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Grand Rapids Homeowner: Your Home is Not Your Castle in This Town

City government charged Nancy Wilson with a crime for not getting her historic home painted fast enough. "Their methodology is to beat you into submission and it's not right." … more

Let them Work: Solutions for Michigan's Overbearing Occupational Licensing Laws

Occupational licensing is now the biggest issue in labor economics, with even more of an effect than unions. On a national basis 25 percent of all Americans need the government’s permission and specific credentials before they can work. That is more than twice as many people who are members of unions—11 percent and declining—and 25 times the number who earn the minimum wage.  … more

Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter at MCPP

Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's "Friends of Freedom" event, Midland, Michigan on February 3, 2016. … more

Work Centers for Disabled Under Attack

Work centers for the disabled are under attack for wages and hiring practices. Regulators want to ban segregated work settings and minimum wage waivers, which could put some centers out of business and disabled workers out of a job. … more

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al. is a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court filed by the Center for Individual Rights on behalf of Rebecca Friedrichs and several other plaintiffs. If the justices rule in favor of Rebecca, government workers across the country would not need to pay unions as a condition of employment. Workers in the 25 right-to-work states already have this right and some government workers in a few non-right-to-work states. … more

Charter Schools: A Choice for Michigan

Public charter schools give parents more options. They provide options that may not be available in a traditional public school setting. ChoosingCharters.com tells the stories of parents and students who find value in public charter schools and how their lives have been improved with choice. Visit ChoosingCharters.com for more information. … more

Grand River Preparatory: A Close-Knit Family

Grand Valley Preparatory High School leaders say they focus on developing 21st Century skills in students, skills like collaboration, critical-thinking, the ability to analyze and writing well. 100 percent of graduates have been accepted in colleges or universities, being rewarded with more than $2 million in scholarships. Visit ChoosingCharters.com for more information. … more

Chandler Park: Academically Excellent Leaders

Chandler Park’s mission is to develop student leaders with high moral character and achieve academic excellence. The Class of 2015 earned more than $11.6 million in scholarship money. For more information, visit ChoosingCharters.com… more

Star International Academy: Whole-Child emphasis

Star International Academy started in 1998 to help students whose needs were not being met. Many students are from immigrant families. It takes a whole-child approach to learning, which includes arts and athletics. Star International boasts a 100 percent graduation rate and 100 percent admission into college. Its high school was rated number one on the Mackinac Center’s Context and Performance Report Card. Visit ChoosingCharters.com for more information. … more

Labor Reform in the States: A Video Timeline

Despite threats from unions and the politicians they back, voters continue to support legislators and governors who pass labor reforms which favor taxpayers and workers. … more

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City government charged Nancy Wilson with a crime for not getting her historic home painted fast enough. "Their methodology is to beat you into submission and it's not right."

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