As cash-strapped government looks to cigarettes for tax revenue, the public responds by more illegally transporting smokes across state borders. Smugglers and thieves target stores and businesses and the benefits to state coiffures and public health are questionable.
Two separate plans to increase Michigan road funding are now on the table, one passed by the House and one by the Senate. Neither plan relies solely on a large tax hike. … more
House Joint Resolution O would let the voters decide whether the Michigan Constitution should require that “meetings,” not just “formal sessions” of higher education government boards be open to the public. … more
On the final day of its most recent session, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will consider a labor law case that experts say could dramatically limit the power of government employee unions. … more
The state House of Representatives recently cut funding for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation with the goal of freeing up money for roads. This reprioritization of spending is prudent, but it faces opposition in the state Senate. … more
Incoming Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Whiston, who takes over July 1, wants teachers to make more money, but with a caveat. He would prefer to see schools break from the current union scale system, where teacher pay is based on time on the job and a teacher's academic credentials. … more
Michigan’s public sector unions collect tens of millions of dollars from government and school employees, but if members want to learn how their dues money is being spent all they'll find is a one-page report disclosing just three aggregated spending figures. … more
When teachers, other government employees or citizens want to learn how Michigan’s public sector unions spend dues money, details can be hard to come by. … more