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Some institutions of higher education have cracked down on free speech. Even in Michigan, universities have speech codes that restrict students’ speech, campus groups have prevented speakers from delivering talks and administrators have stopped individuals from handing out certain literature.

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Skilled Trades Teachers Don’t Need a College Degree

The Michigan Legislature is considering some bills that would make it easier for skilled trades workers to teach in the state by exempting them from certain mandates.  … more

Bills Would Ban Keeping Taxpayer Handouts To Corporations Secret

Two bills introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives last month would require the state Department of Treasury to reveal which companies are receiving incentives promised through the now-moribund Michigan Economic Growth Authority. … more

The Most Bizarre Licenses in Michigan

The state's licensing requirements create obstacles that can lead to fewer opportunities for young people and bad news for people with a criminal record. … more

Police Set Up Crime, Entrap College Student’s Cellphone and $100

Police created the circumstances for the crime to be committed and then did not arrest or charge the individual they lured. But they did keep his money and cell phone. … more

Federal Tax Proposal Not Perfect, but Good for Michigan, Nation

“Law and sausage,” German aristocrat Otto von Bismarck was reputed to say, “are two things you do not want to see being made.” Today’s sausage making in Washington, D.C., involves the final release of tax reform specifics that — if adopted — will mark the most comprehensive federal tax reform legislation since 1986. … more

Unions That Say Prevailing Wage Law Protects Retirees Mismanage Worker Pensions

According to Michigan Prevails, a union-supported advocacy website, a state law called the prevailing wage “strongly supports the construction industry by providing sound pension programs.” … more

Half Of Able-Bodied Michigan Medicaid Expansion Enrollees Don’t Work

A new report says that in Michigan, half the people in the able-bodied Medicaid expansion population do not work at all. … more

Why We Might Not Want to Require Rescue

A new bill under consideration in the Michigan Legislature would require people to help rescue others who are in danger. But it is unlikely to have a positive effect and may even do more harm than good. … more

When Firefighters Aren’t Allowed to Fight Fires

The state of Michigan doesn’t license firefighters (nor should it), but, similar to California, it does train prisoners for all sorts of jobs they cannot legally perform upon their release.  … more

Iron Mountain Schools Draws Flak for Novel Homeschool Co-op

A school district near the Michigan-Wisconsin border in the Upper Peninsula is getting pushback over the structure and funding of a co-op it runs with some homeschool families in the area. … more

Michigan’s prevailing wage law requires contractors who bid on government construction projects to pay wages based on union pay scales provided by union officials.

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For the Record

The state's largest teachers' union is saying few young people want to go into teaching. But that didn't stop 440 people from applying for teaching positions last year at Kalamazoo Public Schools. … more
Patricia Poppe, president and CEO of CMS Energy, said the last thing she wants is somebody to say their electric prices are too high. Consumers Energy has the highest residential prices in the five-state region. … more
A claim by the state police that police abuse of civil asset forfeiture is rare deserves some scrutiny. … more
The Michigan Health and Hospital Association recently released two video advertisements aimed at drivers, encouraging them to contact their state representatives to oppose an auto insurance reform bill currently pushed by House leaders and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. … more
A progressive advocacy group is fighting to maintain a tax write-off which overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy. … more
The worst urban public school district in the country doesn't like competition. … more
David Lorenz of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation says he never focused on return on investment from the state's Pure Michigan tourism campaign. But his past comments seem to refute that claim. … more
Lawmakers in 18 states have adopted some form of tuition tax credit program that lets individuals or businesses claim a tax credit for donations that help students attend a private school. … more
The notion that some school districts have received less state dollars over the last few years is not accurate. Yet, the claims persist. … more
The state Treasury is concerned about losing $30 million if "driver responsibility fees" are erased. But that department didn't oppose $38 million in pet projects for legislators. … more