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The Highland Park Transformation

This is the story of how the Detroit-area Highland Park school district is being transformed from a failing district to an improving one. Under the old system, the school buildings were filthy and filled with rodents. Now, as one of Michigan's first charter school districts, Highland Park schools are clean and fit for learning. … more

Should Michigan Raise the Minimum Wage?

CapCon associate Jarrett Skorup debates the minimum wage at Grand Valley State University.

“Among the most basic laws of economics is if you make something more expensive, you will have less of it,” Skorup said. “Minimum wage laws make hiring someone more expensive, and thus you’ll get less of it.” … more

Disabled Family Sees 300 Percent Increase In Health Insurance Costs Under Obamacare

Obamacare was supposed to help families with pre-existing conditions, not hurt them. But that has not been the case for the Davert Family of Bay City, Michigan. … more

Schools of Choice in Michigan: A Mackinac Center Study

The study measures growth over time and geographic spread, and reveals student and parental preferences the program brings to light. The study finds that SOC participation has grown steadily, with enrollment growing by 144 percent over the past 10 years. … more

Milton Friedman - Collectivism

Despite its dismal track record, collectivism continues to hold appeal for some. Professor Friedman discusses this dynamic. … more

Michigan Teachers Trapped By August Window

Michigan Lawmakers are investigating whether the Michigan Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, violated the state's new right-to-work law by failing to inform members that they can only quit in August. This year, 1,500 members and agency payers were able to leave, but many were unaware of how to get out. … more

Land Bank Fight in Michigan

Land banks are supposed to help eliminate blight, revitalize neighborhoods and contribute tax dollars. But in Michigan, land banks have been scooping up property for merely the price of back-taxes owned -- and re-selling them to profit themselves. In the meantime, cutting in front of private-sector buyers. … more

Detroit Success Story: Cesar Chavez Charter School

Cesar Chavez school, a charter school in Detroit, Mich., was ranked number two in the Mackinac Center CAP report card for high schools. Teachers and administrators say that their success is based off of faith in the students and flexibility with the teachers. … more

Paraeducator Files Lawsuit Against the MEA

Like many union members, Amy Breza didn't know the MEA demands that all teachers must leave only in August and was unclear of how to opt out of the union. She's suing the union to exercise her right-to-work rights. … more

Michigan Right to Work

"Here in Michigan, it's motherhood, apple pie and the union. There were times in this state's history and in the country's history when the law would turn a blind eye to misdeeds on the part of companies. Well, through the 'New Deal' and changes involving the Great Depression, that didn't just come back to neutral — it completely flipped. Unions developed the power to get people fired from their jobs merely for refusing to support it. The movement began to be distorted in various ways, and so, over the years, the union movement became less and less about workers and more and more about politics." … more

Meet James Hohman, Assistant Director of Fiscal Policy at the Mackinac Center. James discusses his latest project, an analysis of Proposal 1, the proposal on personal property tax reform that will appear on the August 5th ballot. Read more about Proposal 1 here: http://www.mackinac.org/20246


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