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  1. Michigan's Robust Municipal Finance Model
    Taxpayer protections don't stop revenue growth
  2. Where's Teacher Shortage School Districts Claim?
  3. Trump’s Crime Policy Comes to Lansing
    Rhetoric about US cities’ “serious violent crime problem” is misleading and distracting
  4. Special Deals for Special Corporations
  5. ‘Richest Person in Michigan’ Could Get Richer With New State Subsidies
  6. There You Go Again: Teachers Union Spins Misleading Food Stamp Claim
  7. Why Does Michigan License Painters?
    Few other states do
  8. Big Budget Bills, Jail for Bringing in too much Beer, Ban Government Charter School Discrimination, more
    June 23, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  9. Free Press Omits Key CREDO Charter School Finding
    Students learning more from most Michigan for-profit operators
  10. Teacher Pay Rates Unusually Stable
  11. Kids Experience Entrepreneurship at Detroit Children's Business Fair
    Second annual event provided opportunities to learn, grow and earn money
  12. A Plea for Fairness, Transparency and Intellectual Honesty
    Testimony prepared for the Michigan Travel Commission
  13. Superintendent Gets Above Average Pay, District’s Teachers, Below Average
  14. Michigan DROPs Big Payouts to Retain State Police Employees
  15. Planning for Life Workshop – Traverse City, MI

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

  16. Traverse City Should Avoid Risky Public Internet
    Most municipal broadband projects losing money
  17. Watchdogs Sleep
  18. Michigan Wine Taxes Among the Highest in the Region
  19. Done: With School Pension Reform, State's Big Pension Liabilities Contained
  20. Traverse City Government Still Thinking About Internet Project
  21. Government Internet Coming to Traverse City
  22. Teacher Gets $80k Salary, Spends Half His Time on Union Work
  23. Pension Reform, Electronic Vehicle Registration, Decriminalize Idling in Driveway
    June 16, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  24. Vitti’s ‘Student-First’ Agenda Faces Early Test
    Pay limits for incoming teachers an unnecessary obstacle
  25. Michigan is Spending As Much on State Police Pensions as Salaries
  26. Teacher Makes $77k, Gets $13k Raise Over 5 Years, Complains It's 'Embarrassing'
  27. Mackinac Center Praises Groundbreaking Pension Reforms in Michigan
    State demonstrates national leadership in addressing public employee retirement crisis
  28. Michigan House Dems Propose State Contract Preference for Immigrants
  29. Planning for Life Workshop – Grand Rapids, MI

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

  30. George Orwell and Humpty Dumpty Economic Policy
    Michigan must remember warnings to not corrupt the English language to give businesses 'free' money
  31. 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.

  32. Detroit Schools Would Already Be in Deficit if Not for Teacher Vacancies, Extra State Money
  33. Skorup Speaks on ‘Good Jobs’ Proposal Before Michigan House Committee
    These bills provide more opportunities for some by taking from the many.
  34. Do Millionaires Need More Subsidies?
    MEGA 2.0 bound for failure
  35. IMPACT May/June 2017
  36. As Soaring Pension Debt Eats Budgets, Teacher Says Reform ‘Makes No Sense’
  37. U-M Student Newspaper: Shouting Down Speakers Doesn’t Infringe Free Speech
  38. Michigan Universities Also Socked by Massively Underfunded School Pensions
  39. Business Subsidies Won't Drive Growth
    The Detroit News wrong on proposed business subsidy program
  40. Energy Debt for Colleges, No Special Permit to Carry
    June 9, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  41. Why Government Fails at Economic Development
    Politicians and bureaucrats repeatedly fail at picking the winners
  42. Isabella County Closer to Allowing 200 or More Wind Turbines
  43. Solar Makes 1/676th the Electricity As Coal In Michigan
  44. How to Get a Property Tax Hike: Spend Big on Democratic Political Consultant
  45. Home Sharing: Michigan’s Next Property Rights Battle
    Free event in Lansing to discuss accommodations of the future.
  46. 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.

  47. $500,000 Retirement Nest Eggs Likely Under Teacher Pension Alternative
  48. Detroit Mayor's Jobs Program Starts With His Office Payroll
  49. Lawmakers Take Second Run at Expanding Open Records Law – to Themselves
  50. 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
  51. Pension Protestors Should Be 401(k) Supporters
    Offering 401(k)-style benefits is good for teachers and taxpayers alike
  52. State Tourism Subsidies Unnecessary, Ineffective and Unfair
  53. If Michigan Officials Believed School Pensions ‘Vital’ They Would Have Paid for Them
  54. Michigan’s Union Members Deserve Democracy
  55. Medical Pot Bringing $8.8M, 48 New Positions to Michigan State Police
  56. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Explains Proposal For Legislature
  57. If This Is Considered 'Working' ... We'd Hate To See What Failure Looks Like
  58. Government ‘Phone-In’ Voting; More State Housing Loans; Piling Costs on Defendants
    June 2, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  59. Sheriff Questions Racetrack's $800,000 State Police Subsidy
  60. 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
  61. Second Chances Start in Midland
    Local organization helps ex-offenders reintegrate safely and successfully
  62. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Underestimates Teacher Pay — By $26,000
  63. Detroit Can Fill Teacher Shortages
    Credentials, compensation offer keys to solve problem
  64. $94K Teacher Complains Salary ‘Stagnant’ at the Top
  65. Law Would Make Bringing Large Amount of Alcohol into Michigan a Felony
    Bills pushed by wholesalers to ‘keep a higher profit for themselves’
  66. Michigan School Pension Debt Resembles Credit Card Junkie’s Fiscal Death Spiral
  67. Incentive Programs Fail: Evidence is All Too Clear
    Center Scholar Speaks to Tax Group in Florida
  68. Top Legislative Leaders Make School Pension Reform Their Top Budget Issue
  69. Teacher Wears Pizza Uniform From Second Job To Protest Pay
  70. Favors for Aircraft Owners, Liquor Cartel and Salt Company; Canines in Cafés, More
    May 26, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  71. Conflicted: Unions Call Nonmembers ‘Free Riders,’ But Insist on Representing Them
  72. Writer Insinuates Racial Politics in DeVos’ Hometown, But Events Rebut Claim
  73. State Retirement Managers Develop Convenient, Hypocritical Excuse
    Tantamount to only brushing your teeth when you go to the dentist
  74. Did You Know? Post-Water Crisis, Fed and State Money Pours Into Flint
  75. Pension Shortfall Since 2009 is Enough to Give Every Teacher a $180K Bonus
  76. Pension Reform Legislation Benefits Students, Teachers and Taxpayers
    If the problem had been fixed earlier, schools could have had additional $1,600 per student
  77. School District Spent $275,000 in Public Dollars on Tax Hike Vote
  78. Michigan Teachers Are the Nation’s Highest Paid
  79. Official State Plan for Failing Schools: Meetings, Plans, Discussions, More Plans
  80. School Funding in Michigan Reaches All-Time High
    Record revenues for schools likely will continue
  81. Criminalize Female Genital Mutilation, Authorize Flint Promise Zone Tax
    May 19, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  82. Astroturf? Facebook Page Promotes Union Politics Under Tea Party Flag
  83. If US Relied on Solar, Not Coal, 12 Million Workers Would Need to Be Repurposed
  84. 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.

  85. Why Michigan Has a Pension Problem
    Everyone wants to avoid responsibilities on retiree benefits
  86. National Park Service Spends $506k to Promote Old Cars
  87. If School Pensions are ‘Vital,’ They Should Have Been Properly Funded
    School employees are the state's largest creditors
  88. Michigan Democrats Vote to Give Detroit Schools Money for Students Who Don't Go There
  89. Unions for Underfunding
    Claims of AFSCME aside, an underfunded pension plan benefits from closing it, not keeping it open
  90. From the Model T to Driverless Cars: How Michigan Can Lead in Transportation Innovation
    Free event in Lansing to explore emerging vehicle technologies
  91. Study Suggests Segregation Hurting Battle Creek Schools’ Budget
  92. Not Taxed Enough? How About Now? Is It Ever Enough for Special Interests?
  93. 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.
  94. 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.
  95. Michigan Public School Enrollment Down 25 Percent Since 1978
  96. Michigan Motorists Taxed More; Media and Special Interests Say ‘Not Enough’
  97. A Sad Passing, and Some Budget Votes
    May 12, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  98. Mackinac Center Welcomes James Barrett to Board
    Past Michigan Chamber president brings public, private sector expertise to free-market think tank
  99. Zero Dollars For Michigan Infrastructure? Only If $4 Billion For Transportation Not Counted
  100. Union Says Don’t Change Pension System, But Most Teachers Get No Pension
  101. 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.

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

    A PDF copy of this study is available.


    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.”


  106. Big Pension Bite Likely On Kellogg's $51 Million Battle Creek Schools Gift
  107. Congressional Science Spending Largely Untouched
    Federal spending bill lets the air out of protestor’s tires
  108. Michigan House Considers Constitutional Amendment to Protect Data
    Proposed law would provide urgently required protections to individual rights to privacy and property in Michigan
  109. Operating Some of Michigan's Best Public Schools is Not A Crime
  110. Support Young Entrepreneurs at the Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Free, public event showcases the next generation of job creators
  111. Central Academy Excels on High School Report Card
    Ann Arbor charter builds cultural awareness, character
  112. 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
  113. Evidence? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Evidence, Imply Tourism Officials
    Tourism officials make claims they can’t support
  114. Legislature Overhauls Michigan’s Criminal Justice System
  115. The Legislative Clock is Ticking
  116. Don’t Bring Back Granholm’s Tax Credit Legacy
  117. How Much Are Goldfish Worth? $4.3M If Called ‘Great Lakes Restoration’
  118. Schools in Poorer Towns ‘Poorly Funded’ — If You Don't Count All Their Funding
  119. False Assertions Abound about Green Energy Program
    Will DTE support true consumer choice in electricity?
  120. Big Handouts for Developers, OK to Warm Up Car in Driveway, Social Media Games
    May 5, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  121. Legally Innocent, Yet Behind Bars
    Michigan’s cash bail system means pre-trial justice may not be so just
  122. Dem Amendment Would Define Michigan's Top High School As Criminal Enterprise
  123. 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.

  124. Michigan Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Licensing Bill
    Sen. Peters, Rep. Walberg working together to remove needless barriers to employment
  125. Parents Blast District For Using Emergency Contact Info To Push Tax Vote
  126. A Better Way to Fund Universities
    Give the money to students
  127. 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
  128. 28 Months After Bankruptcy, Detroit Misses Fiscal Report Deadline A Second Time
  129. ‘Fact Check’ on Higher Education Piece Falls Flat
    State aid for colleges still wasteful
  130. It’s Time for Michigan to End Civil Forfeiture
    The state takes at least $20 million a year from Michiganders
  131. Should Construction Workers Pay Taxes to Billionaires?
    Under proposed legislation, some of them would
  132. Doctored Video Promotes Authentic Tax Hike in Northern Michigan School District
  133. Election Today! And Plenty of Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering, Too
  134. Legislature Considers Reopening a Closed Business Subsidy Program
    Good Jobs For Michigan is a repackaged MEGA
  135. Michigan’s Public Pensions Are at Risk
    Office of Retirement Services must explain appearance of poor management
  136. Former Legislator Over-the-Top on Lobbyists Lying
  137. Top 3 Public Schools in Michigan Are Charter Schools
  138. Feds Subsidize Solar Cell Maker - And Its Customer
  139. Authorize “Choose Life” and Pro-Sports License Plates; Ban Police Sex with Prostitutes and Lasing Aircraft
    April 28, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  140. Grand Rapids is a Regional Leader in Attracting People
    City leads Minneapolis and Chicago in population growth
  141. Teachers Union Claims Poverty Is Growing In Michigan — But It’s Not
  142. Colbeck Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Campus Free Speech Infringements
  143. The Fake School Employee: Retiring Union President Spikes $115K State Pension
  144. Back to the MEGA Future: Good Jobs for Michigan Reinvents Failed MEGA Program
    Proposed law shares remarkable similarities with old, failed law
  145. 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.

  146. It Would Take 600 Wind Turbines to Replace One Closing U.P. Coal Plant
  147. Larry Reed Versus ‘Smug, Arrogant, Self-Righteous, PC, Campus Insanity’
    Mackinac Center founder bullied by leftist authoritarians while giving lecture on ancient Rome
  148. Save Closures for Truly Failing Schools
    Context needed for decisions, whether by state or local officials
  149. Taxpayer Funded Electioneering in Full Swing Before May 2 Tax Votes
  150. Nothing More Certain Than Taxes and School Officials Wanting More of Them
  151. Official Would Need 7-Day, 14-Hour Schedule to Juggle Three City Jobs
  152. Switchblades, Slingshots, Sneaky School Debt Schemes and More
    April 21, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  153. Wind Industry Titan Soaks Up Billions in Tax Subsidies
  154. Proposed Corporate Giveaway Unlikely to Grow Economy
    Lawmakers should consider the full costs of corporate welfare before they approve it
  155. Another Michigan School District, Another False Union ‘Teacher Pay Cuts’ Story
  156. Official Collects Six-Figure Pay From Multiple Cities Simultaneously
  157. Dear House Tax Committee: Pure Michigan Return on Investment Not Validated
    State Rep. Jim Tedder asks the right question
  158. Net Domestic Migration by County
    Michigan county gains and losses
  159. While Schools Try Fiscal Responsibility, Union Sets Up Protests
  160. Excessive Lawmaking Road to ‘Regiment Every Aspect of Society and Commerce’
    Lawmakers "regiment every aspect of society"
  161. What’s Old is New Again: Another Subsidy Program Being Considered by Legislature
    Good for politicians and well-connected businesses, bad for Michigan
  162. Awash In Millions In Government Subsidies, Solar Company Still Shuttered Michigan Plant
  163. State Dials Back Pollyannaish Pension Assumptions, Admits Deeper Hole
  164. Some Recently Introduced Bills of Interest
    April 14, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  165. Dem Candidate For Governor Says: Preserve Failed Detroit Schools, Close Charters
  166. Interest on School Pension Underfunding Could Pay Entire Prison System Cost
  167. Wake-Up Call Helps Rural School Bloom
    Bloomingdale leaves state watch list
  168. Michigan Pothole Hotline Has More Business This Year
    Call or fill out a form to request a repair
  169. Detroit School Enrollment Reaches Historic Low
  170. Secretive Bidder Wins Pure Michigan Contract Over Transparent One
    Auditor General, not MEDC, should hire reviews of corporate welfare programs
  171. Pension Funding Best Practices Remembered
    But only when they serve bureaucrat Interests
  172. If Neighbor's Wind Turbine Flings Ice Chunks In Your Yard Is It Trespassing?
  173. Regulatory Swamp-Draining Gets Boost In Washington
    Trump’s Regulatory Affairs Director appears serious, and she has a record
  174. 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
  175. Property Tax Bills May Spike Due To School Pension Underfunding
  176. Don’t Bring Back Granholm’s Tax Credit Legacy
    Legislators are considering it
  177. The Failing Business of Business Favors
    What would you say you do around here?
  178. Mackinac Center Policy Expert Recommendations 2017-2018
  179. School Claims Its Tax Hike Emails Don't Invade Privacy - but Opponent's Would
  180. Fighting Fake News With Deceptive Cartoons
  181. School Inc. Could Open Michigan Viewers’ Eyes
    New documentary closely follows major Arizona choice law
  182. These Seven Proposals Would Change Michigan’s Constitution
    April 7, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  183. Don't Force Charter Schools Into State Pension Plan
  184. Democrat Told Occupiers 'Too Much Corporate Politics’; Votes for More in 2017
  185. Up in the Dumps
    Michigan landfill business is booming
  186. Out, Out, Brief Candle!
    Could Mr. Trump’s “Energy Independence” executive order mean the end of life on Earth?
  187. Proposed Wind Turbines In Michigan County Taller Than 'Mighty Mac'
  188. Michigan Government Salaries Database Shows Value of Transparency
    Public records now at public’s fingertips
  189. Michigan Treasury Erroneously Sent Out a $14.5 Million Check
  190. State Officials' Pension Underfunding Crushing Michigan School Budgets
  191. Planting Trees in Vacant Parking Lots to Save Great Lakes
  192. Ann Arbor School Board Member: Have Charters Contribute to Public School Pension Fund
  193. State Should Review Supreme Court Pay
    Salaries have been frozen for 15 years
  194. Governor’s Cyber School Cuts Don’t Add Up
  195. Tax Feeders Declare a Truce at the Trough
  196. Ex-Offenders Are Closing the Gap
  197. Legislative Testimony
  198. Michigan Incomes Up Strong After 4 Years of ‘Right-to-Work-for-Less’
  199. 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."

  200. The Fight Over Plastic Pipes in Michigan
  201. No Government? No Problem
    Michiganders create innovations, not merely solutions, when problem-solving
  202. The Legislative Clock is Ticking
    It's time for free-market reformers to act
  203. More Corporate Handouts, Water Down Graduation Standards, Breathalyzed Minors
    March 31, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  204. How Lansing Dodges Tax Cuts
  205. Hybrid Plan Did Not Fix School Retirement System
    It is at risk of underfunding and has barely enough assets
  206. 1,400 Michigan Wind Turbines Needed To Replace The Palisades Nuclear Plant
  207. Michael Moore: Trump Rule Change Means Human Extinction
  208. Trust Parents with School Grading System
    No good reason to complicate or hide information
  209. Michigan to Pay $660 Million in Secret Corporate Giveaways This Year
  210. Media's Attacks on DeVos Rife with Factual Inaccuracies
  211. Prompt Government Transparency is Vital to Democracy
    Delay of 106 days results in lawsuit for University of Michigan
  212. Michigan Government Salaries Database Corrected after State Admits Fault
    Office of Retirement Services blames ‘technical error’ for thousands of incorrect salary numbers
  213. Meet the New Detroit School District: Fewer Students, More Expenses, a Deficit
  214. A Case for Popular ISD Board Elections
    Agencies spending more of state’s K-12 tax dollars
  215. IMPACT March/April 2017
  216. Money For Nothing: Best Teachers’ Pay Stagnates While ‘Ineffectives’ Get Raise
  217. Better Managed Moose Get $203k From 'Critical' Great Lakes Funds
  218. You, Too, Can Be A Certified Media Fact-Checker For Just $99
  219. Why Mackinac Published Names and Wages of Government Workers in a Searchable Database
    The information belongs to the people
  220. Michigan Capitol Confidential
  221. Firing Police, Concealed Pistol Regs, Internet Games Not Gambling
    March 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  222. An Empire of Smuggled Smokes
    New York's cigarette taxes have sparked a huge black market and should be rolled back
  223. Union Privileges Cost Veterans
    Providing unions with "official time" hurts the important work of the VA
  224. Do High Tax States Grow Faster?
  225. Great Lakes Restoration: $62k For 'Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience'
  226. 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
  227. 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
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  229. Governor's Commission Rejects Voters' Judgment On More Windmills
  230. Superintendent: We Don't Have Money To Give Top Teachers Merit Pay
  231. Wellspring Prep Growing Strong
    Diverse Grand Rapids charter readies kids for college
  232. Good With His Hands, But Sidelined By Massage License Requirement
  233. Governor's Tourism Conference Must Address Pure Michigan Shortfalls
    Mackinac Center analyst offers counterpoint to state’s promotion campaign
  234. Henry Ford Community College Gets 'Yellow Light' Rating for Speech Code
  235. $581k In Great Lakes Restoration Money For Mohawk Tribe To Talk Fish, Tribal Beliefs
  236. Michigan Wants to Fine Schools for Indian Mascots But Not for Violating State Laws
  237. Michigan’s Regulatory Laws Lead to Fewer Jobs, More Crime
    Licensing rules are a criminal justice issue
  238. Flashing Lights, Beaming Aircraft, Access to Legislator Records, More
    March 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  239. In the Battle for Jobs, Subsidy Programs Shoot Blanks
    More subsidies won’t improve economy
  240. Statement on the FY2018 Federal Budget Blueprint
    Lots of details to work out, but budget deserves recognition
  241. Union Rules: Ineffective Teacher's Raise is 4x That of 'Teacher Of The Year'
  242. The Value of Pipelines (and Line 5) to Michigan
    Testimony from the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board
  243. Michigan Already Awash in Business Subsidies
    Lawmakers should reject latest proposal for more
  244. Extra Caution Needed On 'Average' Teacher Salary Claims
  245. State Government Workforce Up First Time In 7 Years
  246. Michigan Should Reject Special Corporate Developer Bills
    Senate bills 111-115 being considered
  247. Licensing: Fact vs. Fiction FAQ
  248. Michigan's Occupational Licensing Requirements
  249. License to (Not) Work: Mackinac Center Releases New Study on Occupational Licensing
    Assessing the impact of arbitrary licensing laws on the Michigan economy
  250. Best Teachers Take Pay Cut In This Big Michigan School District
  251. 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.

  252. Average Teacher Pay in Macomb County's Utica District: $80k
  253. Michigan Has Reversed the Flow of Interstate Migration with Illinois
    Illinois used to gain net population from Michigan
  254. The Secrecy of 'Pure Michigan'
  255. The Best-Paying Public School Districts In Michigan
  256. $135k To Study Insects Called ‘Great Lakes Restoration’
  257. HONEST Act – EPA Science and Transparency
    This should be ‘science 101’
  258. How We Use FOIA to Hold Government Accountable
    Happy ‘Sunshine Week’ 2017
  259. Republicans, Pursue Your Agenda with Gusto
    Advice for the Legislative majority
  260. Michigan Will Soon Restrict Real Estate Agents When Displaying Their Names
  261. Property Taxes Are Michigan Governments' Largest Money Maker
  262. Some Small Tax Breaks, But Total State Tax Collections Rise Faster
  263. Close To Immortal: Michigan Won't Close Failing Public Schools After All
  264. Michigan Medicaid Patient Can't Find Care, So She Pays For Innovative Alternative
  265. How Many College Bureaucrats Does It Take To Answer A Records Request?
  266. Governor’s Cyber School Cuts Don’t Add Up
    Online charters already perform OK for much less money
  267. Copper Mine Regulations, Parole and Probation Reforms, Expelled Lawmakers
    March 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  268. Sweeping Criminal Justice Reforms For Michigan
    After four long years of debate, change has finally arrived
  269. $750k 'Great Lakes' Grant Included Reverting Golf Course To Natural State
  270. Affluent School Districts Benefit From Expanded State 'At Risk' Spending
  271. Ridesharing Gets Rolling in Michigan
    Massive expansion after sensible regulations passed
  272. Applications Open for Second Detroit Children’s Business Fair
    Children ages 6-14 encouraged to apply
  273. Ideas Liberals and Conservatives Can Agree On
    Plenty of middle ground, even in a divisive political climate
  274. Obscure Websites and Protecting Great Lakes
  275. Having Police on Foot Patrols Benefits Communities, Experts Say
  276. Debate Resources: Public Forum Topic Posts
  277. Michigan House Considers Public Records Reform
    Expanding FOIA to include Legislature and Governor
  278. Justice Clarence Thomas Takes a Broadside at Civil Forfeiture
    Forfeiture is a big issue in Michigan
  279. More Transparency on the Way in Michigan
    Bills would subject legislators, governor to FOIA and require salaries be made public
  280. Here's Who Runs U-M Office that Took 106 Days To Release Four Emails
  281. 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.

  282. Upper Peninsula Democrat Breaks With Party On Vote To Cut State Income Tax
  283. Union Behind Michigan ‘Dues Skim’ Facing More Corruption Allegations
    SEIU Healthcare Michigan has a history of problems
  284. Tax Hike Cost Michigan Households $1000
    Lawmakers can afford to lower taxes
  285. U-M Refuses to Disclose Its President's Politicking
  286. Baldwin High School Beats the Odds
    Unique rural community bolstered by college focus, innovative initiatives
  287. A Glimmer of Hope for Job-Seeking Ex-Offenders
    Corrections Department could hire former prisoners under proposed bill
  288. Give Michigan Drivers Relief from High Auto Insurance Premiums
  289. Michigan Taxpayers Don’t Need to Spend Another $4 Billion Annually on Infrastructure
  290. Regulatory Reform: Make Michigan a Job and Income-Growth Leader
  291. /licensing -> /licensure
  292. Great Lakes Cash 'Critical' — Really?
  293. Schools' Double Whammy: Declining Enrollment, Soaring Pension Expense
  294. Crime Scene Investigations, Guardians Bureau, Rails to Trails Liability
    March 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  295. Miggy's City Income Tax Bill = $152,899
  296. Repressive Speech Codes At Michigan Community Colleges Model PC Universities
  297. Detroit Redefines 'Annual' To Take Much Bigger Income Tax Bite From Pro Athletes
  298. Mackinac Center Sues University of Michigan Over Open Records Violation
    Journalist waits more than 100 days for university to supply four emails
  299. Detroit Policy From a Free-Market Perspective
    Ideas for the city in advance of the Detroit Policy Conference
  300. This Isn't Working: How Michigan’s Licensing Laws Hurt Workers and Consumers
  301. Most of These Republicans Ran On Low Taxes; But All Voted to Keep Them High
  302. Michigan Legislators Don’t Receive Pensions
    Now let’s solve the problem for the rest of government workers
  303. Foot Patrol Policing: Engaging Michigan Communities One Step at a Time
    Free event in Lansing to discuss community policing
  304. Environmental Policy Initiative
    Guiding Principles
  305. Michigan Can Afford a Tax Cut
    State revenue has grown for years
  306. 'Gag Order' Put NMU On List of Anti-Free Speech Campuses
  307. Families Paying $1 Billion More In State Income Tax
  308. Michigan Education Association Losing Members, Increasing Debt
    Union named one of five most ‘financially precarious’
  309. Use Extra Community College Money to Lower the Income Tax
    Taxpayer spending is up even as student numbers drop
  310. Real Class Credit for Taking 'Fake News' Course at University of Michigan
  311. 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.

  312. Nation’s First Hearing on Worker’s Choice Bill Happens Tuesday
    Missouri Legislature considering idea first presented by Mackinac Center
  313. To Boost Jobs in Detroit, Cut Regulations
    Why the Motor City has so few plumbers
  314. Michigan Pays for Fudged Climate Data
    Fake news, meet settled science
  315. You're Paying $1.29 Billion More For This
  316. Teacher Making $53,000 Says She Could Earn More as a Waitress
  317. Liberal Group Says Income Tax Cut Means Cops and Firefighters May Not Show Up
  318. GOP Governor Thanks House GOP Tax Cut Opponents
  319. Don’t Cut Income Tax Rate; Do Redistribute $1.8 Billion to Big Developers
    February 24, 2017, MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  320. Compel School Districts to Reward Great Teachers
    Wisconsin study highlights benefits of performance pay
  321. Donor Privacy Policy
  322. One State May Do Away With Taxpayer-Funded Tourism Promotion
    Why ending Florida’s “Pure Michigan” counterpart would benefit residents and visitors
  323. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
    An update through 2015
  324. Studies of Government-funded Tourism Promotion Withstand Criticism
    Publicly-funded marketing for tourism is a waste of money
  325. Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit
    Free Lansing luncheon Tuesday to discuss Michigan's regulatory structure
  326. These 12 Republicans Voted 'No' On Michigan Income Tax Cut
  327. Michigan's Largest School Districts Breaking Teacher Pay Law
  328. These 20 Republicans Voted 'Yes' On Giving $1.8 Billion To Big Developers
  329. $28K Or Less For First-Year Teachers? Three Districts Pay That
  330. Updated Research Affirms Link between Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
    Interactive map shows taxes and smuggling by state
  331. Pushing Back Against Government Takings
    New bill would provide remedy for property violations
  332. Close Failing Public Schools? Not In Michigan — Yet
  333. Teacher Evaluations Out Of Sync With Outcomes
  334. Proposed Wind Turbines in Rural County Match States Tallest Skyscrapers
  335. Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling
  336. Average Annual Taxpayer Savings: $173.52
  337. Windmills Tall as Skyscrapers Proposed for Rural Michigan County
  338. House Republican Policy Plan Lays the Groundwork for Action
    Pensions, education, criminal justice all areas ripe for change
  339. New Subsidies More about Political Development than Economic Development
    Economic conditions matter more than giving targeted taxpayer dollars to developers
  340. Michigan's $6.3 Billion Broken Promise
  341. Detroit Public Schools Goes Big For Teacher Merit Pay
  342. State Pays More as Community College Tuition Rises, Enrollment Falls
  343. People First or Well Connected Developers?
    We should provide tax relief for all instead of favors to a select few
  344. Tax Cuts and Corporate Welfare
    February 17, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  345. Time for Labor Unions to Collect their Own Dues
    The on-going SEIU dues skim must end
  346. Michigan's 'Temporary' 2007 Tax Hike Took $770 Million Last Year
  347. How an 'Ineffective' Teacher Gets Third-Highest Pay Level
  348. Mackinac Center Analyst: Senate Bills 111-115 Are Corporate Cronyism
    LaFaive available to comment on pending legislation
  349. Protecting Business Owners’ Right to Free Speech
  350. Suing the State to See Flint Water Documents
  351. Michigan's Worldwide Trading Economy
  352. Fighting For a Teacher’s Right to Work
  353. Official ‘Bias Response’ Enforcers Stifle Michigan Universities
  354. Holding the University Of Michigan Accountable
  355. State Pension Funds Move To Risky Investments
    Lack of payoff on investments is biggest driver of underfunding
  356. Testimony: When Will Michigan Families Get Some Tax Relief Too?

    Testimony before the House Tax Policy Committee

  357. Mackinac Center Resumes Fight to Protect Free Speech Rights
    Northern Michigan inn owner sues to end unconstitutional marketing tax
  358. State Superintendent Claims First-Year Teachers Make $28K—We Can't Find Them
  359. Why Michigan Licensing Laws Are So Destructive
    Everything you need to know about occupational regulations in the Great Lakes State
  360. Happy Valentine’s Day from the Mackinac Center
    Our love for you in memes
  361. Number of Michigan Millionaires Grows 25-Fold
  362. Scofflaw School Districts Ignore Merit Pay Law, Face No Sanctions
  363. The InternNet
  364. Congress May Protect Private Pensions from State Bureaucrats
    Recent regulations allow states to create and manage retirement for private employees
  365. The Cost of High Cigarette Taxes
    Research reveals unintended consequences of tax
  366. Kentucky, Missouri Set Off Wave of Labor Reform
    2017 poised to be big year for worker freedom
  367. Teacher Melts Down, Disrupts, Curses, Quits, Walks — And Files To Get Job Back
  368. Loans From Corporate Welfare Agency Are, Like Its Job Promises, 'Uncollectible'
  369. Detroit Father Turns Boxing Interest Into Youth Enrichment Program
  370. School Hosts Advocacy Session for Tax Hike in Front of Students
    Politicking on the taxpayer dime
  371. Charitable Gambling, Special Needs Database, More Corporate Welfare
    February 10, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  372. Who Watches the Union’s Fake News Watchers?
  373. State Budget Growth Outpaces Inflation
  374. Trump is Wrong on Civil Forfeiture
    State should stop this end-run around the Constitution
  375. School Pension Iceberg: Beware What’s Under Budget Surface
  376. Higher Emissions Ahead: Closing Nuclear Plant Here Means More CO2
  377. Family Finds Online School to Be a Lifesaver
    Education accountability system needs to be parent-friendly
  378. IMPACT January/February 2017
  379. 'Tax Cut Fever' In Lansing? Spending Increases Show Opposite
  380. Michigan School Pension Costs Almost Quadrupled
  381. Legislators Should Give Taxpayers the Income Tax Cut They Deserve
    With revenues increasing, the state can easily afford to lower rates
  382. Mackinac Center Expert Available for Comment on FY 2018 Budget Release
    Fiscal policy analyst to be in Lansing Wednesday for Snyder’s presentation
  383. Officials Shortchange School Pension Fund 7th Year In Row
  384. The Job No One Wants
  385. National Labor Expert: Right-To-Work Just the Beginning for Missouri
    Show-Me State poised to become next Wisconsin for labor reform
  386. Where did the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Go?
  387. Government Funding of Sports Arenas is an Expensive Psychological Boost
  388. A Better Way to Rank Schools
  389. Detroit Window Washer Tax
  390. Delayed Payment On Granholm Early Pension Gambit Raises Costs To Taxpayers
  391. Union Enlists a Mayor to Endorse Fabulist Claims on Teacher Pay
  392. Legislators Who Promote Transparency Should Start by Disclosing Corporate Welfare Deals
    MEDC secrecy patronizes lawmakers and public
  393. Senate Passes Probation and Parole Reforms
    February 3, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  394. Saginaw’s Lowest Performing Schools Get the Most Money
    More funding won’t fix failing schools
  395. And Then There Were 28
  396. Michigan House Bill Would Impose Sanctions On 'Sanctuary Cities'
  397. Michigan Wins When Immigrants Face a Fair and Predictable System
    Due process is an important part of an immigration system
  398. Michigan Taxpayers Don’t Need to Spend $4 Billion Annually on Infrastructure
    Recent report has been misinterpreted
  399. Open Records Law: U-M Cashes The Check But Fails To Deliver The Info
  400. The Pruitt EPA Nomination
    When worldviews clash
  401. Detroit’s Soccer Stadium Should Stand on its Own
    Stadiums are a bad investment for taxpayers
  402. 'Unregulated' Charter Schools? 13 Things You Did Not Know
  403. How ‘Good Character’ Provisions Create Bad Outcomes
    Barriers to employment can prevent some prisoners from reintegrating successfully
  404. Real Economy Creates 81 Jobs For Every 1 Promised by Business Subsidy Program
    Broad improvements to the business climate help more than special subsidies
  405. Michigan Environmental Office Repeatedly Stonewalls Record Requests
  406. Wasting No Time on Criminal Justice Reform
    Senate introduces some important proposals on day one of 2017 session
  407. Michigan Forfeiture Laws Improving, But State Transparency Still Falls Behind
  408. Public School Union Members Protest Their Own Union
  409. What This Russian College Student Thinks About Bernie Sanders
  410. State’s School Rankings Only Tell Part of Story
    By failing to account for poverty, Michigan unfairly puts some schools at bottom
  411. Detroit Schools Show Importance of School Choice
    Kids deserve more options, not fewer
  412. Recently Introduced Bills of Interest
    January 27, 2017 MichiganVotes weekly roll call report
  413. Federal Park Staffers Defy Presidential Order, Tweet Climate Change Warnings
  414. After Decades of Little Change, Why Are So Many States Going Right-to-Work?
  415. School Board Says DeVos 'Unfit' For Advocating Policies It Practices
  416. Ann Arbor School Board Member Weighs In On $150 Merit Pay
  417. Ann Arbor Schools: First There Is No Teacher Merit Pay, Then There Is
  418. What Happens When the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Ends?
    State could save millions by stopping ineffective subsidies
  419. Indiana Could See Cigarette Smuggling Leap with Excise Tax Increase
    Michigan may benefit from Hoosier hike
  420. Putting the Pieces in Place for School Choice
    Big picture points to more hopeful action
  421. Rising Economy Increased Michigan Tax Revenue More Than Gas Tax Hike
  422. Michigan College Busts Students For Giving Out U.S. Constitutions Without Permit
  423. Washington Post Bashes Detroit Charters Citing Study That Praises Detroit Charters
  424. Cheers for Detroit Schools Transparency
    District has come a long way
  425. Elect Speaker of the House; Names of Senators
    January 20, 2017 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
  426. Mackinac Center Responds to State’s School Rankings
    State report confirms need for new grading system
  427. The Hypocrisy of 'Public' Education Rhetoric
    What’s being protected here: The Constitution or union dues?
  428. Most Charters Perform 'Significantly Better' Than District Schools on Core Subjects
  429. Speed Limits in Michigan Going Up
  430. DeVos, Charters, School Choice Threaten Democratic Party Finances
  431. Yesterday's Pension Underfunding Means Fewer Raises For Today's Teachers
  432. Government Growth Proposed in Gov. Snyder's 2017 State of the State
    Address included 12 proposed government expansions, one limitation
  433. DeVos Attacked For Supporting Free Speech, Due Process On Campus
  434. Incomes Rise in Right-to-Work Michigan; Officials Project More To Come
  435. Happy 50th Birthday Personal Income Tax
    Now go away
  436. Detroit Charters Far Outperform Traditional Schools
    Mackinac’s CAP scores align with rigorous research findings
  437. Mackinac Center Experts Available for Commentary on 2017 State of the State Address
    Policy analysts watching a wide range of topics
  438. State Officials Caused Michigan's Pension Crisis
  439. MCPP Recommendations 2017-2018
  440. President of Nation's Largest Teachers Union Got 23 Percent Pay Bump Last Year
  441. School Retirement System Continues to Harm Members
    Michigan's failed pension system is hurting school employees and taxpayers alike
  442. Lansing School District Ignores Law Requiring Teacher Merit Pay
  443. The 2016 Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card
  444. Michigan School Districts: We Have No Ineffective Teachers
  445. Michigan Should End Civil Asset Forfeiture
    Require a criminal conviction before taking people’s property
  446. Resisting the Deforming Power of Government
    How to preserve the distinction between society and government
  447. 2016 Michigan Energy Roundup: Renewable Energy
    Final post in a series analyzing changes to Michigan's utility laws
  448. Clean Michigan Initiative Not the Only Remediation Fund
    Other sources for environmental clean-up eliminate need for further debt
  449. New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card
    New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card
  450. Court Rejects MDEQ’s Avoidance Tactics in Flint FOIA Lawsuit
    Motion to dismiss denied by State of Michigan Court of Claims
  451. 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
  452. The Law's the Law – Except When It Says Great Teachers Get Merit Pay
  453. Had Hillary Won, Granholm And Not DeVos Would Be Prepping for Confirmation
  454. How Education Secretary DeVos Could Help Michigan Advance Choice
    Two federal proposals that avoid dangerous overreach
  455. Kentucky Becomes Nation’s 27th Right-to-Work State
    Bluegrass State first of several likely to pass such legislation in 2017
  456. Number Getting Unemployment Checks Lowest In At Least 30 Years In Michigan
  457. Some Budget Ideas for 2017
  458. Be Wise in Deciding How to Spend Taxpayer Funds on Infrastructure
  459. Why Trade Schools Matter to Detroit
  460. Harvard Study Says Michigan Elections Less Democratic Than Cuba, North Korea, Iran
  461. Forward michigan-citizens-will-no-longer-have-to-pay-upfront-forfeiture-fee
  462. Mackinac Center, ACLU Applaud New Forfeiture Bill
    But call on state to require conviction
  463. Now People Won't Have to Pay a Bond to Recover Their Stuff from Police
  464. Where the Money from Higher Transportation Taxes Goes
    A bigger budget means more money for programs beyond road repair
  465. Truth Optional When Teachers Union Defends Its Turf
  466. A Salute to Thomas Sowell
    The great economist is retiring
  467. Protecting Electricity Choice
    2016 Michigan Energy Roundup
  468. Michigan's Net Out-Migration Much Reduced But Still Negative
  469. In the Big Ten Conference of Migration Trends, Michigan Tops a Weak Division
  470. Michigan Stagnates on Economic Freedom Index
    After big recent gains, this state stuck in neutral
  471. U-M Prof Hints Scholars Down On School Choice, But Twice As Many Optimistic
  472. Government, Heavy Industry No Longer Dominate Michigan Economy
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