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  1. An Evening with the Mackinac Center
    Join us for an evening of fellowship among friends of liberty.
     
  2. What Can We Learn from Michigan Parents Using School Choice?

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


     
  3. The New Fight for the Right: Where the Conservative Movement is Going

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


     
  4. Union Head’s Latest Media Tall Tale: Teachers Get No Time For Conferences
     
  5. Michigan Unemployment Rate: From Worst To ‘We’re No. 16!’
     
  6. Lansing Politicians Betray Their Stated Ideals
    Watch what they do, not what they say
     
  7. Dog-Fight Dogs, Obamacare, Financial Exploitation, Multi-Lingual State Websites
    August 18, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  8. Home Health Caregivers Might Find Relief from Union Coercion at Supreme Court
    Mackinac Center joins groups to call an end to the union dues skim
     
  9. State Police Pay 43 Officers Over $300k Each To Not Retire
     
  10. One in Four Of This District’s Teachers Missed More Than 20 Days of School
     
  11. Lansing Politicians Put Favored Businesses Ahead of Everyone Else
    Another $1.2B in favors approved this year
     
  12. Oughta Be A Law? Neighbors’ Dispute Leads To Air Conditioner Noise Rule
     
  13. Let Local Schools Decide Their Calendars
    More districts seeking freedom from Labor Day mandate
     
  14. State Troopers Collect $400,000 Plus In Legal Pension Double-dipping Plan
     
  15. Cities hurt budgets with police/fire pension spiking schemes, blame state
     
  16. Hundreds Apply, But Grand Rapids Union Claims 'Teacher Shortage'
     
  17. City Income Tax Proposal On November Ballot Sparks Business Revolt
     
  18. Unflattering Comparisons Never Made About Male-Politicians – NOT!
     
  19. State of Michigan’s Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge
    Crowdsourcing the state’s carp strategy
     
  20. Election Season In Detroit, And Here Comes Another Transit Scheme
     
  21. Unions Try to Kill a Private Trade School
    But Greater Michigan Construction Academy is a success
     
  22. How Michigan Could Benefit from District Voting
    Joe Lehman discusses concept on MIRS podcast
     
  23. Less Than A Year After Bailout, Detroit Schools Again Scramble to Stay Afloat
     
  24. Measuring Success in Alternative Education
    Programs serving dropout risks need meaningful metrics too
     
  25. Keep Michigan Taxes Limited
     
  26. School Officials, Teachers Unions, Media All Complicit In Edu-Disinformation
     
  27. To Improve Michigan’s Political Culture, Reverse the Trend Toward Overcriminalization
     
  28. How State Licensing Rules Harmed Flood Recovery
     
  29. State Revenue Up Almost Twice The Amount Of Defeated Income Tax Cut
     
  30. Opioids, Internet Gambling, Trump Tax Returns and More
    August 4, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  31. State Licensure Mandate Ensnarls Another Hair Braider
     
  32. Governor, Lawmakers Disagree Over Heavy 'Vaping' Regs
     
  33. Wayne County 'Jail Fail' Site Moves Closer To Subsidized Redevelopment
     
  34. IMPACT July/August 2017
     
  35. Regular People Get In Trouble For Doing This, But Government Skates
     
  36. The Foundation Allowance: Only The Beginning of School Funding
     
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  38. Federal Spending To Top $4 Trillion in 2017, Highest Ever
     
  39. 84 Companies Offered $63.8 Million Michigan Taxpayer Dollars In 2016
     
  40. Targeted Business Subsidies vs. Broad Tax Relief
    State lawmakers think subsidies improve the economy more
     
  41. Rooting Out Suspected Bias A Full-Time Job At U-M
     
  42. State Drops Links To Left-Leaning Political Websites After Inquiry
     
  43. More Proposals to Amend the State Constitution
    July 28, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  44. Taking the Pension Task Force to Task
    Governments should stop generating new pension debt
     
  45. It Failed
     
  46. 20 Percent Of Michigan Jobs Disappeared Last Year – But Slightly More New Ones Were Created
     
  47. Trump Labor Secretary Joins Bipartisan Call for Licensure Reform
    Obama administration also wanted changes
     
  48. Most Teacher Salaries Are Increasing
     
  49. ‘Public Education’ Not Easy to Define
    Questions raised by rally for more school funding
     
  50. Want More Substitute Teachers? Pay Them More
     
  51. As Feds Expand Forfeiture, Michigan Looks to Restrict It
    Preserving property rights is essential
     
  52. How School Funding Works in Michigan
     
  53. Need A License To Shampoo Hair For Pay? Michigan Says ‘Yes’
     
  54. We’re No. 13: Fuel Price, Gas Tax Up In Michigan And Elsewhere
     
  55. The Allure of Corporate Welfare
    Both parties seem to agree that handing out select tax breaks is good politics
     
  56. Substitute Teachers Paid Fraction Of Full-Time Rate, May Explain Why They’re Hard To Find
     
  57. Novi Community Schools Received 952 Applicants For One Teaching Job
     
  58. Despite Claims, There Is No Teacher Shortage in Michigan
     
  59. Replace Coal With Solar? We’re Going To Need A Lot Of Acres
     
  60. Legislative Proposals to Change the Michigan Constitution
    July 21, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  61. A Solution to Local Government Debt
    Pension and retiree health care liabilities are in crisis and the time to act is now
     
  62. Union Head: Teachers Get No Time to Attend Professional Conferences
     
  63. Why Michigan Pension Reform Matters
    Michigan now a national leader on fixing pension problems
     
  64. Why We Can’t Build Infrastructure Like We Used To
    Regulatory burdens just as much to blame as political gridlock
     
  65. Beware the Union Label on Teacher Pay Newspaper Columns
     
  66. Michigan Unemployment Rate Lower For Not-The-Best Reason — But Still Very Low
     
  67. Statement on the Appointment of Vernuccio to the Federal Service Impasses Panel
     
  68. How Many People Should be in Prison?
    No easy answer, but here’s how to think about the question
     
  69. Mackinac Center Publishes New Report to Simplify Complexities of Education Funding
    How School Funding Works in Michigan can serve as resource for all stakeholders
     
  70. On Cigarette Tax Evasion, I Told You So
    Raising cigarette taxes has consequences and not always good ones
     
  71. How School Funding Works in Michigan

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

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


     
  72. House Shelves Effort to Provide Charter School Transportation Vouchers
     
  73. Kid Rock: ‘Work Your Butt Off And Pay Taxes’
     
  74. ‘Trough Truce’ on Display in Latest Debate on Corporate Welfare
    Latest business subsidy gets bipartisan support and some opposition
     
  75. Newspaper Cites ‘Cuts’ in Case for City Tax Hike — But Spending Is Up, Not Down
     
  76. Snyder Calls Legislature's Penalty For No Merit Pay 'Unenforceable'
     
  77. East Lansing Cries Poverty in Newsletter, But Fails to Mention Revenue Is Up
     
  78. Corporate Handouts Run Amok
    July 14, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  79. Union Gets $241k From Turning Teachers Over to Collection Agency
     
  80. Michigan Bans Direct Tesla Car Sales, But Made Money Trading Its Stock
     
  81. Another Judge Upholds Teachers’ Right-to-Work Status; Faults Union’s Tactics
    Mackinac Center calls on Michigan Education Association to stop sending teachers to collections
     
  82. Wind Farm Developer Responds to Michigan Conflict of Interest Questions
     
  83. Questionable Job Claims, Patronage Perks Part of Pistons' Move to Detroit
     
  84. Mackinac Center: Michigan a National Innovator in Pension Reform
    State addresses underfunding while protecting earned benefits
     
  85. Special Needs Families Deserve Transparency
    Posting ISD special education plans enables sound decisions
     
  86. Christian Farm Family's State Training Contract Canceled for Prayers, God
     
  87. Social Media: Did Betsy DeVos Stiff Waiter On $500 Restaurant Bill?
     
  88. Detroit Schools Chief Wants Out of Charter School Business
     
  89. Site Map
    An overview of the website.
     
  90. ‘But For’ Can’t Be Proved: Corporate Welfare is a Waste
    New MEGA not costless, despite assurances
     
  91. Elected Officials Stand to Get Thousands from Wind Deals If Zoning Approved
     
  92. Does Your Campus Free Speech End at My Mob’s Power to Shout You Down?
     
  93. 1 In 10 People Who Had Property Forfeited To Police Were Not Charged With A Crime
     
  94. New Corporate Welfare Proposal is Unfair
    'Good Jobs for Michigan' a repeat of failed MEGA program
     
  95. Union Head: GOP Made Teaching Undesirable; 952 Apply for One Opening
     
  96. Major Accomplishments (forward)
     
  97. Paris Was a Bad Deal for the US
    Greens agreed with Trump on Paris before he pulled out
     
  98. Red Tape Keeps Flooded Midland Residents Up A Creek Without A Repairman
     
  99. A Map of Michigan Commute Times
    Where do people make the longest drives to work?
     
  100. The Unreported Reason Why Detroit’s Unemployment Rate Dropped
     
  101. In Remembrance on Independence Day: William T. Wilson, Ph.D.
    Economist once paid steep price for intellectual honesty
     
  102. Two Michigan Cities Ranked Among Nation’s Best Places To Be A Teacher
     
  103. Return of the Mega Subsidy
    Corporate welfare still demonstrably ineffective
     
  104. Teacher Shortage in Detroit Calls For New Policies
     
  105. Lawmakers May Further Subsidize Millionaires and Billionaires with New Program
     
  106. A Proposal to Build Trust in Government: Let Lawmakers Vote from Home
     
  107. Teacher Says Young People Don’t Want Teacher Jobs; Data Say They Do
     
  108. Michigan Cities are Banning People From Renting Out Their Property
     
  109. Opioids, Slingshots, Switchblades, Police Sex with Prostitutes and Important 'Do Not Resuscitate' Proposal
    June 30, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  110. The Model Facade: Selling Jobs to the Public, Press and Policymakers
    History shows models are used to obscure costly, ineffective programs
     
  111. In Picturesque U.P. Peninsula, It's Birds v. Wind Turbines
     
  112. The Double Standard in Environmental Protection: A Reprise
    Delving further into sewage system failures
     
  113. Loophole Could Make State's Open Records Law a Dead Letter
     
  114. MEGA 2 Hearing Demonstrates Desperation
    New corporate welfare proposal gets hard sell in tax committee
     
  115. City Emails: Christian Farmer's Facebook Post Led to Ban From East Lansing Market
     
  116. Michigan's Robust Municipal Finance Model
    Taxpayer protections don't stop revenue growth
     
  117. Where's Teacher Shortage School Districts Claim?
     
  118. Trump’s Crime Policy Comes to Lansing
    Rhetoric about US cities’ “serious violent crime problem” is misleading and distracting
     
  119. ‘Richest Person in Michigan’ Could Get Richer With New State Subsidies
     
  120. Special Deals for Special Corporations
     
  121. There You Go Again: Teachers Union Spins Misleading Food Stamp Claim
     
  122. Why Does Michigan License Painters?
    Few other states do
     
  123. Big Budget Bills, Jail for Bringing in too much Beer, Ban Government Charter School Discrimination, more
    June 23, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  124. Free Press Omits Key CREDO Charter School Finding
    Students learning more from most Michigan for-profit operators
     
  125. Teacher Pay Rates Unusually Stable
     
  126. Kids Experience Entrepreneurship at Detroit Children's Business Fair
    Second annual event provided opportunities to learn, grow and earn money
     
  127. A Plea for Fairness, Transparency and Intellectual Honesty
    Testimony prepared for the Michigan Travel Commission
     
  128. Planning for Life Workshop – Traverse City, MI

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


     
  129. Superintendent Gets Above Average Pay, District’s Teachers, Below Average
     
  130. Michigan DROPs Big Payouts to Retain State Police Employees
     
  131. Traverse City Should Avoid Risky Public Internet
    Most municipal broadband projects losing money
     
  132. Watchdogs Sleep
     
  133. Michigan Wine Taxes Among the Highest in the Region
     
  134. Done: With School Pension Reform, State's Big Pension Liabilities Contained
     
  135. Traverse City Government Still Thinking About Internet Project
     
  136. Government Internet Coming to Traverse City
     
  137. Teacher Gets $80k Salary, Spends Half His Time on Union Work
     
  138. Pension Reform, Electronic Vehicle Registration, Decriminalize Idling in Driveway
    June 16, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  139. Vitti’s ‘Student-First’ Agenda Faces Early Test
    Pay limits for incoming teachers an unnecessary obstacle
     
  140. Michigan is Spending As Much on State Police Pensions as Salaries
     
  141. Teacher Makes $77k, Gets $13k Raise Over 5 Years, Complains It's 'Embarrassing'
     
  142. Mackinac Center Praises Groundbreaking Pension Reforms in Michigan
    State demonstrates national leadership in addressing public employee retirement crisis
     
  143. Michigan House Dems Propose State Contract Preference for Immigrants
     
  144. Planning for Life Workshop – Grand Rapids, MI

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


     
  145. George Orwell and Humpty Dumpty Economic Policy
    Michigan must remember warnings to not corrupt the English language to give businesses 'free' money
     
  146. Home Sharing: Michigan’s Next Property Rights Battle

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


     
  147. Skorup Speaks on ‘Good Jobs’ Proposal Before Michigan House Committee
    These bills provide more opportunities for some by taking from the many.
     
  148. Detroit Schools Would Already Be in Deficit if Not for Teacher Vacancies, Extra State Money
     
  149. Do Millionaires Need More Subsidies?
    MEGA 2.0 bound for failure
     
  150. IMPACT May/June 2017
     
  151. As Soaring Pension Debt Eats Budgets, Teacher Says Reform ‘Makes No Sense’
     
  152. U-M Student Newspaper: Shouting Down Speakers Doesn’t Infringe Free Speech
     
  153. Michigan Universities Also Socked by Massively Underfunded School Pensions
     
  154. Business Subsidies Won't Drive Growth
    The Detroit News wrong on proposed business subsidy program
     
  155. Energy Debt for Colleges, No Special Permit to Carry
    June 9, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  156. Why Government Fails at Economic Development
    Politicians and bureaucrats repeatedly fail at picking the winners
     
  157. Isabella County Closer to Allowing 200 or More Wind Turbines
     
  158. Solar Makes 1/676th the Electricity As Coal In Michigan
     
  159. How to Get a Property Tax Hike: Spend Big on Democratic Political Consultant
     
  160. Home Sharing: Michigan’s Next Property Rights Battle
    Free event in Lansing to discuss accommodations of the future.
     
  161. Fighting for Free Speech on Michigan University Campuses

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


     
  162. Detroit Mayor's Jobs Program Starts With His Office Payroll
     
  163. $500,000 Retirement Nest Eggs Likely Under Teacher Pension Alternative
     
  164. Lawmakers Take Second Run at Expanding Open Records Law – to Themselves
     
  165. Conservatives and Liberals Rally Support for Repealing Mandatory Life Sentences in Michigan
    Senate proposals would complete 15-year effort to end mandatory minimum drug sentencing
     
  166. Pension Protestors Should Be 401(k) Supporters
    Offering 401(k)-style benefits is good for teachers and taxpayers alike
     
  167. Medical Pot Bringing $8.8M, 48 New Positions to Michigan State Police
     
  168. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Explains Proposal For Legislature
     
  169. State Tourism Subsidies Unnecessary, Ineffective and Unfair
     
  170. If Michigan Officials Believed School Pensions ‘Vital’ They Would Have Paid for Them
     
  171. Michigan’s Union Members Deserve Democracy
     
  172. If This Is Considered 'Working' ... We'd Hate To See What Failure Looks Like
     
  173. Government ‘Phone-In’ Voting; More State Housing Loans; Piling Costs on Defendants
    June 2, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  174. Sheriff Questions Racetrack's $800,000 State Police Subsidy
     
  175. Allow Michigan Legislators to Vote from Home Districts, Not Just at Capitol Building
    Mackinac Center President: More time in districts could increase voters’ trust in elected officials
     
  176. Second Chances Start in Midland
    Local organization helps ex-offenders reintegrate safely and successfully
     
  177. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Underestimates Teacher Pay — By $26,000
     
  178. Detroit Can Fill Teacher Shortages
    Credentials, compensation offer keys to solve problem
     
  179. $94K Teacher Complains Salary ‘Stagnant’ at the Top
     
  180. Law Would Make Bringing Large Amount of Alcohol into Michigan a Felony
    Bills pushed by wholesalers to ‘keep a higher profit for themselves’
     
  181. Michigan School Pension Debt Resembles Credit Card Junkie’s Fiscal Death Spiral
     
  182. Incentive Programs Fail: Evidence is All Too Clear
    Center Scholar Speaks to Tax Group in Florida
     
  183. Top Legislative Leaders Make School Pension Reform Their Top Budget Issue
     
  184. Teacher Wears Pizza Uniform From Second Job To Protest Pay
     
  185. Favors for Aircraft Owners, Liquor Cartel and Salt Company; Canines in Cafés, More
    May 26, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  186. Conflicted: Unions Call Nonmembers ‘Free Riders,’ But Insist on Representing Them
     
  187. Writer Insinuates Racial Politics in DeVos’ Hometown, But Events Rebut Claim
     
  188. State Retirement Managers Develop Convenient, Hypocritical Excuse
    Tantamount to only brushing your teeth when you go to the dentist
     
  189. Did You Know? Post-Water Crisis, Fed and State Money Pours Into Flint
     
  190. Pension Shortfall Since 2009 is Enough to Give Every Teacher a $180K Bonus
     
  191. Pension Reform Legislation Benefits Students, Teachers and Taxpayers
    If the problem had been fixed earlier, schools could have had additional $1,600 per student
     
  192. School District Spent $275,000 in Public Dollars on Tax Hike Vote
     
  193. Michigan Teachers Are the Nation’s Highest Paid
     
  194. Official State Plan for Failing Schools: Meetings, Plans, Discussions, More Plans
     
  195. School Funding in Michigan Reaches All-Time High
    Record revenues for schools likely will continue
     
  196. Criminalize Female Genital Mutilation, Authorize Flint Promise Zone Tax
    May 19, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  197. Astroturf? Facebook Page Promotes Union Politics Under Tea Party Flag
     
  198. From the Model T to Driverless Cars: How Michigan Can Lead in Transportation Innovation

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


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

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


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

    A PDF copy of this study is available.

    Introduction

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

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

     


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

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


     
  239. Michigan Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Licensing Bill
    Sen. Peters, Rep. Walberg working together to remove needless barriers to employment
     
  240. Parents Blast District For Using Emergency Contact Info To Push Tax Vote
     
  241. A Better Way to Fund Universities
    Give the money to students
     
  242. Court of Appeals Unanimously Rules Against MEA’s ‘August Window’; Upholds Teachers’ Right to Work
    Not a single judge agreed with the union on this issue
     
  243. 28 Months After Bankruptcy, Detroit Misses Fiscal Report Deadline A Second Time
     
  244. ‘Fact Check’ on Higher Education Piece Falls Flat
    State aid for colleges still wasteful
     
  245. It’s Time for Michigan to End Civil Forfeiture
    The state takes at least $20 million a year from Michiganders
     
  246. Should Construction Workers Pay Taxes to Billionaires?
    Under proposed legislation, some of them would
     
  247. Doctored Video Promotes Authentic Tax Hike in Northern Michigan School District
     
  248. Election Today! And Plenty of Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering, Too
     
  249. Legislature Considers Reopening a Closed Business Subsidy Program
    Good Jobs For Michigan is a repackaged MEGA
     
  250. Michigan’s Public Pensions Are at Risk
    Office of Retirement Services must explain appearance of poor management
     
  251. Former Legislator Over-the-Top on Lobbyists Lying
     
  252. Top 3 Public Schools in Michigan Are Charter Schools
     
  253. Feds Subsidize Solar Cell Maker - And Its Customer
     
  254. Authorize “Choose Life” and Pro-Sports License Plates; Ban Police Sex with Prostitutes and Lasing Aircraft
    April 28, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  255. Grand Rapids is a Regional Leader in Attracting People
    City leads Minneapolis and Chicago in population growth
     
  256. Colbeck Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Campus Free Speech Infringements
     
  257. Teachers Union Claims Poverty Is Growing In Michigan — But It’s Not
     
  258. The Fake School Employee: Retiring Union President Spikes $115K State Pension
     
  259. Back to the MEGA Future: Good Jobs for Michigan Reinvents Failed MEGA Program
    Proposed law shares remarkable similarities with old, failed law
     
  260. It Would Take 600 Wind Turbines to Replace One Closing U.P. Coal Plant
     
  261. After Obamacare: How Michigan Can Deliver on Patient-Centered Health Care

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


     
  262. Larry Reed Versus ‘Smug, Arrogant, Self-Righteous, PC, Campus Insanity’
    Mackinac Center founder bullied by leftist authoritarians while giving lecture on ancient Rome
     
  263. Save Closures for Truly Failing Schools
    Context needed for decisions, whether by state or local officials
     
  264. Taxpayer Funded Electioneering in Full Swing Before May 2 Tax Votes
     
  265. Nothing More Certain Than Taxes and School Officials Wanting More of Them
     
  266. Official Would Need 7-Day, 14-Hour Schedule to Juggle Three City Jobs
     
  267. Switchblades, Slingshots, Sneaky School Debt Schemes and More
    April 21, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  268. Wind Industry Titan Soaks Up Billions in Tax Subsidies
     
  269. Proposed Corporate Giveaway Unlikely to Grow Economy
    Lawmakers should consider the full costs of corporate welfare before they approve it
     
  270. Another Michigan School District, Another False Union ‘Teacher Pay Cuts’ Story
     
  271. Official Collects Six-Figure Pay From Multiple Cities Simultaneously
     
  272. Dear House Tax Committee: Pure Michigan Return on Investment Not Validated
    State Rep. Jim Tedder asks the right question
     
  273. Net Domestic Migration by County
    Michigan county gains and losses
     
  274. While Schools Try Fiscal Responsibility, Union Sets Up Protests
     
  275. Excessive Lawmaking Road to ‘Regiment Every Aspect of Society and Commerce’
    Lawmakers "regiment every aspect of society"
     
  276. What’s Old is New Again: Another Subsidy Program Being Considered by Legislature
    Good for politicians and well-connected businesses, bad for Michigan
     
  277. Awash In Millions In Government Subsidies, Solar Company Still Shuttered Michigan Plant
     
  278. State Dials Back Pollyannaish Pension Assumptions, Admits Deeper Hole
     
  279. Some Recently Introduced Bills of Interest
    April 14, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  280. Interest on School Pension Underfunding Could Pay Entire Prison System Cost
     
  281. Dem Candidate For Governor Says: Preserve Failed Detroit Schools, Close Charters
     
  282. Wake-Up Call Helps Rural School Bloom
    Bloomingdale leaves state watch list
     
  283. Detroit School Enrollment Reaches Historic Low
     
  284. Michigan Pothole Hotline Has More Business This Year
    Call or fill out a form to request a repair
     
  285. Secretive Bidder Wins Pure Michigan Contract Over Transparent One
    Auditor General, not MEDC, should hire reviews of corporate welfare programs
     
  286. Pension Funding Best Practices Remembered
    But only when they serve bureaucrat Interests
     
  287. If Neighbor's Wind Turbine Flings Ice Chunks In Your Yard Is It Trespassing?
     
  288. Regulatory Swamp-Draining Gets Boost In Washington
    Trump’s Regulatory Affairs Director appears serious, and she has a record
     
  289. Criminal Justice Reforms Signed Into Law, More Left to Do
    Enacting some long-overdue reforms should pave the way to pass several others this year
     
  290. Property Tax Bills May Spike Due To School Pension Underfunding
     
  291. Don’t Bring Back Granholm’s Tax Credit Legacy
    Legislators are considering it
     
  292. The Failing Business of Business Favors
    What would you say you do around here?
     
  293. Mackinac Center Policy Expert Recommendations 2017-2018
     
  294. School Claims Its Tax Hike Emails Don't Invade Privacy - but Opponent's Would
     
  295. Fighting Fake News With Deceptive Cartoons
     
  296. School Inc. Could Open Michigan Viewers’ Eyes
    New documentary closely follows major Arizona choice law
     
  297. These Seven Proposals Would Change Michigan’s Constitution
    April 7, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  298. Don't Force Charter Schools Into State Pension Plan
     
  299. Democrat Told Occupiers 'Too Much Corporate Politics’; Votes for More in 2017
     
  300. Up in the Dumps
    Michigan landfill business is booming
     
  301. Out, Out, Brief Candle!
    Could Mr. Trump’s “Energy Independence” executive order mean the end of life on Earth?
     
  302. Proposed Wind Turbines In Michigan County Taller Than 'Mighty Mac'
     
  303. Michigan Government Salaries Database Shows Value of Transparency
    Public records now at public’s fingertips
     
  304. Michigan Treasury Erroneously Sent Out a $14.5 Million Check
     
  305. State Officials' Pension Underfunding Crushing Michigan School Budgets
     
  306. Planting Trees in Vacant Parking Lots to Save Great Lakes
     
  307. Ann Arbor School Board Member: Have Charters Contribute to Public School Pension Fund
     
  308. State Should Review Supreme Court Pay
    Salaries have been frozen for 15 years
     
  309. Governor’s Cyber School Cuts Don’t Add Up
     
  310. Tax Feeders Declare a Truce at the Trough
     
  311. Ex-Offenders Are Closing the Gap
     
  312. Legislative Testimony
     
  313. Michigan Incomes Up Strong After 4 Years of ‘Right-to-Work-for-Less’
     
  314. Children of Monsters: The Strange Lives of Children of Dictators

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


     
  315. The Fight Over Plastic Pipes in Michigan
     
  316. No Government? No Problem
    Michiganders create innovations, not merely solutions, when problem-solving
     
  317. The Legislative Clock is Ticking
    It's time for free-market reformers to act
     
  318. More Corporate Handouts, Water Down Graduation Standards, Breathalyzed Minors
    March 31, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  319. How Lansing Dodges Tax Cuts
     
  320. Hybrid Plan Did Not Fix School Retirement System
    It is at risk of underfunding and has barely enough assets
     
  321. 1,400 Michigan Wind Turbines Needed To Replace The Palisades Nuclear Plant
     
  322. Michael Moore: Trump Rule Change Means Human Extinction
     
  323. Trust Parents with School Grading System
    No good reason to complicate or hide information
     
  324. Michigan to Pay $660 Million in Secret Corporate Giveaways This Year
     
  325. Media's Attacks on DeVos Rife with Factual Inaccuracies
     
  326. Prompt Government Transparency is Vital to Democracy
    Delay of 106 days results in lawsuit for University of Michigan
     
  327. Michigan Government Salaries Database Corrected after State Admits Fault
    Office of Retirement Services blames ‘technical error’ for thousands of incorrect salary numbers
     
  328. Meet the New Detroit School District: Fewer Students, More Expenses, a Deficit
     
  329. A Case for Popular ISD Board Elections
    Agencies spending more of state’s K-12 tax dollars
     
  330. IMPACT March/April 2017
     
  331. Money For Nothing: Best Teachers’ Pay Stagnates While ‘Ineffectives’ Get Raise
     
  332. Better Managed Moose Get $203k From 'Critical' Great Lakes Funds
     
  333. You, Too, Can Be A Certified Media Fact-Checker For Just $99
     
  334. Why Mackinac Published Names and Wages of Government Workers in a Searchable Database
    The information belongs to the people
     
  335. Michigan Capitol Confidential
     
  336. Firing Police, Concealed Pistol Regs, Internet Games Not Gambling
    March 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  337. An Empire of Smuggled Smokes
    New York's cigarette taxes have sparked a huge black market and should be rolled back
     
  338. Union Privileges Cost Veterans
    Providing unions with "official time" hurts the important work of the VA
     
  339. Do High Tax States Grow Faster?
     
  340. Great Lakes Restoration: $62k For 'Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience'
     
  341. Mackinac Center Temporarily Removes Some State Employee Salaries from Database After Questioning Accuracy of State Data
    Website contains salary info of nearly 300,000 government workers for each of the past three years
     
  342. Government Transparency Groups Announce Database of Public Employee Salaries
    Website contains salary info of nearly 300,000 government workers for each of the past three years
     
  343. -untitled-
     
  344. Governor's Commission Rejects Voters' Judgment On More Windmills
     
  345. Superintendent: We Don't Have Money To Give Top Teachers Merit Pay
     
  346. Wellspring Prep Growing Strong
    Diverse Grand Rapids charter readies kids for college
     
  347. Good With His Hands, But Sidelined By Massage License Requirement
     
  348. Governor's Tourism Conference Must Address Pure Michigan Shortfalls
    Mackinac Center analyst offers counterpoint to state’s promotion campaign
     
  349. $581k In Great Lakes Restoration Money For Mohawk Tribe To Talk Fish, Tribal Beliefs
     
  350. Henry Ford Community College Gets 'Yellow Light' Rating for Speech Code
     
  351. Michigan Wants to Fine Schools for Indian Mascots But Not for Violating State Laws
     
  352. Michigan’s Regulatory Laws Lead to Fewer Jobs, More Crime
    Licensing rules are a criminal justice issue
     
  353. Flashing Lights, Beaming Aircraft, Access to Legislator Records, More
    March 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  354. In the Battle for Jobs, Subsidy Programs Shoot Blanks
    More subsidies won’t improve economy
     
  355. Statement on the FY2018 Federal Budget Blueprint
    Lots of details to work out, but budget deserves recognition
     
  356. Union Rules: Ineffective Teacher's Raise is 4x That of 'Teacher Of The Year'
     
  357. The Value of Pipelines (and Line 5) to Michigan
    Testimony from the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board
     
  358. Michigan Already Awash in Business Subsidies
    Lawmakers should reject latest proposal for more
     
  359. Extra Caution Needed On 'Average' Teacher Salary Claims
     
  360. State Government Workforce Up First Time In 7 Years
     
  361. Michigan Should Reject Special Corporate Developer Bills
    Senate bills 111-115 being considered
     
  362. Licensing: Fact vs. Fiction FAQ
     
  363. Michigan's Occupational Licensing Requirements
     
  364. License to (Not) Work: Mackinac Center Releases New Study on Occupational Licensing
    Assessing the impact of arbitrary licensing laws on the Michigan economy
     
  365. This Isn’t Working: How Michigan’s Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers

    Click here for a PDF of the full study.

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

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


     
  366. Best Teachers Take Pay Cut In This Big Michigan School District
     
  367. Average Teacher Pay in Macomb County's Utica District: $80k
     
  368. Michigan Has Reversed the Flow of Interstate Migration with Illinois
    Illinois used to gain net population from Michigan
     
  369. The Secrecy of 'Pure Michigan'
     
  370. The Best-Paying Public School Districts In Michigan
     
  371. $135k To Study Insects Called ‘Great Lakes Restoration’
     
  372. HONEST Act – EPA Science and Transparency
    This should be ‘science 101’
     
  373. How We Use FOIA to Hold Government Accountable
    Happy ‘Sunshine Week’ 2017
     
  374. Republicans, Pursue Your Agenda with Gusto
    Advice for the Legislative majority
     
  375. Michigan Will Soon Restrict Real Estate Agents When Displaying Their Names
     
  376. Property Taxes Are Michigan Governments' Largest Money Maker
     
  377. Some Small Tax Breaks, But Total State Tax Collections Rise Faster
     
  378. Close To Immortal: Michigan Won't Close Failing Public Schools After All
     
  379. Michigan Medicaid Patient Can't Find Care, So She Pays For Innovative Alternative
     
  380. How Many College Bureaucrats Does It Take To Answer A Records Request?
     
  381. Governor’s Cyber School Cuts Don’t Add Up
    Online charters already perform OK for much less money
     
  382. Copper Mine Regulations, Parole and Probation Reforms, Expelled Lawmakers
    March 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  383. Sweeping Criminal Justice Reforms For Michigan
    After four long years of debate, change has finally arrived
     
  384. $750k 'Great Lakes' Grant Included Reverting Golf Course To Natural State
     
  385. Affluent School Districts Benefit From Expanded State 'At Risk' Spending
     
  386. Ridesharing Gets Rolling in Michigan
    Massive expansion after sensible regulations passed
     
  387. Applications Open for Second Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Children ages 6-14 encouraged to apply
     
  388. Ideas Liberals and Conservatives Can Agree On
    Plenty of middle ground, even in a divisive political climate
     
  389. Having Police on Foot Patrols Benefits Communities, Experts Say
     
  390. Obscure Websites and Protecting Great Lakes
     
  391. Debate Resources: Public Forum Topic Posts
     
  392. Michigan House Considers Public Records Reform
    Expanding FOIA to include Legislature and Governor
     
  393. Justice Clarence Thomas Takes a Broadside at Civil Forfeiture
    Forfeiture is a big issue in Michigan
     
  394. More Transparency on the Way in Michigan
    Bills would subject legislators, governor to FOIA and require salaries be made public
     
  395. Here's Who Runs U-M Office that Took 106 Days To Release Four Emails
     
  396. Upper Peninsula Democrat Breaks With Party On Vote To Cut State Income Tax
     
  397. Foot Patrol Policing: Engaging Michigan Communities One Step at a Time

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


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

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


     
  427. Nation’s First Hearing on Worker’s Choice Bill Happens Tuesday
    Missouri Legislature considering idea first presented by Mackinac Center
     
  428. To Boost Jobs in Detroit, Cut Regulations
    Why the Motor City has so few plumbers
     
  429. Michigan Pays for Fudged Climate Data
    Fake news, meet settled science
     
  430. Teacher Making $53,000 Says She Could Earn More as a Waitress
     
  431. You're Paying $1.29 Billion More For This
     
  432. Liberal Group Says Income Tax Cut Means Cops and Firefighters May Not Show Up
     
  433. GOP Governor Thanks House GOP Tax Cut Opponents
     
  434. Don’t Cut Income Tax Rate; Do Redistribute $1.8 Billion to Big Developers
    February 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  435. Compel School Districts to Reward Great Teachers
    Wisconsin study highlights benefits of performance pay
     
  436. Donor Privacy Policy
     
  437. One State May Do Away With Taxpayer-Funded Tourism Promotion
    Why ending Florida’s “Pure Michigan” counterpart would benefit residents and visitors
     
  438. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
    An update through 2015
     
  439. Studies of Government-funded Tourism Promotion Withstand Criticism
    Publicly-funded marketing for tourism is a waste of money
     
  440. Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit
    Free Lansing luncheon Tuesday to discuss Michigan's regulatory structure
     
  441. These 12 Republicans Voted 'No' On Michigan Income Tax Cut
     
  442. Michigan's Largest School Districts Breaking Teacher Pay Law
     
  443. These 20 Republicans Voted 'Yes' On Giving $1.8 Billion To Big Developers
     
  444. $28K Or Less For First-Year Teachers? Three Districts Pay That
     
  445. Updated Research Affirms Link between Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
    Interactive map shows taxes and smuggling by state
     
  446. Pushing Back Against Government Takings
    New bill would provide remedy for property violations
     
  447. Close Failing Public Schools? Not In Michigan — Yet
     
  448. Teacher Evaluations Out Of Sync With Outcomes
     
  449. Proposed Wind Turbines in Rural County Match States Tallest Skyscrapers
     
  450. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
     
  451. Average Annual Taxpayer Savings: $173.52
     
  452. Windmills Tall as Skyscrapers Proposed for Rural Michigan County
     
  453. House Republican Policy Plan Lays the Groundwork for Action
    Pensions, education, criminal justice all areas ripe for change
     
  454. New Subsidies More about Political Development than Economic Development
    Economic conditions matter more than giving targeted taxpayer dollars to developers
     
  455. Michigan's $6.3 Billion Broken Promise
     
  456. Detroit Public Schools Goes Big For Teacher Merit Pay
     
  457. State Pays More as Community College Tuition Rises, Enrollment Falls
     
  458. People First or Well Connected Developers?
    We should provide tax relief for all instead of favors to a select few
     
  459. Tax Cuts and Corporate Welfare
    February 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  460. Time for Labor Unions to Collect their Own Dues
    The on-going SEIU dues skim must end
     
  461. Michigan's 'Temporary' 2007 Tax Hike Took $770 Million Last Year
     
  462. How an 'Ineffective' Teacher Gets Third-Highest Pay Level
     
  463. Mackinac Center Analyst: Senate Bills 111-115 Are Corporate Cronyism
    LaFaive available to comment on pending legislation
     
  464. Protecting Business Owners’ Right to Free Speech
     
  465. Michigan's Worldwide Trading Economy
     
  466. Fighting For a Teacher’s Right to Work
     
  467. Suing the State to See Flint Water Documents
     
  468. Official ‘Bias Response’ Enforcers Stifle Michigan Universities
     
  469. Holding the University Of Michigan Accountable
     
  470. State Pension Funds Move To Risky Investments
    Lack of payoff on investments is biggest driver of underfunding
     
  471. Testimony: When Will Michigan Families Get Some Tax Relief Too?

    Testimony before the House Tax Policy Committee


     
  472. Mackinac Center Resumes Fight to Protect Free Speech Rights
    Northern Michigan inn owner sues to end unconstitutional marketing tax
     
  473. State Superintendent Claims First-Year Teachers Make $28K—We Can't Find Them
     
  474. Why Michigan Licensing Laws Are So Destructive
    Everything you need to know about occupational regulations in the Great Lakes State
     
  475. Happy Valentine’s Day from the Mackinac Center
    Our love for you in memes
     
  476. Number of Michigan Millionaires Grows 25-Fold
     
  477. Scofflaw School Districts Ignore Merit Pay Law, Face No Sanctions
     
  478. The InternNet
     
  479. Congress May Protect Private Pensions from State Bureaucrats
    Recent regulations allow states to create and manage retirement for private employees
     
  480. The Cost of High Cigarette Taxes
    Research reveals unintended consequences of tax
     
  481. Kentucky, Missouri Set Off Wave of Labor Reform
    2017 poised to be big year for worker freedom
     
  482. Teacher Melts Down, Disrupts, Curses, Quits, Walks — And Files To Get Job Back
     
  483. Loans From Corporate Welfare Agency Are, Like Its Job Promises, 'Uncollectible'
     
  484. Detroit Father Turns Boxing Interest Into Youth Enrichment Program
     
  485. School Hosts Advocacy Session for Tax Hike in Front of Students
    Politicking on the taxpayer dime
     
  486. Charitable Gambling, Special Needs Database, More Corporate Welfare
    February 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  487. State Budget Growth Outpaces Inflation
     
  488. Who Watches the Union’s Fake News Watchers?
     
  489. Trump is Wrong on Civil Forfeiture
    State should stop this end-run around the Constitution
     
  490. School Pension Iceberg: Beware What’s Under Budget Surface
     
  491. Higher Emissions Ahead: Closing Nuclear Plant Here Means More CO2
     
  492. Family Finds Online School to Be a Lifesaver
    Education accountability system needs to be parent-friendly
     
  493. IMPACT January/February 2017
     
  494. 'Tax Cut Fever' In Lansing? Spending Increases Show Opposite
     
  495. Michigan School Pension Costs Almost Quadrupled
     
  496. Legislators Should Give Taxpayers the Income Tax Cut They Deserve
    With revenues increasing, the state can easily afford to lower rates
     
  497. Mackinac Center Expert Available for Comment on FY 2018 Budget Release
    Fiscal policy analyst to be in Lansing Wednesday for Snyder’s presentation
     
  498. Officials Shortchange School Pension Fund 7th Year In Row
     
  499. The Job No One Wants
     
  500. National Labor Expert: Right-To-Work Just the Beginning for Missouri
    Show-Me State poised to become next Wisconsin for labor reform
     
  501. Where did the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Go?
     
  502. Government Funding of Sports Arenas is an Expensive Psychological Boost
     
  503. A Better Way to Rank Schools
     
  504. Detroit Window Washer Tax
     
  505. Delayed Payment On Granholm Early Pension Gambit Raises Costs To Taxpayers
     
  506. Union Enlists a Mayor to Endorse Fabulist Claims on Teacher Pay
     
  507. Legislators Who Promote Transparency Should Start by Disclosing Corporate Welfare Deals
    MEDC secrecy patronizes lawmakers and public
     
  508. Senate Passes Probation and Parole Reforms
    February 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  509. Saginaw’s Lowest Performing Schools Get the Most Money
    More funding won’t fix failing schools
     
  510. And Then There Were 28
     
  511. Michigan House Bill Would Impose Sanctions On 'Sanctuary Cities'
     
  512. Michigan Wins When Immigrants Face a Fair and Predictable System
    Due process is an important part of an immigration system
     
  513. Michigan Taxpayers Don’t Need to Spend $4 Billion Annually on Infrastructure
    Recent report has been misinterpreted
     
  514. Open Records Law: U-M Cashes The Check But Fails To Deliver The Info
     
  515. The Pruitt EPA Nomination
    When worldviews clash
     
  516. Detroit’s Soccer Stadium Should Stand on its Own
    Stadiums are a bad investment for taxpayers
     
  517. 'Unregulated' Charter Schools? 13 Things You Did Not Know
     
  518. How ‘Good Character’ Provisions Create Bad Outcomes
    Barriers to employment can prevent some prisoners from reintegrating successfully
     
  519. Real Economy Creates 81 Jobs For Every 1 Promised by Business Subsidy Program
    Broad improvements to the business climate help more than special subsidies
     
  520. Michigan Environmental Office Repeatedly Stonewalls Record Requests
     
  521. Wasting No Time on Criminal Justice Reform
    Senate introduces some important proposals on day one of 2017 session
     
  522. Michigan Forfeiture Laws Improving, But State Transparency Still Falls Behind
     
  523. Public School Union Members Protest Their Own Union
     
  524. What This Russian College Student Thinks About Bernie Sanders
     
  525. State’s School Rankings Only Tell Part of Story
    By failing to account for poverty, Michigan unfairly puts some schools at bottom
     
  526. Detroit Schools Show Importance of School Choice
    Kids deserve more options, not fewer
     
  527. Recently Introduced Bills of Interest
    January 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
     
  528. Federal Park Staffers Defy Presidential Order, Tweet Climate Change Warnings
     
  529. After Decades of Little Change, Why Are So Many States Going Right-to-Work?
     
  530. School Board Says DeVos 'Unfit' For Advocating Policies It Practices
     
  531. Ann Arbor School Board Member Weighs In On $150 Merit Pay
     
  532. Ann Arbor Schools: First There Is No Teacher Merit Pay, Then There Is
     
  533. What Happens When the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Ends?
    State could save millions by stopping ineffective subsidies
     
  534. Indiana Could See Cigarette Smuggling Leap with Excise Tax Increase
    Michigan may benefit from Hoosier hike
     
  535. Putting the Pieces in Place for School Choice
    Big picture points to more hopeful action
     
  536. Rising Economy Increased Michigan Tax Revenue More Than Gas Tax Hike
     
  537. Michigan College Busts Students For Giving Out U.S. Constitutions Without Permit
     
  538. Washington Post Bashes Detroit Charters Citing Study That Praises Detroit Charters
     
  539. Cheers for Detroit Schools Transparency
    District has come a long way
     
  540. Elect Speaker of the House; Names of Senators
    January 20, 2017 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
     
  541. Mackinac Center Responds to State’s School Rankings
    State report confirms need for new grading system
     
  542. The Hypocrisy of 'Public' Education Rhetoric
    What’s being protected here: The Constitution or union dues?
     
  543. Most Charters Perform 'Significantly Better' Than District Schools on Core Subjects
     
  544. Speed Limits in Michigan Going Up
     
  545. DeVos, Charters, School Choice Threaten Democratic Party Finances
     
  546. Yesterday's Pension Underfunding Means Fewer Raises For Today's Teachers
     
  547. Government Growth Proposed in Gov. Snyder's 2017 State of the State
    Address included 12 proposed government expansions, one limitation
     
  548. DeVos Attacked For Supporting Free Speech, Due Process On Campus
     
  549. Incomes Rise in Right-to-Work Michigan; Officials Project More To Come
     
  550. Happy 50th Birthday Personal Income Tax
    Now go away
     
  551. Detroit Charters Far Outperform Traditional Schools
    Mackinac’s CAP scores align with rigorous research findings
     
  552. Mackinac Center Experts Available for Commentary on 2017 State of the State Address
    Policy analysts watching a wide range of topics
     
  553. State Officials Caused Michigan's Pension Crisis
     
  554. MCPP Recommendations 2017-2018
     
  555. President of Nation's Largest Teachers Union Got 23 Percent Pay Bump Last Year
     
  556. School Retirement System Continues to Harm Members
    Michigan's failed pension system is hurting school employees and taxpayers alike
     
  557. Lansing School District Ignores Law Requiring Teacher Merit Pay
     
  558. Michigan School Districts: We Have No Ineffective Teachers
     
  559. The 2016 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card
     
  560. Michigan Should End Civil Asset Forfeiture
    Require a criminal conviction before taking people’s property
     
  561. Resisting the Deforming Power of Government
    How to preserve the distinction between society and government
     
  562. 2016 Michigan Energy Roundup: Renewable Energy
    Final post in a series analyzing changes to Michigan's utility laws
     
  563. Clean Michigan Initiative Not the Only Remediation Fund
    Other sources for environmental clean-up eliminate need for further debt
     
  564. New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card
    New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card
     
  565. Court Rejects MDEQ’s Avoidance Tactics in Flint FOIA Lawsuit
    Motion to dismiss denied by State of Michigan Court of Claims
     
  566. Roseville Man Becomes Facebook Famous, and Criminally Liable, for Warming His Car
    Ignorance of the law is no excuse for leaving running vehicle unattended, police chief says
     
  567. The Law's the Law – Except When It Says Great Teachers Get Merit Pay
     
  568. Had Hillary Won, Granholm And Not DeVos Would Be Prepping for Confirmation
     
  569. How Education Secretary DeVos Could Help Michigan Advance Choice
    Two federal proposals that avoid dangerous overreach
     
  570. Kentucky Becomes Nation’s 27th Right-to-Work State
    Bluegrass State first of several likely to pass such legislation in 2017
     
  571. Number Getting Unemployment Checks Lowest In At Least 30 Years In Michigan
     
  572. Some Budget Ideas for 2017
     
  573. Be Wise in Deciding How to Spend Taxpayer Funds on Infrastructure
     
  574. Why Trade Schools Matter to Detroit
     
  575. Harvard Study Says Michigan Elections Less Democratic Than Cuba, North Korea, Iran
     
  576. Forward michigan-citizens-will-no-longer-have-to-pay-upfront-forfeiture-fee
     
  577. Mackinac Center, ACLU Applaud New Forfeiture Bill
    But call on state to require conviction
     
  578. Now People Won't Have to Pay a Bond to Recover Their Stuff from Police
     
  579. Where the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Goes
    A bigger budget means more money for programs beyond road repair
     
  580. Truth Optional When Teachers Union Defends Its Turf
     
  581. A Salute to Thomas Sowell
    The great economist is retiring
     
  582. Protecting Electricity Choice
    2016 Michigan Energy Roundup
     
  583. Michigan's Net Out-Migration Much Reduced But Still Negative
     
  584. In the Big Ten Conference of Migration Trends, Michigan Tops a Weak Division
     
  585. Michigan Stagnates on Economic Freedom Index
    After big recent gains, this state stuck in neutral
     
  586. U-M Prof Hints Scholars Down On School Choice, But Twice As Many Optimistic
     
  587. Government, Heavy Industry No Longer Dominate Michigan Economy
     
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