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  1. Corporate Welfare for Hollywood Comes First

    Michigan's roads can wait.

  2. Bill to Curb Local Government Meddling Dies in House
  3. The State Budget and Civil Society
  4. U-M Department Chair: 'It's Okay to Hate Republicans'
  5. LaFaive: How to Cut $2.1 Billion in Spending

    Guest on WILS in Lansing; ideas for road funding.

  6. IMPACT November/December 2014
  7. More Money for Roads Without Raising Taxes

    Center analyst cited in Detroit News.

  8. What are the Real Motives Behind Asset Seizures?
  9. Michigan's Parole Policies Waste Money, Need Reform
  10. Media Promotes False Narrative that Schools Will Lose Money on Roads Package
  11. University Gives President a $330K Raise She Doesn’t Want
  12. Parole, Sentencing Bills Can be Better

    Op-Ed in Detroit Free Press.

  13. Gov. Snyder’s Detroit Victory Dance Premature

    Whether city succeeds remains to be seen.

  14. Economic Freedom Gains in Michigan

    But the risk of backsliding remains.

  15. 'Let's Make a Deal' Time on Road Funding?
  16. Projections Show Schools Get More Even With Road Funding Shift
  17. School Budgets Safe Under ‘No New Taxes’ House Road Funding Package
  18. MEA Gives False Explanation to Members About Why Executive Salaries Rose
  19. One Step Toward 'Reinventing' Michigan

    Governor, Legislature can embrace innovation.

  20. Statewide Media Reporting on MEA Salary Hikes

    Michigan Capitol Confidential first to cover issue.

  21. State School Board President Cites Funding 'Facts' That Ignore Billions in Spending
  22. Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws Need Reform

    Transparency, rule of law should be the focus.

  23. You are Entering the Government Pension Zone
  24. The 12 Fiscal Policy Days of Christmas
  25. Senior Olympics Subsidy Getting Old
  26. Bringing Democracy Back to the Workplace
  27. Man Who Speaks Out About Police Seizing His Property Without Charges is Arrested Hours Later
  28. December 5, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report
    Road funding, religious freedom, film subsidies & more
  29. Prohibition Repealed 81 Years Ago Today

    Similarities exist in cigarette market due to high taxes.

  30. Economists Agree: Ride-Sharing Benefits Consumers

    The poor are helped the most.

  31. The Harm of Occupational Licensing Laws
  32. Union President Concedes Right-to-Work Lawsuit; Strikes Back Against Workers Who Left
  33. When a School 'Cut' Is an Increase

    As shown by the House road funding plan.

  34. How Outraged Is the Right, Really?

    They could learn from their liberal counterparts.

  35. 'Uncompromised' Liberal Group Takes Big Money From Teachers Union
  36. Our Guild-Ridden Labor Market: The Curious Case of Occupational Licensing

    Occupational licensing has had a curious and unusual history both in the U.S. and other nations. During some periods it was virtually nonexistent, but now in the U.S., it is growing rapidly and has developed into a stealth form of regulation. Dr. Morris Kleiner, a nationally recognized expert on occupational licensure, will address this issue and provide answers to why some occupations became heavily regulated and others did not. In addition, he’ll outline the economic effects of occupational licensing on mobility, wage determination, prices and the quality of services delivered.

  37. House Road Plan Is Solid

    A way to fix roads without raising gas taxes.

  38. RTW 'Freeloader' Claim Still a Farce

    MEA is the one freeloading off of teachers.

  39. Got Academics?
  40. Property Seized, Money Taken – But No Crime
  41. Mackinac Center Receives Two-Year, $1 Million Research Grant from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation
  42. Top 10 Charter High Schools in 2014

    Center's report card accounts for student background.

  43. Vernuccio on Fox News, in The Hill

    Discussed bogus Black Friday protests, the future of unions.

  44. Outgoing NEA Union President Gets $123,000 Raise; Membership Falls 40,700
  45. Your Dues; His 44 Percent Raise
  46. MEA Executives Take Big Pay Raises While Liabilities Continue to Grow
  47. Bill Would Allow Government to Post Legal Notices Online Instead of Newspapers
  48. Myth And Muddle Blocking Pension Reform
  49. Fewer Prisoners, Fewer Workers – Higher Prison Costs
  50. Liberty, Prosperity and Humility on Thanksgiving
  51. As Michigan Economy Recovers, State Collects More Taxes
  52. Job Churn Shows Futility of Corporate Welfare

    Cutting income taxes a better way to spur growth.

  53. Voters have Diminished Clout in Lame Duck

    How much, if any, will gas taxes increase?

  54. How Much is Too Much to Pick the State's Chief Executive?
  55. Here are the Top-Rated High Schools in Michigan
  56. Media Reporting on H.S. Report Card

    Rankings available for all public high schools.

  57. Did 'Republican Budget Cuts' Lead to a $51.7 Million Deficit and No Toilet Paper in Schools?
  58. Detroit Shows that Poverty is Not Stopping Parents from Opting for School Choice
  59. November 21, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report
    Constitutional amendment proposals
  60. Rough Road for Pension Reform in New Senate?
  61. Issues & Ideas Forum Dec. 4 in Lansing

    Our growing occupational licensing regime.

  62. Is This School One of the Best in Michigan or One of the Worst?
  63. Second Edition of Michigan High School Report Card Gives ‘Apples-to-Apples’ Comparison of School Performance by Adjusting for Students’ Family Poverty Levels
  64. The 2014 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card
  65. Senate Should Take Up HB4001

    Center expert's op-ed on MLive today.

  66. Bill Would Ban Red Light Cameras
  67. Senate Can Promote Accountable Government with House Bill 4001
  68. Film Subsidy Supporters: Mich. Program a Failure

    A 'race to the bottom.'

  69. Democratic Lawmakers Target Charter Public Schools, School Choice
  70. Pontiac Schools' Story Written In Red Ink
  71. Vernuccio Op-Ed in Detroit News

    Restore democracy to the workplace.

  72. Michigan Paid 'Stupidity of American Voter' Obamacare Architect $481,050
  73. Bringing Democracy Back to the Workplace
  74. State Superintendent Claims Detroit Public Schools Has Dramatic Teacher Shortage
  75. No, the GOP Did Not Win Because of Gerrymandering

    House, Senate seats the result of where people choose to live

  76. November 14, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report
    Big gas tax hike, property forfeitures and more
  77. Michigan Bill Could Give Ride-Sharing an Uber Lift
    Bill prohibits local governments from further regulation
  78. Winning by Default

    Breaking down the GOP's 2014 election success.

  79. State Can’t Name Any School Closed for Poor Performance
  80. Morris Hood Jr. Educator Development Program

    Time for the Legislature to end it.

  81. Vernuccio Cited on Tennessee VW Labor Talks

    Chattanooga Times Free Press, Bloomberg Businesweek.

  82. Michigan Chamber CEO Blasts Film Subsidies as a 'Boondoggle'
  83. Is VW the First Model for 21st Century Unionism?

    New policy echoes Mackinac Center recommendations.

  84. Michigan Should Lower the Personal Income Tax Rate in 2015
  85. Sound Road Funding

    Michigan House headed in right direction.

  86. Unionization for the 21st Century: Solutions for the Ailing Labor Movement

    For years union membership has been in decline. In 2012 union membership hit the lowest percentage of the American workforce since 1916. The union business model, based largely on industrial organizing efforts from the 1930s, does not appear to carry over well for today’s educated and transient workforce. This study outlines several ideas that unions could embrace that would grow their membership and improve the services workers receive.

  87. New Study Details How Unions Can Adapt for the 21st Century, Stem Membership Decline
  88. Mackinac Center and Acton Institute luncheon with F.H. Buckley

    Please join us for a luncheon hosted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the Acton Institute.

  89. Charter School Group Warns State Superintendent
  90. Bankruptcy Judge Calls for Better Pension Funding

    House Bill 4804 could help.

  91. Lehman Discusses Legislative Priorities

    Cut corporate welfare, fix roads.

  92. Legislators Block Low-Cost Eye Exams in Michigan
  93. Wisconsin Wind Turbines Declared Health Hazard
  94. Reitz Cited on Criminal Sentencing Reform

    Legislative overhaul could save taxpayers money.

  95. November 7, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report
    New legislative leaders; facilitating medical innovation
  96. Union President Claims Some Teachers May Have To Sell Homes
  97. Google Doesn't Hit Ann Arbor Job Projections, But Still a Media Favorite
  98. Vernuccio on Unions' Election Day Failure

    Fox News, The Week cite labor policy expert.

  99. Modernizing the Open Meetings Act

    Michigan Law Revision Commission takes step forward.

  100. Bills Would Limit Wind Turbine Lawsuits
  101. Hey, Tim Skubick!

    Where is that 'tax cut fever' you promised?

  102. 2014 Election Aftermath

    Unions' bark worse than their bite.

  103. School District May Have Crossed Legal Line in Tax Request
  104. In Great Lakes States, Union Retribution Fizzles
  105. Michigan School Rankings Ignore Effects of Student Background

    In comparing schools' performance, state ignores what one national expert says may be the prime determinant in academic achievement

  106. Union Doesn’t Get the Memo
  107. Almost Every Teacher and Administrator at Poor Performing Districts Rated 'Effective'
  108. UAW Dues Hike Was Unnecessary
  109. Budget Cutting Ideas Abound
  110. Had Enough of the Political Class Cash Machine? Compact for a Balanced Budget
  111. Effort to Short Circuit School Choice Laid Out
  112. October 31, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report
    Tea Party? Occupy Wall Street? Corporate Welfare
  113. Caught With Their Swimming Trunks Down

    Great Lakes levels prove climate alarmists wrong.

  114. Senator Called Film Subsidies 'a Waste,' Now Votes to Continue Them
  115. State Budget Follies

    Senior Olympics subsidies getting old.

  116. Corporate Welfare and the Michigan Business Tax

    Some subsidies extend another 20 years.

  117. 'Batman vs. Superman' Swings Super Subsidy Deals from Multiple States
  118. Understanding Public Opinion Surveys
  119. Michigan Education Digest

    Media fails on charter public school reporting.

  120. IMPACT September/October 2014
  121. Union Members Used School Email to Promote School Board Candidates
  122. The Science Behind Political Polls

    Center experts' detailed explanation from 2008.

  123. A 'Silver Lining' to Potholes?
    A lesson from 1850 by Frederic Bastiat.
  124. False Pretenses Should be Put to Rest

    GOP candidates scrutinized.

  125. Michigan’s Criminal Code Most Expansive in Region
    Oct. 28, 2014

  127. Conventional Schools in Anti-Charter Public School Legislator’s District Have Little to Brag About
  128. Why Politicians Love Film Subsidies
  129. Beckmann Cites CapCon on Film Incentives

    Host, state senator discuss Hollywood corporate welfare.

  130. Black Job Growth in Michigan Far Out-Pacing Other Groups Post Recession
  131. Overcriminalizing the Wolverine State: A Primer and Possible Reforms
    for Michigan

    (Editor’s note: This paper was co-authored with James R. Copland and Isaac Gorodetski and jointly published with the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research).

    At present, Michigan’s vast, disorganized criminal law inherently places the Wolverine State’s residents at risk of unintentionally violating a growing array of regulatory crimes that are difficult to discover and understand. The complexity of administrating such a criminal code threatens to divert scarce resources away from the enforcement of serious violent and property crimes. This study analyzes the size and scope of Michigan’s criminal law and makes policy recommendations aimed at curbing this “overcriminalization.”

  132. False School 'Cuts' Narrative Takes Another Hit
  133. October 24, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report
    Extend film subsidies, and more key votes from 2014
  134. CapCon Wins Journalism Awards

    Michigan Press Association winners announced.

  135. Checking the Facts

    Brighton union, district agree with Center on facts.

  136. Brighton Union, District Strike Illegal Language from Contract
  137. AFT President Takes Salary Cut but Overall Compensation Up
  138. Brighton Teachers Union, School Board Acquiesce to Center Lawsuit, Strike Illegal Language from Contract
  139. School Choice and More at Risk in High-Stakes Board of Education Race
  140. Senate Votes to Continue Film Subsidies

    Will House put Michigan residents above Hollywood actors?

  141. Teachers Work in the Classroom
  142. Two-Thirds of School Districts Contract for at Least One Major Support Service, According to Center’s 2014 School Privatization Survey
  143. Michigan School Privatization
    Survey 2014

    The growth of school support service privatization has slowed. The 2014 survey shows that the percentage of school districts that contract out for food, custodial or transportation services increased just 0.4 percentage points, the smallest growth recorded since the survey began. Each service, however, increased and satisfaction with contracting remains high.

  144. Free the Food

    Cottage food industry regulations need revamp.

  145. Michigan Education Digest

    Charter school success, MEA politics.

  146. Michigan Senate Votes to Remove Sunset Provision Ending Hollywood Subsidies
  147. Group Seeks to Put Term Limits on Grand Rapids Mayor, City Commissioners
  148. When an $8 Million Increase Equals a 'Cut'
  149. Planning for Life Workshop

    Please join us for a luncheon celebrating the Mackinac Center's Legacy Society and featuring keynote speaker Kevin D. Williamson.

    Oct. 21, 2014

  151. State of Michigan Granted $3 Billion in Special Tax Credits to Big 3 Automakers
  152. Center Research Cited in Daily Caller

    Corporate welfare continues to grow.

  153. Bill Proposes Adding Wind Industry to 'Right to Farm' Act
  154. 'Hastert Rule' May Impact Michigan House GOP Leadership Race
  155. October 17, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report
    Key votes from 2013-14
  156. BEA President Unsure What Her Contract Says

    Center attorney explains it and basis for teacher's lawsuit.

  157. Little House on the Subsidized Prairie
  158. State Subsidizes Tesla, Then Restricts It
  159. Media Coverage of Center's Latest Lawsuit

    Brighton teacher sues union, school board.

  160. Michigan Has Fewer Film Jobs Than it Did Prior to Incentive Program

    $500 million later, 100 fewer jobs.

  161. One Sector Grew Last Decade: Corporate Welfare

    Very few jobs to show for special favors, subsidies.

  162. Schauer Jobs Plan Pricetag: $3.7 Billion
  163. Brighton Teacher Who Served in Afghanistan Sues Union, School District Over Right-to-Work Violation
  164. Memo to Schauer: Don’t forget to feed the prisoners
  165. Adam Neuman v. Brighton Education Association and Brighton Area Schools Board of Education
  166. Union, District Force Non-Union Teacher to Pay for Union Release Time
  167. Michigan Revenue Sharing Has Increased Under Gov. Snyder
    Oct. 14, 2014

  169. School Districts Manipulate Headlee Tax Limits for More Money
  170. During the 'Lost Decade,' Michigan Shed More Jobs Than U.S. as a Whole
  171. Appointments: A Rarely Recognized Gubernatorial Power
  172. City Looks to License Cats For Acting Like Cats
  173. October 10, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report
    Key votes from 2013-14
  174. Detroit News, Free Press Catch Up to CapCon

    Capitol Confidential broke DIA salaries story three weeks ago.

  175. Union Says Photo IDs not Necessary to Vote — Unless You Vote to Leave Union
  176. Photo-Cop Camera Advocates Shift To Speeding
  177. Obamacare Could Negatively Impact Women

    Twice as likely to work low-hour schedules.

  178. Failing to Counter the Big Lie

    Gov. Snyder, GOP fail to defend K-12 spending.

  179. Union Wants High Quality Teachers but Doesn't Want to Pay Them
  180. Moratorium or Mortuary? School Choice Proponents Claim Bill Would Kill Charters
  181. Gubernatorial Campaign Should be About Things That Matter
  182. Michigan Education Digest

    Teacher pay, charter public school performance.

  183. Union Leader Celebrates Failing School’s Performance
  184. $2.1 Billion in Michigan Budget Reforms
    Oct. 7, 2014

  186. Michigan Finally Reverses the Number of People Leaving
  187. More Michigan Cities Meeting Financial Needs

    Pension liabilities still a looming problem.

  188. Now Lansing Politicians Want a Poet Laureate!

    What rhymes with "that's not your job"?

  189. LaFaive Cited by Fox News

    Indiana toll road privatization.

  190. Vernuccio Cited in Washington Examiner

    Legislation seeks to protect workers from unions.

  191. Michigan's 'Lost Decade' Was Historic
  192. Close MPSERS to Stretch Dollars Further
  193. Making Michigan Right-to-Work: Encouraging School Districts to Follow the Law
  194. Budget Reform Ideas for 2015 and Beyond
  195. Challenging the Rhetoric in the War on Charter Schools – Part II
  196. October 3, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report
    Drugged driving, automatic police pay hikes, "right to try"
  197. Libertarian Think Tank Grades Gov. Snyder Low for Tax Hike Intentions
  198. Michigan Education Digest

    DPS legal problems, millage for closed district.

  199. All Four Teachers in New Schauer Ad Claiming School Cuts are in Districts Receiving More Money
  200. State Legislators Take Care of Themselves

    Even from the grave.

  201. Center Adds Two New Scholars to Board

    One from Hillsdale, one from MSU.

  202. Teacher 'Effectiveness' Ratings Gutted

    Legislators turn their backs on students.

  203. Challenging the Rhetoric in the War on Charter Public Schools
  204. Choosing the Next Michigan Speaker of the House
  205. Memo to Reporters: Follow the Money!
    Sept. 30, 2014

  207. Celebrating 40 Years of Amtrak Deficits (Subsidized by You)
  208. Bureaucracy in Iambic Pentameter?
    Bill introduced for "official" state poem.
  209. Without Fracking, Oil Prices Would be at Record Highs
  210. SuperSubsidies
  211. Some Progressives Want to Silence, not Debate, Opponents
  212. September 26, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report
    Pensions, hunting drones, automatic pay hikes & more
  213. Detroit 'neglecting' its students - at $14K per pupil
  214. U-M Economist Says Feds Shortchanging Michigan by Tens of Thousands of Jobs
  215. Why the UAW Didn't Need to Hike Dues

    Detroit News op-ed.

  216. UAW Dues Hike was Unnecessary
  217. Dem Lieutenant Governor Candidate: Granholm Years 'Weren't As Bad As We Think'
  218. Michigan Education Digest

    School choice, DPS debt, teacher pensions.

  219. FOIA Reform Legislation Languishes in Senate
  220. A Democrat's Reasons For Supporting School Choice
  221. MEA Can't Keep Story Straight on Union Bullying

    VP apparently didn't read president's press release.

  222. MEA Prez and VP should talk
  223. Manufacturing Rebound Puts Michigan Back in the Ballgame
    Sept. 23, 2014

  225. Right-to-Work Will be Blamed

    If Gov. Snyder loses re-election.

  226. Union Bullying Members is Shedding Them: Over 500 People Leave Operating Engineers
  227. SEIU Allowed to Keep Millions in ‘Dues’ Money it Siphoned Away from Medicaid in Stealth Unionization, Court of Appeals Rules
  228. PBS Series Ignores Damage of 'The New Deal'

    Faulty economic policies still felt decades on.

  229. Democrats Call for Moratorium on New Charter Public Schools
  230. Parents Speak Out on Effort to Halt School Choice
  231. September 19, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report
    Expand forfeiture & court costs, auto protectionism, “right to try”
  232. Senate Approves 'Talk Like a Pirate' Resolution

    Good thing they have all the important stuff solved.

  233. Scots Say 'Yes' to Independence

    Seven centuries ago.

  234. Feeling Fine About the End of the World

    Book review of Kevin Williamson's latest effort.

  235. Top DIA Officials Receive Huge Raises While Running Deficit, Raking in Taxpayer Money
  236. Environmental Group Praises Michigan For Press Releases About 'Green Jobs'
  237. Happy Constitution Day

    Recognizing the importance of Sept. 17.

  238. Michigan Education Digest

    How many districts have self-created overspending crises?

  239. Bill would provide tax breaks for items schools must provide anyway
  240. 10 Facts About Pension Systems in Michigan
  241. Far left blog fails Accounting 101
  242. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Suggests Legislature Clarify Criminal Intent Statutes
  243. Government Transparency Bill Stalled in Senate

    Michigan House passed bill six months ago.

  244. CapCon Takes Former Clinton Official to Task

    Robert Reich ignores facts in Free Press op-ed.

  245. Just a little bit off
  246. Liberal Economist: 'Mostly White' Oakland County Deserves the Blame For Detroit's Problems
  247. Economic Freedom: What It Is and Why It Matters

    A necessary building block of a prosperous society is economic freedom. History shows that freer countries tend to become wealthier countries, with the United States typically leading the way. But is the United States moving in a different direction?

    Dean Stansel, an economics professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, will discuss the current state of economic liberty in the United States. Stansel authors the Fraser Institute’s annual “Economic Freedom of North America” report, and will compare states by this measure. Finally, Stansel will assess how well Michigan supports economic freedom.

    Sept. 16, 2014

  249. Michigan Now Spending More on Teacher Retiree Liabilities Than Prisons
  250. Resident Harmed by Windmills Now on County Planning Commission Which Approved Windmills
  251. Grasping At Taxes to Pay for Pensions

    Schools, municipalities get creative.

  252. September 12, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report
    Business tax, "bad driver" tax & more "shadow government"
  253. Economic Freedom and Prosperity

    Mackinac Center speaker in Oakland Press.

  254. Union: Trying to influence legislators is evil — unless it's us
  255. The Growth of Michigan's 'Shadow Government'
  256. House Committee Sitting on Bill That Would Let Qualified Nurses Write Prescriptions
  257. Dropping Union Health Insurance Saves District $737K
  258. Ann Arbor Schools Bargains Over 'Prohibited Subject'
  259. Grand Rapids Transit Agency Defends New Bus Line
  260. Gap Between Teacher Salaries and Private-Sector Workers Increasing
    Sept. 9, 2014

  262. Wright on Sunday Morning Program Talking RTW

    Recent decision gives workers greater freedom.

  263. 'Worst Fears' of MEA Realized as Teachers Leave
  264. Democrat Mark Schauer Receiving the Big Donations in Gubernatorial Race
  265. What Proposal 1 Means for Michigan Going Forward
  266. State Budget Has Low-Hanging Fruit, Too
  267. Where $100 Million Buys Little: Michigan School Employee Pension Fund
  268. Superintendent Doing Something About Illegal Contract Provision
  269. September 5, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report
    Wolf hunts, golf carts and more licensure
  270. Disdain for Politics Gov. Snyder's Undoing?

    An analysis of the gubernatorial race.

  271. Court Grills County Over Land Bank Activities
  272. News Coverage of MEA's Illegal 'August Window'

    National, international media cite Center expert.

  273. School Districts Across the State Violating Michigan Right-to-Work Law
  274. MEA’s August Window Declared Illegal
  275. Labor Law Judge Rules MEA’s So-Called ‘August Window’ Is Illegal
  276. SEIU: Go on strike against your family members
  277. Michigan Education Digest

    Charter oversight, Saginaw pay cut.

  278. $40 Million ‘Rapid’ Silver Line Bus Takes Twice as Long as a Car
  279. Survey Finds Issues With One-Quarter of Teacher Contracts Regarding Michigan’s Right-to-Work Law
  280. Number of Michigan Residents on Food Stamps Finally Declining
  281. Making Michigan Right-to-Work: Implementation Problems in Public Schools
  282. Making Michigan Right-to-Work:
    Implementation Problems in Public Schools

    This paper examines how public school districts responded to Michigan's 2012 “right-to-work” law. It describes the key findings from reviews of more than 500 teacher collective bargaining agreements. It also raises several questions about the legality of some union contracts with regard to this new law.

    Approximately 75 percent of districts with contracts subject to the right-to-work law removed language that would require employees to financially support a union as a condition of employment. Both legal and policy questions are raised by the remaining 25 percent of districts, which kept mandatory dues language in one way or another, despite having a contract that took effect or was modified after the law's effective date.

    The study describes five issues with these contracts. Twenty-three contracts made no apparent changes and kept mandatory dues language. Eight districts created a separate agreement to require mandatory dues payment. Fifteen contracts were ratified before they would be subject to the right-to-work law, but then didn’t take effect until much later. Five contracts made only the mandatory dues language immediately effective, while delaying the rest of the contract. Finally, at least six districts have modified parts of their contract without making the rest of it compliant with the right-to-work law.

  283. Officials Caved to Red Wings on Corporate Welfare

    Team should have paid for new arena on its own.

  284. Detroit City Council, State Legislature Caved to Red Wings' Demands
  285. Education Rally Long on Emotion, Short on Facts
  286. 'Non-partisan' group is totally partisan
    Sept. 2, 2014

  288. Democrats See New Voter Turnout Techniques as Ace in the Hole
  289. State Official Has Reputation for Doing it the Right Way
  290. Media Continues Reporting on Teacher Opt Outs

    Ten percent of those who could left the MEA last year.

  291. More Teachers Than Ever Now Know Opt-Out Rights

    Courageous teachers stood up to MEA bullying.

  292. Where $100 Million Buys Little: Michigan School Employee Pension Fund
  293. Pensions, not paper, the real cost problem for schools
  294. The Story of a True Hero Spreads

    Sir Nicholas Winton Feted by Holocaust Memorial Center.

  295. A Uniquely Overqualified Candidate

    LaFaive's satirical cover letter for MEDC job.

  296. Union Falsely Tells Teachers They Lose Sick Leave Benefits if They Opt Out
  297. Right-to-Work, Tax Rates Paint Interesting Picture

    States with worker freedom, low taxes draw people.

  298. MEDC Approves Corporate Welfare for Dealership

    LaFaive: Special favors unfair to competitors, taxpayers.

  299. Michigan Education Digest

    DPS self-created overspending crisis hits $127 million.

  300. Detroit Expected $55 Million in Property Tax Revenue; It Brought in $6.7 Million
  301. The (Optimistic) State of America 'After Leviathan'
  302. Koch Derangement Syndrome
  303. Vernuccio: UAW Facing Big Problems

    Commentary in Capital Research Center's "Labor Watch."

  304. Vernuccio in 'Great Communicators Tournament'

    Online voting runs through Sept. 2.

  305. Political Predictions: A Glance at the Top of the Ballot in November
    August 26, 2014

  307. AP Story on Teacher Opt Outs Goes National

    More than 100 news outlets have coverage.

  308. Gov. Granholm Teaching Class on Job Creation

    LaFaive: "Recommend students stay away."

  310. Charters Outperform Conventional Schools on Top-to-Bottom List When Student Socioeconomic Status Is Taken into Account
  311. Michigan Debt Per Taxpayer: $19,300
  312. August 22, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Report
    Key votes from 2013-14
  313. Did Gov. Snyder Create 275,000 jobs?
  314. Attorney Questions School Superintendent on Charter School Action
  315. Do As I Teach, Not As I Governed
  316. Media Continues to Cover MEA's 'August Window'

    Union still threatening those who stopped paying dues.

  317. Coercive Driver Fees Phase-Out Close To Becoming Reality
  318. MEA Sends Collections Agency After Another Member Trying To Leave
  319. Who fact checks the fact checkers?
  320. Small Tent or Big Tent?

    Why political parties are missing the larger picture.

  321. Michigan Education Digest

    Who should control DPS?

  322. Detroit Public Schools continues to overspend
  323. Oakland – the County That Could (Reform Its Pensions)
  324. Teacher Explains Why He Left the MEA

    No longer a pawn in union's "big money political game."

  325. State School Rankings Mostly Measuring Race and Income Rather Than Performance
  326. Local School District Escapes 'At Risk' List Despite Hostile Charter Takeover
    August 19, 2014

  328. Detroit News Editorial on MEA's 'August Window'

    Teachers can resign now, save $1,000 annually.

  329. Global Warming Alarmists Switch Complaints From Water Levels to Rainfall
  330. Unintended Consequences: Cigarette Excise Taxes and Smuggling
  331. Teachers Find Union Alternatives
  332. August 15, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report
    Wolf hunts, terminal patients and Medicaid.
  333. State Education Department Gives a Pass To Failing Districts; Punishes Charters
  334. Charter schools often shut down; other schools rarely are
  335. 'Competitiveness' Outlook Ranks Michigan 12th Best

    State has a way to go to overcome past policies.

  336. Incumbents Outspent Challengers 5-to-1 In Competitive Primary Races
  337. Spalding Writes on Worker Freedom at Townhall

    Union members need to be aware of opt-out 'windows.'

  338. Michigan Education Digest

    Year-round school, Flint overspending, online charter.

  339. War on Charters Tied To Politics and Union Money
  340. Texas Looks to Decrease Occupational Licensing

    Michigan should follow suit, remove more barriers to work.

  341. Why Do Michigan Residents Falsely Believe Education Spending Is Down?
    August 12, 2014

  343. Flanagan Goes too Far on Charter Schools

    State TTB ranking a proxy for poverty; Stanford study ignored.

  344. Mackinac Center Joins Nationwide Effort to Celebrate Employee Freedom Week
  345. Union Sends Out Misleading 'Consent Form' When Members Try To Leave
  346. University Employees Break From MEA For Better Service At Lower Cost
  347. August 8, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Key votes from 2013-14

  348. MEA 'fights for you' while spending very little on actual representation
  349. Will Michigan Taxpayers Be Giving KISS Millions For the Rock Band's Film?
  350. Pension Systems Hurt Workers, Taxpayers

    Defined-benefit plans cannot be supported.

  351. School Haze: Contract Convoluted Regarding Right-to-Work
  352. Skorup on WSJ's 'Opinion Journal Live'

    Discussed 3rd Congressional District primary.

  353. Vernuccio Discusses 'August Window' for Teachers

    How MEA members can opt out of union.

  354. Michigan Education Digest
    Teachers leaving the MEA, Benton Harbor overspending crisis.
  355. Public School District Constantly Promoting Far-Left Political Views
  356. Job Announcements Don't Equal Job Creation

    Too many candidates propping up corporate welfare.

  357. Almost No Teachers In District's Low-Performing Schools Considered 'Ineffective'
  358. School District Revokes Authorization of Popular Charter
  359. Complains about CEO pay; makes $243K to teach a few classes
  360. Enter the 'Great Communicators Tournament'
    August 5, 2014

  362. State, National Media Report on MEA Opt Out

    August is chance for members to resign if they want to.

  363. State Budget Savings Idea: Eliminate Revenue Sharing
  364. Supreme Court Ends ‘Dues Skim’ Nationwide
  365. Teachers’ Window of Opportunity Is Now Open
  366. How Cities Are Solving Their Pension Problems – and the Bill That Makes It Easier
  367. MEA-Endorsed Candidate: Education Spending Is Up
  368. Truth Squad’s Failed Proposal 1 Fact Check
    Three exemptions to personal property tax, not elimination.
  369. No Shortage of Issues To Attack On In Michigan's 15th District Senate Primary
  370. August 1, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report
    Key votes from 2013-14
  371. Michigan Loses 40K Grads; Corporate Welfare Program Paid $127K Each To Keep 125 of Them
  372. Why Are Some Tea Party Supporters Fighting Proposal 1 In Michigan?
  373. What Will Cities Do To Solve Their Pension Problems?
  374. Remembering Milton Friedman on His 102nd Birthday
    An intellectual powerhouse and Nobel laureate.
  375. IMPACT July/August 2014
  376. Dr. Friedman's Vision for Education
    A pioneer in school choice.
  377. Incumbent’s Record Targeted and Defended in Michigan's 46th
  378. More claims of less funding debunked
  379. Solar Subsidy Part Two
  380. F. Vincent Vernuccio cited in Teacher Freedom Article
  381. Mackinac Center's effectiveness cited on Fox News and
  382. Defining The Primary In Michigan's 89th: Two Candidates, Two Views
  383. Utility Appeals Wind Turbine Noise Court Ruling
    July 29, 2014

  385. Dire Predictions of Right-to-Work Didn't Come True
  386. MEA doesn’t stand with facts
  387. The Worst Funded Pension Systems In Michigan
  388. Here's Where the Candidates Stand In Michigan's 42nd House Race
  389. July 25, 2014, Michigan Legislature Roll Call Report
    Key votes from 2013-14
  390. With Summers Off, Some Teachers Work 2nd Job
  391. Early Returns On Michigan As a Right-to-Work State: Incomes Rising
  392. GOP Candidates For Michigan's 80th House District Tackle the Issues
  393. Why are RTW States Gaining Population?

    Better income potential.

  394. Hohman on Personal Property Tax in Detroit News

    Prop 1 better than other Great Lake states' reforms.

  395. New Evidence: Right-to-Work Laws Work

    Center scholar co-authors CEI study.

  396. Three Former State Representatives Crowd The Race For Michigan's 13th Senate District
  397. Union Prez Schooled On RTW
  398. More Confusion Over 'Affordable Care Act'

    Court rules IRS illegally implemented tax credits.

  399. Union Misstatements
  400. Mitchell Ad About Moolenaar: Truthful or Over the Top?
  401. Pricey GOP Primary Race For Michigan’s 4th Congressional District
  402. Obamacare's Survival up to State Legislators

    Figures for Halbig's Michigan impact

  403. Exploring the Political Climate of Climate Change

    "Average" and "normal" are not synonymous.

  404. Netroots Confusion
  405. Incumbent’s Voting Record, Philosophy Challenged In Michigan's 107th
  406. School Support Service Privatization: Saving Money, Improving Quality
    July 22, 2014

  408. Statewide Media Cite Center on Prop 1

    Personal property tax issue on Aug. 5 ballot.

  409. State Budget Has Increased Almost $5 Billion the Past Three Years
  410. Can we have a do-over on that one?
  411. Educators Facing Off In Michigan's 59th House District
  412. July 18, 2014, Michigan Legislature Roll Call Report

    Key votes from 2013-14

  413. Stances on Corporate Welfare a Difference In Michigan's 39th House Race
  414. For Union, Math Is Hard
  415. Hunting Fees Going To Private Landowners
  416. Sentencing Reforms Could Save Tax Dollars

    Council of State Governments issues recommendations.

  417. Hohman to talk at 'Detroit Rising' Panel Friday

    Also, how "progressive" policies damaged the city.

  418. Conventional District Sidelines Successful Charter To Financially Benefit Itself
  419. Pension Malpractice and Fund Raids

    Everyone's doing it!

  420. Michigan Future Report Doesn't Add Up

    Academic research favors low-tax states.

  421. Michigan Education Digest

    NEA prez suggests teacher assessments are "satanic."

  422. State Board Prez Fights Parental Choice
  423. Schauer Job Numbers a Mystery
  424. Andrew Kaluza, RIP

    Former Center intern, 27, passes away.

    July 15, 2014

  426. Michigan 8th Congressional District GOP Primary Getting Feisty
  427. What Do Teachers Want to Support?

    RTW allows them to skip union's political bent.

  428. MEA Committee Urges Dems To Vote In GOP Primary
  429. Making Sense Of The Complicated Ballot Language For Proposal 1
  430. July 11, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report
    Key votes from 2013-14
  431. Agricultural Price Controls are the Pits

    Michigan cherry farmers, others, affected

  432. Manufacturing Job Growth Helps Move Michigan Ahead
  433. Political Experience Separates Candidates In 98th District House GOP Primary
  434. Unions' Bark Worse Than Their Bite

    Vernuccio in National Review on Midwest labor reforms.

  435. Vernuccio, Spalding on WILS in Lansing

    Discussed MEA attacks on teachers, charter schools.

  436. Incumbent’s Voting Record Targeted In Michigan's 86th District House Primary Race
  437. The Free Enterprise Philosophy In a 12-Cell Matrix
  438. Labor's Unfired Shot Heard Round the Country
  439. McHugh: Campaign Finance Laws 'Weaponized'

    Poses threat to political free speech.

  440. Political Free Speech on the 'Down Escalator'
  441. Michigan Teacher Pension Costs Increase To Nearly $1 Billion Per Year
  442. MEA Rhetoric Aimed At Misdirecting Teachers From Focusing On August Opt Out
  443. The Free Enterprise Philosophy
    in a 12-Cell Matrix

    This is a transcription of the last public speech given by Dr. Dale M. Haywood. Dr. Haywood taught economics and philosophy at Northwood University for almost four decades and was a founding member of the Mackinac Center's Board of Scholars. This speech describes why private property, a free market, a profit and loss system and limited government are necessary components for allowing people to prosper.

  444. Failing Charter Public Schools Are Shut Down; Conventional Public Schools Remain Open
    July 8, 2014

  446. August Opt Out Featured in Detroit News

    MEA window "can be extremely confusing."

  447. Lehman Cited in National Review

    Critique of Gov. Snyder's performance.

  448. Public School District Benefits By Branching Into Private Schools
  449. The Machinations Behind Michigan’s Minimum Wage Hike
  450. Fears of Right-to-Work Proving False
  451. MEA Upset at Having to Follow State Law
  452. Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door For Daycare Workers To Get Money Back
  453. School Official Says Illegal Language Should Be Removed From Union Contract
  454. What the 4th of July Means to Me

    Counting my blessings.

  455. July 3, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Key votes from 2013-14

  456. Supreme Court Ends Dues Skim Nationwide
  457. Personal Property Tax Plan Would Cut Taxes By $500 Million
  458. Happy Birthday, America
  459. Detroit News: MERC Ruling a 'Win' for Students

    Center provided legal help for U-M grad students.

  460. Wilcox in Detroit News

    SCOTUS decision's Michigan roots.

  461. Schauer Wants to Put Limits On Advertising Done By Charter Public Schools
  462. Taxpayers Handcuffed By Money Being Given To Beverly Hills Cop Production Company
  463. Proposal 1 of 2014:
    Summary and Assessment

    Download the full study here.

    On Aug. 5 Michigan voters will be asked to approve or reject Proposal 1, which would modify the state’s personal property tax. The legislation that would go into effect if Proposal 1 were approved by voters creates three new exemptions for certain businesses that are currently subject to the personal property tax; it does not eliminate the personal property tax. Commercial and industrial businesses with less than $80,000 of personal property will be exempt, and, eventually, all manufacturing personal property will be exempt. These exemptions amount to an estimated $600 million tax cut when fully implemented.

    The package of bills includes a mechanism for reimbursing local government units for the revenue lost from these new exemptions. The state would set aside a portion of the statewide Use tax revenue, and use this revenue to reimburse local governments. It is estimated that local governments will be reimbursed for the entirety of the revenue lost due to the personal property tax cuts.

    The state would also levy a new, but relatively small, tax on manufacturing personal property that qualifies for one of the exemptions described above, except the small parcel exemption. The state estimates this to raise $117.5 million, making the overall net tax cut of the legislation package worth about $500 million.

  464. Policy Brief: Proposal 1 Would Result in Net $500 Million Tax Break Annually
  465. Reitz in The American Spectator

    Commentary on SEIU defeat.

    July 1, 2014

  467. Michigan Families Set Stage For Helping End Forced Unionization Schemes
  468. Supreme Court Takes One Step Away from Forced Unionization
  469. Media Cite Center on Supreme Court Case

    SEIU-type dues skim outlawed.

  470. Insurance 52% to 119% Costlier Under Obamacare

    County-level comparisons now available.

  471. Supreme Court Rules Unionization Schemes Involving Home-Based Care Providers Are Illegal
  472. U.S. Supreme Court Rules Home-Based Caregivers in Nine States Free from Union Dues Skim
  473. Contrast Over Right-to-Work, Film Subsidies, Detroit Bailout In 31st District Senate Race
  474. Court Backs Finding Of Wind Turbine Noise Problem
  475. June 27, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report
    Key votes from 2013-14
  476. MEA Embraces More Outsourcing

    But still protests when schools do it.

  477. TTB a Poor Measure of Charter Performance

    Free Press should use better metric.

  478. Vernuccio Discusses the MEA's 'August Window'

    Was a guest on "Capital City Recap." 

  479. Thinking Outside the School Box
  480. Audit Shows SEIU 'Dues Skim' Likely Bolstered By Extra $3.7 Million; Union-Run Registry Ineffective
  481. Schools Getting $377 Million More For Retiree Benefits But Officials Still Complaining About 'Cuts'
  482. Select Business Subsidies, Endorsements Are Differences In 37th District Senate GOP Primary
  483. Public School Administrators Complain About Pension Costs; Don't Offer Solutions
  484. Michigan Future Misses the Mark
  485. 'He's Just Making That Up' — No Shortage of Attacks In 3rd Congressional District GOP Primary
    June 24, 2014

  487. Gongwer, MIRS Cover MERC Ruling

    Grad students saved from unionization.

  488. School Districts Copying Each Other's Homework While Calling Increased Funding a 'Cut'
  489. A Request For Lower Beer And Wine Prices
  490. Unionization Ruling Before The Supreme Court Could Be 'Huge'
  491. June 20, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Votes on “navigators,” pets, squatters, woodstoves, taxi-cartels

  492. Tax Foundation Takes On Michigan Future Report

    Says Minnesota comparison "misses the mark."

  493. Michigan Employment Relations Commission Rules Again that Graduate Student Research Assistants Cannot be Unionized
  494. State Agency Rules That Graduate Student Research Assistants Not Eligible For Unionization
  495. Ohio Starts Holding Wind Industry Accountable
  496. Repeal Post and Hold Alcohol Rules

    Beer and wine wholesalers gain, consumers lose.

  497. Fox Covers MEA's Attack on Teachers

    Vernuccio, teacher with host Neil Cavuto.

  498. MEA Upset at Having to Follow State Law
  499. The After Effects Of Michigan's Minimum Wage Increase
  500. School District's Math Doesn't Add Up
  501. Mackinac Center Requests Michigan Liquor Control Commission Rescind Rule Requiring ‘Post and Hold’ for Beer and Wine Prices
  502. Oh, The Things You Will Learn

    An intern's brush with bureaucracy

  503. Vernuccio Discusses MEA's Attack on Teachers

    Guest on SiriusXM radio's 'Wilkow Majority.'

  504. Michigan vs. Minnesota Report Says Little About What Policies To Pursue
  505. Wind Power 'Success Story' Was a Massive Failure
  506. Washington Examiner: MEA Attacking Teachers

    Fox News: Union sending members to collections agency.

  507. Skorup on WNEM-TV5

    State has enough money to fix roads.

  508. State Budget Shifts Extra Revenue Sharing Funds To Detroit
    June 17, 2014

  510. Legislators Should Look To Oklahoma To Address Pension Change ‘Transition Costs’
  511. Double Standard On School District Deficits
  512. A Vision for Michigan's Future

    Featuring Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette

  513. Court Upholds Law Banning Automatic Wage Increases For Public Employees
  514. June 13, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Road taxes, budgets, e-cigs and more…

  515. Michigan Teacher Pension System Liabilities Increase Again
  516. MEA Sends Credit Agency After Teacher Who Stopped Paying Dues
  517. Raising the Minimum Wage
  518. Legislature Considering More Transparency For Asset Forfeiture
  519. Low-Hanging Fruit Can Help Fund Roads

    There's plenty of money in the current budget.

  520. RTW States Lead the Way

    More income, population growth.

  521. Media Details Center Efforts to Help Teachers

    New website can help teachers opt out of the MEA.

  522. Minimizing The Damage From Michigan's Minimum Wage Increase
  523. Unionization Case Before The Supreme Court Could Have Lasting National Impact
  524. Reitz Cited on Government Transparency

    "Essential for citizens to know."

  525. Grazed and Confused

    Detroit's response to goats exposes bigger problem.

  526. How to Mitigate the Damage Caused by Michigan’s New Minimum Wage Hike and Why More Labor Reforms Are Necessary

    James Sherk, senior policy analyst in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation, will present on ways to mitigate the economic harms caused by a higher minimum wage and on ways to hold government unions more accountable to their members.

  527. Politics Prevailed With Michigan's Minimum Wage Increase
    June 10, 2014

  529. Mackinac Center Unveils New Website to Help MEA Members Opt Out During ‘August Window’
  530. Legislator Blames 'Shady Bankers' For Detroit's Problems Despite Voting To Double Debt
  531. Legislature To Prohibit Courses That Teach Unionization Techniques
  532. Detroit’s Dilemma Tests Lansing’s Leadership
  533. Teacher Unions Agree to Faulty Contracts in Order to Maintain Mandatory Dues
  534. Agenda for Detroit: What Role Should State Play Post-Bankruptcy?
  535. Proposed State Law Would End Blowout High School Football Games Early
  536. June 6, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report
    Detroit “Bailout,” a Little Extra for Roads, Internet Harassment
  537. Media Reports on Center Request

    New MERC rule would help public-sector union members.

  538. May 30, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report
    Minimum wage, medical service tax.
  539. Fears of Right-to-Work Proving False

    Stats show RTW states enjoying growth.

  540. Income Growth In Right-to-Work States Significantly Higher
  541. Rule Request Would Require Public Sector Unions To Notify Members Of When They Are Eligible To Resign
  542. Mackinac Center Requests Michigan Employment Relations Commission Create New Rule Requiring Public-Sector Unions to Notify Members of Opt-Out Windows
  543. Bill Would Allow Strip Searches for Misdemeanor Crimes; Probable Cause Not Necessary
  544. Michigan Politicians Misrepresenting Attorney General Position To Push Detroit Bailout
  545. Republican Push For Higher Minimum Wage Likely Has Anti-Taxpayer Strings Attached
  546. Despite Differing Reports, Michigan Experiencing 'Solid Job Recovery'
    June 3, 2014

  548. Lehman, LaFaive in Wall Street Journal

    How Democrats won on minimum wage, gas tax.

  549. Internal Issues Put International Charter Public School At Risk
  550. IMPACT May/June 2014
  551. Ohio One Step Closer To Ending In-State Renewable Energy Mandate
  552. Teachers Contract Contains Questionable Forced Unionization Clause
  553. Lawmakers Misrepresent Detroit Pension Bill

    Legislation does not “cap” potential taxpayer contributions.

  554. Policy and Politics Just Part of the Action on Mackinac Island
  555. Right-to-Work States Dominating In Job Growth
  556. Select Few Benefit from Film Subsidies

    While crumbling roads impact everyone.

  557. MEGA Credited-Companies Created Only 18.9 Percent Of Projected Jobs Since 1995
  558. The 89,000 Clean Energy Jobs Myth
  559. Union Opposes Privatization For Others, Outsources For Itself
    May 27, 2014

  561. MEA Still Chasing Thousands Not Paying Dues Or Fees
  562. Here Is Who Voted For The Detroit Bailout and To Not Close Pension System
  563. Thank Heaven We Have a Full-Time Legislature

    Vitally important job of picking official state frog.

  564. May 23, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Detroit bailout, gas tax, FOIA.

  565. A Look At The Left-Wing Groups The National Education Association Supports
  566. Media Misinterpreting Detroit Pension Bill

    Legislation doesn't address pension underfunding.

  567. Legislature Lacks Credibility in Detroit Bailout

    Now they want you to fix their mess.

  568. Detroit Bailout Bill Leaves Taxpayers On The Hook For New Pension Underfunding
  569. Money For Detroit Is Clearly a Bailout

    Policymakers should stop saying otherwise.

  570. False Fears About Fracking

    Bridge Magazine cites dishonest 'Gasland' scene.

  571. Gov's Immigration Reform Isn't Bold Enough

    Shouldn't be limited to Detroit and STEM degrees.

  572. The Detroit Bailout and Meaningful Pension Reform
  573. Michigan Teachers Contribute to Six-Figure Salaries at the NEA
    May 20, 2014

  575. School Districts That Privatize Usually Pay Teachers More
  576. The Detroit Bailout and Meaningful Pension Reform

    Our speakers will be Richard Dreyfuss, a senior fellow with the Commonwealth Foundation in Pennsylvania and Stephen D. Eide, senior fellow with the Center for State and Local Leadership at the Manhattan Institute in New York.

  577. Gov. Snyder Is Right

    'Don't Give Detroit a Bailout.'

  578. Detroit Bailout Discussion at Noon Tuesday

    Center hosting Issues & Ideas forum in Lansing.

  579. LaFaive in Free Press

    No bailout for Detroit.

  580. Experts To Rebut Claims of Opponents Protesting Detroit Pension Reform Plan
  581. In-State Renewable Energy Mandate Could Be Eliminated In Ohio
  582. Detroit Bailout Without Pension Reform Is Political Malpractice
  583. Bill Would Bring Public Notice Rule Changes
  584. Hypocrisy Over Private Organizations 'Profiteering' Off Education System
  585. LaFaive Discusses Detroit Bailout

    City should fix its own problems.

  586. Minimum Wage Issue a Battle of Election Year Gimmicks
  587. MEGA Failure: Job Projections From Michigan Tax Credit Program Rarely Came True
  588. Center in Wall Street Journal Consecutive Days

    Cited on SEIU scheme, Detroit bailout.

  589. MEA: Too Many People Making $ Off Public Schools

    MEA president made $212,848 last year.

  590. Cost of School Millage Approvals Inflated Because of Prevailing Wage Law
  591. Closing Pensions a Litmus Test for Detroit Reform

    "Business as usual" if Legislature caves.

  592. Alleged ‘Transition Costs’ Avoidable In Detroit

    Shouldn't be used as a roadblock to pension reform.

  593. MEA Economist Ignores Billions In Education Spending
    May 13, 2014

  595. Detroit Bailout Package

    Handy link to descriptions of all 10 bills.

  596. Wage Hike Bad for Tipped Workers

    Vernuccio explains in Detroit News.

  597. Skorup Discusses Hollywood Corporate Welfare

    Film subsidy money could be better spent.

  598. Wage Hike Would Hurt Tipped Workers
  599. State Government Playing Favorites With Food Providers
  600. Measure Would Ban Enforcement Of Woodstove Emission Regulations
  601. Union Surrenders Member Benefits To Keep Unenforceable Clause In Contract
  602. Stricter Rules Proposed For Taxpayer Funded Bridge Cards
  603. Small Business Owner: An Increased Minimum Wage Hurts Everyone
  604. Reforming Michigan's Civil Asset Forfeiture Law

    Legislature should follow Minnesota's example.

  605. States Spending Less Money On K-12 Education Get Better Results
  606. Detroit Bailout Solved: Sell Just ONE Painting

    Use state money to fill potholes statewide.

  607. Corporate Welfare for 'Millionaire Movie Makers'

    WNEM details film subsidy scheme.

  608. Statewide Taxpayers on the Hook for Detroit?

    LaFaive cited in Detroit News on bailout scheme.

  609. Despite Shortage Of Bus Drivers, Union Wants Worker Fired For Not Paying Dues
  610. Debate Workshops 2014
  611. The Debate Over School Spending

    Teacher pension costs really are part of classroom spending.

  612. Detroit 'Openly and Notoriously' Went Bankrupt

    Its reward? Maybe a state bailout

  613. Mackinac Center Experts Available to Discuss Gov. Snyder’s Detroit Bailout Plan
  615. Attorney General: School District Violating State Law By Automatically Deducting Union Dues
    May 6, 2014

  617. More Detroit Favors Piled On Top of Other Favors

    City gets more in revenue sharing than all others combined.

  618. Michigan Taxpayers Paying More Money for Fewer Workers
  619. Teamsters Drop Case Requiring Non-Members Pay Unfair Fee
  620. Teamsters Local 214 Drops Legal Claims Against Dearborn Employees Who Exercised Worker Freedom Rights
  621. Cigarette Smuggling Still Rampant in Michigan, Nation
  622. Privatizing Detroit Department of Transportation Would Save City Millions
  623. School Board Member: Close Teacher Pension System
  624. State, National Media on SEIU's Downward Spiral

    Right-to-work rescues 44k from stealth unionization scheme.

  625. Poll: Voters Say Small Business Will Suffer Most With Minimum Wage Increase
  626. Retiree Benefits Pose Problems For Pothole Patching Plans In Grand Rapids
  627. Cigarette Smuggling Undermines Tax Revenue

    Michigan lost $175 million in 2012.

  628. 'Binding' Taxpayers to Detroit

    Bailout money means fewer potholes get fixed.

  629. Which Michigan School Districts Pay The Most?
  630. Detroit Should Sell Some Paintings and More

    It's the only fair solution to all Michigan residents.

  631. SEIU Membership Drops 80 Percent

    When given a choice, thousands refuse to join.

  632. SEIU Membership Drops 80 Percent After Dues Skim Ends
  633. Art Sales and Angry Journalism

    Detroit Free Press editor's remarks uncalled for.

    April 29, 2014

  635. Repeating Inaccurate Claim About School Funding Does Not Make It True
  636. Can Detroit Bailout Sneak Past GOP Legislature?

    Jack McHugh explains how in The Macomb Daily.

  637. Detroit Charter Student a Potential Ivy Leaguer

    Credits school choice for its role in his success.

  638. Public-Private Partnerships: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  639. How to Pass a Detroit Bailout the Majority Party Opposes
  640. From Detroit To The Ivy League: One Student's Journey
  641. Seventy-Five Percent of Michigan Voters Think Local, Family-Owned Businesses Will Have More Difficulty Adjusting to Higher Minimum Wage
  642. A Center-Right Candidate Questionnaire that Digs Deeper
  643. Union Leader Claims Government Entities 'Falsifying' Financial Problems
  644. Utah's Lessons for Michigan Pension Reform
  645. Michigan State University Administering Program On How To Unionize Employees
  646. Everyone Should Have an Opportunity to Prosper

    Regulations often hinder people from work

  647. Corporate Welfare for Hockey Pucks or Burgers?

    If the Red Wings get it, why not McDonald's?

  648. Schauer Calls For Long-Term Solvency Of Pension System; As State Senator Voted To Underfund It
  649. How Michigan Can Fix Its Pension Problems
  650. Center Files Brief at U.S. Supreme Court

    Urges justices to take up free speech case.

  651. Schauer Education Plan Looks To Shut Down Successful Charter Public Schools
  652. Thank You for Registering!
  653. How States Are Fixing Pension Problems – And Michigan Can Too

    How states like Michigan can fix perennial pension problems will be the topic of this Issues and Ideas Forum. The featured speaker will be Dan Liljenquist, who spearheaded pension reforms in Utah while he served as a state senator. For his role in the Utah reforms, Liljenquist was named a 2011 “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine, and has since a become national expert on this issue and highlighted by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, among others outlets.

  654. How to Make Michigan Schools More Expensive

    Mark Schauer's education plan protects the status quo.

  655. More Good News for Michigan

    State climbs to 12th place in economic outlook rankings.

  656. Ticket Sales a Matter of Property Rights
    April 22, 2014

  658. Poll Shows Solid Opposition To Detroit Bailout
  659. CEO Compensation Comparison Lacks Perspective
  660. It's All in How You Ask the Question
    Three polls on Detroit bailout, three outcomes.
  661. Perry: Ticket Resales Should be Unregulated

    Tickets to games or concerts are personal property.

  662. Detroit Should Sell Some Paintings

    Unfair to make the many subsidize amenities for the few.

  663. Michigan State Budget Process Allows For Plausible Deniability
  664. Mackinac Center Executive Vice President Michael J. Reitz Joins Board of Michigan Coalition for Open Government
  665. Detroit Bailout Makes for Strange Bedfellows
  666. Retiree Becoming Face Of 'Pension Tax' Collecting Generously
  667. Political Predictions for 2014
  668. School District May Violate State Law By Removing Teachers Based Strictly On Seniority
  669. More State Favors for Detroit

    Deferment through borrowing.

  670. Michigan Capitol Confidential honored by Detroit Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists

    Four staff members receive awards.

  671. Tax Freedom Day In Michigan
  672. Minimum Wage Hike About Politics, not People

    Jarrett Skorup Op-Ed in Detroit News

  673. Superintendent Claiming Less Money Receives $515 More Per Pupil
  674. Center Experts in Detroit News

    City should privatize transportation department.

  675. Special Deals Allow Detroit To Collect Hundreds Of Millions In Extra Revenue
    April 15, 2014

  677. Detroit EM Considering Center Proposals

    Privatization could help stabilize struggling city.

  678. Large Majority of Republican, Independent Voters Object to Gov. Snyder’s Detroit Bailout Plan, According to New Polling Numbers
  679. Community Group Fighting Third Attempt To Bring Wind Farm To Town
  680. Details Behind Push For 'Mystery Project' Begin To Surface
  681. Detroit’s Special Favors Add Up

    Only city in Michigan allowed to tax utility bills.

  682. Government Subsidies Run Amok

    Remember, Uncle Sam can't count.

  683. More Higher Ed Spending Questionable

    Legislators, taxpayers need answers.

  684. Local Governments Not Starved For Cash
  685. Road Funding: Getting the Priorities Right
  686. Vernuccio Cited on President's Ann Arbor Visit

    Most Americans can't afford a $14 sandwich for lunch.

  687. Michigan School Funding Up, Results Flat
  688. Amtrak Subsidy Takes Money from Roads

    Riders should pay their own way.

  689. Grand Rapids Selectively Released Public Information
  690. Obama Drops a Minimum Wage 'Stink Burger' On Michigan
  691. Maine Cigarette Tax Hike Would Have Undermined Health Goals
  692. Center Adds New Scholar to Team

    Jason Taylor, CMU professor and economist.

  693. Center Scholar in Wall Street Journal

    Mark Perry on alleged gender pay gap.

  694. IMPACT March/April 2014
  695. The Winners and Losers in Detroit Bankruptcy
  696. Reuben Sandwich With A Side Of 500K Lost Jobs
  697. A Letter to Ranny Riecker on 50 Years of Service
    April 8, 2014

  699. RIP Ranny Riecker

    Center mourns loss of founding director.

  700. April 4, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report
  701. Cities Increase Fees, Spend More While Complaining About State Shared Revenue
  702. Legislative Reforms in 2013 Leave Much to be Desired
  703. Pension Debt: Not Just a Problem in Detroit
  704. Trim Corporate Welfare to $0
  705. Corporate Welfare for New Red Wings Arena Won't Spur Economic Development
  706. Draconian Traffic Fee Law Moving Toward The Chopping Block
  707. School Union Contracts Across The State Retain Clauses Calling For Hiring Based On Race
  708. Mystery Project Almost Got $5.5 Million From Taxpayers
  709. Superintendent Says District Worse Off Despite Getting More Overall State Money
  710. A Better Way to Protect Detroit Pensioners

    Make it a "contract city"

  711. Taxpayer Representation Missing From Assessor Review Panel
  712. State Rep: School Districts Willfully Violating Law Should Face 'Criminal Charges'
  713. Union Teacher Contract Has Illegal Racial Preferences Provision
  714. Collective Bargaining Reform:
    Are Districts in Conflict With State Law?

    This Issues and Ideas Forum will present Mackinac Center findings from a review of more than 100 teachers union contracts, which analyzed the various ways school boards have attempted to comply with the 2011 reforms regarding teacher evaluations, placement and tenure. Our featured speaker will be Representative Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, who will share his thoughts on the intent of the 2011 reforms and how districts have implemented them.

  715. Agenda For Detroit: What Role State Government Should Play After Bankruptcy
  716. March 28, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Votes on soccer, roadkill, nuke plants.

  717. Michigan Education Association Misleading Voters

    'Kids Not CEOs' website rife with misinformation.

  718. MEA President's Math in Detroit News Questioned

    District says Cook's claim "cannot be substantiated."

  719. District Disputes MEA President's Claim About School Funding Cuts
  720. VW and the UAW vs. Workers, Democracy and Free Speech
  721. Medicaid Expansion Studies Weren't Trustworthy

    Analysis reveals multiple flaws.

  722. Center Scholar's Commentary at

    New Red Wings arena should not get corporate welfare.

  723. Video Report: Teachers Hope Their Win Against Union Emboldens Others
  724. Electricity Competition In Texas, Illinois Brought Lower Prices Than Michigan
  725. Michigan Paying $860 Million In Select Tax Incentives, Subsidies
  726. Right-to-Work States See Larger Gains

    Personal income and population growth numbers released.

  727. Happy Birthday Norman Borlaug

    Credited with saving 1 billion people.

  728. Emergency Manager Model Brings Fiscal Security to Pontiac
  729. City Says Recording Device Ban Was Due To 'Miscommunication'
    March 25, 2014

  731. College Spending Results Questioned

    More money doesn't yield better results.

  732. Column: When Silence Speaks Volumes
  733. Michigan's Film Incentive Program Has Been A Bust
  734. Poll Shows Many Michigan Residents Misinformed About Education Spending
  735. New Bill Would Prevent Discriminatory Charitable Bin Bans
  736. More Problems with Ferndale Teacher Contract

    Ignores state laws regarding seniority, evaluations.

  737. Center Research in Time, Washington Post

    Tobacco smuggling stats a national story.

  738. CapCon Story on Ferndale Draws Attention

    State, national, international media respond.

  739. Land Bank Funding Makes It Into Supplemental Spending Bill
  740. Electric Vehicle Battery Subsidy Failures Evident Early On
  741. House Readies For Vote On FOIA Reforms
  742. Teacher Who Left MEA Explains Why

    Ray Arthur in Detroit News.

  743. Why Michigan Needs More Immigrants
  744. Non-Christians Given 'Special Consideration' In Union Teacher Contract
  745. Asset Forfeiture Laws Threaten Property Rights

    Center statement on House Bills 5230 and 5233.

  746. A Decade On: Center Beats MEA in Union's Assault on Free Speech
  747. Asset Forfeiture Issue Arises With Clause in Human Trafficking Bills
    March 18, 2014

  749. Free-Market Approaches to Immigration Reform

    This Issues and Ideas Forum will look at the question from a free-market perspective. Our speakers will be Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute, and Helen Krieble, founder and president of The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation and creator of the “Red Card Solution,” a plan that could curb illegal immigration by offering non-citizen work permits that do not lead to citizenship.

  750. Right-to-Work Should be Judged on Economic Data

    Corporate welfare inquiries not a good barometer of success.

  751. More People On Food Stamps After Past Minimum Wage Increases
  752. The Mackinac Center, Free Speech and the MEA
  753. Moderate Steps for Brewers, Industry Freedom

    No reason for Legislature not to do more.

  754. Hospital Union Continues to Bully Employees

    Hurley administrators fail to step in.

  755. Sunshine Week 2014
  756. Happy Anniversary Proposal A
  757. Union Intimidation List Back Up
  758. SEIU Fined for Campaign Finance Violations

    Union dues skim took $34 million from Medicaid.

  759. Unions, Left-Leaning Groups Dominate List of Largest Political Donors
  760. There Is No Relationship Between College Graduates and Economic Growth
  761. Teacher Speaks Out on Union Bullying

    MEA will go after 8,000 teachers not paying dues.

  762. SEIU Fined Almost $200,000 Over Actions Tied To 2012 Ballot Proposal Campaign
  763. Tax Board Bans Recording Equipment In Hearing Involving Nonprofit
  764. Liberty and Character – The Indispensable Connection

    Featuring Lawrence W. Reed, president emeritus of the Mackinac Center and current president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE).

  765. Lopez on Fox Business

    Corporate welfare for movies unfair to taxpayers.

  766. What a Union Looks Like in a RTW State

    Alabama UAW shuns rhetoric, gives honest answers.

  767. Economics 101: Minimum Wage Kills Jobs

    When prices go up, quantity demanded goes down.

  768. Grand Rapids Says Nonprofit Acton Institute Not A Charitable Institution
  769. Not Pretty: 2013 Legislative Roundup
  770. Legislature Split on Funding For Land Bank Authority
    March 11, 2014

  772. LaFaive Proven Right on Cigarette Tax Hike

    Mass. losing millions due to smuggling.

  773. Vernuccio on Worker Freedom

    Panel discussion in Washington, D.C.

  774. Teachers Victorious Over MEA

    State, national media report on RTW win.

  775. MEA Says 8,000 Haven't Paid Dues; Some Teachers Say Union Intentionally Misled Members
  776. Who Is Behind The Minimum Wage Increase Drive?
  777. Unlicensed Dogs Get New Leash On Life; Taxpayers Due A Refund In Traverse City
  778. March 7, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Update on recent legislative action

  779. 'Super Seniority' For Union Officials, Other Clauses In School Contracts Prohibited By Law
  780. Teachers Victorious In Their Quest To Get Out Of The MEA
  781. Michigan Education Association Gives Up Fight Against Two Teachers Who Exercised Worker Freedom Rights
  782. Electricity Competition in Illinois

    Consumers save $240 annually.

  783. Other Michigan Cities in Pension Debt

    Not just a Detroit problem.

  784. McHugh Discusses Budget on WILS

    Focus on smarter spending, not more spending.

  785. Majority of State’s Largest School Districts Have Language Prohibited by State Law in Their Contracts; Includes Teacher Evaluations, Layoffs, Seniority
  786. Michigan Third-Grade Reading Levels Down Significantly
  787. Roadblocks to Reform?: A Review of Union Contracts in Michigan Schools
  788. Revolving Door Crony Capitalism Spins Washington and Lansing
  789. Roadblocks to Reform?: A Review of Union Contracts in Michigan Schools

    This study focuses on Public Act 103 of 2011, which made teacher evaluation, layoff policies and teacher placement prohibited subjects of bargaining, among other things. After surveying 200 Michigan school district collective bargaining agreements, this study finds that as many as 60 percent of districts could have collective bargaining agreements in place that contain language prohibited by PA 103.

    Some districts negotiated with their unions to add language stating that if circumstances changed, pages of prohibited language would take immediate effect. Others simply changed the word “teacher” in order to keep the prohibited language but have it apply to other staff members. Finally, some districts appear to have kept prohibited language without explanation.

    This study includes further examples and lists of districts that kept the prohibited language in their contracts. As a solution, penalties could be added to the collective bargaining reform laws in order to encourage district compliance.

  790. Union Touts Liability Insurance As Perk; Costs $4.35 A Year Per Member
  791. Why Good Tax Reform is Difficult

    Special interests battle Rep. Camp's plan.

  792. Detroit News, Free Press Cover MCLF Lawsuit

    MEA sued over more teacher bullying.

  793. Study: Per-Pupil Funding, Class Size Not Predictor of Schools Families Choose
  794. Look at Municipal Finance Trends Before Pumping In More Money
  795. Union Website Warns About Bullying, But Members Who Opted Out Report Being Bullied
  796. February 28, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Update on recent legislative action

  797. Mackinac Scholar in Wall Street Journal

    Smith on IRS scandal and media failure.

  798. Lawsuit Filed Against MEA Over Dues Policies, 'Fair Representation'
  799. Michigan's 'Pay It Forward' College Tuition Plan Will Equal Higher Costs
  800. Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Files Suit in Oakland County on Behalf of 39-Year Teaching Veteran to Prevent MEA Harassment
  801. Union Exec Claims Posting Names of Workers Who Opted Out Serves As Membership Reminder for Others
  802. What Right-to-Work Means

    A view from a union contract.

  803. Tuition Plan Would Make College More Expensive

    Spalding and Skorup in The Detroit News.

  804. Displaced: How Michigan Districts Are Ignoring Anti-Seniority Reforms
  805. Detroit’s Spruce Goose – City Airport
  806. MEA Aggressive With Dues Collection Information; Silent On How To Opt Out
  807. Why Tax Rate Cuts Matter More Than Increasing Credits and Exemptions
  808. Why Michigan Needs a Tax Cut

    People know better how to spend their own money.

  809. School District, Union Working Together To Try To Ban Charter Schools
  810. Lawmakers Move Away From Giving Land Banks Exclusive Privileges
  811. Fairy Tale Minimum Wage Economics

    Ballot backers actually think there won't be job loss.

    March 4, 2014

  813. Law Judge To Hear Unfair Labor Practice Complaints Against MEA
  814. Analysis: Michigan's Labor Force Growth Among Fastest in Nation
  815. IMPACT January/February 2014
  816. Politicians Should Stand Up for Taxpayers

    Instead of sending their money to Hollywood.

  817. Housing Expenses Among the Perks Michigan Residents Pay for Big Hollywood
  818. Detroit: Possibility of Real Privatization, Savings

    Emergency Manager's plan filed in bankruptcy court.

  819. Center Expert, Board Member Discuss Detroit

    LaFaive, Lockwood at Reason Foundation event.

  820. Mackinac Center Experts Available to Discuss Detroit Bankruptcy Plan
  821. Bars, Restaurants Could See 280 Percent Increase in Labor Costs With Minimum Wage Ballot Proposal
  822. Looking to Pontiac for Detroit Solutions

    Reason Foundation roundtable discussion.

  823. Hospital Union Resorts to Intimidation Tactics Against Workers Who Opt Out
  824. Spalding Op-Ed on School Choice

    Explains the benefits to MLive readers.

  825. Expert: Consumers Energy Trying To ‘Muddle’ Wind Turbine Noise Solution
  826. School Choice Helps Families Access Better Schools
    February 18, 2014

  828. State Economic Outlook from David Littmann

    Discussed DBusiness article on WJR.

  829. Mackinac Center’s VoteSpotter App Allows Constituents to Give Legislators Immediate Feedback on How They Voted
  830. School Districts Insist They Need More Money to Educate Fewer Students
  831. VoteSpotter App Draws Media Attention

    Give instant feedback to your legislators.

  832. VW Vote Shows 'Card Check' Still a Fraud

    UAW loses when secret ballot is allowed.

  833. Spalding on Fox2 Detroit

    College costs, school takeovers discussed.

  834. Michigan Assessors On the Path To Raise Property Taxes
  835. Analysis: Michigan’s Cigarette Smuggling Rate Falls Slightly; State Still in Top 10 Nationally
  836. Cigarette Smuggling Still Rampant in Michigan, Nation
  837. How Politicians Game the Pension System
  838. Bill Would Keep $60 Million Special Deal in Place for Hemlock Semiconductor
  839. February 14, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Update on recent legislative action

  840. Commentary: Focus on Post-Secondary Education Shifting

    It doesn't always have to mean college.

  841. Analysis: Misleading Commercial on Electric Rates

    Comparison to Texas invalid, dishonest.

  842. Vernuccio on PBS News Hour

    Labor expert talks UAW/VW vote in Tennessee.

  843. School District Works Around State Law To Protect Teachers Based on Seniority
  844. State GDPs vs. Comparable Nations

    Center Scholar Mark Perry's "Carpe Diem" blog.

  845. Michigan Exports to Mexico and China Increasing
  846. Districts Asking for More Money Already Getting It

    Mismanagement, not funding, deserves scrutiny.

  847. Union Bullying Story Draws National Attention

    CapCon broke story about RTW "intimidation" list.

  848. Trim Corporate Welfare to $0
  849. Democrats Education Spending Math Doesn't Add Up
  850. Ag Still Not Michigan's 2nd Largest Industry

    And why that myth is so damaging.

    February 11, 2014

  852. Health Care Workers Having Trouble Finding Union That Plays Fair
  853. Debate Du Jour: Minimum Wage Takes Center Stage
  854. Farm Bill Full of Corporate Welfare

    Big spending on small part of economy.

  855. Corporate Welfare Schemes Need Transparency

    Mackinac Center commentary in Detroit Free Press.

  856. The Best Plan for Michigan Tax Reform

    Lower rates, fewer exceptions.

  857. Union Bullies Workers Exercising Their Rights
  858. Bill Would Add Paid Members to State's Corporate Welfare Agency
  859. Do Politicians Understand Economics?

    Minimum wage proponents don't appear to.

  860. Commentary: A Legislative Agenda for 2014

    Get back to the 2011 and 2012 reform agenda.

  861. $1 Trillion Farm Bill Full of Subsidies, Special Favors

    Majority of Michigan GOP delegation voted for it.

  862. February 7, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Update on recent legislative action

  863. Court Orders Utility To Address Wind Turbine Noise Problems
  864. Michigan Still Underfunding Teacher Pensions

    Made full contribution just twice in last decade.

  865. Center Adds Three New Scholars to Board

    Chris Douglas, Michael Hicks, Todd Nesbit.

  866. Mark Schauer's Support for Corporate Welfare

    He had lots of help from the GOP along the way.

  867. Narrative Changing On Michigan K-12 Education Spending
  868. Littmann Testimony on SB 402

    Michigan needs "visionary leadership" on tax cuts.

    February 4, 2014

  870. Scholarship Endowment Created in Honor of Teri Olson
  871. Democrats Selectively Considering Pension Benefits In Education Funding
  872. There Is No Good Reason the MEDC Should Exist
  873. Free Press: School Funding Up Under Gov. Snyder

    Paper substantiates what Michigan Capitol Confidential first reported.

  874. Skorup on 'West Michigan Week'

    Debate over minimum wage.

  875. Detroit Should Look to Pontiac
  876. Schauer, Other Michigan Dems Call For Higher Minimum Wage While Paying Interns Nothing
  877. Vague Criminal Laws Threaten Individual Liberty and Burden the Justice System
  878. The World Is Getting Better and Better
  879. Lawmakers Poised To Continue Corporate Welfare Fund
  880. January 31, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Update on recent legislative action

  881. State Loses 200,000 Jobs, MEDC Finds 2,185

    Why tax cuts are better than corporate welfare.

  882. Michigan Job Growth Higher Than Initially Reported
  883. Detroit's Spruce Goose: City Airport
  884. Harming the Competition

    Why some companies want a higher minimum wage.

  885. Vernuccio on Benefits of RTW for Missouri

    Op-Ed in Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader.

  886. Can Detroit Replicate Pontiac's Success?

    LaFaive outlines how in today's Oakland Press.

  887. Wages Rise in Right-to-Work States
  888. State Revenue Estimating Conference Needs Better Estimating
  889. Like A Broken Record, MEA Complains About 'Insufficient Funds'
  890. The Ticket: The Many Faces of School Choice

    Our guests will discuss the benefits of different, emerging models of educational options and what is possible for Michigan.

  891. Will Legislature Keep Tax Cut Promise?

    SB 402 begins to undo 11.5% hike from 2007.

  892. Happy National School Choice Week!

    Plenty of reasons to celebrate in Michigan.

  893. Pension Costs Mean Tighter Budgets For Classrooms, Taxpayers
  894. MDOT Subsidy Numbers Off Track

    Amtrak passengers should pay their full share.

  895. Commentary: Higher Ed Spending Myths

    MSU professor's presentation questioned.

    January 28, 2014

  897. LaFaive Cited on Minimum Wage in GR Press

    Research refutes AFL-CIO president's claim.

  898. Budget Watchdog: Debt Burden In Michigan Now $25,300 Per Taxpayer
  899. Kent County Land Bank Is Not a Good Deal For Citizens
  900. MDOT Response to Mackinac Center Amtrak Piece
  901. 'Business Improvement Zones' = Property Taxes

    If you doubt that, try not paying the "assessment."

  902. Advocates of More Education Spending Ignoring Billions in Other Funds
  903. Utility Asks Court To Slap Down Excessive Wind Turbine Noise Finding
  904. January 24, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report
    Update on recent legislative action
  905. Gubernatorial Candidate Makes Inaccurate Claim About Education Spending
  906. Michigan Taxpayers Have Already Bailed Out Detroit
  907. The Importance of Real Equality

    And why the government can't provide it.

  908. Commentary: Your Pledge for Detroit

    Bailout scheme takes from other needs.

  909. Center Experts Cited on Detroit Bailout

    Plan is unfair to state taxpayers.

  910. Energy Expert: Michigan Should Eliminate Its Utility Monopoly For Lower Prices
  911. Money for Nothing

    Detroit bailout comes at expense of statewide taxpayers.

  912. Wright Discusses Supreme Court Visit on WJR

    Illinois union scheme similar to SEIU dues skim.

  913. Asking Questions to Help Cut Through the Political Fog
  914. Mackinac Center Expert Available to Discuss Detroit Bail Out
  915. U.S. Supreme Court Discusses Right-to-Work For All Public Employees
  916. Expert: Utilities Distorting Electric Choice Track Record
  917. Expanding the Electricity Market: A Good Choice for Consumers

    This Issues and Ideas Forum features Dr. Ted Bolema, a Mackinac Center adjunct scholar and senior policy editor for the Mercatus Center in Washington, D.C. who will make the case for why Michigan needs to give Michigan electricity customers more options.

    January 21, 2014

  919. Michigan School Privatization Survey 2013
    Michigan’s school districts have saved money by turning to the private-sector to provide support services. This 2013 survey shows that 65.5 percent of districts now contract out food, custodial or transportation services to private-sector vendors. This is an increase from 31.0 percent in 2001. The survey covers the three services, satisfaction and insourcing among Michigan’s public school districts and has been performed in 2001, 2003, and annually since 2005.
  920. Two-Thirds of School Districts Contract for at Least One Major Support Service, According to Center’s 2013 School Privatization Survey
  921. Q&A With the MEDC: Verifying Jobs Resulting From Special Government Favors
  922. George Will Cites CapCon in Washington Post

    SEIU dues skim highlighted ahead of SCOTUS case.

  923. The Certificate of Need 'CON' Job

    Regulation increases health care costs 11 percent.

  924. State Agency Has 52 Employees Who Earn More Than $100K
  925. Michigan’s Renewable Energy Mandate Causing Harm, Probably Unconstitutional
  926. Facts, Not Fiction, on State School Spending

    K-12 spending up three consecutive years.

  927. Gov. Snyder Keeps Pace in State of the State

    Bipartisan track record is to expand government.

  928. January 17, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Update on recent legislative action

  929. Policy Experts Comment on Governor's Speech

    LaFaive, Spalding on State of the State.

  930. Center Scholar in Detroit News

    Electricity deregulation good for customers.

  931. The $2 Billion Education Funding Myth
  932. Skorup Debates Minimum Wage

    Grand Valley State University event.

  933. Little Disclosure on Business Subsidies

    Deals could eat up half of budget surplus.

  934. Reality Check: Michigan Public Schools Getting More Money For Fewer Students
  935. Gov. Snyder’s 2014 State of the State Address Included Six Proposed Government Expansions, Two Limitations
  936. Don't Bail Out Detroit with State Tax Dollars

    It would be unfair to taxpayers statewide.

  937. Lockwood's Belle Isle Idea in Wall Street Journal

    Also interviewed on Fox Business.

  938. CapCon Story Draws National Media Attention

    Michigan family devastated by Obamacare.

  939. Bureaucrats Befuddled By America's Auto Market
  940. Westland Dropping 'Gatekeeper' FOIA Fee, Lowering Costs for Public Documents
  941. Vernuccio Testifies on Missouri Right-to-Work

    Cited in St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

  942. Michigan Auto Jobs On the Rebound Thanks to 'Leaner and Meaner' Manufacturers
  943. For State Employees, 2014 Means Finally Having the Freedom To Choose
  944. Commentary: RTW States Doing Better

    Growing twice as fast as forced unionization states.

  945. Corporate Welfare Scheme Back With New Name

    'Aerotropolis' now 'VantagePort.'

  946. City of Westland Restructures FOIA Fees in Response to Mackinac Center Legal Foundation Lawsuit
  947. Mismanagement Often to Blame for School District Financial Troubles
  948. 'Deep Freeze' Adding Inches of Ice to Great Lakes Levels
  949. Bill Would Open Up Competition In Michigan’s Electricity Market
  950. January 10, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Update on recent legislative action

  951. Michigan Needs Better Forfeiture Laws

    Bipartisan bills address issue.

  952. Minimum Wage Earners: Many Still Live at Home

    Average family income is almost $57,000.

  953. Detroit Needs More 'From the Heart' Transactions, Less Government
  954. Michigan Taxpayers Paying Far More Money For Far Fewer State Workers
  955. Why Detroit Pensions are Underfunded

    Plenty of blame to go around.

  956. Can Tea Parties Succeed Again?
  957. What Economic Development Transparency Should Look Like
  958. Disabled Family Sees 300 Percent Increase In Health Insurance Costs Under Obamacare
  959. Pension 'Transition Costs' Remain a Myth
  960. Michigan Students Need Private School Choice

    Families want more options.

  961. Cities Take Snow Emergencies To New Restrictive Level
  962. Judge Upholds Right-to-Work Dodging Tactic
    January 7, 2014

  964. Highland Park: The Road to Recovery
  965. University Staff Breaks Away From Michigan Education Association
  966. Detroit: Reforms and Recommendations
  967. Media Highlight 'Missed Votes' Report

    Detroit News calls for part-time Legislature.

  968. Batman and Superman vs. Taxpayers

    Film subsidy costs taxpayers almost $8 each.

  969. Administrative Law Judge Recommends Dismissal of Taylor Teachers’ Challenge to Decade-Long Forced Dues Extension
  970. Center Research Question Addressed
  971. Record Profits for Warner Bros. Doesn't Stop State From Giving Company Huge Subsidy
  972. Minimum Wage, Minimum Employment
  973. Minimum Wage Drumbeat Grows Louder

    Minimum wage popping up on national scale. 

  974. Michigan Among the Leaders In Job Growth
  975. The World Is Getting Better and Better

    Poverty rate slashed 80 percent in past 20 years. 

  976. Public-Private Compensation Gaps Still With Us
    The public sector's misconception of reality.
  977. Superintendent Makes False Claim About Her Salary, Benefits
  978. Tax Cut ‘Fever’?
  979. Your Favorites: Our Top 10 Stories of 2013
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