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

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

Rise In State Revenue Far Exceeds Cost Of Defeated Income Tax Cut

The state of Michigan's two largest budget accounts are projected to get $827 million more this year than last year. … more

Union In Potential Landmark Case Gave To Sharpton, Progressives, Dem Party

While a union might be thought of as an organization that focus on workplace conditions and wages, the political activities of one union may lead to a significant change in labor law across the country. … more