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  1. "Rich States, Poor States" Presentation – Traverse City, MI

    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Mackinac Center for Public Policy have partnered to bring Jonathan Williams, vice president of the Center for State Fiscal Reform at ALEC and co-author of the 9th Edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index. Mr. Williams will discuss the policy trends over the years that helped Michigan's economy recover and what needs to be done to keep Michigan moving forward.

  2. Friedman Legacy Day

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Northwood University Forum for Citizenship & Enterprise cordially invite you to join us in celebrating the 10th Annual Milton Friedman Legacy Day.

  3. A Quick Brief on the Housing Recovery in Michigan

    Price of average home is approaching record levels

  4. Children Poisoned by Lead Shouldn't Be Turned Into A Limerick
  5. Calls to Expand Michigan’s Economic Development Programs Fall Short

    New plans don't even claim to develop the economy

  6. The union wage premium: Difficult to calculate, likely overblown
  7. Why Americans Should Care the U.S. is Approaching $20 Trillion in Debt
  8. Not in a Box, Not With a Fox; GOP Didn't Cut School Funding
  9. We're No. 1: Unemployment in Michigan Fell Faster Than Anywhere Else
  10. Michigan Crushes Korea in Corporate Welfare Handouts

    Nearly $9 billion in subsidies over two years

  11. Union Should Secure the Retirement of Their Members

    New op-ed discusses Teamster pension problems in Washington Examiner

  12. Detroit Was Just the Beginning: The Crisis of City Pension Systems in Michigan
  13. IMPACT July/August 2016
  14. Trust Parents or Political Appointees to Choose Best School for Kids?
  15. July 22, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Plates for me, plates for thee, plates for the man behind the tree

  16. MSU: You Can Be Ticketed For Smoking in Your Own Car
  17. Counting Government Workers Tells Little About the Quality of Government

    Cost and quality should be the primary concern

  18. GOP Convention Notes: 50,000 Attendees, Lots and Lots of Police
  19. Planning for Life Workshop – Suttons Bay, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2016 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  20. A Federal Bill to Loosen Licensing Requirements

    And a step for Michigan to follow suit

  21. Department of Environmental Quality Must Be Transparent

    Michigan media reports on latest Mackinac Center lawsuit

  22. Criminal Justice in a Free Society

    Mackinac Center announces criminal justice initiative

  23. Six Numbers Showing Detroit’s Pension Problems
  24. Shivering in the Dark? Sierra Club Opposes 91 Percent of Michigan Electricity
  25. Detroit's Red Ink Remains, But Future Looks Brighter
  26. 10th Annual Milton Friedman Legacy Day Celebration to Be Held in Midland

    Mackinac Center to co-host event with Northwood University Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise

  27. From Batting Nets to 'Hide Haulers,' Almost Everything Requires a License in Detroit
  28. No Conspiracy Behind Cheap Gas Prices, Just Good Old Supply and Demand
  29. Party In Crony Capitalism Revolt Holds Convention at Government-Owned Hotel
  30. Mark Ruffalo Wants Government to Defund the Police — But Fund His Films
  31. Imaginary Murder Pets Versus Michelle Obama

    Society uses the free market: It’s super effective!

  32. July 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    More government energy debt; more subsidies for college, grocery stores and water; pension reform and more

  33. How an Ice-Making Company is Succeeding in Detroit
  34. How Some Michigan Cities Dodge the Unfunded Pension Liability Trap
  35. Reforming No-Fault Insurance Would Lower Costs, Reduce Uninsured Cars

    Van Beek discusses reforms in Fox UP interview

  36. Vet Saves Dog's Life, Family is Happy – State Sanctions Him

    The problem with occupational licensing 

  37. Drug Raids Down 75 Percent in Detroit as Police Shift Their Focus
  38. Mackinac Center Files Open Records Lawsuit Against State Government Over Flint Water Documents

    Open government requires timely information

  39. Democratic Senators Seek to Silence Debate About Global Warming
  40. No Easy Answers in Highland Park

    Students continue to flee troubled district

  41. Blown Away By Flawed Research on Jobs Program

    Michigan spent millions with little to show for it

  42. Court Overrules Licensing Board, Exonerates Vet Who Saved Dog
  43. Occupational Licensing Costs Hurt Working Class Michiganders
  44. Mr. Dem House Leader, You're Still Not Entitled to Your Own Facts
  45. MSU Drops Algebra From Graduation Requirements
  46. Michigan School Funding At Record High
  47. Former Gov. Granholm Left Teaching Job at Berkeley; Husband Dan Mulhern to Teach One Class in Fall
  48. Detroit’s Top Employer No Longer a Government Entity
  49. Mackinac Center Defends Resort Owner’s Free Speech Right

    State media covers tourism bureau lawsuit

  50. Workers Could Feel Pinch of Obama’s Overtime Rule

    Vernuccio op-ed published in The Detroit News

  51. Pay for New Ann Arbor Teachers Up 24-44 Percent in Four Years
  52. School Funding Is Complicated: One Part Goes Down But Total Goes Up
  53. State Government Up to Its Eyeballs in Pension Debt
  54. Private Schools Could Save Michigan $750 Million a Year
  55. Uber Disrupts Organized Labor and a Union may get More Dues Paying Members
  56. Detroit Soccer Team Turns to Private Investment to Fund New Stadium
  57. As Municipal Golf Courses Lose Money, Taxpayers Pick Up the Tab
  58. July 1, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Repeal 'stand your ground,' assert 'right to drinking water,' make policy body camera images secret, more

  59. Lawsuit Challenges Forced Payments for Tourism Bureaus
  60. Michigan Adequacy Study Shows the State Already Spends Plenty on Education

    New study provides few clear-cut answers

  61. Mackinac Center Weighs in on State’s Education Adequacy Study

    State media covers school funding study

  62. Independence Day
  63. How Bad Investment Rate Projections Cause Pension Underfunding
  64. Here's What the NY Times Got Wrong On Detroit Public Schools
  65. Northern Michigan Resort Owner Files Lawsuit Against Tourism Board to Reclaim His First Amendment Rights
    Mackinac Center files suit to protect property owner's free speech rights
  66. Academic Failure Forces Charter School Closure
  67. More Mythical School Funding Cuts Reported
  68. Mackinac Center Weighs In On State’s Education Adequacy Study

    Spending more money won't help unless it is spent in effective ways

  69. I Don’t Have Answers to These Questions

    There aren't always easy answers to policy questions

  70. Commemorating the Repeal of the Stamp Act

    The history of transaction taxes in America

  71. Planning for Life Workshop – Grand Rapids, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2016 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  72. Union Contract Delivers Five-Year Salary Freeze for State's Teacher of the Year
  73. New Evidence: Film Incentives Still Don’t Work

    Research from Michael Thom analyzes a variety of programs

  74. Deficits Loom, But Community College Launches Athletics Program Anyway
  75. One Brighton Area Schools Administrator in Line for $58,000 Increase in Pay
  76. A $4.6 Billion Transit Millage Is a Tax Too Far for Detroit

    Time to question the benefits of the Regional Transit Authority 

  77. June 24, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Noteworthy proposals to amend the state constitution

  78. Snyder’s Veto of Aftermarket Auto Parts Bill a Win for Consumers

    MLive covers defeat of anti-competition bill

  79. Vote Sends Lake Michigan Water Outside the Great Lakes Basin
  80. Right-To-Work For More? Michigan Income Growth the Nation’s Third-Fastest
  81. MSU Scholar Ignores School Revenue Sources

    Says revenue has been cut

  82. More School Spending is Still Unlikely to Boost Achievement

    A response to a critique of ‘School Spending and Student Achievement in Michigan: What’s the Relationship’

  83. School Budgets Stressed Alright — But Not From Mythical State ‘Cuts’
  84. Clarifying Detroit Schools Release Time Policy

    Judge Rhodes points out oversight in op-ed

  85. Tackle Licensing for Good Policy in Michigan

    New York Times covers fight to allow people to work

  86. Fewer School Districts Borrowing to Cover Expenses, But Pension Debt Rising
  87. Gov. Snyder Vetoes Bill Limiting Consumer Auto Parts Choices

    HB 4344 would have increased red tape for consumers and businesses

  88. State Government Up to Its Eyeballs in Pension Debt

    Unfunded pension liabilities dwarf state’s other borrowing

  89. How They Spin 'Underfunded Schools': Ignore the Federal Money
  90. Spiking Pensions: Another MEA Executive Involved in Special Deals
  91. June 17, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Votes from the last week of the spring legislative session

  92. Wayne State Drops Math Requirement, May Add Diversity Requirement
  93. Another School District-Teachers Union Pension Spiking Deal
  94. Not So Fast ... Dems Don't Get That School Spending is Up
  95. County Takes Michigan Woman's Property Over $7 Late Fee
  96. Taxpayers Spend Millions A Year on Union Activities

    Op-ed in The Detroit News addresses union release time

  97. Ph.D. Not Good Enough, Professor: You Still Can't Teach in Detroit Schools
  98. Narrative Trumps Facts When Reporting on Detroit Public Schools
  99. June 10, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Detroit School bailout “final answer,” require warrant for electonic data search, much more

  100. IMPACT May/June 2016
  101. You're Wrong, Senator: Many Detroit Teachers Do Earn More Than You
  102. Uber May Be Opening Door for 21st Century Unionization

    Vernuccio op-ed published in Huffington Post

  103. Need A Microscope to Find the Corporate Welfare Jobs in Michigan's Economy
  104. Time for The MEA To Recognize Right-To-Work

    Media covers new Mackinac Center lawsuit

  105. Pension Funding: Why Your Town is Going Broke
  106. New Study Shows Positive Effects of Ridesharing

    Introduction of Uber decreases crash rates and DUIs

  107. House Refuses to Ration School Choice for Detroit Parents, Children

    Hard work, hopeful opportunities lie ahead

  108. House Republicans 'No Way' on Detroit School Choice Restrictions
  109. Dear Teachers: Here's Why Your Salary Isn't Higher
  110. Cut Corporate Welfare to Help Balance State Budget

    Tenuous relationship between corporate welfare and economic health

  111. Lawmakers Must Preserve Choice in DPS Bailout

    Op-eds in The Detroit News and Midland Daily News

  112. Pure Michigan: An Economic Development Program That Doesn’t Create Any Development
  113. As Right-to-Work Expands, So Do Union Membership Rolls
  114. Despite Enrollment Decline, Teachers Paid More
  115. Detroit’s Economic Fortunes Won’t Get a Kick Out of Subsidizing a New Soccer Stadium
  116. Retiree Obligations, Lack of Cash Hampers Michigan's Fiscal Condition
  117. Legislature Makes it More Difficult to Use Inexpensive Car Parts

    Will Gov. Snyder veto the bill?

  118. June 3, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    School recreation taxes, raises some speed limits, disclose pension liabilities

  119. Rumors of Taxpayer Spending

    State job funds are expensive and underwhelming

  120. Michigan School Pension Debt Grows Again
  121. Michigan Private Schools Cost Significantly Less Than Public Schools
  122. The Boundaries of Educational Choice: Surveying Michigan's Private School Landscape

    Nonpublic schools serve tens of thousands of Michigan elementary and secondary students, yet a clear understanding of the state's diverse private education landscape has been lacking. While most states (including those on our borders) have enacted some kind of publicly funded choice program, Michigan private schools fight in the Legislature for a small share of funding to cover the state’s health and safety mandates. In order to expand choice, Michigan must overcome a stringent constitution, as well as some popular misconceptions about private schools.

  123. Hopeful Medicaid 'Direct Primary Care' Pilot Embraced by Senate, Gutted by House
  124. Municipal Revenues Up Despite Arguments to the Contrary

    Bridge Magazine article misses the big picture

  125. Freedom for Nations, States and Cities

    Economic freedom increases human well-being

  126. Four Months and Counting for Records from Agency at Center of Flint Water Crisis
  127. Worker's Choice

    Where there’s a unionized workplace, there’s forced representation. That’s true regardless of whether a state is right-to-work or not. Even if a union can’t get a worker fired for not paying dues, the worker is still bound by union representation.

  128. The Mackinac Center at the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference
  129. State Data: No Detroit Teacher Shortage
  130. Detroit Bailout's Charter School Restrictions Not About What's Best for Kids
  131. Here's How Much More Money Detroit Public Schools Has Received Over the Years
  132. Thousands of Detroit Parents Vote With Their Feet for School Choice
  133. Detroit Teachers Under Pay Freeze, But Union President Gets Big Pay Hike
  134. Detroit Charter Schools Spend Way Less Money and Get Way Better Results

    Just look at the evidence

  135. The State of Private Schools in Michigan

    Survey provides new information about this unique education sector

  136. History Shows Delayed Adequacy Study Will Call for More Money

    Michigan already spends more per pupil than the national average

  137. Money Rolling In, But Cities With Hands Out To Lansing Claim 'Broken' Finances
  138. A Survey of Michigan's Private Education Sector

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

    According to data collected by the state, Michigan has 601 private schools that enroll about 113,000 students — about 7 percent of all students in the state. All but 14 of Michigan’s 84 counties have at least one private school operating within their boundaries. Despite the fact that private schools in Michigan are widespread, there is very little publicly available information about them. In response to this need, the Mackinac Center, with the help of the Michigan Association of Nonpublic Schools, conducted a survey of private school administrators from all across the state.

  139. Transparency Bills A “Significant Step Forward”

    Reitz interviewed by Michigan Radio

  140. A Life in Perspectives

    A Celebration of the Life of Andrew J. Coulson

  141. Bill Takes Away Car Owners' Choice of Less Expensive Parts
  142. Managed Competition Versus the Free Market, In One Photo
    Cabstand at Reagan National shows need for ridesharing
  143. School Districts Receiving More and Spending More
  144. Detroit Public Schools' Collapse Preceded Charter School Expansion
  145. Teaching Jobs Still Getting Plenty of Applicants
  146. Local Governments Cry Poor but Act Rich

    If the fiscal stress is so great, why keep doling out uncompetitive benefits?

  147. May 20, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Automaker protectionism, who’s the repo man, ballot initiative signatures and more

  148. State Expects to Take $2.4 Billion More; Media Cries 'Deficit!'
  149. An Uber Driver Shares His Story

    Op-ed explains efforts to permit and restrict ridesharing 

  150. Taxpayers Should Not Be on the Hook for Stadiums

    Bill Simmons gets it right

  151. 'Got Your Back' or Stab It: Union Sics Bill Collectors on Right-to-Work Exercisers
  152. Contracting Non-Instructional Services Can Help Students

    Op-ed published in Chicago Daily Herald

  153. High Taxes Lack a Guarantee of Quality Services: See Detroit

    It's about how resources are managed

  154. Mackinac Center Will Represent Teacher Suing MEA For Keeping Him In Union

    Mackinac Center representing teacher suing MEA

  155. Group Hired To Assess Michigan Education Spending Always Recommends More

    Op-ed published in Lansing State Journal

  156. Three Reforms to Bring Down Michigan Health Care Costs
  157. Maryland Brewer Tweaks Michigan's Alcohol Regulators
  158. Ridesharing Drivers Tell Their Stories

    Why statewide regulations are important to so many Michiganders

  159. Free Market Solutions to Problems in Health Care

    The Affordable Care Act dramatically changed the healthcare market throughout the United States and expanded the control of the federal government over healthcare policies. Despite this fact, there are still reforms that states can make that could expand the access and reduce the cost of medical services. This event will feature several experts who will discuss reforms that Michigan policymakers should consider if they want to improve healthcare services in this state.

  160. Federal Red Tape Costing Michigan Families and Businesses Billions
  161. How Forfeiture Should Work in Michigan

    New Mexico and Nebraska limit forfeiture to criminal cases

  162. Mackinac Center and Sierra Club Call For More Transparency in Michigan Government

    Joint Free Press op-ed explains transparency efforts

  163. Yes They Are: National Magazine Says Poor Detroit Charter Schools Not Closed
  164. Detroit Schools Transition Chief Says: Restrict Charter Schools in City
  165. Fears About State Pension Underfunding Drive School Employees to Other Options
  166. Economic Interference Week

    Economic Development Week is no cause for celebration

  167. May 13, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Transit subsidy taxes, ban bag bans, alien drivers, grass seed warning font size

  168. School Choice Opponents Pick Institutions Over Special Needs Families

    Students with special needs should have access to real choices

  169. Contaminated Water Dominates Flint Headlines, But Pension Earthquake Looms
  170. Let Consumers Use Plastic Bags

    New bill would prevent local governments from overregulating grocers

  171. Why Do College Costs Skyrocket Year After Year?
  172. The Evidence is Clear: State Spending on Colleges is Wasteful

    Michigan increases higher education spending by tens of millions

  173. Teaching 'Hard' - Yes, 'Underappreciated' - Maybe, but 'Underpaid' a Stretch
  174. Planning for Life Workshop – Detroit, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2016 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  175. Right-to-Work Makes Unions Stronger

    Vernuccio op-ed in Washington Examiner

  176. delete me
  177. The Right Way to Analyze Teacher Salaries in Michigan
  178. Average Teacher Salaries Decline, But Individual Educators Get More
  179. That’s What We Said

    Right-to-work studies confirm Mackinac Center findings

  180. Communities Consider Risky Municipal Broadband

    Local governments should get out of the way of private providers

  181. Pension Costs Are Crowding Out Public Safety

    Michigan is losing cops to retiree costs

  182. State Fails to Make Required Teacher Pension Fund Contribution
  183. Get Uninsured Cars Off the Road Through Reforming No-Fault
  184. Despite a Setback, Right-to-Work is Advancing Across America
  185. Michigan Parents Deserve a Statewide Report Card for Schools
  186. Detroit Schools Do Not Have 'Low Pay' or 'Crowded Classes'
  187. In Michigan, Uber Operates in a Legal Gray Area — These Bills Would Change That
  188. May 6, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Detroit school bailout, teacher strikes, state spending increases, more

  189. Job Churn Shows Why Targeted Tax Favors Do Not Work

    There is constant job loss and creation in the state economy

  190. Late-night TV Misinforms on Teacher Salaries
  191. Detroit Charters Face All of the Obstacles of Detroit Public Schools – And Overcome Them
  192. Vernuccio: Teacher Sickouts Hurt Kids

    Mackinac labor policy director interviewed by Fox Business

  193. House Dems to Detroit Parents: No New Charter Schools For You
  194. Debate Workshops 2016
  195. Detroit Public Schools Debt Largely Not Supported By Additional Taxpayer Dollars

    The state isn't on the hook for most of what DPS owes

  196. Can I Catch a Ride?: Regulating Uber and Lyft in Michigan

    Ridesharing is a new service made popular by companies like Lyft and Uber. It relies on smartphones to connect those who need a ride to drivers willing to provide one — a riff on the traditional taxi system. Ridesharing has allowed thousands of Michiganders earn extra income as drivers and save money and time as riders. It currently operates in a legal gray area, because ridesharing drivers are not cabbies or chauffeurs. 

  197. Prof’s Theory: Six-Figure DPS Staff 'Thought They Deserved' Kickbacks
  198. What’s Your Bubble? A Think Tank Checks Its Privilege

    The ‘bubble score’ of Mackinac Center staff

  199. DPS Sickout Teacher Lowballs Salary in Newspaper Story
  200. Group at Fore of Detroit School Preservation Effort Has Mixed Record
  201. State Attorneys General Wage War on Political Dissent
  202. Some Michigan Universities Spend Huge Money Subsidizing Sports
  203. Michigan Budget on Course for $7 Billion Rise Under Republicans
    Michigan budget, state budget
  204. Michigan Needs To Stop Charging Residents To Get Their Property Back

    Mackinac Center analyst authors op-ed in Detroit Free Press

  205. April 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Crime and Punishment: juveniles, sign breakers, fetus merchants, more

  206. How Two Similar School Districts Get Such Different Results

    Study suggests funding levels have little impact on student growth

  207. IRS-Style Viewpoint Discrimination in Grand Rapids City Government?
  208. Tax Hike Election Coming to You Tuesday?
  209. Grand Rapids City Attorney Calls Alleged Rape Victim a 'Crack and Heroin Whore'
  210. Education Spending Not Tied To Success

    New study featured in state media

  211. West Virginia Right-to-Work May Turn on Supreme Court Race

    Possible backtracking on worker freedom if union-endorsed candidate elected

  212. Panic Over: Number of School Districts in Deficit Plummets
  213. Detroit Schools 'Misplace' $30 Million from Feds for Pensions
  214. Cigarette tax hike will increase criminal activity
  215. Stopping University Tuition Hikes Would Cost Nearly $3 Billion

    Spending at Michigan public colleges is skyrocketing

  216. After 10 Years of Deficits, How One District Escaped Being Dissolved
  217. State Employees' Average Cost Up to $117,000
  218. State of Michigan Employees Averaged 10 Sick Days Last Year
  219. More from Taxpayers, But State Corporate Welfare Taking More Too
  220. April 22, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    School tax hikes, cash-only for rims, bigger fonts on seed warnings

  221. Czar-Like Detroit Education Commission Part of Establishment's 'War on Charters?'
  222. New 'Rich States, Poor States' Index Released

    Michigan improves slightly

  223. The Many Benefits of Ridesharing

    Lyft and Uber provide transportation and jobs in Michigan

  224. Why Some Teachers Prefer a 401(k) Over a Pension
  225. Detroit Mayor Says His Commission Will Be Independent While His City Discriminates

    Be wary of limiting competition in a failing school district

  226. Bankrupt Detroit Still Refuses Property Sales to Charter Schools
  227. Worker’s Choice Solves Free-/Forced-Rider Problem in Wisconsin

    Vernuccio op-ed explains idea in national publications

  228. Ann Arbor Crackdown Illustrates Need for Statewide Ridesharing Framework

    Eliminate gray areas surrounding Lyft and Uber

  229. 'Level' Playing Field for Detroit Charter Schools?
  230. Detroit Free Press, USA Today Publish Letter Dispelling Charter School Myth

    Charter schools may not refuse students selectively

  231. Pure Michigan Campaign Ineffective, Needs To End

    New op-ed published in the Detroit News

  232. MEDC's Priority: Defend Its Budget
  233. Duggan Approved Ban on Selling Closed Detroit Schools to Charters
  234. Michigan Parole Bill Would Revise Standards for Prisoner Release
  235. Government Has Probably Made You A Tax Cheat
  236. Pope Francis Favors School Choice

    Educating children a “primary” and “inalienable” right of parents

  237. April 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Ban “cyber revenge porn,” authorize Pet Protection Orders, rapist fathers’ rights, yoga regulation

  238. New Study: No Correlation Between School Spending and Student Outcomes

    Study finds spending more on Michigan schools doesn’t increase achievement

  239. Which Firms To Get $1 Billion from State Taxpayers? None of Your Business
  240. Closing Pensions for State Employees in 1990s Saved Michigan Millions Today

    Study highlights savings from defined-contribution reform

  241. School Spending and Student Achievement in Michigan: What's the Relationship?

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

    Does Michigan devote enough money to primary and secondary education? Do school districts receive enough revenue to ensure the vast majority of enrolled students graduate college or career ready? How much does it cost to provide a quality educational experience? These are the types of questions for which the Michigan Legislature recently paid nearly $400,000 to obtain some answers.

    These answers would clearly be helpful to policymakers who determine how many tax dollars to allocate to schools. But these concerns about the adequate level of school funding are based in part on the common assumption that spending more on K-12 schools will generate better academic outcomes. A more fundamental question that policymakers might want to answer before determining the appropriate level of funding for schools is: What is the relationship between school spending and student achievement in Michigan?

    That is the question this paper attempts to answer.

    To read a response to a critique of this study, click here.

  242. Local Ballot Initiatives Target Police, Prosecutors Confiscating Property
  243. Mackinac Center Names New Vice President of Marketing and Communications

    Welcoming John Mozena

  244. MSU Prof Calls Republicans 'Dying White People,' Receives Raises
  245. Top Rated School Could Be Closed in Battle Creek
  246. Pure Flummery: Seeing Double on Corporate Welfare Spin

    Pure Michigan ads are attractive corporate welfare

  247. Trust Parents with Schools of Choice

    Don't restrict opportunity for 'historically disadvantaged' student groups

  248. Michigan Motorcycle Deaths Decline Since Helmet Mandate Repeal
  249. Economy Threatened By Aging of Michigan's Soo Locks
  250. April 8, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Require schools teach sexual and internet etiquette; impose mileage tax; a teen court

  251. Reasons to be Optimistic Abound in Michigan Economy

    State leads the way out of recession, but work still to do

  252. Number of State Employees Who Make $100,000+ Up 50 Percent Under Snyder
  253. How to Ease the Coming Physician Shortage

    Changing licensing restrictions and expanding services would help

  254. Clock Ticking on School Adequacy Study
  255. It's Time for Scope of Practice Reform

    Current laws increase health care costs and limit access

  256. Detroit Children Need Choice, Not Bureaucracy

    DeGrow responds to DPS reform in the Detroit News

  257. Ride Sharing
  258. Michigan Pushes Back Against Feds on Labor Regulations
  259. Why Michigan Needs Electioneering Reform

    MLive publishes Mackinac Center policy analyst’s take

  260. Governor, Legislature Clash Over E-Cigarette Regulations
  261. Ban Closing a Detroit School, No Matter How Bad?
  262. Michigan Should Make Detroit Public Schools an All-Charter System
  263. Michigan Senator: Employer Mandates Are For Other People
  264. Healthy Charter Sector Belies Need for Commission, Extra Regulation
  265. End the 21st Century Jobs Fund
  266. Safe Drinking Water or Subsidize Ads for Resorts?
  267. April 1 Michigan Legislature Weekly Roll Call Report
    Constitutional amendments on same sex marriage, legalized pot, “referendum-proofing” bills and more
  268. Mackinac Video Featured in The Washington Post

    Watch Rebecca Friedrichs make her case for worker freedom

  269. Michigan Households Paid $9 Each for Batman v. Superman
  270. Prison Guard Union Provides Lurid Claims for U-M Anti-Privatization Report
  271. 'Pure Michigan or Pure Puffery?' Op-ed Published In The Times Herald

    Taxpayers deserve more transparency about how their money is being spent

  272. Another Reason for Information Deficits on Flint Water Crisis
  273. Truckers See Local Fines as a Cash Grab
  274. Hung Supreme Court Delays Freedom for Public Employees

    Public employees' First Amendment rights are on hold

  275. Hohman in LSJ: Road Tax Hike to Fund Medicaid Expansion

    Road funding will morph into Medicaid funding.

  276. Puffery or Proof? The Business of Tourism Subsidy 'Budget Justification'
  277. A Hopeful Vision for Education in Detroit

    Detroit needs drastic reforms, not more tinkering.

  278. Feds: Multimillion Dollar Detroit Public School Scam Ran for 13 Years
  279. Four Questions About the Detroit Public Schools Plan
  280. How Michigan's School Rankings Aggravate Social Tensions
  281. March Madness Office Pools: Illegal, But Tolerated
  282. Need a Job? Michigan's Unemployment Rate Better than U.S. Average
  283. Are Michigan's Record Labor Force Gains Real?

    Can we celebrate recent record-breaking job growth figures?

  284. The Republicans Who Voted to Ration School Choice in Detroit
  285. Republican Senate Bails Out Detroit Schools, Rations School Choice
  286. Skorup in Midland Daily News on Occupational Licensure

    Remove needless barriers that block entrepreneurs and job seekers

  287. Fact-Checking Teacher Union Math on Detroit Schools
  288. R.I. Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal to Cost State Money
  289. When Obstructionist Teachers Unions Applaud the Senate Republicans ...
  290. Mackinac Center Director of Education Policy on Senate Passage of DPS Bills

    Michigan Senate Approves New Commission, Prevents New Educational Choices

  291. Michigan House Passes Bill Eliminating Forfeiture Bonding

    Would repeal a requirement that people post a bond to recover property that was sized without a criminal conviction

  292. The Real Story Behind the Feds Pursuing 'Climate Change Deniers'
  293. Holding Back Social Promotion: Florida’s Example Promises Stronger Readers

    Well-designed third-grade retention policies can work

  294. Supposed To Be For the Children
  295. Meme This: Michigan Sells a Lot to China
  296. Detroit Receives Friendly Airbnb Ranking

    Here’s the best regulatory approach for the state

  297. March 18, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Detroit school bailout, extra liquor license for big stores, digital assets

  298. U-M Economist: 'Michigan's Economy is Doing Great'
  299. More People Looking for Jobs and Fewer People Not Finding Them
  300. March Madness Betting Pools are Illegal in Michigan

    Bet with friends at your own risk

  301. Acton Wins Tax Dispute in Grand Rapids

    City unfairly targeted the group

  302. State Rankings Penalize Schools for Having More Poor Kids
  303. IMPACT March/April 2016
  304. Local Grocery Bag Bans Coming? Not If These Legislators Prevail
  305. New Bill Fixes a Pension Problem, Leaves Major Problem Untouched

    Boosted pensions aren't the main cause of underfunding

  306. Flint Shows Importance of Open Government

    Reitz in The Detroit News

  307. Bill Would Let Detroit Schools Collect Automated 'Photocop' Traffic Fines
  308. State Licensing Laws Affecting Where People Choose to Live
    Another reason to loosen labor regulations
  309. Teachers Union Spends Little of Its Funds on Bargaining
  310. Screening of 'Poverty, Inc.'

    Sponsored by Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

  311. No Auto Bailout, but Johnson Controls Got Big Government Subsidies
  312. Who’s Picking Up the Tab?
  313. March 11, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    “Stale” petition signatures, bank examiner powers, arson burns

  314. State Dodges Deadline for High Stakes School Performance List
  315. Vernuccio Joined WXYZ for Primary Night

    How labor issues factor into the 2016 election

  316. 'Reckless Expansion' of Charter Schools? Not Quite
  317. Healthy Charter Sector Belies Need for Commission, Extra Regulation

    Michigan's charters are excellent and improving

  318. Despite Candidate Rhetoric, Michigan Exports to Mexico Continue to Gain

    Freer trade is good for Michigan and the country


    Most union members have never had a say in which union represents them in their workplace. This is because once a union is certified, it normally maintains that certification indefinitely. When new employees start on the job, they are simply given a union card and told which union is representing them — they have no voice in the matter. 

  320. Charter School Critics: Accountability For Thee But Not For Me
  321. DeGrow Letter Published in Wall Street Journal

    Rebutting DPS allegations from teacher union president

  322. Gov. Snyder Releases 21,730 Flint Documents, No Charge; City Wants $172,000
  323. NPR Quotes Hohman to Correct Sanders

    NAFTA is not responsible for Detroit's woes

  324. Michigan Corporate Welfare’s Secret Giveaway: $1 Billion in 2016

    State refuses to disclose how much each company gets

  325. Trump, Snyder Agree: More Visas for Foreigners With Degrees

    Possible change of course for presidential candidate

  326. Why Can't Detroit Go to all Charter Schools Like New Orleans?
  327. Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Boosting Economic Growth
  328. You Are Paying for Local Government Tax Hike Ads
  329. A Path to Real Regulatory Reform: Decrease Michigan’s Licensing Burden
  330. Highly Paid Officials Don't Always Equal High Public School Performance
  331. Charter Schools Are Not to Blame for Pension Woes

    The way to catch up on underfunding is not to rope more people in

  332. March 4, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
    Teens with liquor, bikers without a license, DNR double dipping
  333. Public Records and the Office of the Governor

    FOIA lessons from the rest of the states

  334. In Grand Rapids, Your Home is Not Always Your Castle
  335. Michigan's Highest Paid School Employees (No. 1 Makes $368,836)
  336. Maryland Cigarette Excise Tax Hike Proposal Irresponsible
  337. Don’t Limit Workers’ Right to Work

    Bill would allow employees to vote on right-to-work

  338. Here’s Where Teachers Get the Highest Pay in Michigan
  339. West Virginia Excise Tax Hike Proposal Invites Smugglers

    How Raising Cigarette Taxes Could Increase More Than Revenue

  340. Court: Can't Prove Union Encouraged Sickouts; Union Boasts of Them In Newsletter
  341. In 20 Years, Only Two Corporate Welfare Recipients Created 1,000+ Jobs
  342. Why Don't Detroit's Most Successful Public Schools Get More Praise?
  343. February 26, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    “Reasonable” government electioneering, save sweltering children, teach the Holocaust

  344. Charter School Group Demands Apology from Detroit Free Press Columnist
  345. Wright Discusses Scalia on Let it Rip

    Panel discussion on replacing the deceased Supreme Court judge

  346. Cherry-Picking Michigan Charter Data Leads to Wrong Conclusions

    Based on the best evidence, charter schools are a net benefit

  347. Mackinac Research Cited by Wall Street Journal

    Two articles examine right-to-work in West Virginia and across the country

  348. Friedrichs Case Petitioners: For Want of a Justice
  349. Grand Rapids: Michigan's Boomtown

    Recovered from recession and grown beyond its 2000 peak

  350. New Context and Performance Report Card in the News

    Study ranks elementary and middle schools with socioeconomic context

  351. Federal Funding Favors Poorer School Districts Like Detroit
  352. February Viewpoints

    Analysis of Worker's Comp, DPS Reform and Income Inequality in Michigan

  353. The Flint Water Crisis and the Challenge of City Infrastructure

    Sponsored by Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

  354. If You Can't Believe Huffington Post on Charter Schools ...
  355. Average New York Teachers Makes $76,000 — Media Ignores to Exaggerate ‘Attacks'
  356. Michigan Public Schools Get More Money than Ever to Cover Operations
  357. Poor Cities Don't Equal Underfunded Public Schools
  358. February 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint water rebates, raises for judges, more sap for you

  359. Democrats Want Higher Minimum Wage for Others While Paying Their Workers Nothing
  360. Free Press Quotes LaFaive on Arena Deal

    Possible conflict of interest in new Red Wings venue

  361. Union Official Peddles False Figures in Teacher Pay Complaint
  362. Let Them Work: Solutions for Michigan’s Overbearing Occupational Licensing Laws

    Occupational licensing is now the biggest issue in labor economics, with even more of an effect than unions.  On a national basis 25 percent of all Americans need the government’s permission and specific credentials before they can work.  That is more than twice as many people who are members of unions—11 percent and declining—and 25 times the number who earn the minimum wage.

  363. Unions are Super PACS
  364. IMPACT January/February 2016
  365. The Best Elementary and Middle Schools in Michigan

    New Context and Performance Report Card released

  366. Legislation Would Prevent State From Advertising to Get More People on Medicaid
  367. The Context and Performance Report Card: Public Elementary and Middle Schools, 2015
  368. Bill Would Fine 'Aggressive' Panhandlers
  369. LaFaive and Nesbit Op-ed Published in Lincoln Journal Star

    Raising cigarette taxes would increase smuggling

  370. Setting the Record Straight on Teacher Pay Won't 'Destroy Public Education'
  371. Historic District Horror Stories
  372. Bill Would End Monopoly on New Auto Sales
  373. Majority of States in Country Are Now Right-to-Work

    West Virginia Legislature overrides Governor’s veto

  374. February 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Nude dancing, pet adoption background checks, unionization and pensions

  375. State Officials Lose Official Representation in Flint Water Lawsuit
  376. State Will Collect $725 Million More Next Year
  377. Governor’s Budget Pays for Medicaid Expansion with a Gas Tax

    And spending continues to increase

  378. Speed Trap Empire Strikes Back at Reform Effort
  379. Higher Education Subsidies: Is College More ‘Affordable’ for Those Who Don’t Go?

    Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal hikes cost to taxpayers

  380. Marquette County Takes on EPA
  381. Detroit Classrooms Are Not Overcrowded
  382. Andrew Coulson: In Memoriam

    Remembering a great champion of educational freedom

  383. Vernuccio Interviewed by Wall Street Journal

    West Virginia Legislature votes for right-to-work

  384. Put Parents in the Drivers Seat of Detroit School Reform
  385. Inequality in Michigan: Not As Bad As You Think
  386. Michigan Worker’s Compensation Reforms Have Succeeded
  387. New Bills Would Put Teeth Into Ignored Teacher Strike Law
  388. Karl Marx the Most Assigned Text at Michigan Colleges
  389. Your Tax Return Fundraises For These Nonprofits
  390. West Virginia House Vote Could Tip National Scale on Right-to-Work

    State poised to become 26th right-to-work state

  391. February 5, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint water bill rebates, dark skies, tax breaks for developers

  392. Little Evidence That Unions Make Workers Safer

    right-to-work, injury

  393. Poor Decisions, Not Funding System, Fuel Detroit Schools’ Woes

    DPS has benefited from state loan program

  394. Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Economic Growth

    Only broad changes will improve the state's economy

  395. Right-to-Work States Enjoying Faster Job Growth
  396. School District Thwarts Transparency With Unnecessary Costs
  397. Michigan Competitiveness Stuck on Mediocre

    Economic outlook has improved, but could be better

  398. Nastiest Bumper Sticker Ever

    Addressing common misconceptions about capitalism

  399. Civil Forfeiture Timeline
  400. Blizzard Hits East Coast But Climate Change Not Blamed
  401. Friends of Freedom

    Featuring Michigan Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter

  402. School District Used Second-Graders to Urge Tax Vote
  403. School Transportation News Features Center Study

    Survey of school service privatization 

  404. Like Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering for Tax Hikes? Here’s a Bill for You

    Legislation would gut new taxpayer-friendly restrictions

  405. Bills Would Repeal Legislators', Governor's Open Records Law Exemptions
  406. College Grads Attracted to Opportunity Before Bike Lanes

    To increase college grads, increase opportunities for all

  407. Big Turnout, Crossover Voters May Spice Up Michigan's Presidential Primary
  408. Stage Set For West Virginia to Become Next Right-to-Work State
  409. Taxing Matters: Michigan's Middling Rank

    Michigan tax burden mediocre; improvements can be made

  410. Right-to-Work States Have Faster Income Growth
  411. Government’s Free Pass to Trespass

    Some homeowners find property assessor guidelines objectionable

  412. January 29, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint crisis money, drone bans, animal abuser checks

  413. In Memoriam: Bruce Beerbower
  414. State: 'Secure Our Future' NOT Code for 'Vote Yes on Tax Hike' (wink, wink)
  415. House May Push Back Against Snyder's Detroit School Plan
  416. Vernuccio Testifies on Right-to-Work in West Virginia

    Director of Labor Policy described how states benefit from worker freedom

  417. Sports Stadium Deals Consistently Strike Out

    Cities fail to negotiate deals that protect taxpayers

  418. Director of Research Speaks at Operation Action U.P.

    Van Beek discusses effects of and solutions to over regulation

  419. Debate Rages Over How Often Government Pushes For A 'Yes' Vote on Tax Hikes
  420. Give Michigan Special-Needs Students Fair Access to the Best Options

    Michigan should consider a full range of choice

  421. Mackinac in the News for School Choice Week

    Op-eds highlight benefits of educational options

  422. Myth-Busting the Michigan 'Gag Order' Law
    What Senate Bill 571 actually does
  423. Senate Acts, House Dallies on Pension Spiking and Union Release Time Bills
  424. Detroit Teachers Make More Than Twice Average Household
  425. It's Time to Expand Public Records Transparency

    It's time to expand public records transparency

  426. Whistleblowers Allege Police Pension Spiking Scheme
  427. Correct Union Right-to-Work Analogy: Like Firing Vegetarians for Not Buying Meat
  428. Center Featured in West Virginia Media

    West Virginia could become 26th right-to-work state

  429. Pension Reform Failure Cost Michigan Taxpayers $6 Billion or More

    It harms current employees and retirees as well

  430. Thank You for Supporting CapCon!
  431. Thank You for Supporting the Center!
  432. Bills Impose Accountability on Powerful Historic Districts
  433. Detroit is Not Really Tracking the 'Comp Time' of its Employees
  434. Michigan Can Do More On Occupational Licensing
    Free event in Lansing next month
  435. January 22, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint water money, driving while stoned, more

  436. Don't Blame Lack of Money for Deplorable Conditions in Detroit Schools
  437. Removing Someone Else's Dog Collar Could Mean Jail Time
  438. In West Virginia Right-to-Work Debate, Unions Re-Use Scare Story Script
  439. Hit Rewind: Union Trots Out False 'School Cuts' Claim (Again)
  440. How the Flint Water Story Was Uncovered
  441. Group Seeks to Press Tesla Sales Issue in Lansing
  442. Indicted Detroit Principal Claims Robin Hood Status, Collected Six-Figure Paychecks
  443. Republican Senators Propose Sales Tax Increase for Roads
  444. Pity the Pollsters: Cellphones Complicate Fraught Process
  445. West Virginia Could Become 26th Right-to-Work State
  446. CON Law Restricts Patient Access to Critical Health Care Services

    State gets no benefit from protectionist rationing scheme

  447. January 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Occupational licensure mandates, African-American needs, more

  448. Money, Not Governance, Appears Main Focus of New Detroit School Proposal
  449. Read This Or You May Die
  450. Michigan Universities Doing Just Fine

    And without more taxpayer money

  451. City: Vote 'Yes' On Tax Hike or You May Die
  452. The Numbers Behind Upcoming Adequacy Study

    Michigan students slow to improve, despite increased funding

  453. Detroit School Bailout Jeopardized by Teacher Sickouts
  454. Statewide Ridesharing Regulations

    A simple solution to the Uber lawsuit

  455. Michigan’s Next Criminal Intent Challenge

    Many local ordinances would benefit from reform

  456. Supreme Court Tone Appears to Favor Ending Agency Fees to Unions
  457. In Michigan, $1.5 Billion Powerball Pot Just $522 Million After Taxes
  458. Pravda Worked for the Kremlin, Why Not Here?
  459. Unions Do Not Benefit All Employees

    Friedrichs is a case study in how unions can benefit some at the expense of others

  460. Vernuccio Op-ed Published on

    Labor policy director discusses Friedrichs case in press

  461. Detroit Teacher Sickout Strike Causes 80 Percent of Students to Miss School
  462. State Legislature Looking to Address Detroit School Sickouts
  463. This Supreme Court Case Could Forever Change Government Unions
  464. Detroit District Teachers Stage Sickout; Charter Teachers Go to Work
  465. Union Officials Spin Lawsuit Doom and Disinformation, Members Don’t Buy It
  466. Ratepayers vs. Monopoly: How Will Next Utilities Commissioner Rule?
  467. Michigan Voters Will Now Have to Select Their Politicians Individually
  468. Union Activists Protest Opposition to Coerced Union Dues
  469. Mackinac Center Subject of SEIU Protest

    Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association at issue

  470. New Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering Restrictions Anger Local Government Tax Hikers
  471. Fewer Opportunity Seekers Flee Michigan

    The number of customers heading out of Michigan was largely offset by the number moving into the state.

  472. MEA Announces Violation of Right-to-Work Law, Says Members May Leave at Anytime

    Notice published in official magazine

  473. Michigan Economy No Longer Dependent on Auto Industry
  474. The Real Problem with Government Pensions

    Hint: It's not markets or greedy workers

  475. Star Wars Made $1 Billion in 10 Days; Feds Spend That Much During Every Showing
  476. Political Reasons, Not Economic Ones, Keep Corporate Welfare Agency Alive
  477. Weekly Standard Features Mackinac Center Research

    Examining government alcohol control across the country

  478. Vernuccio Quoted on UAW Bullying in The Detroit News

    Coverage of intimidation by UAW local

  479. Schools Seek New Property Tax Powers
  480. Rebecca Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association
  481. Michigan’s Walkathon Ban: A Repeal 80 Years in the Making
  482. Use a Charter School Board to Reorganize Detroit Public Schools
  483. Schools and Locals Electioneer for Tax Hikes, State Nods
  484. What You Read Last Year: Our Top Stories of 2015
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