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  1. 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.


     
  2. 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.


     
  3. Liberal Group Says Income Tax Cut Means Cops and Firefighters May Not Show Up
     
  4. GOP Governor Thanks House GOP Tax Cut Opponents
     
  5. Don’t Cut Income Tax Rate; Do Redistribute $1.8 Billion to Big Developers
    February 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  6. Compel School Districts to Reward Great Teachers
    Wisconsin study highlights benefits of performance pay
     
  7. Donor Privacy Policy
     
  8. One State May Do Away With Taxpayer-Funded Tourism Promotion
    Why ending Florida’s “Pure Michigan” counterpart would benefit residents and visitors
     
  9. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
    An update through 2015
     
  10. Studies of Government-funded Tourism Promotion Withstand Criticism
    Publicly-funded marketing for tourism is a waste of money
     
  11. Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit
    Free Lansing luncheon Tuesday to discuss Michigan's regulatory structure
     
  12. These 20 Republicans Voted 'Yes' On Giving $1.8 Billion To Big Developers
     
  13. These 12 Republicans Voted 'No' On Michigan Income Tax Cut
     
  14. Michigan's Largest School Districts Breaking Teacher Pay Law
     
  15. $28K Or Less For First-Year Teachers? Three Districts Pay That
     
  16. Updated Research Affirms Link between Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
    Interactive map shows taxes and smuggling by state
     
  17. Pushing Back Against Government Takings
    New bill would provide remedy for property violations
     
  18. Proposed Wind Turbines in Rural County Match States Tallest Skyscrapers
     
  19. Teacher Evaluations Out Of Sync With Outcomes
     
  20. Close Failing Public Schools? Not In Michigan — Yet
     
  21. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
     
  22. Average Annual Taxpayer Savings: $173.52
     
  23. Windmills Tall as Skyscrapers Proposed for Rural Michigan County
     
  24. House Republican Policy Plan Lays the Groundwork for Action
    Pensions, education, criminal justice all areas ripe for change
     
  25. New Subsidies More about Political Development than Economic Development
    Economic conditions matter more than giving targeted taxpayer dollars to developers
     
  26. Detroit Public Schools Goes Big For Teacher Merit Pay
     
  27. Michigan's $6.3 Billion Broken Promise
     
  28. State Pays More as Community College Tuition Rises, Enrollment Falls
     
  29. People First or Well Connected Developers?
    We should provide tax relief for all instead of favors to a select few
     
  30. Tax Cuts and Corporate Welfare
    February 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  31. Time for Labor Unions to Collect their Own Dues
    The on-going SEIU dues skim must end
     
  32. How an 'Ineffective' Teacher Gets Third-Highest Pay Level
     
  33. Michigan's 'Temporary' 2007 Tax Hike Took $770 Million Last Year
     
  34. Mackinac Center Analyst: Senate Bills 111-115 Are Corporate Cronyism
    LaFaive available to comment on pending legislation
     
  35. Ronald Robinson v. Michigan Education Association
     
  36. Mackinac Center for Public Policy v. Department of Enviromental Quality
     
  37. Sylvan Inn B & B v. Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor Bureau
     
  38. Official ‘Bias Response’ Enforcers Stifle Michigan Universities
     
  39. Michigan's Worldwide Trading Economy
     
  40. State Pension Funds Move To Risky Investments
    Lack of payoff on investments is biggest driver of underfunding
     
  41. Testimony: When Will Michigan Families Get Some Tax Relief Too?

    Testimony before the House Tax Policy Committee


     
  42. Mackinac Center Resumes Fight to Protect Free Speech Rights
    Northern Michigan inn owner sues to end unconstitutional marketing tax
     
  43. State Superintendent Claims First-Year Teachers Make $28K—We Can't Find Them
     
  44. Why Michigan Licensing Laws Are So Destructive
    Everything you need to know about occupational regulations in the Great Lakes State
     
  45. Happy Valentine’s Day from the Mackinac Center
    Our love for you in memes
     
  46. Scofflaw School Districts Ignore Merit Pay Law, Face No Sanctions
     
  47. Number of Michigan Millionaires Grows 25-Fold
     
  48. Congress May Protect Private Pensions from State Bureaucrats
    Recent regulations allow states to create and manage retirement for private employees
     
  49. The Cost of High Cigarette Taxes
    Research reveals unintended consequences of tax
     
  50. Kentucky, Missouri Set Off Wave of Labor Reform
    2017 poised to be big year for worker freedom
     
  51. Teacher Melts Down, Disrupts, Curses, Quits, Walks — And Files To Get Job Back
     
  52. Loans From Corporate Welfare Agency Are, Like Its Job Promises, 'Uncollectible'
     
  53. Detroit Father Turns Boxing Interest Into Youth Enrichment Program
     
  54. School Hosts Advocacy Session for Tax Hike in Front of Students
    Politicking on the taxpayer dime
     
  55. Charitable Gambling, Special Needs Database, More Corporate Welfare
    February 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  56. Who Watches the Union’s Fake News Watchers?
     
  57. State Budget Growth Outpaces Inflation
     
  58. Trump is Wrong on Civil Forfeiture
    State should stop this end-run around the Constitution
     
  59. Higher Emissions Ahead: Closing Nuclear Plant Here Means More CO2
     
  60. School Pension Iceberg: Beware What’s Under Budget Surface
     
  61. Family Finds Online School to Be a Lifesaver
    Education accountability system needs to be parent-friendly
     
  62. IMPACT January/February 2017
     
  63. 'Tax Cut Fever' In Lansing? Spending Increases Show Opposite
     
  64. Michigan School Pension Costs Almost Quadrupled
     
  65. Legislators Should Give Taxpayers the Income Tax Cut They Deserve
    With revenues increasing, the state can easily afford to lower rates
     
  66. Mackinac Center Expert Available for Comment on FY 2018 Budget Release
    Fiscal policy analyst to be in Lansing Wednesday for Snyder’s presentation
     
  67. Detroit Children's Business Fair Application
     
  68. Officials Shortchange School Pension Fund 7th Year In Row
     
  69. The Job No One Wants
     
  70. National Labor Expert: Right-To-Work Just the Beginning for Missouri
    Show-Me State poised to become next Wisconsin for labor reform
     
  71. A Better Way to Rank Schools
     
  72. Government Funding of Sports Arenas is an Expensive Psychological Boost
     
  73. Where did the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Go?
     
  74. Detroit Window Washer Tax
     
  75. Delayed Payment On Granholm Early Pension Gambit Raises Costs To Taxpayers
     
  76. Union Enlists a Mayor to Endorse Fabulist Claims on Teacher Pay
     
  77. Legislators Who Promote Transparency Should Start by Disclosing Corporate Welfare Deals
    MEDC secrecy patronizes lawmakers and public
     
  78. Senate Passes Probation and Parole Reforms
    February 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  79. Saginaw’s Lowest Performing Schools Get the Most Money
    More funding won’t fix failing schools
     
  80. And Then There Were 28
     
  81. Michigan House Bill Would Impose Sanctions On 'Sanctuary Cities'
     
  82. Michigan Wins When Immigrants Face a Fair and Predictable System
    Due process is an important part of an immigration system
     
  83. Michigan Taxpayers Don’t Need to Spend $4 Billion Annually on Infrastructure
    Recent report has been misinterpreted
     
  84. Open Records Law: U-M Cashes The Check But Fails To Deliver The Info
     
  85. The Pruitt EPA Nomination
    When worldviews clash
     
  86. Detroit’s Soccer Stadium Should Stand on its Own
    Stadiums are a bad investment for taxpayers
     
  87. 'Unregulated' Charter Schools? 13 Things You Did Not Know
     
  88. How ‘Good Character’ Provisions Create Bad Outcomes
    Barriers to employment can prevent some prisoners from reintegrating successfully
     
  89. Real Economy Creates 81 Jobs For Every 1 Promised by Business Subsidy Program
    Broad improvements to the business climate help more than special subsidies
     
  90. Michigan Environmental Office Repeatedly Stonewalls Record Requests
     
  91. Wasting No Time on Criminal Justice Reform
    Senate introduces some important proposals on day one of 2017 session
     
  92. Public School Union Members Protest Their Own Union
     
  93. Michigan Forfeiture Laws Improving, But State Transparency Still Falls Behind
     
  94. What This Russian College Student Thinks About Bernie Sanders
     
  95. State’s School Rankings Only Tell Part of Story
    By failing to account for poverty, Michigan unfairly puts some schools at bottom
     
  96. Detroit Schools Show Importance of School Choice
    Kids deserve more options, not fewer
     
  97. Recently Introduced Bills of Interest
    January 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  98. Federal Park Staffers Defy Presidential Order, Tweet Climate Change Warnings
     
  99. School Board Says DeVos 'Unfit' For Advocating Policies It Practices
     
  100. After Decades of Little Change, Why Are So Many States Going Right-to-Work?
     
  101. Ann Arbor School Board Member Weighs In On $150 Merit Pay
     
  102. Ann Arbor Schools: First There Is No Teacher Merit Pay, Then There Is
     
  103. What Happens When the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Ends?
    State could save millions by stopping ineffective subsidies
     
  104. Indiana Could See Cigarette Smuggling Leap with Excise Tax Increase
    Michigan may benefit from Hoosier hike
     
  105. Putting the Pieces in Place for School Choice
    Big picture points to more hopeful action
     
  106. Rising Economy Increased Michigan Tax Revenue More Than Gas Tax Hike
     
  107. Michigan College Busts Students For Giving Out U.S. Constitutions Without Permit
     
  108. Washington Post Bashes Detroit Charters Citing Study That Praises Detroit Charters
     
  109. Cheers for Detroit Schools Transparency
    District has come a long way
     
  110. Mackinac Center Responds to State’s School Rankings
    State report confirms need for new grading system
     
  111. Elect Speaker of the House; Names of Senators
    January 20, 2017 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
     
  112. The Hypocrisy of 'Public' Education Rhetoric
    What’s being protected here: The Constitution or union dues?
     
  113. Speed Limits in Michigan Going Up
     
  114. Most Charters Perform 'Significantly Better' Than District Schools on Core Subjects
     
  115. Yesterday's Pension Underfunding Means Fewer Raises For Today's Teachers
     
  116. DeVos, Charters, School Choice Threaten Democratic Party Finances
     
  117. Government Growth Proposed in Gov. Snyder's 2017 State of the State
    Address included 12 proposed government expansions, one limitation
     
  118. DeVos Attacked For Supporting Free Speech, Due Process On Campus
     
  119. Incomes Rise in Right-to-Work Michigan; Officials Project More To Come
     
  120. Happy 50th Birthday Personal Income Tax
    Now go away
     
  121. Detroit Charters Far Outperform Traditional Schools
    Mackinac’s CAP scores align with rigorous research findings
     
  122. Mackinac Center Experts Available for Commentary on 2017 State of the State Address
    Policy analysts watching a wide range of topics
     
  123. MCPP Recommendations 2017-2018
     
  124. State Officials Caused Michigan's Pension Crisis
     
  125. President of Nation's Largest Teachers Union Got 23 Percent Pay Bump Last Year
     
  126. School Retirement System Continues to Harm Members
    Michigan's failed pension system is hurting school employees and taxpayers alike
     
  127. Lansing School District Ignores Law Requiring Teacher Merit Pay
     
  128. The 2016 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card
     
  129. Michigan School Districts: We Have No Ineffective Teachers
     
  130. Michigan Should End Civil Asset Forfeiture
    Require a criminal conviction before taking people’s property
     
  131. Resisting the Deforming Power of Government
    How to preserve the distinction between society and government
     
  132. 2016 Michigan Energy Roundup: Renewable Energy
    Final post in a series analyzing changes to Michigan's utility laws
     
  133. Clean Michigan Initiative Not the Only Remediation Fund
    Other sources for environmental clean-up eliminate need for further debt
     
  134. New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card
    New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card
     
  135. Court Rejects MDEQ’s Avoidance Tactics in Flint FOIA Lawsuit
    Motion to dismiss denied by State of Michigan Court of Claims
     
  136. 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
     
  137. Had Hillary Won, Granholm And Not DeVos Would Be Prepping for Confirmation
     
  138. The Law's the Law – Except When It Says Great Teachers Get Merit Pay
     
  139. How Education Secretary DeVos Could Help Michigan Advance Choice
    Two federal proposals that avoid dangerous overreach
     
  140. Kentucky Becomes Nation’s 27th Right-to-Work State
    Bluegrass State first of several likely to pass such legislation in 2017
     
  141. Why Trade Schools Matter to Detroit
     
  142. Be Wise in Deciding How to Spend Taxpayer Funds on Infrastructure
     
  143. Some Budget Ideas for 2017
     
  144. Number Getting Unemployment Checks Lowest In At Least 30 Years In Michigan
     
  145. Harvard Study Says Michigan Elections Less Democratic Than Cuba, North Korea, Iran
     
  146. Forward michigan-citizens-will-no-longer-have-to-pay-upfront-forfeiture-fee
     
  147. Mackinac Center, ACLU Applaud New Forfeiture Bill
    But call on state to require conviction
     
  148. Now People Won't Have to Pay a Bond to Recover Their Stuff from Police
     
  149. Where the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Goes
    A bigger budget means more money for programs beyond road repair
     
  150. Detroit Children’s Business Fair
     
  151. Truth Optional When Teachers Union Defends Its Turf
     
  152. A Salute to Thomas Sowell
    The great economist is retiring
     
  153. Protecting Electricity Choice
    2016 Michigan Energy Roundup
     
  154. Michigan's Net Out-Migration Much Reduced But Still Negative
     
  155. In the Big Ten Conference of Migration Trends, Michigan Tops a Weak Division
     
  156. Michigan Stagnates on Economic Freedom Index
    After big recent gains, this state stuck in neutral
     
  157. U-M Prof Hints Scholars Down On School Choice, But Twice As Many Optimistic
     
  158. Government, Heavy Industry No Longer Dominate Michigan Economy
     
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