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

    Urges justices to take up free speech case.


     
  4. Schauer Education Plan Looks To Shut Down Successful Charter Public Schools
     
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  6. 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.


     
  7. How to Make Michigan Schools More Expensive

    Mark Schauer's education plan protects the status quo.


     
  8. More Good News for Michigan

    State climbs to 12th place in economic outlook rankings.


     
  9. Ticket Sales a Matter of Property Rights
     
  10. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST
    April 22, 2014

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

    Tickets to games or concerts are personal property.


     
  15. Detroit Should Sell Some Paintings

    Unfair to make the many subsidize amenities for the few.


     
  16. Mackinac Center Executive Vice President Michael J. Reitz Joins Board of Michigan Coalition for Open Government
     
  17. Michigan State Budget Process Allows For Plausible Deniability
     
  18. Retiree Becoming Face Of 'Pension Tax' Collecting Generously
     
  19. Detroit Bailout Makes for Strange Bedfellows
     
  20. Political Predictions for 2014
     
  21. School District May Violate State Law By Removing Teachers Based Strictly On Seniority
     
  22. More State Favors for Detroit

    Deferment through borrowing.


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

    Four staff members receive awards.


     
  24. Tax Freedom Day In Michigan
     
  25. Minimum Wage Hike About Politics, not People

    Jarrett Skorup Op-Ed in Detroit News


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

    City should privatize transportation department.


     
  28. Special Deals Allow Detroit To Collect Hundreds Of Millions In Extra Revenue
     
  29. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST
    April 15, 2014

     
  30. Detroit EM Considering Center Proposals

    Privatization could help stabilize struggling city.


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

    Only city in Michigan allowed to tax utility bills.


     
  35. Government Subsidies Run Amok

    Remember, Uncle Sam can't count.


     
  36. More Higher Ed Spending Questionable

    Legislators, taxpayers need answers.


     
  37. Local Governments Not Starved For Cash
     
  38. Road Funding: Getting the Priorities Right
     
  39. Vernuccio Cited on President's Ann Arbor Visit

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


     
  40. Michigan School Funding Up, Results Flat
     
  41. Amtrak Subsidy Takes Money from Roads

    Riders should pay their own way.


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

    Jason Taylor, CMU professor and economist.


     
  46. Center Scholar in Wall Street Journal

    Mark Perry on alleged gender pay gap.


     
  47. IMPACT March/April 2014
     
  48. The Winners and Losers in Detroit Bankruptcy
     
  49. Reuben Sandwich With A Side Of 500K Lost Jobs
     
  50. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST
    April 8, 2014

     
  51. A Letter to Ranny Riecker on 50 Years of Service
     
  52. RIP Ranny Riecker

    Center mourns loss of founding director.


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

    Make it a "contract city"


     
  64. Taxpayer Representation Missing From Assessor Review Panel
     
  65. State Rep: School Districts Willfully Violating Law Should Face 'Criminal Charges'
     
  66. 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.


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

    Votes on soccer, roadkill, nuke plants.


     
  70. Michigan Education Association Misleading Voters

    'Kids Not CEOs' website rife with misinformation.


     
  71. MEA President's Math in Detroit News Questioned

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


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

    Analysis reveals multiple flaws.


     
  75. Center Scholar's Commentary at MLive.com

    New Red Wings arena should not get corporate welfare.


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

    Personal income and population growth numbers released.


     
  80. Happy Birthday Norman Borlaug

    Credited with saving 1 billion people.


     
  81. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST
    March 25, 2014

     
  82. Emergency Manager Model Brings Fiscal Security to Pontiac
     
  83. City Says Recording Device Ban Was Due To 'Miscommunication'
     
  84. College Spending Results Questioned

    More money doesn't yield better results.


     
  85. Column: When Silence Speaks Volumes
     
  86. Poll Shows Many Michigan Residents Misinformed About Education Spending
     
  87. Michigan's Film Incentive Program Has Been A Bust
     
  88. New Bill Would Prevent Discriminatory Charitable Bin Bans
     
  89. More Problems with Ferndale Teacher Contract

    Ignores state laws regarding seniority, evaluations.


     
  90. Center Research in Time, Washington Post

    Tobacco smuggling stats a national story.


     
  91. CapCon Story on Ferndale Draws Attention

    State, national, international media respond.


     
  92. Land Bank Funding Makes It Into Supplemental Spending Bill
     
  93. Electric Vehicle Battery Subsidy Failures Evident Early On
     
  94. House Readies For Vote On FOIA Reforms
     
  95. Teacher Who Left MEA Explains Why

    Ray Arthur in Detroit News.


     
  96. Why Michigan Needs More Immigrants
     
  97. Non-Christians Given 'Special Consideration' In Union Teacher Contract
     
  98. Asset Forfeiture Laws Threaten Property Rights

    Center statement on House Bills 5230 and 5233.


     
  99. Asset Forfeiture Issue Arises With Clause in Human Trafficking Bills
     
  100. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST
    March 18, 2014

     
  101. A Decade On: Center Beats MEA in Union's Assault on Free Speech
     
  102. 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.


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

    Corporate welfare inquiries not a good barometer of success.


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

    No reason for Legislature not to do more.


     
  107. Hospital Union Continues to Bully Employees

    Hurley administrators fail to step in.


     
  108. Sunshine Week 2014
     
  109. Happy Anniversary Proposal A
     
  110. Union Intimidation List Back Up
     
  111. SEIU Fined for Campaign Finance Violations

    Union dues skim took $34 million from Medicaid.


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

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


     
  115. SEIU Fined Almost $200,000 Over Actions Tied To 2012 Ballot Proposal Campaign
     
  116. Tax Board Bans Recording Equipment In Hearing Involving Nonprofit
     
  117. 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).


     
  118. Lopez on Fox Business

    Corporate welfare for movies unfair to taxpayers.


     
  119. What a Union Looks Like in a RTW State

    Alabama UAW shuns rhetoric, gives honest answers.


     
  120. Economics 101: Minimum Wage Kills Jobs

    When prices go up, quantity demanded goes down.


     
  121. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST
    March 11, 2014

     
  122. Grand Rapids Says Nonprofit Acton Institute Not A Charitable Institution
     
  123. Legislature Split on Funding For Land Bank Authority
     
  124. Not Pretty: 2013 Legislative Roundup
     
  125. LaFaive Proven Right on Cigarette Tax Hike

    Mass. losing millions due to smuggling.


     
  126. Vernuccio on Worker Freedom

    Panel discussion in Washington, D.C.


     
  127. Teachers Victorious Over MEA

    State, national media report on RTW win.


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

    Update on recent legislative action


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

    Consumers save $240 annually.


     
  136. Other Michigan Cities in Pension Debt

    Not just a Detroit problem.


     
  137. McHugh Discusses Budget on WILS

    Focus on smarter spending, not more spending.


     
  138. Michigan Third-Grade Reading Levels Down Significantly
     
  139. Revolving Door Crony Capitalism Spins Washington and Lansing
     
  140. Majority of State’s Largest School Districts Have Language Prohibited by State Law in Their Contracts; Includes Teacher Evaluations, Layoffs, Seniority
     
  141. Roadblocks to Reform?: A Review of Union Contracts in Michigan Schools
     
  142. 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.


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

    Special interests battle Rep. Camp's plan.


     
  145. Detroit News, Free Press Cover MCLF Lawsuit

    MEA sued over more teacher bullying.


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

    Update on recent legislative action


     
  150. Mackinac Scholar in Wall Street Journal

    Smith on IRS scandal and media failure.


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

    A view from a union contract.


     
  156. Tuition Plan Would Make College More Expensive

    Spalding and Skorup in The Detroit News.


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

    People know better how to spend their own money.


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

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


     
  165. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST
    March 4, 2014

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

    Instead of sending their money to Hollywood.


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

    Emergency Manager's plan filed in bankruptcy court.


     
  172. Center Expert, Board Member Discuss Detroit

    LaFaive, Lockwood at Reason Foundation event.


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

    Reason Foundation roundtable discussion.


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

    Explains the benefits to MLive readers.


     
  178. Expert: Consumers Energy Trying To ‘Muddle’ Wind Turbine Noise Solution
     
  179. School Choice Helps Families Access Better Schools
     
  180. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST
    February 18, 2014

     
  181. State Economic Outlook from David Littmann

    Discussed DBusiness article on WJR.


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

    Give instant feedback to your legislators.


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

    UAW loses when secret ballot is allowed.


     
  186. Spalding on Fox2 Detroit

    College costs, school takeovers discussed.


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

    Update on recent legislative action


     
  193. Commentary: Focus on Post-Secondary Education Shifting

    It doesn't always have to mean college.


     
  194. Analysis: Misleading Commercial on Electric Rates

    Comparison to Texas invalid, dishonest.


     
  195. Vernuccio on PBS News Hour

    Labor expert talks UAW/VW vote in Tennessee.


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

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


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

    Mismanagement, not funding, deserves scrutiny.


     
  200. Union Bullying Story Draws National Attention

    CapCon broke story about RTW "intimidation" list.


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

    And why that myth is so damaging.


     
  204. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST
    February 11, 2014

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

    Big spending on small part of economy.


     
  208. Corporate Welfare Schemes Need Transparency

    Mackinac Center commentary in Detroit Free Press.


     
  209. The Best Plan for Michigan Tax Reform

    Lower rates, fewer exceptions.


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

    Minimum wage proponents don't appear to.


     
  213. Commentary: A Legislative Agenda for 2014

    Get back to the 2011 and 2012 reform agenda.


     
  214. $1 Trillion Farm Bill Full of Subsidies, Special Favors

    Majority of Michigan GOP delegation voted for it.


     
  215. February 7, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Update on recent legislative action


     
  216. Court Orders Utility To Address Wind Turbine Noise Problems
     
  217. Michigan Still Underfunding Teacher Pensions

    Made full contribution just twice in last decade.


     
  218. Center Adds Three New Scholars to Board

    Chris Douglas, Michael Hicks, Todd Nesbit.


     
  219. Mark Schauer's Support for Corporate Welfare

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


     
  220. Narrative Changing On Michigan K-12 Education Spending
     
  221. Littmann Testimony on SB 402

    Michigan needs "visionary leadership" on tax cuts.


     
  222. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST
    February 4, 2014

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

    Paper substantiates what Michigan Capitol Confidential first reported.


     
  227. Skorup on 'West Michigan Week'

    Debate over minimum wage.


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

    Update on recent legislative action


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

    Why tax cuts are better than corporate welfare.


     
  235. Michigan Job Growth Higher Than Initially Reported
     
  236. Detroit's Spruce Goose: City Airport
     
  237. Harming the Competition

    Why some companies want a higher minimum wage.


     
  238. Vernuccio on Benefits of RTW for Missouri

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


     
  239. Can Detroit Replicate Pontiac's Success?

    LaFaive outlines how in today's Oakland Press.


     
  240. Wages Rise in Right-to-Work States
     
  241. State Revenue Estimating Conference Needs Better Estimating
     
  242. Like A Broken Record, MEA Complains About 'Insufficient Funds'
     
  243. 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.


     
  244. Will Legislature Keep Tax Cut Promise?

    SB 402 begins to undo 11.5% hike from 2007.


     
  245. Happy National School Choice Week!

    Plenty of reasons to celebrate in Michigan.


     
  246. Pension Costs Mean Tighter Budgets For Classrooms, Taxpayers
     
  247. MDOT Subsidy Numbers Off Track

    Amtrak passengers should pay their full share.


     
  248. Commentary: Higher Ed Spending Myths

    MSU professor's presentation questioned.


     
  249. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST
    January 28, 2014

     
  250. LaFaive Cited on Minimum Wage in GR Press

    Research refutes AFL-CIO president's claim.


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

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


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

    And why the government can't provide it.


     
  261. Commentary: Your Pledge for Detroit

    Bailout scheme takes from other needs.


     
  262. Center Experts Cited on Detroit Bailout

    Plan is unfair to state taxpayers.


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

    Detroit bailout comes at expense of statewide taxpayers.


     
  265. Wright Discusses Supreme Court Visit on WJR

    Illinois union scheme similar to SEIU dues skim.


     
  266. U.S. Supreme Court Discusses Right-to-Work For All Public Employees
     
  267. Expert: Utilities Distorting Electric Choice Track Record
     
  268. 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.


     
  269. Mackinac Center Expert Available to Discuss Detroit Bail Out
     
  270. Asking Questions to Help Cut Through the Political Fog
     
  271. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST
    January 21, 2014

     
  272. 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.
     
  273. Two-Thirds of School Districts Contract for at Least One Major Support Service, According to Center’s 2013 School Privatization Survey
     
  274. Q&A With the MEDC: Verifying Jobs Resulting From Special Government Favors
     
  275. George Will Cites CapCon in Washington Post

    SEIU dues skim highlighted ahead of SCOTUS case.


     
  276. The Certificate of Need 'CON' Job

    Regulation increases health care costs 11 percent.


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

    K-12 spending up three consecutive years.


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

    Bipartisan track record is to expand government.


     
  281. January 17, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

    Update on recent legislative action


     
  282. Policy Experts Comment on Governor's Speech

    LaFaive, Spalding on State of the State.


     
  283. Center Scholar in Detroit News

    Electricity deregulation good for customers.


     
  284. The $2 Billion Education Funding Myth
     
  285. Skorup Debates Minimum Wage

    Grand Valley State University event.


     
  286. Little Disclosure on Business Subsidies

    Deals could eat up half of budget surplus.


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

    It would be unfair to taxpayers statewide.


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

    Also interviewed on Fox Business.


     
  291. CapCon Story Draws National Media Attention

    Michigan family devastated by Obamacare.


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

    Cited in St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


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

    Growing twice as fast as forced unionization states.


     
  298. Corporate Welfare Scheme Back With New Name

    'Aerotropolis' now 'VantagePort.'


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

    Update on recent legislative action


     
  304. Michigan Needs Better Forfeiture Laws

    Bipartisan bills address issue.


     
  305. Minimum Wage Earners: Many Still Live at Home

    Average family income is almost $57,000.


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

    Plenty of blame to go around.


     
  309. Can Tea Parties Succeed Again?
     
  310. What Economic Development Transparency Should Look Like
     
  311. Disabled Family Sees 300 Percent Increase In Health Insurance Costs Under Obamacare
     
  312. Pension 'Transition Costs' Remain a Myth
     
  313. Michigan Students Need Private School Choice

    Families want more options.


     
  314. Cities Take Snow Emergencies To New Restrictive Level
     
  315. Judge Upholds Right-to-Work Dodging Tactic
     
  316. MICHIGAN EDUCATION DIGEST
    January 7, 2014

     
  317. Highland Park: The Road to Recovery
     
  318. University Staff Breaks Away From Michigan Education Association
     
  319. Detroit: Reforms and Recommendations
     
  320. Media Highlight 'Missed Votes' Report

    Detroit News calls for part-time Legislature.


     
  321. Batman and Superman vs. Taxpayers

    Film subsidy costs taxpayers almost $8 each.


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

    Minimum wage popping up on national scale. 


     
  327. Michigan Among the Leaders In Job Growth
     
  328. The World Is Getting Better and Better

    Poverty rate slashed 80 percent in past 20 years. 


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