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

Foreign Trade More Important To Michigan Than Any Other State

Two University of Michigan economics professors independently reported that foreign trade plays a larger role in Michigan’s economy than in any other state in the nation. … more

Put ISD Funding on Education Budget Table

Gov. Rick Snyder has pitted a generous increase in overall student funding against cuts to certain kinds of educational services some families prefer. But it doesn't have to be an either-or proposition; there are other options that could be put on the table. … more

Sponsor Of Medicaid Work Requirements: They’re The ‘Right Thing To Do’

Republicans in the Michigan House and Senate have introduced bills requiring state health and welfare officials to ask permission from the federal government to impose certain training or work requirements as a condition of getting Medicaid health benefits. … more

Supreme Court Eyes Unions Politicking With Fees Compelled From Workers

Largely underreported is the fact that U.S. unions spent $1.7 billion during the 2016 election cycle, according to an analysis by the National Institute for Labor Relations Research. … more

Property Tax Revenue On a Slow Rise

The largest source of revenue for local governments is property taxes. They raised $14.0 billion for the state, schools, community colleges and local governments in 2017, a 2.42 percent increase from the previous year.  … more

School District Gets More From State For Fewer Students, Super Calls It Inadequate

Another public school official in Michigan is talking about inadequate state funding as one of the reasons his district is financially strapped. … more

Union Official Says Teachers In Second-Highest Paying District Need Second Jobs

The teachers union president at the Michigan school district with the state’s second-highest paid teachers says many of those teachers must work second jobs to “make ends meet.” … more

An Apparent Political Panic In Response To University Sex Abuse Scandal

The Michigan Legislature have introduced at least 30 bills and resolutions related to the Michigan State University sexual abuse scandal involving Larry Nassar. … more

Whitmer ‘Tired Of ... Corporate Tax Giveaways’ But Voted For Dozens

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer has tried to play both sides of the fence when it comes to her position on corporate welfare. … more

Noteworthy In 2017: School Pensions Reformed, No Annual Contribution Shortfall

For the first time in eight years, the state of Michigan put more money into its public schools employees’ pension fund than accounting rules require. Contributing less than that in most years is how a pension funding shortfall has grown large. … more