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School Choice Opponents Hold Another DeVos Protest

Lawmakers in 18 states have adopted some form of tuition tax credit program that lets individuals or businesses claim a tax credit for donations that help students attend a private school.  … more

The False Claim That Won’t Die: School ‘Funding Cuts’ By The State

The notion that some school districts have received less state dollars over the last few years is not accurate. Yet, the claims persist. … more

Millions For Local Earmarks, But Not A Cent To Right An Injustice?

The state Treasury is concerned about losing $30 million if "driver responsibility fees" are erased. But that department didn't oppose $38 million in pet projects for legislators. … more

Auto Insurance Fix Is 2017’s ‘Lobbyist Full Employment Act’

The Michigan Health and Hospital Association has run an advertisement meant to defeat legislation going through the state House. … more

Public Radio Misses Point of U-M’s Open Records Deceptions

Citizens who care about transparency in government should be even more concerned that officials at U-M misrepresented the contents of public records in a bid to keep their contents hidden. … more

For This City’s Politicians, Keeping A Lid On Spending Called ‘Trying Times’ 

The Lansing State Journal’s editorial board said the city of East Lansing voters should approve a city income tax because of "trying financial times." But the city's overall revenue increased by more than inflation from 2013 to 2016. … more

Lansing’s Political Dictionary: $400 Million Tax Revenue Increase Called ‘Shortfall’

Lobbyists, politicians and some media voices are complaining about an alleged $2 billion “budget squeeze” facing Michigan state government in the next few years. … more

Does ‘True Success’ for Michigan Business Mean Government Handouts?

Does the "true Michigan success story" only come with a $200,000 state handout? … more

Michigan’s Best Teacher Gets Recognition But No Reward

East Kentwood High School's Luke Wilcox was named teacher of the year. His union contract said he will have his salary frozen for three years. … more

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Call For $15 Minimum Wage, But Exempt Themselves

All three Democratic candidates for Michigan governor are using their websites to call for a $15 per hour minimum wage. But they pay their own interns nothing. … more

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There aren’t many policies that get near unanimous support from economists, but free trade is one of them. Despite this, a central theme of the 2016 presidential campaign, heard from both political parties, was that free trade was somehow harmful to the United States and corrective action was needed. Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, makes the case for why President Trump’s assessment of free trade is misguided.

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