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Michigan Doctor Against Medicaid Expansion

Grand Rapids hand surgeon, Dr. Donald Condit, shares the reasons he's against the proposed Medicaid expansion in Michigan. He explains how low reimbursements don't cover patient health care costs as it is and why Medicaid patients, under expansion, will have less access to specialty care. He believes a better solution would be taking more personal responsibility for health care  … more

North Huron Schools: CAP Success Story

In the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's 2012 High School Report Card, based on our Context and Performance scores (CAP), the number one conventional high school was North Huron High School in Kinde, Mich. Interviews with Kinde teachers and administrators shows a school designed to provide individual support for student's career goals early on, as well as providing a crucial educational role throughout the community. … more

Medicaid Expansion Explained

Avik Roy, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, describes the current state of Medicaid and the consequences of expanding it. … more

How Medicaid & Obamacare Hurt the Poor - and How to Fix Them

Medicaid is the nation's health care system for the poor. It's funded jointly by the federal government and the states. Medicaid is either the first- or second-largest budget item in all 50 states and the program is slated for a massive expansion under President Obama's health-care reform law. Despite the program's huge and growing overall cost, reimbursements to medical providers are so low that many practices refuse to accept Medicaid patients, causing long waiting periods for treatment. … more

Thirkell Elementary: A Detroit Public School Success Story

Detroit Public Schools' Thirkell Elementary was the top-ranked school on the Mackinac Center's new elementary and middle school report card. The Center's report card takes student poverty level into account in order to better examine school performance and is based on four years of student test scores.

Although nearly 90 percent of Thirkell students come from low-income backgrounds, Thirkell regularly posts higher-than average scores on state MEAP tests. Adjusting for student background makes Thirkell's success even clearer.

Parents, teachers and students all say that the warm atmosphere and focus on student learning at Thirkell is due to the leadership from Dr. Clara Smith, the school's principal. "She is a great leader," said Shailiaja Pritchett, a parent and school volunteer, "She demands excellence from everybody." Indeed, Smith's office walls are covered with awards and photos. One wall is papered with thank-you cards from parents and community members.  … more

Calumet High School: CAP Success Story

In the summer of 2012, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy released its Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card.

Calumet High School, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, ranked first of all the high school locations in towns and 8th best of more than 500 conventional high schools. … more

Bin Ban: City Pushes To Ban Select Charitable Collections

Michigan cities, which love to pride themselves on being green, are giving a red light to outdoor recycling bins on private property. Grand Rapids, the latest city to ban the boxes, claims the bins are a source of uncontained trash but the city has not provided any documentation of complaints. Property owners say the recycling organizations have been responsive in emptying the bins. The city will allow outdoor bins on property of businesses that are in the recycling business, like Goodwill and The Salvation Army but others are out of luck. Recyclers say the bans are becoming common place as the recycling industry grows. Grand Rapids will fine violators $100. … more

Public Choice: Why Politicians Don't Cut Spending

Last week, the House of Representatives voted down a farm bill that was projected to spend over $940 BILLION - that's 60 percent more than the previous farm bill passed in 2008. Prof. Ben Powell explains why politicians don't cut spending, as a general rule. Using public choice economics, or the economics of politics, he shows how the political system naturally leads to overspending. … more

Cornerstone Charter Schools

This video profiles Madison-Carver Academy and Cornerstone Health High School, two public charter schools in the City of Detroit. Both schools make use of blended learning, which allows each student to move at his or her individual pace through coursework.  … more

Spending Cuts: Michigan Politicians Versus Mackinac Center

The Mackinac Center's senior investigative reporter Anne Schieber and director of fiscal policy Michael D. LaFaive capture the inconsistency in Lansing lawmaker's claims regarding spending cuts for taxpayers, in particular the upcoming debate over the gas tax. … more

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