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  1. Friedman Legacy Day

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Northwood University Forum for Citizenship & Enterprise cordially invite you to join us in celebrating the 10th Annual Milton Friedman Legacy Day.

  2. Planning for Life Workshop – Suttons Bay, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2016 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  3. Planning for Life Workshop – Grand Rapids, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2016 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  4. The Boundaries of Educational Choice: Surveying Michigan's Private School Landscape

    Nonpublic schools serve tens of thousands of Michigan elementary and secondary students, yet a clear understanding of the state's diverse private education landscape has been lacking. While most states (including those on our borders) have enacted some kind of publicly funded choice program, Michigan private schools fight in the Legislature for a small share of funding to cover the state’s health and safety mandates. In order to expand choice, Michigan must overcome a stringent constitution, as well as some popular misconceptions about private schools.

  5. Thousands of Detroit Parents Vote With Their Feet for School Choice
  6. Detroit Teachers Under Pay Freeze, But Union President Gets Big Pay Hike
  7. Detroit Charter Schools Spend Way Less Money and Get Way Better Results

    Just look at the evidence

  8. The State of Private Schools in Michigan

    Survey provides new information about this unique education sector

  9. History Shows Delayed Adequacy Study Will Call for More Money

    Michigan already spends more per pupil than the national average

  10. Money Rolling In, But Cities With Hands Out To Lansing Claim 'Broken' Finances
  11. A Survey of Michigan's Private Education Sector

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

    Does Michigan devote enough money to primary and secondary education? Do school districts receive enough revenue to ensure the vast majority of enrolled students graduate college or career ready? How much does it cost to provide a quality educational experience? These are the types of questions for which the Michigan Legislature recently paid nearly $400,000 to obtain some answers.

    These answers would clearly be helpful to policymakers who determine how many tax dollars to allocate to schools. But these concerns about the adequate level of school funding are based in part on the common assumption that spending more on K-12 schools will generate better academic outcomes. A more fundamental question that policymakers might want to answer before determining the appropriate level of funding for schools is: What is the relationship between school spending and student achievement in Michigan?

    That is the question this paper attempts to answer.

  12. Transparency Bills A “Significant Step Forward”

    Reitz interviewed by Michigan Radio

  13. A Life in Perspectives

    A Celebration of the Life of Andrew J. Coulson

  14. Bill Takes Away Car Owners' Choice of Less Expensive Parts
  15. Managed Competition Versus the Free Market, In One Photo
    Cabstand at Reagan National shows need for ridesharing
  16. School Districts Receiving More and Spending More
  17. Detroit Public Schools' Collapse Preceded Charter School Expansion
  18. Teaching Jobs Still Getting Plenty of Applicants
  19. Local Governments Cry Poor but Act Rich

    If the fiscal stress is so great, why keep doling out uncompetitive benefits?

  20. May 20, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Automaker protectionism, who’s the repo man, ballot initiative signatures and more

  21. State Expects to Take $2.4 Billion More; Media Cries 'Deficit!'
  22. An Uber Driver Shares His Story

    Op-ed explains efforts to permit and restrict ridesharing 

  23. Taxpayers Should Not Be on the Hook for Stadiums

    Bill Simmons gets it right

  24. 'Got Your Back' or Stab It: Union Sics Bill Collectors on Right-to-Work Exercisers
  25. Contracting Non-Instructional Services Can Help Students

    Op-ed published in Chicago Daily Herald

  26. High Taxes Lack a Guarantee of Quality Services: See Detroit

    It's about how resources are managed

  27. Mackinac Center Will Represent Teacher Suing MEA For Keeping Him In Union

    Mackinac Center representing teacher suing MEA

  28. Group Hired To Assess Michigan Education Spending Always Recommends More

    Op-ed published in Lansing State Journal

  29. Three Reforms to Bring Down Michigan Health Care Costs
  30. Maryland Brewer Tweaks Michigan's Alcohol Regulators
  31. Ridesharing Drivers Tell Their Stories

    Why statewide regulations are important to so many Michiganders

  32. Free Market Solutions to Problems in Health Care

    The Affordable Care Act dramatically changed the healthcare market throughout the United States and expanded the control of the federal government over healthcare policies. Despite this fact, there are still reforms that states can make that could expand the access and reduce the cost of medical services. This event will feature several experts who will discuss reforms that Michigan policymakers should consider if they want to improve healthcare services in this state.

  33. Federal Red Tape Costing Michigan Families and Businesses Billions
  34. How Forfeiture Should Work in Michigan

    New Mexico and Nebraska limit forfeiture to criminal cases

  35. Mackinac Center and Sierra Club Call For More Transparency in Michigan Government

    Joint Free Press op-ed explains transparency efforts

  36. Yes They Are: National Magazine Says Poor Detroit Charter Schools Not Closed
  37. Detroit Schools Transition Chief Says: Restrict Charter Schools in City
  38. Fears About State Pension Underfunding Drive School Employees to Other Options
  39. Economic Interference Week

    Economic Development Week is no cause for celebration

  40. May 13, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Transit subsidy taxes, ban bag bans, alien drivers, grass seed warning font size

  41. School Choice Opponents Pick Institutions Over Special Needs Families

    Students with special needs should have access to real choices

  42. Contaminated Water Dominates Flint Headlines, But Pension Earthquake Looms
  43. Let Consumers Use Plastic Bags

    New bill would prevent local governments from overregulating grocers

  44. Why Do College Costs Skyrocket Year After Year?
  45. The Evidence is Clear: State Spending on Colleges is Wasteful

    Michigan increases higher education spending by tens of millions

  46. Teaching 'Hard' - Yes, 'Underappreciated' - Maybe, but 'Underpaid' a Stretch
  47. Planning for Life Workshop – Detroit, MI

    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2016 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

  48. Right-to-Work Makes Unions Stronger

    Vernuccio op-ed in Washington Examiner

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  50. The Right Way to Analyze Teacher Salaries in Michigan
  51. Average Teacher Salaries Decline, But Individual Educators Get More
  52. That’s What We Said

    Right-to-work studies confirm Mackinac Center findings

  53. Communities Consider Risky Municipal Broadband

    Local governments should get out of the way of private providers

  54. Pension Costs Are Crowding Out Public Safety

    Michigan is losing cops to retiree costs

  55. State Fails to Make Required Teacher Pension Fund Contribution
  56. Get Uninsured Cars Off the Road Through Reforming No-Fault
  57. Despite a Setback, Right-to-Work is Advancing Across America
  58. Michigan Parents Deserve a Statewide Report Card for Schools
  59. Detroit Schools Do Not Have 'Low Pay' or 'Crowded Classes'
  60. In Michigan, Uber Operates in a Legal Gray Area — These Bills Would Change That
  61. May 6, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Detroit school bailout, teacher strikes, state spending increases, more

  62. Job Churn Shows Why Targeted Tax Favors Do Not Work

    There is constant job loss and creation in the state economy

  63. Late-night TV Misinforms on Teacher Salaries
  64. Detroit Charters Face All of the Obstacles of Detroit Public Schools – And Overcome Them
  65. Vernuccio: Teacher Sickouts Hurt Kids

    Mackinac labor policy director interviewed by Fox Business

  66. House Dems to Detroit Parents: No New Charter Schools For You
  67. Debate Workshops 2016
  68. Detroit Public Schools Debt Largely Not Supported By Additional Taxpayer Dollars

    The state isn't on the hook for most of what DPS owes

  69. Can I Catch a Ride?: Regulating Uber and Lyft in Michigan

    Ridesharing is a new service made popular by companies like Lyft and Uber. It relies on smartphones to connect those who need a ride to drivers willing to provide one — a riff on the traditional taxi system. Ridesharing has allowed thousands of Michiganders earn extra income as drivers and save money and time as riders. It currently operates in a legal gray area, because ridesharing drivers are not cabbies or chauffeurs. 

  70. Prof’s Theory: Six-Figure DPS Staff 'Thought They Deserved' Kickbacks
  71. What’s Your Bubble? A Think Tank Checks Its Privilege

    The ‘bubble score’ of Mackinac Center staff

  72. DPS Sickout Teacher Lowballs Salary in Newspaper Story
  73. Group at Fore of Detroit School Preservation Effort Has Mixed Record
  74. State Attorneys General Wage War on Political Dissent
  75. Some Michigan Universities Spend Huge Money Subsidizing Sports
  76. Michigan Budget on Course for $7 Billion Rise Under Republicans
    Michigan budget, state budget
  77. Michigan Needs To Stop Charging Residents To Get Their Property Back

    Mackinac Center analyst authors op-ed in Detroit Free Press

  78. April 29, 2015 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Crime and Punishment: juveniles, sign breakers, fetus merchants, more

  79. How Two Similar School Districts Get Such Different Results

    Study suggests funding levels have little impact on student growth

  80. IRS-Style Viewpoint Discrimination in Grand Rapids City Government?
  81. Tax Hike Election Coming to You Tuesday?
  82. Grand Rapids City Attorney Calls Alleged Rape Victim a 'Crack and Heroin Whore'
  83. Education Spending Not Tied To Success

    New study featured in state media

  84. West Virginia Right-to-Work May Turn on Supreme Court Race

    Possible backtracking on worker freedom if union-endorsed candidate elected

  85. Panic Over: Number of School Districts in Deficit Plummets
  86. Detroit Schools 'Misplace' $30 Million from Feds for Pensions
  87. Cigarette tax hike will increase criminal activity
  88. Stopping University Tuition Hikes Would Cost Nearly $3 Billion

    Spending at Michigan public colleges is skyrocketing

  89. After 10 Years of Deficits, How One District Escaped Being Dissolved
  90. State Employees' Average Cost Up to $117,000
  91. State of Michigan Employees Averaged 10 Sick Days Last Year
  92. More from Taxpayers, But State Corporate Welfare Taking More Too
  93. April 22, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    School tax hikes, cash-only for rims, bigger fonts on seed warnings

  94. Czar-Like Detroit Education Commission Part of Establishment's 'War on Charters?'
  95. New 'Rich States, Poor States' Index Released

    Michigan improves slightly

  96. The Many Benefits of Ridesharing

    Lyft and Uber provide transportation and jobs in Michigan

  97. Why Some Teachers Prefer a 401(k) Over a Pension
  98. Detroit Mayor Says His Commission Will Be Independent While His City Discriminates

    Be wary of limiting competition in a failing school district

  99. Bankrupt Detroit Still Refuses Property Sales to Charter Schools
  100. Worker’s Choice Solves Free-/Forced-Rider Problem in Wisconsin

    Vernuccio op-ed explains idea in national publications

  101. Ann Arbor Crackdown Illustrates Need for Statewide Ridesharing Framework

    Eliminate gray areas surrounding Lyft and Uber

  102. 'Level' Playing Field for Detroit Charter Schools?
  103. Pure Michigan Campaign Ineffective, Needs To End

    New op-ed published in the Detroit News

  104. MEDC's Priority: Defend Its Budget
  105. Duggan Approved Ban on Selling Closed Detroit Schools to Charters
  106. Government Has Probably Made You A Tax Cheat
  107. Michigan Parole Bill Would Revise Standards for Prisoner Release
  108. Pope Francis Favors School Choice

    Educating children a “primary” and “inalienable” right of parents

  109. April 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Ban “cyber revenge porn,” authorize Pet Protection Orders, rapist fathers’ rights, yoga regulation

  110. New Study: No Correlation Between School Spending and Student Outcomes

    Study finds spending more on Michigan schools doesn’t increase achievement

  111. Which Firms To Get $1 Billion from State Taxpayers? None of Your Business
  112. Closing Pensions for State Employees in 1990s Saved Michigan Millions Today

    Study highlights savings from defined-contribution reform

  113. School Spending and Student Achievement in Michigan: What's the Relationship?

    Click here to view the PDF of the full study.

    Does Michigan devote enough money to primary and secondary education? Do school districts receive enough revenue to ensure the vast majority of enrolled students graduate college or career ready? How much does it cost to provide a quality educational experience? These are the types of questions for which the Michigan Legislature recently paid nearly $400,000 to obtain some answers.

    These answers would clearly be helpful to policymakers who determine how many tax dollars to allocate to schools. But these concerns about the adequate level of school funding are based in part on the common assumption that spending more on K-12 schools will generate better academic outcomes. A more fundamental question that policymakers might want to answer before determining the appropriate level of funding for schools is: What is the relationship between school spending and student achievement in Michigan?

    That is the question this paper attempts to answer.

  114. Local Ballot Initiatives Target Police, Prosecutors Confiscating Property
  115. Mackinac Center Names New Vice President of Marketing and Communications

    Welcoming John Mozena

  116. MSU Prof Calls Republicans 'Dying White People,' Receives Raises
  117. Top Rated School Could Be Closed in Battle Creek
  118. Pure Flummery: Seeing Double on Corporate Welfare Spin

    Pure Michigan ads are attractive corporate welfare

  119. Trust Parents with Schools of Choice

    Don't restrict opportunity for 'historically disadvantaged' student groups

  120. Michigan Motorcycle Deaths Decline Since Helmet Mandate Repeal
  121. Economy Threatened By Aging of Michigan's Soo Locks
  122. April 8, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Require schools teach sexual and internet etiquette; impose mileage tax; a teen court

  123. Reasons to be Optimistic Abound in Michigan Economy

    State leads the way out of recession, but work still to do

  124. Number of State Employees Who Make $100,000+ Up 50 Percent Under Snyder
  125. How to Ease the Coming Physician Shortage

    Changing licensing restrictions and expanding services would help

  126. Clock Ticking on School Adequacy Study
  127. It's Time for Scope of Practice Reform

    Current laws increase health care costs and limit access

  128. Detroit Children Need Choice, Not Bureaucracy

    DeGrow responds to DPS reform in the Detroit News

  129. Ride Sharing
  130. Michigan Pushes Back Against Feds on Labor Regulations
  131. Why Michigan Needs Electioneering Reform

    MLive publishes Mackinac Center policy analyst’s take

  132. Governor, Legislature Clash Over E-Cigarette Regulations
  133. Healthy Charter Sector Belies Need for Commission, Extra Regulation
  134. Michigan Senator: Employer Mandates Are For Other People
  135. End the 21st Century Jobs Fund
  136. Ban Closing a Detroit School, No Matter How Bad?
  137. Michigan Should Make Detroit Public Schools an All-Charter System
  138. Safe Drinking Water or Subsidize Ads for Resorts?
  139. April 1 Michigan Legislature Weekly Roll Call Report
    Constitutional amendments on same sex marriage, legalized pot, “referendum-proofing” bills and more
  140. Mackinac Video Featured in The Washington Post

    Watch Rebecca Friedrichs make her case for worker freedom

  141. Michigan Households Paid $9 Each for Batman v. Superman
  142. Prison Guard Union Provides Lurid Claims for U-M Anti-Privatization Report
  143. 'Pure Michigan or Pure Puffery?' Op-ed Published In The Times Herald

    Taxpayers deserve more transparency about how their money is being spent

  144. Another Reason for Information Deficits on Flint Water Crisis
  145. Truckers See Local Fines as a Cash Grab
  146. Hung Supreme Court Delays Freedom for Public Employees

    Public employees' First Amendment rights are on hold

  147. Hohman in LSJ: Road Tax Hike to Fund Medicaid Expansion

    Road funding will morph into Medicaid funding.

  148. Puffery or Proof? The Business of Tourism Subsidy 'Budget Justification'
  149. A Hopeful Vision for Education in Detroit

    Detroit needs drastic reforms, not more tinkering.

  150. Four Questions About the Detroit Public Schools Plan
  151. Feds: Multimillion Dollar Detroit Public School Scam Ran for 13 Years
  152. How Michigan's School Rankings Aggravate Social Tensions
  153. March Madness Office Pools: Illegal, But Tolerated
  154. Need a Job? Michigan's Unemployment Rate Better than U.S. Average
  155. Are Michigan's Record Labor Force Gains Real?

    Can we celebrate recent record-breaking job growth figures?

  156. The Republicans Who Voted to Ration School Choice in Detroit
  157. Republican Senate Bails Out Detroit Schools, Rations School Choice
  158. Skorup in Midland Daily News on Occupational Licensure

    Remove needless barriers that block entrepreneurs and job seekers

  159. Fact-Checking Teacher Union Math on Detroit Schools
  160. R.I. Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal to Cost State Money
  161. When Obstructionist Teachers Unions Applaud the Senate Republicans ...
  162. Mackinac Center Director of Education Policy on Senate Passage of DPS Bills

    Michigan Senate Approves New Commission, Prevents New Educational Choices

  163. Michigan House Passes Bill Eliminating Forfeiture Bonding

    Would repeal a requirement that people post a bond to recover property that was sized without a criminal conviction

  164. The Real Story Behind the Feds Pursuing 'Climate Change Deniers'
  165. Holding Back Social Promotion: Florida’s Example Promises Stronger Readers

    Well-designed third-grade retention policies can work

  166. Supposed To Be For the Children
  167. Meme This: Michigan Sells a Lot to China
  168. Detroit Receives Friendly Airbnb Ranking

    Here’s the best regulatory approach for the state

  169. March 18, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Detroit school bailout, extra liquor license for big stores, digital assets

  170. U-M Economist: 'Michigan's Economy is Doing Great'
  171. More People Looking for Jobs and Fewer People Not Finding Them
  172. March Madness Betting Pools are Illegal in Michigan

    Bet with friends at your own risk

  173. Acton Wins Tax Dispute in Grand Rapids

    City unfairly targeted the group

  174. State Rankings Penalize Schools for Having More Poor Kids
  175. IMPACT March/April 2016
  176. Local Grocery Bag Bans Coming? Not If These Legislators Prevail
  177. New Bill Fixes a Pension Problem, Leaves Major Problem Untouched

    Boosted pensions aren't the main cause of underfunding

  178. Flint Shows Importance of Open Government

    Reitz in The Detroit News

  179. Bill Would Let Detroit Schools Collect Automated 'Photocop' Traffic Fines
  180. State Licensing Laws Affecting Where People Choose to Live
    Another reason to loosen labor regulations
  181. Teachers Union Spends Little of Its Funds on Bargaining
  182. Screening of 'Poverty, Inc.'

    Sponsored by Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

  183. No Auto Bailout, but Johnson Controls Got Big Government Subsidies
  184. Who’s Picking Up the Tab?
  185. March 11, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    “Stale” petition signatures, bank examiner powers, arson burns

  186. State Dodges Deadline for High Stakes School Performance List
  187. Vernuccio Joined WXYZ for Primary Night

    How labor issues factor into the 2016 election

  188. 'Reckless Expansion' of Charter Schools? Not Quite
  189. Healthy Charter Sector Belies Need for Commission, Extra Regulation

    Michigan's charters are excellent and improving

  190. Despite Candidate Rhetoric, Michigan Exports to Mexico Continue to Gain

    Freer trade is good for Michigan and the country


    Most union members have never had a say in which union represents them in their workplace. This is because once a union is certified, it normally maintains that certification indefinitely. When new employees start on the job, they are simply given a union card and told which union is representing them — they have no voice in the matter. 

  192. Charter School Critics: Accountability For Thee But Not For Me
  193. DeGrow Letter Published in Wall Street Journal

    Rebutting DPS allegations from teacher union president

  194. Gov. Snyder Releases 21,730 Flint Documents, No Charge; City Wants $172,000
  195. NPR Quotes Hohman to Correct Sanders

    NAFTA is not responsible for Detroit's woes

  196. Michigan Corporate Welfare’s Secret Giveaway: $1 Billion in 2016

    State refuses to disclose how much each company gets

  197. Trump, Snyder Agree: More Visas for Foreigners With Degrees

    Possible change of course for presidential candidate

  198. Why Can't Detroit Go to all Charter Schools Like New Orleans?
  199. Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Boosting Economic Growth
  200. You Are Paying for Local Government Tax Hike Ads
  201. A Path to Real Regulatory Reform: Decrease Michigan’s Licensing Burden
  202. Highly Paid Officials Don't Always Equal High Public School Performance
  203. Charter Schools Are Not to Blame for Pension Woes

    The way to catch up on underfunding is not to rope more people in

  204. March 4, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report
    Teens with liquor, bikers without a license, DNR double dipping
  205. Public Records and the Office of the Governor

    FOIA lessons from the rest of the states

  206. In Grand Rapids, Your Home is Not Always Your Castle
  207. Michigan's Highest Paid School Employees (No. 1 Makes $368,836)
  208. Maryland Cigarette Excise Tax Hike Proposal Irresponsible
  209. Don’t Limit Workers’ Right to Work

    Bill would allow employees to vote on right-to-work

  210. Here’s Where Teachers Get the Highest Pay in Michigan
  211. West Virginia Excise Tax Hike Proposal Invites Smugglers

    How Raising Cigarette Taxes Could Increase More Than Revenue

  212. Court: Can't Prove Union Encouraged Sickouts; Union Boasts of Them In Newsletter
  213. In 20 Years, Only Two Corporate Welfare Recipients Created 1,000+ Jobs
  214. Why Don't Detroit's Most Successful Public Schools Get More Praise?
  215. February 26, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    “Reasonable” government electioneering, save sweltering children, teach the Holocaust

  216. Charter School Group Demands Apology from Detroit Free Press Columnist
  217. Wright Discusses Scalia on Let it Rip

    Panel discussion on replacing the deceased Supreme Court judge

  218. Cherry-Picking Michigan Charter Data Leads to Wrong Conclusions

    Based on the best evidence, charter schools are a net benefit

  219. Mackinac Research Cited by Wall Street Journal

    Two articles examine right-to-work in West Virginia and across the country

  220. Friedrichs Case Petitioners: For Want of a Justice
  221. Grand Rapids: Michigan's Boomtown

    Recovered from recession and grown beyond its 2000 peak

  222. New Context and Performance Report Card in the News

    Study ranks elementary and middle schools with socioeconomic context

  223. Federal Funding Favors Poorer School Districts Like Detroit
  224. February Viewpoints

    Analysis of Worker's Comp, DPS Reform and Income Inequality in Michigan

  225. The Flint Water Crisis and the Challenge of City Infrastructure

    Sponsored by Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

  226. If You Can't Believe Huffington Post on Charter Schools ...
  227. Average New York Teachers Makes $76,000 — Media Ignores to Exaggerate ‘Attacks'
  228. Michigan Public Schools Get More Money than Ever to Cover Operations
  229. Poor Cities Don't Equal Underfunded Public Schools
  230. February 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint water rebates, raises for judges, more sap for you

  231. Democrats Want Higher Minimum Wage for Others While Paying Their Workers Nothing
  232. Free Press Quotes LaFaive on Arena Deal

    Possible conflict of interest in new Red Wings venue

  233. Union Official Peddles False Figures in Teacher Pay Complaint
  234. Let Them Work: Solutions for Michigan’s Overbearing Occupational Licensing Laws

    Occupational licensing is now the biggest issue in labor economics, with even more of an effect than unions.  On a national basis 25 percent of all Americans need the government’s permission and specific credentials before they can work.  That is more than twice as many people who are members of unions—11 percent and declining—and 25 times the number who earn the minimum wage.

  235. Unions are Super PACS
  236. IMPACT January/February 2016
  237. The Best Elementary and Middle Schools in Michigan

    New Context and Performance Report Card released

  238. Legislation Would Prevent State From Advertising to Get More People on Medicaid
  239. The Context and Performance Report Card: Public Elementary and Middle Schools, 2015
  240. Bill Would Fine 'Aggressive' Panhandlers
  241. LaFaive and Nesbit Op-ed Published in Lincoln Journal Star

    Raising cigarette taxes would increase smuggling

  242. Setting the Record Straight on Teacher Pay Won't 'Destroy Public Education'
  243. Historic District Horror Stories
  244. Bill Would End Monopoly on New Auto Sales
  245. Majority of States in Country Are Now Right-to-Work

    West Virginia Legislature overrides Governor’s veto

  246. February 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Nude dancing, pet adoption background checks, unionization and pensions

  247. State Officials Lose Official Representation in Flint Water Lawsuit
  248. State Will Collect $725 Million More Next Year
  249. Governor’s Budget Pays for Medicaid Expansion with a Gas Tax

    And spending continues to increase

  250. Speed Trap Empire Strikes Back at Reform Effort
  251. Higher Education Subsidies: Is College More ‘Affordable’ for Those Who Don’t Go?

    Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal hikes cost to taxpayers

  252. Marquette County Takes on EPA
  253. Detroit Classrooms Are Not Overcrowded
  254. Andrew Coulson: In Memoriam

    Remembering a great champion of educational freedom

  255. Vernuccio Interviewed by Wall Street Journal

    West Virginia Legislature votes for right-to-work

  256. Put Parents in the Drivers Seat of Detroit School Reform
  257. New Bills Would Put Teeth Into Ignored Teacher Strike Law
  258. Inequality in Michigan: Not As Bad As You Think
  259. Michigan Worker’s Compensation Reforms Have Succeeded
  260. Karl Marx the Most Assigned Text at Michigan Colleges
  261. Your Tax Return Fundraises For These Nonprofits
  262. West Virginia House Vote Could Tip National Scale on Right-to-Work

    State poised to become 26th right-to-work state

  263. February 5, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint water bill rebates, dark skies, tax breaks for developers

  264. Little Evidence That Unions Make Workers Safer

    right-to-work, injury

  265. Poor Decisions, Not Funding System, Fuel Detroit Schools’ Woes

    DPS has benefited from state loan program

  266. Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Economic Growth

    Only broad changes will improve the state's economy

  267. Right-to-Work States Enjoying Faster Job Growth
  268. School District Thwarts Transparency With Unnecessary Costs
  269. Michigan Competitiveness Stuck on Mediocre

    Economic outlook has improved, but could be better

  270. Nastiest Bumper Sticker Ever

    Addressing common misconceptions about capitalism

  271. Civil Forfeiture Timeline
  272. Blizzard Hits East Coast But Climate Change Not Blamed
  273. School District Used Second-Graders to Urge Tax Vote
  274. Friends of Freedom

    Featuring Michigan Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter

  275. School Transportation News Features Center Study

    Survey of school service privatization 

  276. Like Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering for Tax Hikes? Here’s a Bill for You

    Legislation would gut new taxpayer-friendly restrictions

  277. Bills Would Repeal Legislators', Governor's Open Records Law Exemptions
  278. College Grads Attracted to Opportunity Before Bike Lanes

    To increase college grads, increase opportunities for all

  279. Big Turnout, Crossover Voters May Spice Up Michigan's Presidential Primary
  280. Stage Set For West Virginia to Become Next Right-to-Work State
  281. Taxing Matters: Michigan's Middling Rank

    Michigan tax burden mediocre; improvements can be made

  282. Right-to-Work States Have Faster Income Growth
  283. Government’s Free Pass to Trespass

    Some homeowners find property assessor guidelines objectionable

  284. January 29, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint crisis money, drone bans, animal abuser checks

  285. In Memoriam: Bruce Beerbower
  286. House May Push Back Against Snyder's Detroit School Plan
  287. State: 'Secure Our Future' NOT Code for 'Vote Yes on Tax Hike' (wink, wink)
  288. Vernuccio Testifies on Right-to-Work in West Virginia

    Director of Labor Policy described how states benefit from worker freedom

  289. Sports Stadium Deals Consistently Strike Out

    Cities fail to negotiate deals that protect taxpayers

  290. Director of Research Speaks at Operation Action U.P.

    Van Beek discusses effects of and solutions to over regulation

  291. Debate Rages Over How Often Government Pushes For A 'Yes' Vote on Tax Hikes
  292. Give Michigan Special-Needs Students Fair Access to the Best Options

    Michigan should consider a full range of choice

  293. Mackinac in the News for School Choice Week

    Op-eds highlight benefits of educational options

  294. Myth-Busting the Michigan 'Gag Order' Law
    What Senate Bill 571 actually does
  295. Detroit Teachers Make More Than Twice Average Household
  296. Senate Acts, House Dallies on Pension Spiking and Union Release Time Bills
  297. It's Time to Expand Public Records Transparency

    It's time to expand public records transparency

  298. Whistleblowers Allege Police Pension Spiking Scheme
  299. Correct Union Right-to-Work Analogy: Like Firing Vegetarians for Not Buying Meat
  300. Center Featured in West Virginia Media

    West Virginia could become 26th right-to-work state

  301. Pension Reform Failure Cost Michigan Taxpayers $6 Billion or More

    It harms current employees and retirees as well

  302. Thank You for Supporting CapCon!
  303. Thank You for Supporting the Center!
  304. Bills Impose Accountability on Powerful Historic Districts
  305. Detroit is Not Really Tracking the 'Comp Time' of its Employees
  306. Michigan Can Do More On Occupational Licensing
    Free event in Lansing next month
  307. January 22, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Flint water money, driving while stoned, more

  308. Don't Blame Lack of Money for Deplorable Conditions in Detroit Schools
  309. Removing Someone Else's Dog Collar Could Mean Jail Time
  310. In West Virginia Right-to-Work Debate, Unions Re-Use Scare Story Script
  311. Hit Rewind: Union Trots Out False 'School Cuts' Claim (Again)
  312. How the Flint Water Story Was Uncovered
  313. Group Seeks to Press Tesla Sales Issue in Lansing
  314. Indicted Detroit Principal Claims Robin Hood Status, Collected Six-Figure Paychecks
  315. Republican Senators Propose Sales Tax Increase for Roads
  316. Pity the Pollsters: Cellphones Complicate Fraught Process
  317. West Virginia Could Become 26th Right-to-Work State
  318. CON Law Restricts Patient Access to Critical Health Care Services

    State gets no benefit from protectionist rationing scheme

  319. January 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

    Occupational licensure mandates, African-American needs, more

  320. Money, Not Governance, Appears Main Focus of New Detroit School Proposal
  321. Read This Or You May Die
  322. Michigan Universities Doing Just Fine

    And without more taxpayer money

  323. City: Vote 'Yes' On Tax Hike or You May Die
  324. The Numbers Behind Upcoming Adequacy Study

    Michigan students slow to improve, despite increased funding

  325. Detroit School Bailout Jeopardized by Teacher Sickouts
  326. Statewide Ridesharing Regulations

    A simple solution to the Uber lawsuit

  327. Michigan’s Next Criminal Intent Challenge

    Many local ordinances would benefit from reform

  328. Supreme Court Tone Appears to Favor Ending Agency Fees to Unions
  329. In Michigan, $1.5 Billion Powerball Pot Just $522 Million After Taxes
  330. Pravda Worked for the Kremlin, Why Not Here?
  331. Unions Do Not Benefit All Employees

    Friedrichs is a case study in how unions can benefit some at the expense of others

  332. Vernuccio Op-ed Published on

    Labor policy director discusses Friedrichs case in press

  333. Detroit District Teachers Stage Sickout; Charter Teachers Go to Work
  334. Detroit Teacher Sickout Strike Causes 80 Percent of Students to Miss School
  335. This Supreme Court Case Could Forever Change Government Unions
  336. State Legislature Looking to Address Detroit School Sickouts
  337. Union Officials Spin Lawsuit Doom and Disinformation, Members Don’t Buy It
  338. Ratepayers vs. Monopoly: How Will Next Utilities Commissioner Rule?
  339. Michigan Voters Will Now Have to Select Their Politicians Individually
  340. Union Activists Protest Opposition to Coerced Union Dues
  341. Mackinac Center Subject of SEIU Protest

    Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association at issue

  342. New Taxpayer-Funded Electioneering Restrictions Anger Local Government Tax Hikers
  343. Fewer Opportunity Seekers Flee Michigan

    The number of customers heading out of Michigan was largely offset by the number moving into the state.

  344. MEA Announces Violation of Right-to-Work Law, Says Members May Leave at Anytime

    Notice published in official magazine

  345. Michigan Economy No Longer Dependent on Auto Industry
  346. The Real Problem with Government Pensions

    Hint: It's not markets or greedy workers

  347. Star Wars Made $1 Billion in 10 Days; Feds Spend That Much During Every Showing
  348. Political Reasons, Not Economic Ones, Keep Corporate Welfare Agency Alive
  349. Weekly Standard Features Mackinac Center Research

    Examining government alcohol control across the country

  350. Vernuccio Quoted on UAW Bullying in The Detroit News

    Coverage of intimidation by UAW local

  351. Rebecca Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association
  352. Michigan’s Walkathon Ban: A Repeal 80 Years in the Making
  353. Schools Seek New Property Tax Powers
  354. Use a Charter School Board to Reorganize Detroit Public Schools
  355. Schools and Locals Electioneer for Tax Hikes, State Nods
  356. What You Read Last Year: Our Top Stories of 2015
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