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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

The Mile Act: Working in Detroit

To grow a soccer team in the city, the Detroit City FC turned to private supporters rather than the government. The city's popular semi-pro soccer team used the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption, or MILE Act, after it found a bigger stadium that needed serious repair. … more

Do Michigan Schools Need More Money?

Many people believe public schools need more money until they hear how much the schools spend each year per pupil. … more

Civil Asset Forfeiture: The Police Perspective

Ted Nelson is a retired Michigan State Police officer who trained police departments throughout the state on civil asset forfeiture. He believes the practice has been misused and needs to change. … more

Why I'm Leaving the UAW

Terry Bowman has been a UAW worker at Ford Motor Company for 19 years. He explains why he is leaving the union under Michigan's right-to-work law. … more

The Boundaries of Educational Choice: Surveying Michigan's Private School Landscape

Nonpublic schools serve tens of thousands of Michigan elementary and secondary students, yet a clear understanding of the state's diverse private education landscape has been lacking. … more

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