MICHIGAN CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL

Spring 2014 Edition

In this issue:

  • MEA Says 8,000 Haven't Paid Dues
  • Bars, Restaurants Could See 280 Percent Increase in Labor Costs With Minimum Wage Proposal
  • Don’t Bail Out Detroit with State Tax Dollars
  • Message From the President: Defending Free Speech
  • Vague Criminal Laws Threaten Individual Liberty and Burden the Justice System
  • SEIU Fined Almost $200,000 Over Actions Tied To 2012 Ballot Proposal Campaign
  • Lawsuit Filed Against MEA Over Dues Policies, ‘Fair Representation’
  • Hospital Union Resorts to Intimidation Tactics Against Workers Who Opt Out
  • Grand Rapids Says Nonprofit Acton Institute Not A Charitable Institution
  • Reality Check: Michigan Public Schools Getting More Money For Fewer Students
  • Gubernatorial Candidate Makes Inaccurate Claim About Education Spending
  • Teachers Victorious In Their Quest To Get Out Of The MEA
  • Schauer, Other Michigan Dems Call For Higher Minimum Wage While Paying Interns Nothing
  • Do Politicians Understand Economics?
  • Who Is Behind The Minimum Wage Increase Drive?
  • Michigan Taxpayers Have Already Bailed Out Detroit
  • More Money, Higher Taxes Not the Solution for Detroit
  • Tax Board Bans Recording Equipment In Hearing Involving Nonprofit
  • City Says Recording Device Ban Was Due To ‘Miscommunication’
  • Disabled Family Sees 300 Percent Increase In Health Insurance Costs Under Obamacare
  • Bureaucrats Befuddled By America’s Auto Market
  • State Agency Has 52 Employees Who Earn More Than $100K
  • Michigan Assessors On the Path To Raise Property Taxes
  • Unlicensed Dogs Get New Leash On Life; Taxpayers Due A Refund In Traverse City
  • I'm Just A Bill

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A “bottlenecker” is someone who uses the power of the government to limit competition in the market and artificially boost their own profits. Bottleneckers use a variety of methods to achieve their goals, including tax loopholes, regulations, occupational licensing requirements, minimum wage laws and many more. The end result when these special interest bottleneckers succeed is fewer choices and higher prices for consumers, fewer job opportunities for workers and less innovation throughout the economy.

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