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  1. 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.


     
  2. 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. 


     
  3. Bottom Line Will Tell How Effective House Republicans are at Limiting Government
     
  4. Here we go Again: Trying to Make Legislators' Records Public
     
  5. Mackinac Analyst on Frank Beckman Show
    James Hohman talks about Proposal 1 study findings.
     
  6. March 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    A raise for judges; welfare truants; legalized scalping.
     
  7. WSJ: Pension Reform 'Transition Cost' Claim More Bogus than Ever

    Transitions costs are illusionary


     
  8. Proposal 1 Will Cost Average Michigan Household Up to $525 a Year in Extra Taxes
     
  9. What Happened in Five Days?
     
  10. How Right-to-Work Can Make Unions Stronger

    Unions can still collectively bargain, but must earn support of workers


     
  11. Poor Cities' School Districts Receive the Most Funding
     
  12. Budget Cut to the Bone? It's Increased by $5 Billion the Last Three Years
     
  13. House Considers Repealing Outdated Crimes
    Current crimes include walkathons and reproachful language.
     
  14. New Study Analyzes Impact of Proposal 1 on Taxpayers
     
  15. State's Tourism Agency Sees Tourism-Boosting Lodging Service as a 'Threat'
     
  16. Proposal 1 of 2015: An Analysis
     
  17. State Superintendent Puts Failing Schools Ahead of Students' Choice
     
  18. Site Map
    An overview of the website.
     
  19. Grands Rapids Mayor: Hate the Drillers, Love Their Money
     
  20. State Film Incentives are the Real 'President Business' Villain
     
  21. Transit: So Popular it Needs to be Subsidized
     
  22. Deficit-Ridden District Almost Demolishes Building Rather Than Take $3.5 Million From Charter
     
  23. Automatic Tax Increases are Not Good Policy

    Letter: Continued cigarette tax policy will increase smuggling from other states


     
  24. March 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Abortions, homosexual adoptions, bake sale "push-back"
     
  25. Media Covers MEA President’s Public Pension

    Story first discovered by Michigan Capitol Confidential


     
  26. Detroit Free Press Follows Up Story Broken by CapCon
    Free Press story covers civil asset forfeiture victim.
     
  27. Dispute Over $1,500 Charge for Phantom Copies from State is Resolved
     
  28. National Study: Detroit Charters Should Serve as a Model for Other Communities
     
  29. If You Can't Beat 'Em, Sound Like 'Em
     
  30. Mackinac Research Featured in Wall Street Journal
    Hohman and Skorup cited on film subsidies
     
  31. Smuggling Rampant in Minnesota
    The unintended costs of cigarette 'sin' taxes
     
  32. Mitch Albom's 'Single-Industry' Blunder
     
  33. The 'M' in MEDC Should No Longer Stand For 'Mystery'
     
  34. 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.


     
  35. Community College Secretaries Secede From the State's Largest Teachers Union
     
  36. Bill Package Includes Elimination of Energy Choice
     
  37. Letter to the Detroit Free Press on Film Subsidies

    Corporate welfare programs rarely produce net new jobs


     
  38. Mackinac Center Gets FOIA Charges Reduced from $1,550 to $50
     
  39. Partisan Left’s Corporate Welfare Position Depends on Which Party Holds Office
     
  40. Oklahoma Shows Pension Reform Can Boost a State's Credit Rating
     
  41. The GOP Politicians Who Voted Against Ending Film Subsidies
     
  42. Detroit News Highlights Mackinac FOIA Fee Case
    FOIA laws in need of reform.
     
  43. March 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Crime & punishment, film subsidies.
     
  44. Washington Examiner Quotes Vernuccio
    Supreme Court could take up issue of agency fees.
     
  45. How Steve Cook's Pension Will Cost Taxpayers
     
  46. MEA Union President In Line for Six-Figure Government Pension
     
  47. House Vote on Terminating Michigan Film Producer Subsidies
    House rejects $50 million per year program.
     
  48. Three Reasons Why Michigan Should End Film Incentives

    Results show the investment is not worth it


     
  49. Excise Tax Hike on Cigarettes Irrational Choice for Washington

    Fewer legal sales doesn't necessarily mean lower smoking rates


     
  50. State on Required Payments for School Employees' Pension: 'The Check is in the Mail'
     
  51. Why Unions Care About Paid Sick Time
     
  52. Will Michigan GOP Continue Michael Moore Film Subsidies?
    Program is a waste of taxpayer money.
     
  53. LaFaive in Los Angeles Times
    Detroit’s foreclosure problem and what to do about it.
     
  54. Vernuccio Cited in Forbes
    Why Wisconsin and others become right-to-work.
     
  55. State Education Department's Puzzling Stance on Students' Family Income
     
  56. The 'Astroturf' Campaign to Force Employers to Give Paid Sick Time
     
  57. Paid Leave Isn't Free Leave
     
  58. Unions and a Complicit Media in Pro-Paid Sick Time Campaign
     
  59. A $46,000 Spread in the Cost of Tuition Per Degree at Michigan Universities
     
  60. Weak Membership Growth Shows Need for New Union
     
  61. What the New Legislature Should Stand For — And What It Should Not
     
  62. Hey! Is that Brad Pitt in the Frozen Food Aisle?
     
  63. $23K School Employee Upset that MEA President’s Pension Spiked by $200K Union Salary
     
  64. Sheriff Lieutenant Caught on Video Saying Officers Disciplined for Not Writing Enough Tickets
     
  65. Right-To-Work For Taylor Teachers Begins Today
    Mackinac Center Legal Foundation case in the news
     
  66. March 3, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Pension debt, double-dipping, film subsidies
     
  67. Now is the Time to Demand Transparency from State's Corporate Welfare Agency
     
  68. Hohman in Wall Street Journal
    Right-to-work states enjoy higher per capita income
     
  69. Michigan Appeals Court Denies Stay in Taylor Teacher Case
     
  70. School Reformers Have 'Significant Concerns' About State Superintendent Finalist
     
  71. House Committee Votes to End Michigan Film Incentives

    $500 million spent for no permanent jobs


     
  72. Everything You Need to Know, Except the Cost
     
  73. Obamacare's Michigan Tale: Small Drop in Uninsured While Families Pay More
     
  74. Wright on the Beckman Show
    MEA president earning taxpayer-funded pension.
     
  75. More Jobs, Higher Pay Since Right-to-Work Passed in Michigan
     
  76. VoteSpotter

    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.


     
  77. High Court Should Strike Agency Fees
     
  78. How Wind Energy Creates More Dependence on Fossil Fuels
     
  79. Mackinac Center Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court to End Union Agency Fees
     
  80. Plot to Kill Film Credits Begins to Look Plausible
     
  81. Vernuccio in Washington Times
    Wisconsin at work on right-to-work
     
  82. February 27, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    BB guns (‘Ralphie’s Law’), more corporate subsidies
     
  83. 'If It's Not Illegal, It Should Be'
     
  84. Hohman on Film Incentives

    Price tag of $500 million for no industry growth


     
  85. LaFaive's Minnesota Senate Tax Committee Testimony

    Fiscal policy expert shows analysis of cigarette taxes and smuggling


     
  86. School District Carries MEA President on its Books, Boosting His Pension
     
  87. MEA President Inflating Public Pension with $200K Salary While Working for Private Union
     
  88. Hohman Testimony to House Committee
     
  89. How Occupational Licensing Redistributes Income
    No benefits to consumers to be found.
     
  90. IMPACT January/February 2015
     
  91. No Ineffective Teacher Left Behind
     
  92. CBS 'Battle Creek' Show Misses City's Real Police Drama
     
  93. Why Worker Freedom is Right for Wisconsin
     
  94. Vernuccio's Wisconsin Senate Committee Testimony Video
     
  95. The Facts on Electricity Choice

    Consumers pay a high price for utility monopolies.


     
  96. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Tone Deaf to Requests for Transparency
     
  97. The 'Too Many School Districts' Myth
    Enrollment data doesn't support claim.
     
  98. Right to Work Isn't the Only Option

    The state should give workers and unions more choices.


     
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  100. Michigan May Send Film Credits to the Cutting Room Floor
     
  101. State's Corporate Welfare Agency Hasn't Faced Real Media Scrutiny
     
  102. February 20, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Guns, drones and votes. Subsidies ate the budget.
     
  103. The Real Problem With ‘Economic Development’ Programs

    Michigan should end the MEDC


     
  104. 96 Percent of Michigan Schools Getting Richer
     
  105. MEDC Feeling the Heat for Corporate Welfare Deals Coming Home to Roost
     
  106. House Republicans Announce Criminal Justice Reforms
    The state should repeal antiquated and unnecessary criminal laws.
     
  107. LaFaive in National Media

    Mackinac Center expert's analysis on cigarette smuggling cited in national report


     
  108. Media Covers McHugh's Committee Testimony

    Few jobs, little transparency for Michigan corporate welfare machine


     
  109. What if this had Happened at a Charter School?
     
  110. 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."


     
  111. 2014 Was a Great Year for Adding Jobs in Michigan
     
  112. Public Letter on Direct Automobile Sales

    Center signs on to letter explaining why state should allow car manufacturers to sell directly to consumers.


     
  113. 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


     
  114. Governor Praises Detroit School Ranked Among the Worst in the State
     
  115. International Japanese School Gets a Second Chance
     
  116. Labor Board Says Teacher Union Committed an Unfair Labor Practice and Acted “arbitrarily, indifferent and reckless”
     
  117. Right-to-Work Debate: Former Labor Boss and Think Tank Labor Expert Square Off
     
  118. Charter School Growth in Michigan is Not the 'Wild, Wild West'
     
  119. Lower Gas Costs Benefit School Funding in May 5 Ballot Proposal
     
  120. February 13, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Presidential primary, absent voting, subsidies ate the budget.
     
  121. Reitz on Overcriminalization

    MCPP, ACLU and Manhattan Institute panel discussion.


     
  122. Double Tax on Some Fuels is Problematic for $2 Billion May 5 Proposal
     
  123. Vernuccio in Bloomberg Business
     
  124. Ballot Proposal Backers Weighing Strategy

    $2 billion tax hike vote on May 5.


     
  125. State-Protected Alcohol Cartels Don’t Improve Public Safety
     
  126. Media Muddles Magnitude of May Tax Hike Vote
     
  127. How to Deal with Michigan’s Vast Criminal Code
     
  128. Ohio Cigarette Tax Increase Would Bring Unintended Consequences
     
  129. How Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law Raises Costs
     
  130. 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.


     
  131. Closing School Retirement System the Right Choice

    MPSERS has been underfunded in 29 out of the past 30 years


     
  132. How Local Governments Toe the Line Advocating for Tax Hikes
     
  133. Here's the Upcoming Political Drama in Michigan
     
  134. Increased North Dakota Tobacco Taxes Could Lead to Rampant Smuggling
     
  135. Economic Freedom in Michigan and Beyond
     
  136. May Sales Tax Proposal Explained
     
  137. The Myth of a Spreading ‘Tax Cut Fever’
     
  138. Court of Claims Tosses MEA's Right-to-Work Lawsuit
     
  139. What the New Legislature Should Stand For – and What It Should Not
     
  140. House GOP Action Plan Points the Way to Real Reform

    Repealing prevailing wage a top priority.


     
  141. February 6, 2015, MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call
    Pension double dipping, concealed pistol rules.
     
  142. Teacher Claims Union Ruined Her Credit, Humiliated Her Over Trying to Leave
     
  143. IRS to Tom Brady: Nice Trophy. What's That Worth?
     
  144. MEA Drops Attempt to Stop Vote on Decertification
     
  145. Bipartisan Effort to Reform Licensing Laws

    President Obama, scholars call for rollback of rules.


     
  146. Vernuccio Op-Ed in Washington Times

    How Big Labor can solve its membership crisis.


     
  147. Energy Policy Director: Wind Energy isn't Cheap and Alone Can't Meet Our Needs
     
  148. Time to Uncork Beer and Wine Reforms?

    Office of Regulatory Reinvention seeks input.


     
  149. Difference Between Bridge and Center Report Cards

    Both are superior to state's Top-to-Bottom rankings.


     
  150. CapCon Interview with Founding Editor Ken Braun and Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman
     
  151. State Liquor Commission Should End Rules that Hike Prices
     
  152. CapCon Celebrates its Five Year Anniversary
     
  153. Center Study Featured in WZZM Report

    Overcriminalization a growing concern nationwide.


     
  154. Politicians Want to Review State Agency that has 1 in 5 Jobs Track Record
     
  155. Litigants Ask Supreme Court to Review County Land Bank Cherry-Picking Prime Property
     
  156. Michigan Adds, Loses Thousands of Jobs

    More proof corporate welfare doesn't work.


     
  157. District Ties Teachers' Salaries to Financial Health
     
  158. One Lawsuit Settled, But No Truce in Wind Energy Debate
     
  159. Eight Days, 196 Bills, 12 Constitutional Amendments

    Repeal film subsidies, let nurses do more, stalking registry.


     
  160. The End of Hollywood Corporate Welfare?

    Legislators look to fix budget overspending.


     
  161. 'Free' Community College

    Not a very sound idea.


     
  162. Ethanol Study Touted as Independent Was Paid for by Corn Growers
     
  163. In Ann Arbor, Jim Harbaugh Gets $150,000 Academic Incentive – City's Teachers Get $150
     
  164. Granholm Too Cool For Her Own Cool Initiative?
     
  165. Jennifer Granholm = Job Creator ... Really?
     
  166. Federal Government Stymies Energy Production on its Land
     
  167. 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.
     
  168. Michigan Celebrates School Choice
     
  169. Michigan Celebrates National School Choice Week
     
  170. $10,000 Plus More a Year, But Take Home Pay is the Same?
     
  171. Michigan Turns 178

    A look back at the early days.


     
  172. Fixing Michigan's Budget-Killing School Employees' Pension Up in the Air
     
  173. 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.


     
  174. Spalding Discusses School Choice

    Joined on WKAR by Democratic lawmaker.


     
  175. Two Cheers for Legislators on Licensing

    Good progress in 2013, more to be done.


     
  176. Labor Policy Expert Cited on Union Decline

    Vernuccio in Detroit News, Free Press.


     
  177. State Revenue Increasing by $640 Million
     
  178. The Costs and Benefits of Wind Energy: Competing Groups Hold Forums
     
  179. 88 New Bills in Four Days — a Sampler
    Ban local Uber bans, restrict religious freedom restrictions.
     
  180. Wind Energy Allegations Deserve Hearings

    Claims about efficiency, health hazards should be explored.


     
  181. Governor Signs Bill Freeing Up Market Approach to Health Care
     
  182. State Out Nearly $300M from Cigarette Smuggling

    Yet another unintended consequence of high excise taxes.


     
  183. Why Not Double the Prevailing Wage?

    Arbitrary rate does harm taxpayers, school districts.


     
  184. Open Letter to the Liquor Control Commission

    Abandon rules allowing industry price collusion.


     
  185. State Agency Wants $1,500 for a No-Cost Electronic File
     
  186. Speed Limit Reform Died Last Year but May be Revived
     
  187. Mackinac Center Sues Michigan Liquor Control Commission Over FOIA Fees
     
  188. Despite Media Reports, Michigan's Revenues are Increasing
     
  189. Another Tobacco Store Burglary Today

    Unintended consequence of high cigarette taxes.


     
  190. MEDC's New Program: Government Funding Government
     
  191. How Michigan Blew a Hole in its Budget
     
  192. Gov. Snyder’s 2015 State of the State Address Included Six Proposed Government Expansions, One Limitation
     
  193. Point One Finger, Three are Pointing Back at You
     
  194. Feds Take Step Forward on Asset Forfeiture

    Now state needs to step up.


     
  195. Michigan Sales Tax Hike Proposal May Provide Schools With Less
     
  196. Did the State Superintendent Advocate Detroit Schools Hire More Teachers?
     
  197. And They’re Off – Jan. 16 Legislature Report
    Hike taxes, extend term limits, repeal "prevailing wage"
     
  198. 'Big Oil' and Climate Change

    Debunking an urban myth.


     
  199. Center Research Cited in Washington Post

    New cigarette smuggling study released.


     
  200. State Superintendent Advocates Hiring More Teachers in Detroit
     
  201. Legislature Looks at Repealing Prevailing Wage

    Center experts made suggestion 20 years ago.


     
  202. 'Blown Away' Program Prolonged

    Corporate welfare program a continued failure.


     
  203. MEGA Fail: Progress Michigan Bashes Republican Governor for Democratic Governor’s Program
     
  204. Awarded Millions, Wind Turbine Company Defaults on State Loan
     
  205. Cigarette Smugglers Still Love New York and Michigan, but Illinois Closing In
     
  206. Analysis: High Cigarette Taxes Contributing to Increased Smuggling Rates in Michigan, Elsewhere
     
  207. Renewable Energy Advocate Falsely Claims Industry is not Supported by Taxpayer Dollars
     
  208. 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.


     
  209. A Fresh Angle: Taking on 'Big Wind' With Competition
     
  210. MEA Gives Update on Cyberbullying Bill While Still Bullying Ex-Members
     
  211. Michigan's Pension Underfunding Problem
     
  212. ‘Tax Cut Fever’ – Never Burning Hot

    Has tax cut phobia gripped Lansing?


     
  213. A Presidential Flip Flop
     
  214. Five Years Later, Granholm's Green Economic Vision has Failed to Materialize
     
  215. The Mackinac Center, Policy, and Politics

    Setting the record straight


     
  216. Despite 'Tax Cut Fever,' State Revenue Grows by Billions
     
  217. LaFaive on WKZO in Kalamazoo

    Discussed migration, legislative priorities and roads.


     
  218. 'Green Energy' Companies Awarded $231 Million Created Just 44 Full-Time Jobs
     
  219. Union Tries to Block Election that Would Decertify it
     
  220. Doctors Accepting More Medicaid Patients – for Now
     
  221. A Better School Just a Mile Away, but Parents Don't Get a Choice
     
  222. Detroit Homicide Rate isn't the Lowest Since 1967, Despite TV Station's Claim
     
  223. Charter School Student Enjoying Success at Stanford

    Detroit student had been accepted to several top universities.


     
  224. Statewide Media Attention for Missed Votes Report

    How did your legislator do?


     
  225. Plan for Green Energy Biogas Facility in Reed City 'Just Dies'
     
  226. He's the Best Man for the Job, and So is His Brother
     
  227. Huron County Looks at Wind Turbine Moratorium
     
  228. Dear Taxpayer: Does This 'Bug' You?

    Politicians often focus on less important matters


     
  229. Bowl-ing for Dollars
     
  230. Center Report Card Puts School Performance in Context
     
  231. Happy New Year! It’s Time for Tax Cuts
     
  232. What is a 'Green Job'? Advocates Won't Say
     
  233. As Conventional Public Schools Fail Transparency Law, Charters are Targeted
     
  234. In or Out? How is Michigan Doing Among Other States?

    New United Van Lines National Movers Study released.


     
  235. How Would You Spend an Extra $130?

    How would you spend an extra $130?


     
  236. Politicians Don’t Guide the Economy, You Do
    Economic growth starts with the individual, not the state.
     
  237. No, Michigan is Not Projected to Run a Deficit
     
  238. Union Threatens School District for Removing Illegal Language From Contracts
     
  239. Happy New Year!

    The perfect time for tax cuts.


     
  240. The Best of the Best: CapCon's Top 10 Stories of 2014
     
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