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Results 1 to 240 for the year 2015
- Donor Privacy: How Much is Enough?
The Mackinac Center’s Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Debate will address the question of whether individuals who donate to nonprofit organizations or political issues should be able to maintain their privacy.
- Is Big Business a Danger to Economic Liberty?
Please join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for a Club Mackinac event in Grand Rapids, as we welcome Timothy P. Carney, senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the author of two books: The Big Ripoff, and Obamanomics.
- Bottom Line Will Tell How Effective House Republicans are at Limiting Government
- Here we go Again: Trying to Make Legislators' Records Public
- Mackinac Analyst on Frank Beckman Show
James Hohman talks about Proposal 1 study findings.
- March 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
A raise for judges; welfare truants; legalized scalping.
- WSJ: Pension Reform 'Transition Cost' Claim More Bogus than Ever
Transitions costs are illusionary
- Proposal 1 Will Cost Average Michigan Household Up to $525 a Year in Extra Taxes
- What Happened in Five Days?
- How Right-to-Work Can Make Unions Stronger
Unions can still collectively bargain, but must earn support of workers
- Poor Cities' School Districts Receive the Most Funding
- Budget Cut to the Bone? It's Increased by $5 Billion the Last Three Years
- House Considers Repealing Outdated Crimes
Current crimes include walkathons and reproachful language.
- New Study Analyzes Impact of Proposal 1 on Taxpayers
- State's Tourism Agency Sees Tourism-Boosting Lodging Service as a 'Threat'
- Proposal 1 of 2015: An Analysis
- State Superintendent Puts Failing Schools Ahead of Students' Choice
- Site Map
An overview of the website.
- Grands Rapids Mayor: Hate the Drillers, Love Their Money
- State Film Incentives are the Real 'President Business' Villain
- Transit: So Popular it Needs to be Subsidized
- Deficit-Ridden District Almost Demolishes Building Rather Than Take $3.5 Million From Charter
- Automatic Tax Increases are Not Good Policy
Letter: Continued cigarette tax policy will increase smuggling from other states
- March 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Abortions, homosexual adoptions, bake sale "push-back"
- Media Covers MEA President’s Public Pension
Story first discovered by Michigan Capitol Confidential
- Detroit Free Press Follows Up Story Broken by CapCon
Free Press story covers civil asset forfeiture victim.
- Dispute Over $1,500 Charge for Phantom Copies from State is Resolved
- National Study: Detroit Charters Should Serve as a Model for Other Communities
- If You Can't Beat 'Em, Sound Like 'Em
- Mackinac Research Featured in Wall Street Journal
Hohman and Skorup cited on film subsidies
- Smuggling Rampant in Minnesota
The unintended costs of cigarette 'sin' taxes
- Mitch Albom's 'Single-Industry' Blunder
- The 'M' in MEDC Should No Longer Stand For 'Mystery'
- A Conversation About Private School Choice
with Dr. Michael Q. McShane and Bruce Braun
Featuring Michael Q. McShane, a research fellow in education policy studies at AEI.
- Community College Secretaries Secede From the State's Largest Teachers Union
- Bill Package Includes Elimination of Energy Choice
- Letter to the Detroit Free Press on Film Subsidies
Corporate welfare programs rarely produce net new jobs
- Mackinac Center Gets FOIA Charges Reduced from $1,550 to $50
- Partisan Left’s Corporate Welfare Position Depends on Which Party Holds Office
- Oklahoma Shows Pension Reform Can Boost a State's Credit Rating
- The GOP Politicians Who Voted Against Ending Film Subsidies
- Detroit News Highlights Mackinac FOIA Fee Case
FOIA laws in need of reform.
- March 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Crime & punishment, film subsidies.
- Washington Examiner Quotes Vernuccio
Supreme Court could take up issue of agency fees.
- How Steve Cook's Pension Will Cost Taxpayers
- MEA Union President In Line for Six-Figure Government Pension
- House Vote on Terminating Michigan Film Producer Subsidies
House rejects $50 million per year program.
- Three Reasons Why Michigan Should End Film Incentives
Results show the investment is not worth it
- Excise Tax Hike on Cigarettes Irrational Choice for Washington
Fewer legal sales doesn't necessarily mean lower smoking rates
- State on Required Payments for School Employees' Pension: 'The Check is in the Mail'
- Why Unions Care About Paid Sick Time
- Will Michigan GOP Continue Michael Moore Film Subsidies?
Program is a waste of taxpayer money.
- LaFaive in Los Angeles Times
Detroit’s foreclosure problem and what to do about it.
- Vernuccio Cited in Forbes
Why Wisconsin and others become right-to-work.
- State Education Department's Puzzling Stance on Students' Family Income
- The 'Astroturf' Campaign to Force Employers to Give Paid Sick Time
- Paid Leave Isn't Free Leave
- Unions and a Complicit Media in Pro-Paid Sick Time Campaign
- A $46,000 Spread in the Cost of Tuition Per Degree at Michigan Universities
- Weak Membership Growth Shows Need for New Union
- What the New Legislature Should Stand For — And What It Should Not
- Hey! Is that Brad Pitt in the Frozen Food Aisle?
- $23K School Employee Upset that MEA President’s Pension Spiked by $200K Union Salary
- Sheriff Lieutenant Caught on Video Saying Officers Disciplined for Not Writing Enough Tickets
- Right-To-Work For Taylor Teachers Begins Today
Mackinac Center Legal Foundation case in the news
- March 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Pension debt, double-dipping, film subsidies
- Now is the Time to Demand Transparency from State's Corporate Welfare Agency
- Hohman in Wall Street Journal
Right-to-work states enjoy higher per capita income
- Michigan Appeals Court Denies Stay in Taylor Teacher Case
- School Reformers Have 'Significant Concerns' About State Superintendent Finalist
- House Committee Votes to End Michigan Film Incentives
$500 million spent for no permanent jobs
- Everything You Need to Know, Except the Cost
- Obamacare's Michigan Tale: Small Drop in Uninsured While Families Pay More
- Wright on the Beckman Show
MEA president earning taxpayer-funded pension.
- More Jobs, Higher Pay Since Right-to-Work Passed in Michigan
Your legislators work for you, and now there is a one-click way to stay informed and keep an eye on what they are doing in Lansing and in Washington.
- High Court Should Strike Agency Fees
- How Wind Energy Creates More Dependence on Fossil Fuels
- Mackinac Center Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court to End Union Agency Fees
- Plot to Kill Film Credits Begins to Look Plausible
- Vernuccio in Washington Times
Wisconsin at work on right-to-work
- February 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
BB guns (‘Ralphie’s Law’), more corporate subsidies
- 'If It's Not Illegal, It Should Be'
- Hohman on Film Incentives
Price tag of $500 million for no industry growth
- LaFaive's Minnesota Senate Tax Committee Testimony
Fiscal policy expert shows analysis of cigarette taxes and smuggling
- School District Carries MEA President on its Books, Boosting His Pension
- MEA President Inflating Public Pension with $200K Salary While Working for Private Union
- Hohman Testimony to House Committee
- How Occupational Licensing Redistributes Income
No benefits to consumers to be found.
- IMPACT January/February 2015
- No Ineffective Teacher Left Behind
- CBS 'Battle Creek' Show Misses City's Real Police Drama
- Why Worker Freedom is Right for Wisconsin
- Vernuccio's Wisconsin Senate Committee Testimony Video
- The Facts on Electricity Choice
Consumers pay a high price for utility monopolies.
- State's Corporate Welfare Agency Tone Deaf to Requests for Transparency
- The 'Too Many School Districts' Myth
Enrollment data doesn't support claim.
- Right to Work Isn't the Only Option
The state should give workers and unions more choices.
- Michigan May Send Film Credits to the Cutting Room Floor
- State's Corporate Welfare Agency Hasn't Faced Real Media Scrutiny
- February 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Guns, drones and votes. Subsidies ate the budget.
- The Real Problem With ‘Economic Development’ Programs
Michigan should end the MEDC
- 96 Percent of Michigan Schools Getting Richer
- MEDC Feeling the Heat for Corporate Welfare Deals Coming Home to Roost
- House Republicans Announce Criminal Justice Reforms
The state should repeal antiquated and unnecessary criminal laws.
- LaFaive in National Media
Mackinac Center expert's analysis on cigarette smuggling cited in national report
- Media Covers McHugh's Committee Testimony
Few jobs, little transparency for Michigan corporate welfare machine
- What if this had Happened at a Charter School?
- A History of Corporate Welfare Failure: Mackinac Center Testimony in the Michigan House
"The truth is these are mostly political development programs, not economic development programs."
- 2014 Was a Great Year for Adding Jobs in Michigan
- Public Letter on Direct Automobile Sales
Center signs on to letter explaining why state should allow car manufacturers to sell directly to consumers.
- Impact and How They Voted on May 5 Sales Tax Increase Ballot Measure
Who voted “yes” and who voted “no” for $2 billion tax increase
- Governor Praises Detroit School Ranked Among the Worst in the State
- International Japanese School Gets a Second Chance
- Labor Board Says Teacher Union Committed an Unfair Labor Practice and Acted “arbitrarily, indifferent and reckless”
- Right-to-Work Debate: Former Labor Boss and Think Tank Labor Expert Square Off
- Charter School Growth in Michigan is Not the 'Wild, Wild West'
- Lower Gas Costs Benefit School Funding in May 5 Ballot Proposal
- February 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Presidential primary, absent voting, subsidies ate the budget.
- Reitz on Overcriminalization
MCPP, ACLU and Manhattan Institute panel discussion.
- Double Tax on Some Fuels is Problematic for $2 Billion May 5 Proposal
- Vernuccio in Bloomberg Business
- Ballot Proposal Backers Weighing Strategy
$2 billion tax hike vote on May 5.
- State-Protected Alcohol Cartels Don’t Improve Public Safety
- Media Muddles Magnitude of May Tax Hike Vote
- How to Deal with Michigan’s Vast Criminal Code
- Ohio Cigarette Tax Increase Would Bring Unintended Consequences
- How Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Raises Costs
- Overcriminalization in Michigan
Michigan’s vast, disorganized criminal law inherently places residents at risk of unintentionally violating a growing array of regulatory crimes that are difficult to discover and understand. The complexity of administrating such a criminal code threatens to divert scarce resources away from the enforcement of serious violent and property crimes. This event will feature ideas about how to protect Michigan residents from overcriminalization and improve the state’s criminal law.
- Closing School Retirement System the Right Choice
MPSERS has been underfunded in 29 out of the past 30 years
- How Local Governments Toe the Line Advocating for Tax Hikes
- Here's the Upcoming Political Drama in Michigan
- Increased North Dakota Tobacco Taxes Could Lead to Rampant Smuggling
- Economic Freedom in Michigan and Beyond
- May Sales Tax Proposal Explained
- The Myth of a Spreading ‘Tax Cut Fever’
- Court of Claims Tosses MEA's Right-to-Work Lawsuit
- What the New Legislature Should Stand For – and What It Should Not
- House GOP Action Plan Points the Way to Real Reform
Repealing prevailing wage a top priority.
- February 6, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
Pension double dipping, concealed pistol rules.
- Teacher Claims Union Ruined Her Credit, Humiliated Her Over Trying to Leave
- IRS to Tom Brady: Nice Trophy. What's That Worth?
- MEA Drops Attempt to Stop Vote on Decertification
- Bipartisan Effort to Reform Licensing Laws
President Obama, scholars call for rollback of rules.
- Vernuccio Op-Ed in Washington Times
How Big Labor can solve its membership crisis.
- Energy Policy Director: Wind Energy isn't Cheap and Alone Can't Meet Our Needs
- Time to Uncork Beer and Wine Reforms?
Office of Regulatory Reinvention seeks input.
- Difference Between Bridge and Center Report Cards
Both are superior to state's Top-to-Bottom rankings.
- CapCon Interview with Founding Editor Ken Braun and Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman
- State Liquor Commission Should End Rules that Hike Prices
- CapCon Celebrates its Five Year Anniversary
- Center Study Featured in WZZM Report
Overcriminalization a growing concern nationwide.
- Politicians Want to Review State Agency that has 1 in 5 Jobs Track Record
- Litigants Ask Supreme Court to Review County Land Bank Cherry-Picking Prime Property
- Michigan Adds, Loses Thousands of Jobs
More proof corporate welfare doesn't work.
- District Ties Teachers' Salaries to Financial Health
- One Lawsuit Settled, But No Truce in Wind Energy Debate
- Eight Days, 196 Bills, 12 Constitutional Amendments
Repeal film subsidies, let nurses do more, stalking registry.
- The End of Hollywood Corporate Welfare?
Legislators look to fix budget overspending.
- 'Free' Community College
Not a very sound idea.
- Ethanol Study Touted as Independent Was Paid for by Corn Growers
- In Ann Arbor, Jim Harbaugh Gets $150,000 Academic Incentive – City's Teachers Get $150
- Granholm Too Cool For Her Own Cool Initiative?
- Jennifer Granholm = Job Creator ... Really?
- Federal Government Stymies Energy Production on its Land
- A Formula for Happiness with Arthur Brooks
Join AEI president Arthur Brooks for a discussion on the intersection between work, happiness, and human flourishing. This event is co-sponsored by The Mackinac Center, AEI, and Acton.
- Michigan Celebrates School Choice
- Michigan Celebrates National School Choice Week
- $10,000 Plus More a Year, But Take Home Pay is the Same?
- Michigan Turns 178
A look back at the early days.
- Fixing Michigan's Budget-Killing School Employees' Pension Up in the Air
- National School Choice Week at the Capitol
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and partner organizations cordially invite you to join us in celebrating National School Choice Week with an event from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2015, at the Capitol.
- Spalding Discusses School Choice
Joined on WKAR by Democratic lawmaker.
- Two Cheers for Legislators on Licensing
Good progress in 2013, more to be done.
- Labor Policy Expert Cited on Union Decline
Vernuccio in Detroit News, Free Press.
- State Revenue Increasing by $640 Million
- The Costs and Benefits of Wind Energy: Competing Groups Hold Forums
- 88 New Bills in Four Days — a Sampler
Ban local Uber bans, restrict religious freedom restrictions.
- Wind Energy Allegations Deserve Hearings
Claims about efficiency, health hazards should be explored.
- Governor Signs Bill Freeing Up Market Approach to Health Care
- State Out Nearly $300M from Cigarette Smuggling
Yet another unintended consequence of high excise taxes.
- Why Not Double the Prevailing Wage?
Arbitrary rate does harm taxpayers, school districts.
- Open Letter to the Liquor Control Commission
Abandon rules allowing industry price collusion.
- State Agency Wants $1,500 for a No-Cost Electronic File
- Speed Limit Reform Died Last Year but May be Revived
- Mackinac Center Sues Michigan Liquor Control Commission Over FOIA Fees
- Despite Media Reports, Michigan's Revenues are Increasing
- Another Tobacco Store Burglary Today
Unintended consequence of high cigarette taxes.
- MEDC's New Program: Government Funding Government
- How Michigan Blew a Hole in its Budget
- Gov. Snyder’s 2015 State of the State Address Included Six Proposed Government Expansions, One Limitation
- Point One Finger, Three are Pointing Back at You
- Feds Take Step Forward on Asset Forfeiture
Now state needs to step up.
- Michigan Sales Tax Hike Proposal May Provide Schools With Less
- Did the State Superintendent Advocate Detroit Schools Hire More Teachers?
- And They’re Off – Jan. 16 Legislature Report
Hike taxes, extend term limits, repeal "prevailing wage"
- 'Big Oil' and Climate Change
Debunking an urban myth.
- Center Research Cited in Washington Post
New cigarette smuggling study released.
- State Superintendent Advocates Hiring More Teachers in Detroit
- Legislature Looks at Repealing Prevailing Wage
Center experts made suggestion 20 years ago.
- 'Blown Away' Program Prolonged
Corporate welfare program a continued failure.
- MEGA Fail: Progress Michigan Bashes Republican Governor for Democratic Governor’s Program
- Awarded Millions, Wind Turbine Company Defaults on State Loan
- Cigarette Smugglers Still Love New York and Michigan, but Illinois Closing In
- Analysis: High Cigarette Taxes Contributing to Increased Smuggling Rates in Michigan, Elsewhere
- Renewable Energy Advocate Falsely Claims Industry is not Supported by Taxpayer Dollars
- Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences
Please join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in welcoming Daniel DiSalvo, assistant professor of Political Science at The City College of New York-CUNY and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership.
- A Fresh Angle: Taking on 'Big Wind' With Competition
- MEA Gives Update on Cyberbullying Bill While Still Bullying Ex-Members
- Michigan's Pension Underfunding Problem
- ‘Tax Cut Fever’ – Never Burning Hot
Has tax cut phobia gripped Lansing?
- A Presidential Flip Flop
- Five Years Later, Granholm's Green Economic Vision has Failed to Materialize
- The Mackinac Center, Policy, and Politics
Setting the record straight
- Despite 'Tax Cut Fever,' State Revenue Grows by Billions
- LaFaive on WKZO in Kalamazoo
Discussed migration, legislative priorities and roads.
- 'Green Energy' Companies Awarded $231 Million Created Just 44 Full-Time Jobs
- Union Tries to Block Election that Would Decertify it
- Doctors Accepting More Medicaid Patients – for Now
- A Better School Just a Mile Away, but Parents Don't Get a Choice
- Detroit Homicide Rate isn't the Lowest Since 1967, Despite TV Station's Claim
- Charter School Student Enjoying Success at Stanford
Detroit student had been accepted to several top universities.
- Statewide Media Attention for Missed Votes Report
How did your legislator do?
- Plan for Green Energy Biogas Facility in Reed City 'Just Dies'
- He's the Best Man for the Job, and So is His Brother
- Huron County Looks at Wind Turbine Moratorium
- Dear Taxpayer: Does This 'Bug' You?
Politicians often focus on less important matters
- Bowl-ing for Dollars
- Center Report Card Puts School Performance in Context
- Happy New Year! It’s Time for Tax Cuts
- What is a 'Green Job'? Advocates Won't Say
- As Conventional Public Schools Fail Transparency Law, Charters are Targeted
- In or Out? How is Michigan Doing Among Other States?
New United Van Lines National Movers Study released.
- How Would You Spend an Extra $130?
How would you spend an extra $130?
- Politicians Don’t Guide the Economy, You Do
Economic growth starts with the individual, not the state.
- No, Michigan is Not Projected to Run a Deficit
- Union Threatens School District for Removing Illegal Language From Contracts
- Happy New Year!
The perfect time for tax cuts.
- The Best of the Best: CapCon's Top 10 Stories of 2014
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