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

Lonely Are The Michigan Democrats Who Oppose State Checks To Corporations

Only one out of the 233 Democrats who have served in the Michigan Legislature since 2001 never voted to approve any of the taxpayer-funded business subsidy programs covered by a recent analysis of such votes. … more

22 Of 498 Michigan Legislators Said 'No' To Corporate Welfare Since 2001

Michigan state Rep. Steven Johnson was one of 22 current and former legislators who voted against every business subsidy authorization that came before them according to a new analysis by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. … more

The Michigan Politicians Who Approved $6 Billion In Business Subsidies

Democratic and Republican lawmakers have approved handing out $16 billion in cash subsidies to businesses since 2001. … more

Millions In Taxpayer Money For Pontiac Theater And Little To Show 

The Strand Theatre in Pontiac has benefited from millions in government subsidies but doesn't appear to have reached the benefits projected for the taxpayers' dollars. … more

Bonfire of the Bureaucratic Vanities

Michigan has its own class of risk-taking traders, but they are of a state-paid variety, operating programs that either mandate unusually risky investments with taxpayer money or undertake them outright. … more

Detroit Charters Send More Graduates to College Than Peers Do

Detroit charter schools rightly merit attention for helping students improve on math and reading tests. But they deliver other benefits that take longer to emerge. … more

District’s Teachers Work 50+ Days Fewer Than Private Sector, Union Prez Gripes

Emily Tims is president of the Lake Shore Federation of Teachers Local 1465. Tims, who had a salary of $81,572 in 2016-17, recently wrote a letter for Teacher Appreciation Week. … more

Sen. Patrick Colbeck Talks State Government

Michigan Capitol Confidential kicks off its interviews with gubernatorial candidates starting with Patrick Colbeck. The interview was conducted Feb. 28. … more

Michigan’s Convoluted Electricity System Leads to Strife and Strain

Michigan businesses need affordable, reliable electricity to operate. But in our noncompetitive electricity system, almost all are forced to accept monopoly utility services.  … more

Kayak Tax Proponents Try to Disguise Cash Grab as Safety Measure

Last fall, some Michigan sheriffs began calling for a new tax on nonmotorized watercraft like kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. They say that requiring Michiganders to register these boats will generate needed revenue. … more