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

Criminal Justice Policy Commission Examines Raise-the-Age Proposals

What’s the right age for someone to be considered as an adult, rather than a juvenile, in the court system?  … more

State Spends $660 Million In Public Debt, But For What?

Janelle Cammenga spent a summer trying to track down projects that the state of Michigan spent millions of dollars on cleaning up. Yet, she had little luck with details on many of the projects. … more

Millions Borrowed And Spent For Enviro Cleanups – But Did They Happen?  

Hundreds of millions of dollars may have been spent on environmental cleanups from the 1980s that taxpayers are still paying for it. But it's difficult to find out what was done decades later. … more

Auto Insurance Reforms Worth Supporting

The Michigan Legislature is considering reforms to this state’s auto insurance laws. The problem is clear: Michiganders pay more, on average, than drivers in just about any other state. … more

State of Michigan To Restrict Union ‘Ghost Workers’

The Michigan Civil Service Commission recently voted to restrict a practice called “union release time” that allows state employees who are union stewards to do union work on state time. … more

How to Strike a Balance on Short-Term Rentals

There’s a debate in the Legislature over what to do about short-term rentals. Identical bills in the House and Senate would allow for local regulations, but prevent cities from banning the rentals altogether. That’s a good move. … more

Union Labels Nonunion Employees 'Welfare Scabs' With Vulgar Photo on Company Property

A union local’s desire to call out fellow employees who opt out of membership may conflict with company policy, one employee says. … more

Charles Murray U-M Event Illustrates Case For Campus Free Speech Legislation

A group of University of Michigan students interrupted about half of libertarian scholar Charles Murray’s speech on campus Wednesday, chanting, shouting, holding up signs and at one point turning off the lights in the auditorium. … more

Why Pension Reform Is Hard for Politicians

State and local governments across the country owe their employees and retirees billions more in pension benefits than they’ve saved to pay for them. To fix this problem, governments should stop offering benefits that can become an albatross around their necks. … more

Michigan's Top Cop Could Lose $161,903 In Double Dipping Benefits If Ousted

The embattled director of the Michigan State Police stands to lose about $161,903 if she is forced out before March 1, 2018 due to a lucrative state police program in which she is enrolled. … more