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Local Taxpayers Speak Out on Pension Underfunding

Jim Riley got his own fiscal house in order so he could retire. Now he wonders why his city government can’t do the same for their employees, and taxpayers who could end with huge bills from the unfunded retirement liabilities. … more

Working in Detroit: American Dream

After moving to the U.S. from Liberia at age 11, Tracy Garley is living the American Dream with her own shop and she thinks there's no better place for success than Detroit. … more

Low-Income Families Need Private Schools, Too

At Detroit Cristo Rey, students from low-income families work to pay for their private school tuition. Unlike a number of states, Michigan fails to offer those families any financial assistance in the form of vouchers or credits. … more

Workers Choice: A Path Forward for Unions and Workers

Workers who chose to leave unions want to fend for themselves but current law requires unions in union shops to negotiate their pay and work conditions. "Worker's Choice" gives employees the freedom to choose representation. … more

In Our Hands: It's Time to Reform Pensions in Michigan

The most important public policy question in Michigan is what to do about retiree benefits. The amount of debt owed to public employees at the state level, in the education system and at the local level is astounding — tens of billions of dollars governments have promised but failed to set aside.  … more

Forced Advertising Tax on Michigan Tourists

A Michigan lodge owner is fighting a tax he is forced to collect from his customers to support advertising by a regional tourism bureau. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation has filed a suit on behalf of George Galbraith to retain his First Amendment rights. … more

Local Taxpayers Speak Out on Pension Underfunding

Jim Riley got his own fiscal house in order so he could retire. Now he wonders why his city government can’t do the same for their employees, and taxpayers who could end with huge bills from the unfunded retirement liabilities. … more

In Our Hands: It's Time to Reform Pensions in Michigan

The most important public policy question in Michigan is what to do about retiree benefits. The amount of debt owed to public employees at the state level, in the education system and at the local level is astounding — tens of billions of dollars governments have promised but failed to set aside.  … more

Emmet County Spending Spree

Emmet County Commissioners are spending millions of dollars on lavish ambulance stations and an observatory to gaze at stars. The projects are being funded by a bond issue that bypassed voters. … more

Ice Delivery Service: Working in Detroit

One day, a Detroit grocer didn't get his ice delivery, the next day, he decided to go into the ice making business. Thirty-five years later, U.S. Ice has become a Detroit success stories with plans to expand beyond the city's borders. The secret ingredient: service. … more

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Jim Riley got his own fiscal house in order so he could retire. Now he wonders why his city government can’t do the same for their employees, and taxpayers who could end with huge bills from the unfunded retirement liabilities.

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