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Some institutions of higher education have cracked down on free speech. Even in Michigan, universities have speech codes that restrict students’ speech, campus groups have prevented speakers from delivering talks and administrators have stopped individuals from handing out certain literature.

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When Firefighters Aren’t Allowed to Fight Fires

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Teachers Union Head Gets Annual $92,000 Pension Bonus, Courtesy of Taxpayers

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Local Governments Are Not in Debt Because of Less Revenue Sharing

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New Analysis: Auto Insurance Costs Out of Control

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With Income Tax Rejected By Voters, East Lansing Looks at Spending Cuts

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City Claims It Will Cut Almost Everything Without a ‘Needed’ Tax Hike

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Another Local Politician Violates Election Law, Sanctions Again Unlikely

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The city of Detroit requires business owners running an arcade to obtain a license costing $863 — or 3,452 quarters — each year. A search of business and occupational licensing in other cities turns up no other example of licensure mandates for arcades in Michigan.

Detroit requires more licenses than any city in the state, calling for special licenses for at least 60 differentprofessions and nearly 200different types of businesses

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For the Record

The state's largest teachers' union is saying few young people want to go into teaching. But that didn't stop 440 people from applying for teaching positions last year at Kalamazoo Public Schools. … more
Patricia Poppe, president and CEO of CMS Energy, said the last thing she wants is somebody to say their electric prices are too high. Consumers Energy has the highest residential prices in the five-state region. … more
A claim by the state police that police abuse of civil asset forfeiture is rare deserves some scrutiny. … more
The Michigan Health and Hospital Association recently released two video advertisements aimed at drivers, encouraging them to contact their state representatives to oppose an auto insurance reform bill currently pushed by House leaders and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. … more
A progressive advocacy group is fighting to maintain a tax write-off which overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy. … more
The worst urban public school district in the country doesn't like competition. … more
David Lorenz of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation says he never focused on return on investment from the state's Pure Michigan tourism campaign. But his past comments seem to refute that claim. … more
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 notion that some school districts have received less state dollars over the last few years is not accurate. Yet, the claims persist. … more
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