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Jim Riley got his own fiscal house in order so he could retire. Now he wonders why his city government can’t do the same for their employees, and taxpayers who could end with huge bills from the unfunded retirement liabilities.

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Metro Detroit Transit Tax Assumes Funding From State and Feds That May Never Come

Officials with state and federal transportation agencies say they did not review funding assumptions for the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan's $4.6 billion metro Detroit transit tax proposal. … more

Defined-Contribution Plans Help State Credit

It is unlikely that converting Michigan’s school employee pension program to a defined-contribution system will tarnish the state’s credit rating.  … more

Tilt from Tax Cutting to Corporate Welfare Renews Failed Approach to Economic Growth

During Michigan’s economic “Lost Decade” of the 2000s, state government seemed to have just one response for crushing declines in income and employment that cost about 800,000 residents their jobs between 2000 and 2010: more corporate welfare. … more

Media Loves Corporate Welfare Stories, But Silent When Jobs Go Bust

Free-market economists have coined the term “press release economics” to refer to state corporate welfare deals whose job projections generate round after round of favorable media reports — but seldom any follow-up when no jobs materialize. … more

$1 Billion of Tax Money Thrown Into a Growing Deficit

Michigan lawmakers pumped an extra $1 billion into the school employee pension fund. But that is insufficient to pay even the interest on the debt, let alone catch up on the $26.7 billion of unfunded liabilities. … more

WikiLeaks: Granholm's Obama Job Application Oversold Clean Energy Jobs

The leaked WikiLeaks emails released this month offer insight into former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s belief that she could reinvent the state’s economy. … more

Government Official Denigrates Citizen for Seeking Public Information

The clerk of Lincoln Township, Michigan — a small township near the tip of the Thumb — publicly criticized a citizen for filing a Freedom of Information Act request. … more

Some Upper Peninsula Residents In Revolt Over Federal Road Closings

Some Upper Peninsula residents are outraged over a U.S. Forest Service plan to close roads in the Hiawatha National Forest.  … more

Michigan Considers Freeing Up Uber and Taxis

A package of bills that would establish statewide, uniform regulations and an open market for transportation companies has been introduced in the Michigan Legislature.  … more

For the Record

The Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency is seeking voter approval of a property tax increase for school operations. While it claims its schools are underfunded, its pension costs are eating up more and more of the state dollars. … more
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The latest batch of WikiLeaks emails included a leaked 2008 dispatch from then Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm promoting herself as a candidate for President Barack Obama’s secretary of energy. Her resume, as it turns out, wasn't so impressive. … more
The state of Michigan gives millions of dollars to private schools in various manners. … more
Cities across the state are getting more money but focusing on one area where they received a reduction. That paints a false picture of overall city finances. … more
The left-progressive Progress Michigan launched a campaign that claims public schools are getting fewer state dollars. That's not true. … more
Hillary Clinton wondered why she's not leading more in the polls. Attacking a popular law won't get her there. … more
Union officials just can't see to be accurate when discussing teacher compensation. … more
The Michigan Education Association has a history of misstating facts. It did it again involving Benton Harbor teachers and their salaries. … more
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