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  1. 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.

  2. Mackinac Center Luncheon

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

  3. State Official Has Reputation for Doing it the Right Way
  4. Media Continues Reporting on Teacher Opt Outs

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

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

    Courageous teachers stood up to MEA bullying.

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

    Sir Nicholas Winton Feted by Holocaust Memorial Center.

  9. A Uniquely Overqualified Candidate

    LaFaive's satirical cover letter for MEDC job.

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

    States with worker freedom, low taxes draw people.

  12. MEDC Approves Corporate Welfare for Dealership

    LaFaive: Special favors unfair to competitors, taxpayers.

  13. Michigan Education Digest

    DPS self-created overspending crisis hits $127 million.

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

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

  18. Vernuccio in 'Great Communicators Tournament'

    Online voting runs through Sept. 2.

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

  21. AP Story on Teacher Opt Outs Goes National

    More than 100 news outlets have coverage.

  22. Gov. Granholm Teaching Class on Job Creation

    LaFaive: "Recommend students stay away."

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

    Union still threatening those who stopped paying dues.

  31. Coercive Driver Fees Phase-Out Close To Becoming Reality
  32. Who fact checks the fact checkers?
  33. MEA Sends Collections Agency After Another Member Trying To Leave
  34. Small Tent or Big Tent?

    Why political parties are missing the larger picture.

  35. Michigan Education Digest

    Who should control DPS?

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

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

    August 19, 2014

  40. Local School District Escapes 'At Risk' List Despite Hostile Charter Takeover
  41. State School Rankings Mostly Measuring Race and Income Rather Than Performance
  42. Detroit News Editorial on MEA's 'August Window'

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

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

    State has a way to go to overcome past policies.

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

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

  52. Michigan Education Digest

    Year-round school, Flint overspending, online charter.

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

    Michigan should follow suit, remove more barriers to work.

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

  57. Flanagan Goes too Far on Charter Schools

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

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

    Key votes from 2013-14

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

    Defined-benefit plans cannot be supported.

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

    Discussed 3rd Congressional District primary.

  67. Vernuccio Discusses 'August Window' for Teachers

    How MEA members can opt out of union.

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

    Too many candidates propping up corporate welfare.

  71. School District Revokes Authorization of Popular Charter
  72. Complains about CEO pay; makes $243K to teach a few classes
  73. Enter the 'Great Communicators Tournament'
    August 5, 2014

  75. Almost No Teachers In District's Low-Performing Schools Considered 'Ineffective'
  76. State, National Media Report on MEA Opt Out

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

  77. How Cities Are Solving Their Pension Problems – and the Bill That Makes It Easier
  78. Truth Squad’s Failed Proposal 1 Fact Check
    Three exemptions to personal property tax, not elimination.
  79. State Budget Savings Idea: Eliminate Revenue Sharing
  80. Supreme Court Ends ‘Dues Skim’ Nationwide
  81. Teachers’ Window of Opportunity Is Now Open
  82. MEA-Endorsed Candidate: Education Spending Is Up
  83. No Shortage of Issues To Attack On In Michigan's 15th District Senate Primary
  84. August 1, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report
    Key votes from 2013-14
  85. Michigan Loses 40K Grads; Corporate Welfare Program Paid $127K Each To Keep 125 of Them
  86. Why Are Some Tea Party Supporters Fighting Proposal 1 In Michigan?
  87. What Will Cities Do To Solve Their Pension Problems?
  88. Remembering Milton Friedman on His 102nd Birthday
    An intellectual powerhouse and Nobel laureate.
  89. IMPACT July/August 2014
  90. Dr. Friedman's Vision for Education
    A pioneer in school choice.
  91. Incumbent’s Record Targeted and Defended in Michigan's 46th
  92. More claims of less funding debunked
  93. Solar Subsidy Part Two
  94. F. Vincent Vernuccio cited in Teacher Freedom Article
  95. Utility Appeals Wind Turbine Noise Court Ruling
    July 29, 2014

  97. Mackinac Center's effectiveness cited on Fox News and
  98. Defining The Primary In Michigan's 89th: Two Candidates, Two Views
  99. Dire Predictions of Right-to-Work Didn't Come True
  100. MEA doesn’t stand with facts
  101. The Worst Funded Pension Systems In Michigan
  102. Here's Where the Candidates Stand In Michigan's 42nd House Race
  103. July 25, 2014, Michigan Legislature Roll Call Report
    Key votes from 2013-14
  104. With Summers Off, Some Teachers Work 2nd Job
  105. GOP Candidates For Michigan's 80th House District Tackle the Issues
  106. Early Returns On Michigan As a Right-to-Work State: Incomes Rising
  107. Why are RTW States Gaining Population?

    Better income potential.

  108. Hohman on Personal Property Tax in Detroit News

    Prop 1 better than other Great Lake states' reforms.

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

    Center scholar co-authors CEI study.

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

    Court rules IRS illegally implemented tax credits.

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

    Figures for Halbig's Michigan impact

  117. Exploring the Political Climate of Climate Change

    "Average" and "normal" are not synonymous.

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

  122. Statewide Media Cite Center on Prop 1

    Personal property tax issue on Aug. 5 ballot.

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

    Key votes from 2013-14

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

    Council of State Governments issues recommendations.

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

    Also, how "progressive" policies damaged the city.

  132. Conventional District Sidelines Successful Charter To Financially Benefit Itself
  133. Pension Malpractice and Fund Raids

    Everyone's doing it!

  134. Michigan Future Report Doesn't Add Up

    Academic research favors low-tax states.

  135. Michigan Education Digest

    NEA prez suggests teacher assessments are "satanic."

  136. State Board Prez Fights Parental Choice
  137. Schauer Job Numbers a Mystery
  138. Andrew Kaluza, RIP

    Former Center intern, 27, passes away.

    July 15, 2014

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

    RTW allows them to skip union's political bent.

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

    Michigan cherry farmers, others, affected

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

    Vernuccio in National Review on Midwest labor reforms.

  149. Vernuccio, Spalding on WILS in Lansing

    Discussed MEA attacks on teachers, charter schools.

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

    Poses threat to political free speech.

  154. Political Free Speech on the 'Down Escalator'
  155. Michigan Teacher Pension Costs Increase To Nearly $1 Billion Per Year
  156. MEA Rhetoric Aimed At Misdirecting Teachers From Focusing On August Opt Out
  157. 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.

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

  160. August Opt Out Featured in Detroit News

    MEA window "can be extremely confusing."

  161. Lehman Cited in National Review

    Critique of Gov. Snyder's performance.

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

    Counting my blessings.

  169. July 3, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Key votes from 2013-14

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

    Center provided legal help for U-M grad students.

  174. Wilcox in Detroit News

    SCOTUS decision's Michigan roots.

  175. Schauer Wants to Put Limits On Advertising Done By Charter Public Schools
  176. 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.

  177. Taxpayers Handcuffed By Money Being Given To Beverly Hills Cop Production Company
  178. Policy Brief: Proposal 1 Would Result in Net $500 Million Tax Break Annually
  179. Reitz in The American Spectator

    Commentary on SEIU defeat.

    July 1, 2014

  181. Supreme Court Takes One Step Away from Forced Unionization
  182. Michigan Families Set Stage For Helping End Forced Unionization Schemes
  183. Media Cite Center on Supreme Court Case

    SEIU-type dues skim outlawed.

  184. Insurance 52% to 119% Costlier Under Obamacare

    County-level comparisons now available.

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

    But still protests when schools do it.

  191. TTB a Poor Measure of Charter Performance

    Free Press should use better metric.

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

    Was a guest on "Capital City Recap." 

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

  201. Gongwer, MIRS Cover MERC Ruling

    Grad students saved from unionization.

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

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

  206. Tax Foundation Takes On Michigan Future Report

    Says Minnesota comparison "misses the mark."

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

    Beer and wine wholesalers gain, consumers lose.

  211. Fox Covers MEA's Attack on Teachers

    Vernuccio, teacher with host Neil Cavuto.

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

    An intern's brush with bureaucracy

  217. Vernuccio Discusses MEA's Attack on Teachers

    Guest on SiriusXM radio's 'Wilkow Majority.'

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

    Fox News: Union sending members to collections agency.

  221. Skorup on WNEM-TV5

    State has enough money to fix roads.

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

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

    Featuring Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette

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

    Road taxes, budgets, e-cigs and more…

  229. Michigan Teacher Pension System Liabilities Increase Again
  230. MEA Sends Credit Agency After Teacher Who Stopped Paying Dues
  231. Raising the Minimum Wage
  232. Legislature Considering More Transparency For Asset Forfeiture
  233. Low-Hanging Fruit Can Help Fund Roads

    There's plenty of money in the current budget.

  234. RTW States Lead the Way

    More income, population growth.

  235. Media Details Center Efforts to Help Teachers

    New website can help teachers opt out of the MEA.

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

    "Essential for citizens to know."

  239. Grazed and Confused

    Detroit's response to goats exposes bigger problem.

  240. 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.

    June 10, 2014

  242. Politics Prevailed With Michigan's Minimum Wage Increase
  243. Mackinac Center Unveils New Website to Help MEA Members Opt Out During ‘August Window’
  244. Legislator Blames 'Shady Bankers' For Detroit's Problems Despite Voting To Double Debt
  245. Detroit’s Dilemma Tests Lansing’s Leadership
  246. Teacher Unions Agree to Faulty Contracts in Order to Maintain Mandatory Dues
  247. Agenda for Detroit: What Role Should State Play Post-Bankruptcy?
  248. Legislature To Prohibit Courses That Teach Unionization Techniques
  249. Proposed State Law Would End Blowout High School Football Games Early
  250. June 6, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report
    Detroit “Bailout,” a Little Extra for Roads, Internet Harassment
  251. Media Reports on Center Request

    New MERC rule would help public-sector union members.

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

    Stats show RTW states enjoying growth.

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

  262. Lehman, LaFaive in Wall Street Journal

    How Democrats won on minimum wage, gas tax.

  263. Internal Issues Put International Charter Public School At Risk
  264. IMPACT May/June 2014
  265. Ohio One Step Closer To Ending In-State Renewable Energy Mandate
  266. Teachers Contract Contains Questionable Forced Unionization Clause
  267. Lawmakers Misrepresent Detroit Pension Bill

    Legislation does not “cap” potential taxpayer contributions.

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

    While crumbling roads impact everyone.

  271. MEGA Credited-Companies Created Only 18.9 Percent Of Projected Jobs Since 1995
  272. The 89,000 Clean Energy Jobs Myth
    May 27, 2014

  274. Union Opposes Privatization For Others, Outsources For Itself
  275. MEA Still Chasing Thousands Not Paying Dues Or Fees
  276. Here Is Who Voted For The Detroit Bailout and To Not Close Pension System
  277. Thank Heaven We Have a Full-Time Legislature

    Vitally important job of picking official state frog.

  278. May 23, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Detroit bailout, gas tax, FOIA.

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

    Legislation doesn't address pension underfunding.

  281. Legislature Lacks Credibility in Detroit Bailout

    Now they want you to fix their mess.

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

    Policymakers should stop saying otherwise.

  284. False Fears About Fracking

    Bridge Magazine cites dishonest 'Gasland' scene.

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

    Shouldn't be limited to Detroit and STEM degrees.

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

  289. School Districts That Privatize Usually Pay Teachers More
  290. 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.

  291. Gov. Snyder Is Right

    'Don't Give Detroit a Bailout.'

  292. Detroit Bailout Discussion at Noon Tuesday

    Center hosting Issues & Ideas forum in Lansing.

  293. LaFaive in Free Press

    No bailout for Detroit.

  294. Experts To Rebut Claims of Opponents Protesting Detroit Pension Reform Plan
  295. In-State Renewable Energy Mandate Could Be Eliminated In Ohio
  296. Detroit Bailout Without Pension Reform Is Political Malpractice
  297. Bill Would Bring Public Notice Rule Changes
  298. Hypocrisy Over Private Organizations 'Profiteering' Off Education System
  299. LaFaive Discusses Detroit Bailout

    City should fix its own problems.

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

    Cited on SEIU scheme, Detroit bailout.

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

    MEA president made $212,848 last year.

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

    "Business as usual" if Legislature caves.

  306. Alleged ‘Transition Costs’ Avoidable In Detroit

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

    May 13, 2014

  308. MEA Economist Ignores Billions In Education Spending
  309. Detroit Bailout Package

    Handy link to descriptions of all 10 bills.

  310. Wage Hike Bad for Tipped Workers

    Vernuccio explains in Detroit News.

  311. Skorup Discusses Hollywood Corporate Welfare

    Film subsidy money could be better spent.

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

    Legislature should follow Minnesota's example.

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

    Use state money to fill potholes statewide.

  321. Corporate Welfare for 'Millionaire Movie Makers'

    WNEM details film subsidy scheme.

  322. Statewide Taxpayers on the Hook for Detroit?

    LaFaive cited in Detroit News on bailout scheme.

  323. Despite Shortage Of Bus Drivers, Union Wants Worker Fired For Not Paying Dues
  324. Debate Workshops 2014
  325. The Debate Over School Spending

    Teacher pension costs really are part of classroom spending.

  326. Detroit 'Openly and Notoriously' Went Bankrupt

    Its reward? Maybe a state bailout

    May 6, 2014

  328. Attorney General: School District Violating State Law By Automatically Deducting Union Dues
  329. Mackinac Center Experts Available to Discuss Gov. Snyder’s Detroit Bailout Plan
  331. More Detroit Favors Piled On Top of Other Favors

    City gets more in revenue sharing than all others combined.

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

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

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

    Michigan lost $175 million in 2012.

  342. 'Binding' Taxpayers to Detroit

    Bailout money means fewer potholes get fixed.

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

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

  345. SEIU Membership Drops 80 Percent

    When given a choice, thousands refuse to join.

  346. SEIU Membership Drops 80 Percent After Dues Skim Ends
  347. Art Sales and Angry Journalism

    Detroit Free Press editor's remarks uncalled for.

    April 29, 2014

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

    Jack McHugh explains how in The Macomb Daily.

  351. Detroit Charter Student a Potential Ivy Leaguer

    Credits school choice for its role in his success.

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

    Regulations often hinder people from work

  361. Corporate Welfare for Hockey Pucks or Burgers?

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

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

    Urges justices to take up free speech case.

  365. Schauer Education Plan Looks To Shut Down Successful Charter Public Schools
  366. Thank You for Registering!
  367. 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.

  368. How to Make Michigan Schools More Expensive

    Mark Schauer's education plan protects the status quo.

  369. More Good News for Michigan

    State climbs to 12th place in economic outlook rankings.

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

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

    Tickets to games or concerts are personal property.

  376. Detroit Should Sell Some Paintings

    Unfair to make the many subsidize amenities for the few.

  377. Mackinac Center Executive Vice President Michael J. Reitz Joins Board of Michigan Coalition for Open Government
  378. Michigan State Budget Process Allows For Plausible Deniability
  379. Retiree Becoming Face Of 'Pension Tax' Collecting Generously
  380. Detroit Bailout Makes for Strange Bedfellows
  381. Political Predictions for 2014
  382. School District May Violate State Law By Removing Teachers Based Strictly On Seniority
  383. More State Favors for Detroit

    Deferment through borrowing.

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

    Four staff members receive awards.

  385. Tax Freedom Day In Michigan
  386. Minimum Wage Hike About Politics, not People

    Jarrett Skorup Op-Ed in Detroit News

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

    City should privatize transportation department.

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

  391. Detroit EM Considering Center Proposals

    Privatization could help stabilize struggling city.

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

    Only city in Michigan allowed to tax utility bills.

  396. Government Subsidies Run Amok

    Remember, Uncle Sam can't count.

  397. More Higher Ed Spending Questionable

    Legislators, taxpayers need answers.

  398. Local Governments Not Starved For Cash
  399. Road Funding: Getting the Priorities Right
  400. Vernuccio Cited on President's Ann Arbor Visit

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

  401. Michigan School Funding Up, Results Flat
  402. Amtrak Subsidy Takes Money from Roads

    Riders should pay their own way.

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

    Jason Taylor, CMU professor and economist.

  407. Center Scholar in Wall Street Journal

    Mark Perry on alleged gender pay gap.

  408. IMPACT March/April 2014
  409. Reuben Sandwich With A Side Of 500K Lost Jobs
    April 8, 2014

  411. The Winners and Losers in Detroit Bankruptcy
  412. A Letter to Ranny Riecker on 50 Years of Service
  413. RIP Ranny Riecker

    Center mourns loss of founding director.

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

    Make it a "contract city"

  425. Taxpayer Representation Missing From Assessor Review Panel
  426. State Rep: School Districts Willfully Violating Law Should Face 'Criminal Charges'
  427. 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.

  428. Union Teacher Contract Has Illegal Racial Preferences Provision
  429. Agenda For Detroit: What Role State Government Should Play After Bankruptcy
  430. March 28, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Votes on soccer, roadkill, nuke plants.

  431. Michigan Education Association Misleading Voters

    'Kids Not CEOs' website rife with misinformation.

  432. MEA President's Math in Detroit News Questioned

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

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

    Analysis reveals multiple flaws.

  436. Center Scholar's Commentary at

    New Red Wings arena should not get corporate welfare.

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

    Personal income and population growth numbers released.

  441. Happy Birthday Norman Borlaug

    Credited with saving 1 billion people.

    March 25, 2014

  443. Emergency Manager Model Brings Fiscal Security to Pontiac
  444. City Says Recording Device Ban Was Due To 'Miscommunication'
  445. College Spending Results Questioned

    More money doesn't yield better results.

  446. Column: When Silence Speaks Volumes
  447. Michigan's Film Incentive Program Has Been A Bust
  448. Poll Shows Many Michigan Residents Misinformed About Education Spending
  449. New Bill Would Prevent Discriminatory Charitable Bin Bans
  450. More Problems with Ferndale Teacher Contract

    Ignores state laws regarding seniority, evaluations.

  451. Center Research in Time, Washington Post

    Tobacco smuggling stats a national story.

  452. CapCon Story on Ferndale Draws Attention

    State, national, international media respond.

  453. Land Bank Funding Makes It Into Supplemental Spending Bill
  454. House Readies For Vote On FOIA Reforms
  455. Electric Vehicle Battery Subsidy Failures Evident Early On
  456. Teacher Who Left MEA Explains Why

    Ray Arthur in Detroit News.

  457. Why Michigan Needs More Immigrants
  458. Non-Christians Given 'Special Consideration' In Union Teacher Contract
  459. Asset Forfeiture Laws Threaten Property Rights

    Center statement on House Bills 5230 and 5233.

  460. Asset Forfeiture Issue Arises With Clause in Human Trafficking Bills
    March 18, 2014

  462. 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.

  463. A Decade On: Center Beats MEA in Union's Assault on Free Speech
  464. Right-to-Work Should be Judged on Economic Data

    Corporate welfare inquiries not a good barometer of success.

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

    No reason for Legislature not to do more.

  468. Hospital Union Continues to Bully Employees

    Hurley administrators fail to step in.

  469. Sunshine Week 2014
  470. Happy Anniversary Proposal A
  471. Union Intimidation List Back Up
  472. SEIU Fined for Campaign Finance Violations

    Union dues skim took $34 million from Medicaid.

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

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

  476. Tax Board Bans Recording Equipment In Hearing Involving Nonprofit
  477. SEIU Fined Almost $200,000 Over Actions Tied To 2012 Ballot Proposal Campaign
  478. 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).

  479. Lopez on Fox Business

    Corporate welfare for movies unfair to taxpayers.

  480. What a Union Looks Like in a RTW State

    Alabama UAW shuns rhetoric, gives honest answers.

  481. Economics 101: Minimum Wage Kills Jobs

    When prices go up, quantity demanded goes down.

  482. Grand Rapids Says Nonprofit Acton Institute Not A Charitable Institution
    March 11, 2014

  484. Not Pretty: 2013 Legislative Roundup
  485. Legislature Split on Funding For Land Bank Authority
  486. LaFaive Proven Right on Cigarette Tax Hike

    Mass. losing millions due to smuggling.

  487. Vernuccio on Worker Freedom

    Panel discussion in Washington, D.C.

  488. Teachers Victorious Over MEA

    State, national media report on RTW win.

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

    Update on recent legislative action

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

    Consumers save $240 annually.

  497. Other Michigan Cities in Pension Debt

    Not just a Detroit problem.

  498. McHugh Discusses Budget on WILS

    Focus on smarter spending, not more spending.

  499. Michigan Third-Grade Reading Levels Down Significantly
  500. Majority of State’s Largest School Districts Have Language Prohibited by State Law in Their Contracts; Includes Teacher Evaluations, Layoffs, Seniority
  501. Roadblocks to Reform?: A Review of Union Contracts in Michigan Schools
  502. Revolving Door Crony Capitalism Spins Washington and Lansing
  503. 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.

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

    Special interests battle Rep. Camp's plan.

  506. Detroit News, Free Press Cover MCLF Lawsuit

    MEA sued over more teacher bullying.

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

    Update on recent legislative action

  511. Mackinac Scholar in Wall Street Journal

    Smith on IRS scandal and media failure.

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

    A view from a union contract.

  517. Tuition Plan Would Make College More Expensive

    Spalding and Skorup in The Detroit News.

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

    People know better how to spend their own money.

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

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

    March 4, 2014

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

    Instead of sending their money to Hollywood.

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

    Emergency Manager's plan filed in bankruptcy court.

  533. Center Expert, Board Member Discuss Detroit

    LaFaive, Lockwood at Reason Foundation event.

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

    Reason Foundation roundtable discussion.

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

    Explains the benefits to MLive readers.

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

  542. State Economic Outlook from David Littmann

    Discussed DBusiness article on WJR.

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

    Give instant feedback to your legislators.

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

    UAW loses when secret ballot is allowed.

  547. Spalding on Fox2 Detroit

    College costs, school takeovers discussed.

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

    Update on recent legislative action

  554. Commentary: Focus on Post-Secondary Education Shifting

    It doesn't always have to mean college.

  555. Analysis: Misleading Commercial on Electric Rates

    Comparison to Texas invalid, dishonest.

  556. Vernuccio on PBS News Hour

    Labor expert talks UAW/VW vote in Tennessee.

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

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

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

    Mismanagement, not funding, deserves scrutiny.

  561. Union Bullying Story Draws National Attention

    CapCon broke story about RTW "intimidation" list.

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

    And why that myth is so damaging.

    February 11, 2014

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

    Big spending on small part of economy.

  569. Corporate Welfare Schemes Need Transparency

    Mackinac Center commentary in Detroit Free Press.

  570. The Best Plan for Michigan Tax Reform

    Lower rates, fewer exceptions.

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

    Minimum wage proponents don't appear to.

  574. Commentary: A Legislative Agenda for 2014

    Get back to the 2011 and 2012 reform agenda.

  575. $1 Trillion Farm Bill Full of Subsidies, Special Favors

    Majority of Michigan GOP delegation voted for it.

  576. February 7, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Update on recent legislative action

  577. Court Orders Utility To Address Wind Turbine Noise Problems
  578. Michigan Still Underfunding Teacher Pensions

    Made full contribution just twice in last decade.

  579. Center Adds Three New Scholars to Board

    Chris Douglas, Michael Hicks, Todd Nesbit.

  580. Mark Schauer's Support for Corporate Welfare

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

  581. Narrative Changing On Michigan K-12 Education Spending
  582. Littmann Testimony on SB 402

    Michigan needs "visionary leadership" on tax cuts.

    February 4, 2014

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

    Paper substantiates what Michigan Capitol Confidential first reported.

  588. Skorup on 'West Michigan Week'

    Debate over minimum wage.

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

    Update on recent legislative action

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

    Why tax cuts are better than corporate welfare.

  596. Detroit's Spruce Goose: City Airport
  597. Michigan Job Growth Higher Than Initially Reported
  598. Harming the Competition

    Why some companies want a higher minimum wage.

  599. Vernuccio on Benefits of RTW for Missouri

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

  600. Can Detroit Replicate Pontiac's Success?

    LaFaive outlines how in today's Oakland Press.

  601. State Revenue Estimating Conference Needs Better Estimating
  602. Wages Rise in Right-to-Work States
  603. 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.

  604. Like A Broken Record, MEA Complains About 'Insufficient Funds'
  605. Will Legislature Keep Tax Cut Promise?

    SB 402 begins to undo 11.5% hike from 2007.

  606. Happy National School Choice Week!

    Plenty of reasons to celebrate in Michigan.

  607. Pension Costs Mean Tighter Budgets For Classrooms, Taxpayers
  608. MDOT Subsidy Numbers Off Track

    Amtrak passengers should pay their full share.

  609. Commentary: Higher Ed Spending Myths

    MSU professor's presentation questioned.

    January 28, 2014

  611. LaFaive Cited on Minimum Wage in GR Press

    Research refutes AFL-CIO president's claim.

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

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

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

    And why the government can't provide it.

  622. Commentary: Your Pledge for Detroit

    Bailout scheme takes from other needs.

  623. Center Experts Cited on Detroit Bailout

    Plan is unfair to state taxpayers.

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

    Detroit bailout comes at expense of statewide taxpayers.

  626. Wright Discusses Supreme Court Visit on WJR

    Illinois union scheme similar to SEIU dues skim.

  627. U.S. Supreme Court Discusses Right-to-Work For All Public Employees
  628. Expert: Utilities Distorting Electric Choice Track Record
  629. Mackinac Center Expert Available to Discuss Detroit Bail Out
  630. Asking Questions to Help Cut Through the Political Fog
  631. 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

  633. Q&A With the MEDC: Verifying Jobs Resulting From Special Government Favors
  634. Two-Thirds of School Districts Contract for at Least One Major Support Service, According to Center’s 2013 School Privatization Survey
  635. 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.
  636. George Will Cites CapCon in Washington Post

    SEIU dues skim highlighted ahead of SCOTUS case.

  637. The Certificate of Need 'CON' Job

    Regulation increases health care costs 11 percent.

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

    K-12 spending up three consecutive years.

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

    Bipartisan track record is to expand government.

  642. January 17, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Update on recent legislative action

  643. Policy Experts Comment on Governor's Speech

    LaFaive, Spalding on State of the State.

  644. Center Scholar in Detroit News

    Electricity deregulation good for customers.

  645. The $2 Billion Education Funding Myth
  646. Skorup Debates Minimum Wage

    Grand Valley State University event.

  647. Little Disclosure on Business Subsidies

    Deals could eat up half of budget surplus.

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

    It would be unfair to taxpayers statewide.

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

    Also interviewed on Fox Business.

  652. CapCon Story Draws National Media Attention

    Michigan family devastated by Obamacare.

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

    Cited in St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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

    Growing twice as fast as forced unionization states.

  659. Corporate Welfare Scheme Back With New Name

    'Aerotropolis' now 'VantagePort.'

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

    Update on recent legislative action

  665. Michigan Needs Better Forfeiture Laws

    Bipartisan bills address issue.

  666. Minimum Wage Earners: Many Still Live at Home

    Average family income is almost $57,000.

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

    Plenty of blame to go around.

  670. Can Tea Parties Succeed Again?
  671. What Economic Development Transparency Should Look Like
  672. Disabled Family Sees 300 Percent Increase In Health Insurance Costs Under Obamacare
  673. Pension 'Transition Costs' Remain a Myth
  674. Michigan Students Need Private School Choice

    Families want more options.

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

  678. University Staff Breaks Away From Michigan Education Association
  679. Detroit: Reforms and Recommendations
  680. Highland Park: The Road to Recovery
  681. Media Highlight 'Missed Votes' Report

    Detroit News calls for part-time Legislature.

  682. Batman and Superman vs. Taxpayers

    Film subsidy costs taxpayers almost $8 each.

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

    Minimum wage popping up on national scale. 

  688. Michigan Among the Leaders In Job Growth
  689. The World Is Getting Better and Better

    Poverty rate slashed 80 percent in past 20 years. 

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