MICHIGAN CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL

Spring 2014 Edition

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In this issue:

  • MEA Says 8,000 Haven't Paid Dues
  • Bars, Restaurants Could See 280 Percent Increase in Labor Costs With Minimum Wage Proposal
  • Don’t Bail Out Detroit with State Tax Dollars
  • Message From the President: Defending Free Speech
  • Vague Criminal Laws Threaten Individual Liberty and Burden the Justice System
  • SEIU Fined Almost $200,000 Over Actions Tied To 2012 Ballot Proposal Campaign
  • Lawsuit Filed Against MEA Over Dues Policies, ‘Fair Representation’
  • Hospital Union Resorts to Intimidation Tactics Against Workers Who Opt Out
  • Grand Rapids Says Nonprofit Acton Institute Not A Charitable Institution
  • Reality Check: Michigan Public Schools Getting More Money For Fewer Students
  • Gubernatorial Candidate Makes Inaccurate Claim About Education Spending
  • Teachers Victorious In Their Quest To Get Out Of The MEA
  • Schauer, Other Michigan Dems Call For Higher Minimum Wage While Paying Interns Nothing
  • Do Politicians Understand Economics?
  • Who Is Behind The Minimum Wage Increase Drive?
  • Michigan Taxpayers Have Already Bailed Out Detroit
  • More Money, Higher Taxes Not the Solution for Detroit
  • Tax Board Bans Recording Equipment In Hearing Involving Nonprofit
  • City Says Recording Device Ban Was Due To ‘Miscommunication’
  • Disabled Family Sees 300 Percent Increase In Health Insurance Costs Under Obamacare
  • Bureaucrats Befuddled By America’s Auto Market
  • State Agency Has 52 Employees Who Earn More Than $100K
  • Michigan Assessors On the Path To Raise Property Taxes
  • Unlicensed Dogs Get New Leash On Life; Taxpayers Due A Refund In Traverse City
  • I'm Just A Bill

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