As Soaring Pension Debt Eats Budgets, Teacher Says Reform ‘Makes No Sense’
     
  410. U-M Student Newspaper: Shouting Down Speakers Doesn’t Infringe Free Speech
     
  411. Michigan Universities Also Socked by Massively Underfunded School Pensions
     
  412. Business Subsidies Won't Drive Growth
    The Detroit News wrong on proposed business subsidy program
     
  413. Energy Debt for Colleges, No Special Permit to Carry
    June 9, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  414. Why Government Fails at Economic Development
    Politicians and bureaucrats repeatedly fail at picking the winners
     
  415. Isabella County Closer to Allowing 200 or More Wind Turbines
     
  416. Solar Makes 1/676th the Electricity As Coal In Michigan
     
  417. How to Get a Property Tax Hike: Spend Big on Democratic Political Consultant
     
  418. Home Sharing: Michigan’s Next Property Rights Battle
    Free event in Lansing to discuss accommodations of the future.
     
  419. Fighting for Free Speech on Michigan University Campuses

    Some institutions of higher education have cracked down on free speech. Even in Michigan, universities have speech codes that restrict students’ speech, campus groups have prevented speakers from delivering talks and administrators have stopped individuals from handing outcertain literature.


     
  420. $500,000 Retirement Nest Eggs Likely Under Teacher Pension Alternative
     
  421. Detroit Mayor's Jobs Program Starts With His Office Payroll
     
  422. Lawmakers Take Second Run at Expanding Open Records Law – to Themselves
     
  423. Conservatives and Liberals Rally Support for Repealing Mandatory Life Sentences in Michigan
    Senate proposals would complete 15-year effort to end mandatory minimum drug sentencing
     
  424. Pension Protestors Should Be 401(k) Supporters
    Offering 401(k)-style benefits is good for teachers and taxpayers alike
     
  425. Medical Pot Bringing $8.8M, 48 New Positions to Michigan State Police
     
  426. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Explains Proposal For Legislature
     
  427. State Tourism Subsidies Unnecessary, Ineffective and Unfair
     
  428. If Michigan Officials Believed School Pensions ‘Vital’ They Would Have Paid for Them
     
  429. Michigan’s Union Members Deserve Democracy
     
  430. If This Is Considered 'Working' ... We'd Hate To See What Failure Looks Like
     
  431. Government ‘Phone-In’ Voting; More State Housing Loans; Piling Costs on Defendants
    June 2, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  432. Sheriff Questions Racetrack's $800,000 State Police Subsidy
     
  433. Allow Michigan Legislators to Vote from Home Districts, Not Just at Capitol Building
    Mackinac Center President: More time in districts could increase voters’ trust in elected officials
     
  434. Second Chances Start in Midland
    Local organization helps ex-offenders reintegrate safely and successfully
     
  435. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Underestimates Teacher Pay — By $26,000
     
  436. Detroit Can Fill Teacher Shortages
    Credentials, compensation offer keys to solve problem
     
  437. $94K Teacher Complains Salary ‘Stagnant’ at the Top
     
  438. Law Would Make Bringing Large Amount of Alcohol into Michigan a Felony
    Bills pushed by wholesalers to ‘keep a higher profit for themselves’
     
  439. Michigan School Pension Debt Resembles Credit Card Junkie’s Fiscal Death Spiral
     
  440. Incentive Programs Fail: Evidence is All Too Clear
    Center Scholar Speaks to Tax Group in Florida
     
  441. Top Legislative Leaders Make School Pension Reform Their Top Budget Issue
     
  442. Teacher Wears Pizza Uniform From Second Job To Protest Pay
     
  443. Favors for Aircraft Owners, Liquor Cartel and Salt Company; Canines in Cafés, More
    May 26, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  444. Conflicted: Unions Call Nonmembers ‘Free Riders,’ But Insist on Representing Them
     
  445. Writer Insinuates Racial Politics in DeVos’ Hometown, But Events Rebut Claim
     
  446. State Retirement Managers Develop Convenient, Hypocritical Excuse
    Tantamount to only brushing your teeth when you go to the dentist
     
  447. Did You Know? Post-Water Crisis, Fed and State Money Pours Into Flint
     
  448. Pension Shortfall Since 2009 is Enough to Give Every Teacher a $180K Bonus
     
  449. Pension Reform Legislation Benefits Students, Teachers and Taxpayers
    If the problem had been fixed earlier, schools could have had additional $1,600 per student
     
  450. School District Spent $275,000 in Public Dollars on Tax Hike Vote
     
  451. Michigan Teachers Are the Nation’s Highest Paid
     
  452. Official State Plan for Failing Schools: Meetings, Plans, Discussions, More Plans
     
  453. School Funding in Michigan Reaches All-Time High
    Record revenues for schools likely will continue
     
  454. Criminalize Female Genital Mutilation, Authorize Flint Promise Zone Tax
    May 19, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  455. Astroturf? Facebook Page Promotes Union Politics Under Tea Party Flag
     
  456. If US Relied on Solar, Not Coal, 12 Million Workers Would Need to Be Repurposed
     
  457. From the Model T to Driverless Cars: How Michigan Can Lead in Transportation Innovation

    You may not have seen them on the highway yet, but autonomous vehicles are here. The potential benefits of this and related technologies are immense. But they also present new and unique regulatory and infrastructure challenges for state and local governments. Brent Skorup of the Mercatus Center has written extensively on these issues and will lay out the principles and practices policymakers should pursue when determining how to regulate these new technologies.


     
  458. Why Michigan Has a Pension Problem
    Everyone wants to avoid responsibilities on retiree benefits
     
  459. National Park Service Spends $506k to Promote Old Cars
     
  460. If School Pensions are ‘Vital,’ They Should Have Been Properly Funded
    School employees are the state's largest creditors
     
  461. Michigan Democrats Vote to Give Detroit Schools Money for Students Who Don't Go There
     
  462. Unions for Underfunding
    Claims of AFSCME aside, an underfunded pension plan benefits from closing it, not keeping it open
     
  463. From the Model T to Driverless Cars: How Michigan Can Lead in Transportation Innovation
    Free event in Lansing to explore emerging vehicle technologies
     
  464. Study Suggests Segregation Hurting Battle Creek Schools’ Budget
     
  465. Not Taxed Enough? How About Now? Is It Ever Enough for Special Interests?
     
  466. Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Hosted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan in partnership with Acton Academies and Acton MBA, the Detroit Children’s Business Fair gives kids ages 6-14 a safe space to practice entrepreneurship. Applications for businesses are open until April 15, and the marketplace is free and open to the public.
     
  467. Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Hosted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan in partnership with Acton Academies and Acton MBA, the Detroit Children’s Business Fair gives kids ages 6-14 a safe space to practice entrepreneurship. Applications for businesses are open until April 15, and the marketplace is free and open to the public.
     
  468. Michigan Public School Enrollment Down 25 Percent Since 1978
     
  469. Michigan Motorists Taxed More; Media and Special Interests Say ‘Not Enough’
     
  470. A Sad Passing, and Some Budget Votes
    May 12, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  471. Mackinac Center Welcomes James Barrett to Board
    Past Michigan Chamber president brings public, private sector expertise to free-market think tank
     
  472. Zero Dollars For Michigan Infrastructure? Only If $4 Billion For Transportation Not Counted
     
  473. Union Says Don’t Change Pension System, But Most Teachers Get No Pension
     
  474. Why Trump is Wrong About Trade

    There aren’t many policies that get near unanimous support from economists, but free trade is one of them. Despite this, a central theme of the 2016 presidential campaign, heard from both political parties, was that free trade was somehow harmful to the United States and corrective action was needed. Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, will make the case for why President Trump’s assessment of free trade is misguided.


     
  475. Do Renewables Really Make Economic Sense?
    Let’s find out by letting them compete in a free market
     
  476. Trump Administration Can Protect Funds Intended for Disabled and Low-Income
    Study explains how to stop the union ‘dues skim’ of federal money
     
  477. Let People Rent Out Their Property
    New bills would let homeowners use Airbnb, other services
     
  478. How to Stop the 'Dues Skim' of Federal Home Health Care and Child Care Funding

    A PDF copy of this study is available.

    Introduction

    United States taxpayers currently spend $545 billion annually on the federal government’s Medicaid program. This money is meant to aid the disabled and vulnerable and to support low-income families. However, millions of these dollars are being redirected before they ever reach the people they are meant to support.

    About $41.5 billion of Medicaid funds are sent to states through the Home and Community-Based Services “waiver” program.This waiver allows those eligible for Medicaid — individuals suffering from a disability, illness or other affliction — to use these funds to pay for in-home care, as opposed to enrolling in an institution. These in-home services are often provided by family members or friends, or other local, independent providers. Medicaid payments are sent directly to these providers on behalf of their Medicaid-eligible “client.”

     


     
  479. Big Pension Bite Likely On Kellogg's $51 Million Battle Creek Schools Gift
     
  480. Congressional Science Spending Largely Untouched
    Federal spending bill lets the air out of protestor’s tires
     
  481. Michigan House Considers Constitutional Amendment to Protect Data
    Proposed law would provide urgently required protections to individual rights to privacy and property in Michigan
     
  482. Operating Some of Michigan's Best Public Schools is Not A Crime
     
  483. Support Young Entrepreneurs at the Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Free, public event showcases the next generation of job creators
     
  484. Central Academy Excels on High School Report Card
    Ann Arbor charter builds cultural awareness, character
     
  485. Mackinac Center Praises Lawmakers Trying To Hold Pure Michigan Program Accountable
    One Democratic lawmaker tried to defund multi-million dollar program; others calling for investigation into unsubstantiated ROI claims
     
  486. Evidence? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Evidence, Imply Tourism Officials
    Tourism officials make claims they can’t support
     
  487. How Much Are Goldfish Worth? $4.3M If Called ‘Great Lakes Restoration’
     
  488. Legislature Overhauls Michigan’s Criminal Justice System
     
  489. The Legislative Clock is Ticking
     
  490. Don’t Bring Back Granholm’s Tax Credit Legacy
     
  491. Schools in Poorer Towns ‘Poorly Funded’ — If You Don't Count All Their Funding
     
  492. False Assertions Abound about Green Energy Program
    Will DTE support true consumer choice in electricity?
     
  493. Big Handouts for Developers, OK to Warm Up Car in Driveway, Social Media Games
    May 5, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  494. Legally Innocent, Yet Behind Bars
    Michigan’s cash bail system means pre-trial justice may not be so just
     
  495. Matthew Elliott: The Brains Behind Brexit

    Matthew Elliott is a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute and one of the United Kingdom’s foremost political campaigners, having recently served as the CEO of Vote Leave, the official Brexit campaign in the 2016 European Union referendum. He led the 2011 NOtoAV campaign against the Alternative Vote, and turned what was a strong majority in favor of changing Britain’s voting system to a strong majority against.


     
  496. Dem Amendment Would Define Michigan's Top High School As Criminal Enterprise
     
  497. Michigan Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Licensing Bill
    Sen. Peters, Rep. Walberg working together to remove needless barriers to employment
     
  498. Parents Blast District For Using Emergency Contact Info To Push Tax Vote
     
  499. A Better Way to Fund Universities
    Give the money to students
     
  500. Court of Appeals Unanimously Rules Against MEA’s ‘August Window’; Upholds Teachers’ Right to Work
    Not a single judge agreed with the union on this issue
     
  501. 28 Months After Bankruptcy, Detroit Misses Fiscal Report Deadline A Second Time
     
  502. ‘Fact Check’ on Higher Education Piece Falls Flat
    State aid for colleges still wasteful
     
  503. It’s Time for Michigan to End Civil Forfeiture
    The state takes at least $20 million a year from Michiganders
     
  504. Should Construction Workers Pay Taxes to Billionaires?
    Under proposed legislation, some of them would
     
  505. Doctored Video Promotes Authentic Tax Hike in Northern Michigan School District
     
  506. Election Today! And Plenty of Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering, Too
     
  507. Legislature Considers Reopening a Closed Business Subsidy Program
    Good Jobs For Michigan is a repackaged MEGA
     
  508. Michigan’s Public Pensions Are at Risk
    Office of Retirement Services must explain appearance of poor management
     
  509. Former Legislator Over-the-Top on Lobbyists Lying
     
  510. Top 3 Public Schools in Michigan Are Charter Schools
     
  511. Feds Subsidize Solar Cell Maker - And Its Customer
     
  512. Authorize “Choose Life” and Pro-Sports License Plates; Ban Police Sex with Prostitutes and Lasing Aircraft
    April 28, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  513. Grand Rapids is a Regional Leader in Attracting People
    City leads Minneapolis and Chicago in population growth
     
  514. Colbeck Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Campus Free Speech Infringements
     
  515. Teachers Union Claims Poverty Is Growing In Michigan — But It’s Not
     
  516. The Fake School Employee: Retiring Union President Spikes $115K State Pension
     
  517. Back to the MEGA Future: Good Jobs for Michigan Reinvents Failed MEGA Program
    Proposed law shares remarkable similarities with old, failed law
     
  518. Larry Reed Versus ‘Smug, Arrogant, Self-Righteous, PC, Campus Insanity’
    Mackinac Center founder bullied by leftist authoritarians while giving lecture on ancient Rome
     
  519. After Obamacare: How Michigan Can Deliver on Patient-Centered Health Care

    Obamacare repeal-and-replace is underway, and regardless of whether it passes or fails big, changes are coming for Michigan’s medical services and insurance industry, and the state’s social welfare system, especially Medicaid.


     
  520. It Would Take 600 Wind Turbines to Replace One Closing U.P. Coal Plant
     
  521. Save Closures for Truly Failing Schools
    Context needed for decisions, whether by state or local officials
     
  522. Taxpayer Funded Electioneering in Full Swing Before May 2 Tax Votes
     
  523. Nothing More Certain Than Taxes and School Officials Wanting More of Them
     
  524. Official Would Need 7-Day, 14-Hour Schedule to Juggle Three City Jobs
     
  525. Switchblades, Slingshots, Sneaky School Debt Schemes and More
    April 21, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  526. Wind Industry Titan Soaks Up Billions in Tax Subsidies
     
  527. Proposed Corporate Giveaway Unlikely to Grow Economy
    Lawmakers should consider the full costs of corporate welfare before they approve it
     
  528. Another Michigan School District, Another False Union ‘Teacher Pay Cuts’ Story
     
  529. Official Collects Six-Figure Pay From Multiple Cities Simultaneously
     
  530. Dear House Tax Committee: Pure Michigan Return on Investment Not Validated
    State Rep. Jim Tedder asks the right question
     
  531. Net Domestic Migration by County
    Michigan county gains and losses
     
  532. While Schools Try Fiscal Responsibility, Union Sets Up Protests
     
  533. Excessive Lawmaking Road to ‘Regiment Every Aspect of Society and Commerce’
    Lawmakers "regiment every aspect of society"
     
  534. What’s Old is New Again: Another Subsidy Program Being Considered by Legislature
    Good for politicians and well-connected businesses, bad for Michigan
     
  535. Awash In Millions In Government Subsidies, Solar Company Still Shuttered Michigan Plant
     
  536. State Dials Back Pollyannaish Pension Assumptions, Admits Deeper Hole
     
  537. Some Recently Introduced Bills of Interest
    April 14, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  538. Dem Candidate For Governor Says: Preserve Failed Detroit Schools, Close Charters
     
  539. Interest on School Pension Underfunding Could Pay Entire Prison System Cost
     
  540. Wake-Up Call Helps Rural School Bloom
    Bloomingdale leaves state watch list
     
  541. Detroit School Enrollment Reaches Historic Low
     
  542. Michigan Pothole Hotline Has More Business This Year
    Call or fill out a form to request a repair
     
  543. Secretive Bidder Wins Pure Michigan Contract Over Transparent One
    Auditor General, not MEDC, should hire reviews of corporate welfare programs
     
  544. Pension Funding Best Practices Remembered
    But only when they serve bureaucrat Interests
     
  545. If Neighbor's Wind Turbine Flings Ice Chunks In Your Yard Is It Trespassing?
     
  546. Regulatory Swamp-Draining Gets Boost In Washington
    Trump’s Regulatory Affairs Director appears serious, and she has a record
     
  547. Criminal Justice Reforms Signed Into Law, More Left to Do
    Enacting some long-overdue reforms should pave the way to pass several others this year
     
  548. Property Tax Bills May Spike Due To School Pension Underfunding
     
  549. Don’t Bring Back Granholm’s Tax Credit Legacy
    Legislators are considering it
     
  550. The Failing Business of Business Favors
    What would you say you do around here?
     
  551. Mackinac Center Policy Expert Recommendations 2017-2018
     
  552. School Claims Its Tax Hike Emails Don't Invade Privacy - but Opponent's Would
     
  553. Fighting Fake News With Deceptive Cartoons
     
  554. School Inc. Could Open Michigan Viewers’ Eyes
    New documentary closely follows major Arizona choice law
     
  555. These Seven Proposals Would Change Michigan’s Constitution
    April 7, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  556. Democrat Told Occupiers 'Too Much Corporate Politics’; Votes for More in 2017
     
  557. Don't Force Charter Schools Into State Pension Plan
     
  558. Up in the Dumps
    Michigan landfill business is booming
     
  559. Out, Out, Brief Candle!
    Could Mr. Trump’s “Energy Independence” executive order mean the end of life on Earth?
     
  560. Proposed Wind Turbines In Michigan County Taller Than 'Mighty Mac'
     
  561. Michigan Government Salaries Database Shows Value of Transparency
    Public records now at public’s fingertips
     
  562. Michigan Treasury Erroneously Sent Out a $14.5 Million Check
     
  563. State Officials' Pension Underfunding Crushing Michigan School Budgets
     
  564. Planting Trees in Vacant Parking Lots to Save Great Lakes
     
  565. Ann Arbor School Board Member: Have Charters Contribute to Public School Pension Fund
     
  566. State Should Review Supreme Court Pay
    Salaries have been frozen for 15 years
     
  567. Governor’s Cyber School Cuts Don’t Add Up
     
  568. Tax Feeders Declare a Truce at the Trough
     
  569. Ex-Offenders Are Closing the Gap
     
  570. Legislative Testimony
     
  571. Michigan Incomes Up Strong After 4 Years of ‘Right-to-Work-for-Less’
     
  572. Children of Monsters: The Strange Lives of Children of Dictators

    Please join us at Northwood University as Jay Nordlinger, senior editor at National Review, presents his book "Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators."


     
  573. The Fight Over Plastic Pipes in Michigan
     
  574. No Government? No Problem
    Michiganders create innovations, not merely solutions, when problem-solving
     
  575. The Legislative Clock is Ticking
    It's time for free-market reformers to act
     
  576. More Corporate Handouts, Water Down Graduation Standards, Breathalyzed Minors
    March 31, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  577. How Lansing Dodges Tax Cuts
     
  578. Hybrid Plan Did Not Fix School Retirement System
    It is at risk of underfunding and has barely enough assets
     
  579. 1,400 Michigan Wind Turbines Needed To Replace The Palisades Nuclear Plant
     
  580. Michael Moore: Trump Rule Change Means Human Extinction
     
  581. Trust Parents with School Grading System
    No good reason to complicate or hide information
     
  582. Michigan to Pay $660 Million in Secret Corporate Giveaways This Year
     
  583. Media's Attacks on DeVos Rife with Factual Inaccuracies
     
  584. Prompt Government Transparency is Vital to Democracy
    Delay of 106 days results in lawsuit for University of Michigan
     
  585. Michigan Government Salaries Database Corrected after State Admits Fault
    Office of Retirement Services blames ‘technical error’ for thousands of incorrect salary numbers
     
  586. Meet the New Detroit School District: Fewer Students, More Expenses, a Deficit
     
  587. A Case for Popular ISD Board Elections
    Agencies spending more of state’s K-12 tax dollars
     
  588. IMPACT March/April 2017
     
  589. Money For Nothing: Best Teachers’ Pay Stagnates While ‘Ineffectives’ Get Raise
     
  590. Better Managed Moose Get $203k From 'Critical' Great Lakes Funds
     
  591. You, Too, Can Be A Certified Media Fact-Checker For Just $99
     
  592. Why Mackinac Published Names and Wages of Government Workers in a Searchable Database
    The information belongs to the people
     
  593. Michigan Capitol Confidential
     
  594. Firing Police, Concealed Pistol Regs, Internet Games Not Gambling
    March 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  595. An Empire of Smuggled Smokes
    New York's cigarette taxes have sparked a huge black market and should be rolled back
     
  596. Union Privileges Cost Veterans
    Providing unions with "official time" hurts the important work of the VA
     
  597. Do High Tax States Grow Faster?
     
  598. Great Lakes Restoration: $62k For 'Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience'
     
  599. Mackinac Center Temporarily Removes Some State Employee Salaries from Database After Questioning Accuracy of State Data
    Website contains salary info of nearly 300,000 government workers for each of the past three years
     
  600. Government Transparency Groups Announce Database of Public Employee Salaries
    Website contains salary info of nearly 300,000 government workers for each of the past three years
     
  601. -untitled-
     
  602. Governor's Commission Rejects Voters' Judgment On More Windmills
     
  603. Superintendent: We Don't Have Money To Give Top Teachers Merit Pay
     
  604. Wellspring Prep Growing Strong
    Diverse Grand Rapids charter readies kids for college
     
  605. Good With His Hands, But Sidelined By Massage License Requirement
     
  606. Governor's Tourism Conference Must Address Pure Michigan Shortfalls
    Mackinac Center analyst offers counterpoint to state’s promotion campaign
     
  607. $581k In Great Lakes Restoration Money For Mohawk Tribe To Talk Fish, Tribal Beliefs
     
  608. Henry Ford Community College Gets 'Yellow Light' Rating for Speech Code
     
  609. Michigan Wants to Fine Schools for Indian Mascots But Not for Violating State Laws
     
  610. Michigan’s Regulatory Laws Lead to Fewer Jobs, More Crime
    Licensing rules are a criminal justice issue
     
  611. Flashing Lights, Beaming Aircraft, Access to Legislator Records, More
    March 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  612. In the Battle for Jobs, Subsidy Programs Shoot Blanks
    More subsidies won’t improve economy
     
  613. Statement on the FY2018 Federal Budget Blueprint
    Lots of details to work out, but budget deserves recognition
     
  614. Union Rules: Ineffective Teacher's Raise is 4x That of 'Teacher Of The Year'
     
  615. The Value of Pipelines (and Line 5) to Michigan
    Testimony from the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board
     
  616. Michigan Already Awash in Business Subsidies
    Lawmakers should reject latest proposal for more
     
  617. Extra Caution Needed On 'Average' Teacher Salary Claims
     
  618. State Government Workforce Up First Time In 7 Years
     
  619. Michigan Should Reject Special Corporate Developer Bills
    Senate bills 111-115 being considered
     
  620. Licensing: Fact vs. Fiction FAQ
     
  621. Michigan's Occupational Licensing Requirements
     
  622. License to (Not) Work: Mackinac Center Releases New Study on Occupational Licensing
    Assessing the impact of arbitrary licensing laws on the Michigan economy
     
  623. This Isn’t Working: How Michigan’s Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers

    Click here for a PDF of the full study.

    The Declaration of Independence lists the “pursuit of happiness” as one of Americans’ “unalienable rights.” For most, this includes the ability to pursue a vocation of their choice. But occupational licensure laws stand in the way of many people trying to exercise this right. For too many people, the right to pursue their dreams has been halted by governments that require them to jump through hoops, pay fees and meet other often arbitrary and inconsistent requirements.

    This report gathers data on every occupational license in Michigan. It describes the impact and costs of licensure laws, as documented in the empirical research that has been conducted on this issue. It explains how and why licensing requirements are typically created, but also outlines some of the fundamental problems with a broad licensing regime. Finally, it compares Michigan’s licensing requirements to those of other states and makes recommendations for how the state could reform occupational licensure for the benefit of job-seekers and entrepreneurs and for the state’s economy as a whole.


     
  624. Best Teachers Take Pay Cut In This Big Michigan School District
     
  625. Average Teacher Pay in Macomb County's Utica District: $80k
     
  626. Michigan Has Reversed the Flow of Interstate Migration with Illinois
    Illinois used to gain net population from Michigan
     
  627. The Secrecy of 'Pure Michigan'
     
  628. The Best-Paying Public School Districts In Michigan
     
  629. $135k To Study Insects Called ‘Great Lakes Restoration’
     
  630. HONEST Act – EPA Science and Transparency
    This should be ‘science 101’
     
  631. How We Use FOIA to Hold Government Accountable
    Happy ‘Sunshine Week’ 2017
     
  632. Republicans, Pursue Your Agenda with Gusto
    Advice for the Legislative majority
     
  633. Michigan Will Soon Restrict Real Estate Agents When Displaying Their Names
     
  634. Property Taxes Are Michigan Governments' Largest Money Maker
     
  635. Some Small Tax Breaks, But Total State Tax Collections Rise Faster
     
  636. Close To Immortal: Michigan Won't Close Failing Public Schools After All
     
  637. Michigan Medicaid Patient Can't Find Care, So She Pays For Innovative Alternative
     
  638. How Many College Bureaucrats Does It Take To Answer A Records Request?
     
  639. Governor’s Cyber School Cuts Don’t Add Up
    Online charters already perform OK for much less money
     
  640. Copper Mine Regulations, Parole and Probation Reforms, Expelled Lawmakers
    March 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  641. Sweeping Criminal Justice Reforms For Michigan
    After four long years of debate, change has finally arrived
     
  642. $750k 'Great Lakes' Grant Included Reverting Golf Course To Natural State
     
  643. Affluent School Districts Benefit From Expanded State 'At Risk' Spending
     
  644. Ridesharing Gets Rolling in Michigan
    Massive expansion after sensible regulations passed
     
  645. Applications Open for Second Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Children ages 6-14 encouraged to apply
     
  646. Ideas Liberals and Conservatives Can Agree On
    Plenty of middle ground, even in a divisive political climate
     
  647. Having Police on Foot Patrols Benefits Communities, Experts Say
     
  648. Obscure Websites and Protecting Great Lakes
     
  649. Debate Resources: Public Forum Topic Posts
     
  650. Michigan House Considers Public Records Reform
    Expanding FOIA to include Legislature and Governor
     
  651. Justice Clarence Thomas Takes a Broadside at Civil Forfeiture
    Forfeiture is a big issue in Michigan
     
  652. More Transparency on the Way in Michigan
    Bills would subject legislators, governor to FOIA and require salaries be made public
     
  653. Here's Who Runs U-M Office that Took 106 Days To Release Four Emails
     
  654. Upper Peninsula Democrat Breaks With Party On Vote To Cut State Income Tax
     
  655. Foot Patrol Policing: Engaging Michigan Communities One Step at a Time

    As police departments seek to reduce crime, restore trust in law enforcement and improve the strained relationship between officers and civilians, many have begun shifting to more community-oriented operations.


     
  656. Union Behind Michigan ‘Dues Skim’ Facing More Corruption Allegations
    SEIU Healthcare Michigan has a history of problems
     
  657. Tax Hike Cost Michigan Households $1000
    Lawmakers can afford to lower taxes
     
  658. U-M Refuses to Disclose Its President's Politicking
     
  659. Baldwin High School Beats the Odds
    Unique rural community bolstered by college focus, innovative initiatives
     
  660. A Glimmer of Hope for Job-Seeking Ex-Offenders
    Corrections Department could hire former prisoners under proposed bill
     
  661. Give Michigan Drivers Relief from High Auto Insurance Premiums
     
  662. Michigan Taxpayers Don’t Need to Spend Another $4 Billion Annually on Infrastructure
     
  663. Regulatory Reform: Make Michigan a Job and Income-Growth Leader
     
  664. /licensing -> /licensure
     
  665. Great Lakes Cash 'Critical' — Really?
     
  666. Schools' Double Whammy: Declining Enrollment, Soaring Pension Expense
     
  667. Crime Scene Investigations, Guardians Bureau, Rails to Trails Liability
    March 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  668. Miggy's City Income Tax Bill = $152,899
     
  669. Repressive Speech Codes At Michigan Community Colleges Model PC Universities
     
  670. Detroit Redefines 'Annual' To Take Much Bigger Income Tax Bite From Pro Athletes
     
  671. Mackinac Center Sues University of Michigan Over Open Records Violation
    Journalist waits more than 100 days for university to supply four emails
     
  672. Detroit Policy From a Free-Market Perspective
    Ideas for the city in advance of the Detroit Policy Conference
     
  673. This Isn't Working: How Michigan’s Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers
     
  674. Most of These Republicans Ran On Low Taxes; But All Voted to Keep Them High
     
  675. Michigan Legislators Don’t Receive Pensions
    Now let’s solve the problem for the rest of government workers
     
  676. Foot Patrol Policing: Engaging Michigan Communities One Step at a Time
    Free event in Lansing to discuss community policing
     
  677. Environmental Policy Initiative
    Guiding Principles
     
  678. Michigan Can Afford a Tax Cut
    State revenue has grown for years
     
  679. Families Paying $1 Billion More In State Income Tax
     
  680. 'Gag Order' Put NMU On List of Anti-Free Speech Campuses
     
  681. Michigan Education Association Losing Members, Increasing Debt
    Union named one of five most ‘financially precarious’
     
  682. Use Extra Community College Money to Lower the Income Tax
    Taxpayer spending is up even as student numbers drop
     
  683. Real Class Credit for Taking 'Fake News' Course at University of Michigan
     
  684. Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit

    A “bottlenecker” is someone who uses the power of the government to limit competition in the market and artificially boost their own profits. Bottleneckers use a variety of methods to achieve their goals, including tax loopholes, regulations, occupational licensing requirements, minimum wage laws and many more. The end result when these special interest bottleneckers succeed is fewer choices and higher prices for consumers, fewer job opportunities for workers and less innovation throughout the economy.


     
  685. Nation’s First Hearing on Worker’s Choice Bill Happens Tuesday
    Missouri Legislature considering idea first presented by Mackinac Center
     
  686. To Boost Jobs in Detroit, Cut Regulations
    Why the Motor City has so few plumbers
     
  687. Michigan Pays for Fudged Climate Data
    Fake news, meet settled science
     
  688. Teacher Making $53,000 Says She Could Earn More as a Waitress
     
  689. You're Paying $1.29 Billion More For This
     
  690. Liberal Group Says Income Tax Cut Means Cops and Firefighters May Not Show Up
     
  691. GOP Governor Thanks House GOP Tax Cut Opponents
     
  692. Don’t Cut Income Tax Rate; Do Redistribute $1.8 Billion to Big Developers
    February 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  693. Compel School Districts to Reward Great Teachers
    Wisconsin study highlights benefits of performance pay
     
  694. Donor Privacy Policy
     
  695. One State May Do Away With Taxpayer-Funded Tourism Promotion
    Why ending Florida’s “Pure Michigan” counterpart would benefit residents and visitors
     
  696. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
    An update through 2015
     
  697. Studies of Government-funded Tourism Promotion Withstand Criticism
    Publicly-funded marketing for tourism is a waste of money
     
  698. Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit
    Free Lansing luncheon Tuesday to discuss Michigan's regulatory structure
     
  699. These 12 Republicans Voted 'No' On Michigan Income Tax Cut
     
  700. Michigan's Largest School Districts Breaking Teacher Pay Law
     
  701. $28K Or Less For First-Year Teachers? Three Districts Pay That
     
  702. These 20 Republicans Voted 'Yes' On Giving $1.8 Billion To Big Developers
     
  703. Updated Research Affirms Link between Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
    Interactive map shows taxes and smuggling by state
     
  704. Pushing Back Against Government Takings
    New bill would provide remedy for property violations
     
  705. Close Failing Public Schools? Not In Michigan — Yet
     
  706. Proposed Wind Turbines in Rural County Match States Tallest Skyscrapers
     
  707. Teacher Evaluations Out Of Sync With Outcomes
     
  708. Average Annual Taxpayer Savings: $173.52
     
  709. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
     
  710. Windmills Tall as Skyscrapers Proposed for Rural Michigan County
     
  711. House Republican Policy Plan Lays the Groundwork for Action
    Pensions, education, criminal justice all areas ripe for change
     
  712. New Subsidies More about Political Development than Economic Development
    Economic conditions matter more than giving targeted taxpayer dollars to developers
     
  713. Michigan's $6.3 Billion Broken Promise
     
  714. Detroit Public Schools Goes Big For Teacher Merit Pay
     
  715. State Pays More as Community College Tuition Rises, Enrollment Falls
     
  716. People First or Well Connected Developers?
    We should provide tax relief for all instead of favors to a select few
     
  717. Tax Cuts and Corporate Welfare
    February 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  718. Time for Labor Unions to Collect their Own Dues
    The on-going SEIU dues skim must end
     
  719. How an 'Ineffective' Teacher Gets Third-Highest Pay Level
     
  720. Michigan's 'Temporary' 2007 Tax Hike Took $770 Million Last Year
     
  721. Mackinac Center Analyst: Senate Bills 111-115 Are Corporate Cronyism
    LaFaive available to comment on pending legislation
     
  722. Protecting Business Owners’ Right to Free Speech
     
  723. Michigan's Worldwide Trading Economy
     
  724. Fighting For a Teacher’s Right to Work
     
  725. Suing the State to See Flint Water Documents
     
  726. Official ‘Bias Response’ Enforcers Stifle Michigan Universities
     
  727. Holding the University Of Michigan Accountable
     
  728. State Pension Funds Move To Risky Investments
    Lack of payoff on investments is biggest driver of underfunding
     
  729. Testimony: When Will Michigan Families Get Some Tax Relief Too?

    Testimony before the House Tax Policy Committee


     
  730. Mackinac Center Resumes Fight to Protect Free Speech Rights
    Northern Michigan inn owner sues to end unconstitutional marketing tax
     
  731. State Superintendent Claims First-Year Teachers Make $28K—We Can't Find Them
     
  732. Why Michigan Licensing Laws Are So Destructive
    Everything you need to know about occupational regulations in the Great Lakes State
     
  733. Happy Valentine’s Day from the Mackinac Center
    Our love for you in memes
     
  734. Number of Michigan Millionaires Grows 25-Fold
     
  735. Scofflaw School Districts Ignore Merit Pay Law, Face No Sanctions
     
  736. The InternNet
     
  737. Congress May Protect Private Pensions from State Bureaucrats
    Recent regulations allow states to create and manage retirement for private employees
     
  738. The Cost of High Cigarette Taxes
    Research reveals unintended consequences of tax
     
  739. Kentucky, Missouri Set Off Wave of Labor Reform
    2017 poised to be big year for worker freedom
     
  740. Teacher Melts Down, Disrupts, Curses, Quits, Walks — And Files To Get Job Back
     
  741. Loans From Corporate Welfare Agency Are, Like Its Job Promises, 'Uncollectible'
     
  742. Detroit Father Turns Boxing Interest Into Youth Enrichment Program
     
  743. School Hosts Advocacy Session for Tax Hike in Front of Students
    Politicking on the taxpayer dime
     
  744. Charitable Gambling, Special Needs Database, More Corporate Welfare
    February 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  745. Who Watches the Union’s Fake News Watchers?
     
  746. State Budget Growth Outpaces Inflation
     
  747. Trump is Wrong on Civil Forfeiture
    State should stop this end-run around the Constitution
     
  748. School Pension Iceberg: Beware What’s Under Budget Surface
     
  749. Higher Emissions Ahead: Closing Nuclear Plant Here Means More CO2
     
  750. Family Finds Online School to Be a Lifesaver
    Education accountability system needs to be parent-friendly
     
  751. IMPACT January/February 2017
     
  752. 'Tax Cut Fever' In Lansing? Spending Increases Show Opposite
     
  753. Michigan School Pension Costs Almost Quadrupled
     
  754. Legislators Should Give Taxpayers the Income Tax Cut They Deserve
    With revenues increasing, the state can easily afford to lower rates
     
  755. Mackinac Center Expert Available for Comment on FY 2018 Budget Release
    Fiscal policy analyst to be in Lansing Wednesday for Snyder’s presentation
     
  756. Officials Shortchange School Pension Fund 7th Year In Row
     
  757. The Job No One Wants
     
  758. National Labor Expert: Right-To-Work Just the Beginning for Missouri
    Show-Me State poised to become next Wisconsin for labor reform
     
  759. Where did the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Go?
     
  760. Government Funding of Sports Arenas is an Expensive Psychological Boost
     
  761. A Better Way to Rank Schools
     
  762. Detroit Window Washer Tax
     
  763. Delayed Payment On Granholm Early Pension Gambit Raises Costs To Taxpayers
     
  764. Union Enlists a Mayor to Endorse Fabulist Claims on Teacher Pay
     
  765. Legislators Who Promote Transparency Should Start by Disclosing Corporate Welfare Deals
    MEDC secrecy patronizes lawmakers and public
     
  766. Senate Passes Probation and Parole Reforms
    February 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  767. Saginaw’s Lowest Performing Schools Get the Most Money
    More funding won’t fix failing schools
     
  768. And Then There Were 28
     
  769. Michigan House Bill Would Impose Sanctions On 'Sanctuary Cities'
     
  770. Michigan Wins When Immigrants Face a Fair and Predictable System
    Due process is an important part of an immigration system
     
  771. Michigan Taxpayers Don’t Need to Spend $4 Billion Annually on Infrastructure
    Recent report has been misinterpreted
     
  772. Open Records Law: U-M Cashes The Check But Fails To Deliver The Info
     
  773. The Pruitt EPA Nomination
    When worldviews clash
     
  774. Detroit’s Soccer Stadium Should Stand on its Own
    Stadiums are a bad investment for taxpayers
     
  775. 'Unregulated' Charter Schools? 13 Things You Did Not Know
     
  776. How ‘Good Character’ Provisions Create Bad Outcomes
    Barriers to employment can prevent some prisoners from reintegrating successfully
     
  777. Real Economy Creates 81 Jobs For Every 1 Promised by Business Subsidy Program
    Broad improvements to the business climate help more than special subsidies
     
  778. Michigan Environmental Office Repeatedly Stonewalls Record Requests
     
  779. Wasting No Time on Criminal Justice Reform
    Senate introduces some important proposals on day one of 2017 session
     
  780. Michigan Forfeiture Laws Improving, But State Transparency Still Falls Behind
     
  781. Public School Union Members Protest Their Own Union
     
  782. What This Russian College Student Thinks About Bernie Sanders
     
  783. State’s School Rankings Only Tell Part of Story
    By failing to account for poverty, Michigan unfairly puts some schools at bottom
     
  784. Detroit Schools Show Importance of School Choice
    Kids deserve more options, not fewer
     
  785. Recently Introduced Bills of Interest
    January 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  786. Federal Park Staffers Defy Presidential Order, Tweet Climate Change Warnings
     
  787. After Decades of Little Change, Why Are So Many States Going Right-to-Work?
     
  788. School Board Says DeVos 'Unfit' For Advocating Policies It Practices
     
  789. Ann Arbor School Board Member Weighs In On $150 Merit Pay
     
  790. Ann Arbor Schools: First There Is No Teacher Merit Pay, Then There Is
     
  791. What Happens When the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Ends?
    State could save millions by stopping ineffective subsidies
     
  792. Indiana Could See Cigarette Smuggling Leap with Excise Tax Increase
    Michigan may benefit from Hoosier hike
     
  793. Putting the Pieces in Place for School Choice
    Big picture points to more hopeful action
     
  794. Rising Economy Increased Michigan Tax Revenue More Than Gas Tax Hike
     
  795. Michigan College Busts Students For Giving Out U.S. Constitutions Without Permit
     
  796. Washington Post Bashes Detroit Charters Citing Study That Praises Detroit Charters
     
  797. Cheers for Detroit Schools Transparency
    District has come a long way
     
  798. Elect Speaker of the House; Names of Senators
    January 20, 2017 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
     
  799. Mackinac Center Responds to State’s School Rankings
    State report confirms need for new grading system
     
  800. The Hypocrisy of 'Public' Education Rhetoric
    What’s being protected here: The Constitution or union dues?
     
  801. Most Charters Perform 'Significantly Better' Than District Schools on Core Subjects
     
  802. Speed Limits in Michigan Going Up
     
  803. DeVos, Charters, School Choice Threaten Democratic Party Finances
     
  804. Yesterday's Pension Underfunding Means Fewer Raises For Today's Teachers
     
  805. Government Growth Proposed in Gov. Snyder's 2017 State of the State
    Address included 12 proposed government expansions, one limitation
     
  806. DeVos Attacked For Supporting Free Speech, Due Process On Campus
     
  807. Incomes Rise in Right-to-Work Michigan; Officials Project More To Come
     
  808. Happy 50th Birthday Personal Income Tax
    Now go away
     
  809. Detroit Charters Far Outperform Traditional Schools
    Mackinac’s CAP scores align with rigorous research findings
     
  810. Mackinac Center Experts Available for Commentary on 2017 State of the State Address
    Policy analysts watching a wide range of topics
     
  811. State Officials Caused Michigan's Pension Crisis
     
  812. MCPP Recommendations 2017-2018
     
  813. President of Nation's Largest Teachers Union Got 23 Percent Pay Bump Last Year
     
  814. School Retirement System Continues to Harm Members
    Michigan's failed pension system is hurting school employees and taxpayers alike
     
  815. Lansing School District Ignores Law Requiring Teacher Merit Pay
     
  816. The 2016 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card
     
  817. Michigan School Districts: We Have No Ineffective Teachers
     
  818. Michigan Should End Civil Asset Forfeiture
    Require a criminal conviction before taking people’s property
     
  819. Resisting the Deforming Power of Government
    How to preserve the distinction between society and government
     
  820. 2016 Michigan Energy Roundup: Renewable Energy
    Final post in a series analyzing changes to Michigan's utility laws
     
  821. Clean Michigan Initiative Not the Only Remediation Fund
    Other sources for environmental clean-up eliminate need for further debt
     
  822. New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card
    New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card
     
  823. Court Rejects MDEQ’s Avoidance Tactics in Flint FOIA Lawsuit
    Motion to dismiss denied by State of Michigan Court of Claims
     
  824. Roseville Man Becomes Facebook Famous, and Criminally Liable, for Warming His Car
    Ignorance of the law is no excuse for leaving running vehicle unattended, police chief says
     
  825. The Law's the Law – Except When It Says Great Teachers Get Merit Pay
     
  826. Had Hillary Won, Granholm And Not DeVos Would Be Prepping for Confirmation
     
  827. How Education Secretary DeVos Could Help Michigan Advance Choice
    Two federal proposals that avoid dangerous overreach
     
  828. Kentucky Becomes Nation’s 27th Right-to-Work State
    Bluegrass State first of several likely to pass such legislation in 2017
     
  829. Number Getting Unemployment Checks Lowest In At Least 30 Years In Michigan
     
  830. Some Budget Ideas for 2017
     
  831. Be Wise in Deciding How to Spend Taxpayer Funds on Infrastructure
     
  832. Why Trade Schools Matter to Detroit
     
  833. Harvard Study Says Michigan Elections Less Democratic Than Cuba, North Korea, Iran
     
  834. Forward michigan-citizens-will-no-longer-have-to-pay-upfront-forfeiture-fee
     
  835. Mackinac Center, ACLU Applaud New Forfeiture Bill
    But call on state to require conviction
     
  836. Now People Won't Have to Pay a Bond to Recover Their Stuff from Police
     
  837. Where the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Goes
    A bigger budget means more money for programs beyond road repair
     
  838. Truth Optional When Teachers Union Defends Its Turf
     
  839. A Salute to Thomas Sowell
    The great economist is retiring
     
  840. Protecting Electricity Choice
    2016 Michigan Energy Roundup
     
  841. Michigan's Net Out-Migration Much Reduced But Still Negative
     
  842. In the Big Ten Conference of Migration Trends, Michigan Tops a Weak Division
     
  843. Michigan Stagnates on Economic Freedom Index
    After big recent gains, this state stuck in neutral
     
  844. U-M Prof Hints Scholars Down On School Choice, But Twice As Many Optimistic
     
  845. Government, Heavy Industry No Longer Dominate Michigan Economy
     
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