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

Unions Complicit in Retirement Benefit Crisis

Public sector union members protested at the state capitol this week because lawmakers are considering reforms to post-employment health insurance benefits promised by local governments to their employees. Union officials loudly proclaim that these benefits should not be cut, and it’s not clear that the recently introduced package would cut them. … more

Charters Schools ‘Segregated’? Children Only Attend If Their Parents Choose

For years, the most common criticism of America’s public charter schools was that they cherry-picked the best students from conventional public schools, which opponents said accounted for charter’s superior academic performance. … more

Raise For Detroit School Union Official Exceeds Salary Of Many Teachers

The highest paid employee for the AFT-Michigan union is no longer its president. It’s Jon Curtiss, who is now collecting a salary of $191,395 after getting a $65,188 raise in 2017. … more

Grosse Pointe Restricts Nonresident Students, Board Member Joins ‘Charter School Segregation’ Chorus

Grosse Pointe has some of the most restrictive policies in the state regarding who is allowed to attend their schools.  … more

Ex-Con Working as Nurse Gets Denied License When Moving to Michigan

Michigan's restrictive licensing denies people opportunities. … more

Assessing Michigan’s Alleged Teacher Shortage

It’s a common refrain recently that Michigan is facing a teacher shortage. But is that really true? … more

Detroit Schools’ Annual Budget Balanced With Emergency Bailout Money

For years, Detroit's public school district overspent and sat in debt. However, Detroit’s reconstituted public school district is projected to have a small surplus in fiscal year 2018. … more

Taxpayers Shouldn’t Subsidize High Income Housing

Michigan has a number of programs that try to make housing affordable to people that don’t have a lot of income. But stranger, Michigan has a program that subsidizes high-income housing, as well. … more

Another Pension ‘Spike’ For Outgoing Teachers Union President

MEA President Steve Cook suffered through policy defeat after policy defeat during his six-year tenure. However, the union still gave him a $23,000 annual raise in his last year that served as a boost to his state pension. … more

How Right-to-Work and the End of the 'Dues Skim' Killed the SEIU in Michigan

In 2012, the Michigan branch of the Service Employees International Union representing home health care workers was riding high. It had 55,000 members, brought in $22 million annually and was able to spend nearly $3.5 million on politics. Then it all came crashing down. … more