Regulatory Swamp-Draining Gets Boost In Washington

President Donald Trump has nominated George Mason University law professor Neomi Rao to head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget.  … more

Official Collects Six-Figure Pay From Multiple Cities Simultaneously

Accountant Carl Johnson has held down three high-level positions in three different cities at the same time — and collected hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in the process. … more

Criminal Justice Reforms Signed Into Law, More Left to Do

A set of 18 bills recently signed into law will improve public safety and put Michigan on the track to administer criminal justice more efficiently, but there is still more work to do.  … more

What’s Old is New Again: Another Subsidy Program Being Considered by Legislature

April 18 is tax day in America, and in Michigan it’s also the 22nd anniversary of a failed corporate subsidy program known as MEGA, or the Michigan Economic Growth Authority. … more

While Schools Try Fiscal Responsibility, Union Sets Up Protests

Two school districts with a history of running budget deficits are encountering union demonstrations as they try to reach contract agreements. Clintondale and Richmond are operating without a current teachers contract as administrators and union representatives clash over compensation, working conditions and union perks. … more

Awash In Millions In Government Subsidies, Solar Company Still Shuttered Michigan Plant

The federal government cited Suniva Inc. as one of its success stories, saying the solar energy business future was so bright, "You got to wear shades." About three months later, Suniva closed its Michigan plant. … more

Don't Bring Back Granholm’s Tax Credit Legacy

Michigan legislators are considering creating new targeted tax credit programs, a key part of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm's economic strategy.  … more

State Dials Back Pollyannaish Pension Assumptions, Admits Deeper Hole

The unfunded liability of the Michigan school employee pension system increased by another $2.4 billion in 2016. It was because Gov. Rick Snyder's administration became more conservative in estimating future returns on pension fund investments. … more

The Failing Business of Business Favors

The state government spends a lot of money trying to create jobs in Michigan. Despite all of this spending, though, the programs don’t work and are rarely held accountable when they fail. … more

Out, Out, Brief Candle!

At approximately 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on March 28, 2017, the earth lost its ability to sustain life. … more

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Participants in the 2016 Detroit Children's Business Fair show their grasp on how markets work. Featured are responses to the such thoughts as hoarding profit for personal gain, penalizing those who earn more and regulating private business.

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