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Teamsters Discriminate Against Dearborn Workers

The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation is filing a lawsuit on behalf of four city of Dearborn employees against Teamsters Local 214 over the union's misreading of Michigan's right-to-work law. The union recently adopted a policy that would require non-union member employees to pay for the processing of filing grievances. The right-to-work law clearly states that no employee has to financially support a union as a condition of employment. … more

Senate Majority Leader Richardville on Medicaid Expansion Approval

Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) discusses political backlash from vote, why he believes expansion is not "big government" and not commenting on deals he made with the Governor in exchange for approval. … more

Sen. Casperson Discusses Medicaid Expansion Vote

Escanaba State Senate Republican Tom Casperson explains why he changed his vote on Medicaid Expansion from a "no" to a "yes." … more

Medicaid Client in ICU After Being Denied Routine Care

Two women describe how their sister on Medicaid ended up in the Intensive Care Unit for an untreated, abscessed tooth. In 2009, Michigan Medicaid eliminated routine dental care. … more

Tales of Tyranny - The Bert Wasch Story

All Bert Wasch wanted to do was build and live in his retirement home on five acres of land he purchased in rural Thurston County. It was his own personal, humble American dream. Bert asked the County for permission to build and paid the necessary fees. Then, at the last minute, a Thurston County bureaucrat decided that maybe Bert Walsh had a wetland on his property and blocked his permit, leaving Bert to wonder whether he can finish his home before he dies. … more

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

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