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

Arbitrary Michigan Licensing Laws: Auto Mechanic vs. Makeup Artist

Occupational licenses are pitched as a necessity to protect the health and safety of citizens. But they rarely perform their function, and the state has no requirement that policymakers evaluate new and existing licenses.  … more

Recent Corruption Scandals Involving Some of Michigan’s Largest Unions

Several of the major unions have had corruption scandals in the past two years, further restricting their growth and power going forward. … more

New Law Removes Obstacles to Classroom

School districts and unions have complained vigorously in recent years of a “teacher shortage.” The claim is overblown, but it still makes sense for the state to remove needless restrictions on talented people who want to teach in public schools. … more

A Look at Unions in Michigan, Five Years After Right-to-Work

Five years after Michigan – the historic bastion of union power – became a right-to-work state, most of its largest unions have seen a significant decline in membership and political spending. … more

Rural School Makes Fast Rise

In 2014 the Michigan Department of Education identified rural Akron-Fairgrove Elementary in the state's Thumb region as a struggling "Focus School." With outside help and community support, the school quickly turned around. … more

In Michigan, Rich are Getting Richer – So Are the Poor

The number of Michigan households earning at least $100,000 annually increased 45 percent between 2005 and 2016, going from 591,446 to 857,648. … more

Grand Valley State’s New Intersectionality And Systemic Racism Radio Reporter

At a time when the news industry is shedding jobs, the Grand Valley State University public radio station is creating a position it calls “an inclusion reporter.” … more

Special Tax Breaks For Privileged Firms Means Money Comes From Someone Else

Every year across the state of Michigan, local governments approve property tax breaks that benefit businesses in a politically driven economic development system. … more

Income Tax Cut Could Bring 15,000 New Jobs to Michigan

As Michigan citizens bump up against tax day, April 17, we should not forget that Lansing politicians still owe us a tax cut.  … more

Despite Right-To-Work Laws, Unions Find Ways Make Workers Keep Paying

The Michigan Supreme Court has finally closed the door on a tactic the state’s largest teachers union has used to prevent school employees from exercising one of their legal rights at any time. … more