A news service for the people of Michigan from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy

July 2012

"Revising Pension System" - Lawmakers voting to keep the current pension system instead of switching public school employees into a 401(k) plan like the rest of government workers and nearly all private-sector employees.

March 2011

"Pure Spending" - Lawmakers who voted TO SPEND $10 MILLION MORE on Pure Michigan advertising.

 

November 2010

"Minimum Wage"- Michigan congressional delegates who voted TO PROHIBIT EMPLOYMENT FOR LESS THAN A SPECIFIED WAGE.

 

October 2010

"Teacher Union Money" - Republican lawmakers who received money from the Michigan Education Association (MEA).

 

August 2010

"Stimulus Fund Approval" - Lawmakers voting on STIMULUS FUNDING.

"Smoking Ban" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO PROHIBIT BUSINESS OWNERS from allowing smoking in their buildings.

 

July 2010

"Unpaid Parking Tickets" - Lawmakers who voted TO BLOCK DRIVER LICENSE RENEWAL FOR THREE UNPAID PARKING TICKETS.   

"Selected Tax Breaks" - Lawmakers voting IN FAVOR OF A SPECIAL TAX BREAK for a company in Gaylord.  

"Unemployment Spending" - Lawmakers IN FAVOR OF a resolution asking Congress for more unemployment and Medicaid spending.  

MichCapCon Profile: The 3rd Congressional District Primary

MichCapCon Profile: The 6th Congressional District Primary

MichCapCon Profile: The 2nd Congressional District Primary

MichCapCon Profile: The 12th Congressional District Primary

MichCapCon Profile: The 30th State Senate District Primary

MichCapCon Profile: The 11th State Senate District Primary

MichCapCon Profile: The 12th State Senate District Primary


June 2010

"Super Speedway" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXTEND A SPECIAL TAX PERK for a super speedway.

"Driver Responsibility Fees" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO IMPOSE 'driver responsibility fees.'

 

May 2010

"Crony Capitalism" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO RESTRICT THE RIGHT of shareholders to sell their own stock. 

 

April 2010

"Right to Work" - Lawmakers voting on an amendment SUPPORTING RIGHT-TO-WORK zones.

"Dept. of State Cost-Saving" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO SLOW DOWN PROGRESS ON THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S COST-SAVING CONSOLIDATION PLAN.  

 

March/April 2010 Edition (click here for full edition)

"Golf Carts" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO SUBSIDIZE the production of electric vehicle batteries.

 

January/February 2010 Edition (click here for full edition)

"Home Court Disadvantage" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO GIVE MORE TAXING POWER to local government in Kalamazoo so it can finance a taxpayer-subsidized sports arena.

"Mandate Beer Keg Buyer's Tags" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO MANDATE beer keg buyer's tags.

"Remonumentation of State Border" - Lawmakers voting on whether to appropriate funds up to $500,000 for remonumentation of the Michigan-Indiana border.

"Fire Safe Cigarettes" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."

"Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXPAND DUTIES of and rename government's Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs.

 

November/December 2009 Edition (click here for full edition)

"Balancing Act" - Lawmakers voting on a budget to CUT REVENUE SHARING PAYMENTS to local governments as a way to balance the state budget without raising taxes.

"Balancing Act" - Lawmakers voting on a cut of less than 3 percent to K-12 school aid payments so as to balance the state budget without tax increases.

"A Good Tax Gone Bad?" - Lawmakers voting on the Michigan Business Tax.

 

September/October 2009 Edition (click here for full edition)

"Lobster Institute" - Michigan U.S. Representatives voting on the "Lobster Institute" earmark.

"Charles B. Rangel Center" - Michigan U.S. Representatives voting on the "Charles B. Rangel Center" earmark.

"Kansas Regional Prisons Museum" - Michigan U.S. Representatives voting on the "Kansas Regional Prisons Museum" earmark.

"National Mule and Packers Museum" - Michigan U.S. Representatives voting on the "National Mule and Packers Museum" earmark.

"Perfect Christmas Tree Project" - Michigan U.S. Representatives voting on the "Perfect Christmas Tree Project" earmark.

"It's From the Children" - Lawmakers voting on whether to RAID $90 MILLION from the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority.

 

July/August 2009 Edition (click here for full edition)

"Don't Blame Canada" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN Canadian trash from Michigan landfills.

"Left Behind" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO FINANCE "No Worker Left Behind" with a 59.9 percent increase in general fund spending in the 2009 DELEG budget.

"First Class Schools?" - Lawmakers voting on whether to keep Detroit Public Schools' "first class" status even though the district no longer meets the population standard.

 

May/June 2009 Edition (click here for full edition)

"Politically Correct Capitalism" - Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE SUBSIDIES for plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.

"Politically Correct Capitalism" - Lawmakers voting on whether to GIVE SUBSIDIES for Michigan film production.

"Politically Correct Capitalism" - Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE ELECTRIC CAR SUBSIDIES for a subsidiary of a Korean battery company.

 

March/April 2009 Edition (click here for full edition)

"Secret Ballot" - Lawmakers voting on whether to keep a SECRET BALLOT for union elections.

"Property Taxes Assaulted Again" - Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.

 

January/February 2009 Edition (click here for full edition)

"Sneak Attack" - Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.

"Grapes of Wrath" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN home shipment of beer and wine to Michigan consumers.

"Subsidize Manufacture of Electric Cars" - Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a refundable Michigan Business Tax credit for makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.

"Authorize Special Tax Breaks for Ethanol Gas Stations" - Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a non-refundable Michigan Business Tax credit equal to 30 percent of the costs incurred by a gas station to convert existing pumps and tanks, or acquire new ones that deliver E85 ethanol or biodiesel fuel.

"Presidential Privileges" - Lawmakers voting on whether to require state workers to either work on President's Day or take the day off as an unpaid holiday.

 

November/December 2008 Edition (click here for full edition)

"Power Failure" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO MANDATE the production of "renewable" energy and pass additional costs on to ratepayers.

"Right to Work" - Lawmakers voting on whether to make Michigan into a right-to-work state.

"Annie Oakley Trail" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO NAME US-27 after Annie Oakley.

"Harry Gast Parkway" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO NAME a road after a term-limited legislator.

"Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO CREATE "Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day."

"State Children's Book" - Lawmakers voting on whether to commemorate an official state children's book.

"Novelty Lighters" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO IMPOSE $500 FINES on stores that sell cigarette lighters that are designed to look like toys, feature flashing lights or make musical sounds.

 

September/October 2008 Edition (click here for full edition)

"Wasteful and Wrongheaded" - Lawmakers voting on a DLEG budget with a 59.9 percent increase in general fund spending.

"Frugality Put in the Pokey" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO MANDATE a more costly process of resolving labor disputes at county jails.

"Is Private Property Leaking Away" - Lawmakers voting on government ownership of groundwater.

"Growing Up" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO PROHIBIT a business owner from choosing to allow smoking in his or her establishment.

 

July/August 2008 Edition (click here for full edition)

"Are We Nuts?" - Lawmakers voting on a K-12 budget that overspends estimated revenue by $32.2 million.

 

"Never Enough" - The amount of additional spending that each state senator supported from the $90.5 million in budget amendments from the Dept. of Community Health Budget.

"Here's the Drill" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO PROHIBIT drilling for oil and gas underneath the Great Lakes.

 

May/June 2008 Edition (click here for full edition)

"Extra Credit" - Lawmakers voting on a budget for the Department of History, Arts and Libraries that is 15.1 percent higher than fiscal year 2008 and 8.1 percent higher than the governor's recommendation.

"Extra Credit" - Lawmakers voting on one or more bills that would pay for tourism promotion with debt.

"Extra Credit" - Lawmakers voting on whether to provide SPENDING AUTHORIZATION for some $1 billion in construction projects at state universities and colleges and $100 million in state building and facility projects.

"Wage Fairness Commission" - Lawmakers voting on whether to mandate a government pay equity commission.

 

March/April 2008 Edition (click here for full edition)

"FEE-ding the Beast" - Lawmakers voting on four bills that would extend the sunset date on "temporary" business fee increases at an additional $10,760,000 per year.

"Tourism Taxes" - Lawmakers voting IN FAVOR of the local tourism tax.

 

January/February 2008 Edition (click here for full edition)

"Corny Energy Plans" - Lawmakers voting IN FAVOR of ethanol incentives.

"The Year of Living Expensively" - Budget bills for fiscal year 2008.

"No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO PROHIBIT the Secretary of State from closing branch offices

"Negotiating Savings" - Lawmakers voting on whether TO ALLOW PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEE UNIONS TO NEGOTIATE A BAN on privatization of noninstructional public school services.

 

November/December 2007 Edition (click here for full edition)

"Blown Away" - Lawmakers voting on $574 million in spending reductions.

"Blown Away" - Lawmakers voting on whether to increase the state income tax.

"Blown Away" - Lawmakers voting on whether to impose a new 6 percent sales tax on services.

"Tourism Subsidies" - Lawmakers voting on an additional $10 million on tourism promotion.

"Reform and Tax Hikes" - Lawmakers voting on whether to allow privatization of prison mental health services.

"Reform and Tax Hikes" - Lawmakers voting on whether to end certain unusually generous benefits in the public school retirement system.

"Reform and Tax Hikes" - Lawmakers voting on whether to allow more competitive bidding of school district health insurance by requiring the release of aggregate claims history.

"State Setting Private Salaries" - Lawmakers who co-sponsored one or more of the three bills that would together impose a "comparable worth" wage standard on Michigan's private-sector employees.

 

September/October 2007 Edition (click here for full edition)

"Competitive Bidding" - Lawmakers voting on an amendment requiring school districts to investigate saving money by privatizing and competitively bidding out for non-instructional school services like busing, food services and custodians.

"Spending Restraint " - Lawmakers voting on spending cuts of $250 million for fiscal 2007.

"Union Politics" - Lawmakers voting on whether to require unions to ask for permission annually before using members dues for political activity.

"Michigan Business Tax" - Lawmakers voting on the Michigan Business Tax - an equally costly replacement for the Single Business Tax.

St. Lawrence University economist Steven Horwitz discusses how the minimum wage was used to block immigrants from taking scarce jobs during the depression era. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity."


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