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William Ray Arthur: A Damaged Relationship With His Union

William Ray Arthur has been a public school teacher in Petoskey for over 30 years. After the passage of Michigan's right-to-work law, he wanted to opt-out of his union. Unfortunately, his union is telling him that he can not because he missed the "August Window," a limited one-month resignation time frame. Arthur has turned to the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation for help. … more

Miriam Chanski: Young Teacher Trapped by MEA

Miriam Chanski, a young kindergarten teacher in the Coopersville school district, wished to opt out of her union, the Michigan Education Association, under Michigan's new right-to-work law. The union wouldn't budge, first withholding forms and information and then telling her she missed the "August Window" to opt-out. Chanski has enlisted the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation to protect her worker rights. … more

Michigan Tax Assessor Attempts Interior Home Inspections

A tax assessor in Davison Township said she needed to go inside homes to do her job. She was emboldened by the Michigan Tax Commission which is encouraging such inspections but the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation says the practice violates the Constitution's Fourth Amendment on search and seizure. … more

The Tragedy of Detroit: 'It Didn't Have to Be This Way'

"Detroit developed best when it was bottom-up," says Harry Veryser, economist and professor at University of Detroit Mercy. "When small communities, small parishes, small schools were formed... that's when Detroit prospered."

Veryser, author of It Didn't Have to Be this Way: Why The Boom and Bust is Unnecessary and How Austrian School of Economics Breaks the Cycle, sat down with Reason TV to talk about his experience growing up in Detroit, what went wrong, and how to fix it. … more

Belle Isle Commonwealth

Reason TV visited Belle Isle, an island in the Detroit river that currently functions as a public park. And we spoke to Rod Lockwood, a real estate developer and author who's proposed a plan to purchase the island from the city for $1 billion and turn it into an income tax-free haven for wealthy investors. He says this is Detroit's best opportunity to dig itself out of the hole. … more

Fireweed Universe City

Fireweed Universe City is a community of anarchists squatting in a neighborhood of mostly abandoned houses. While there, we met members of a group known as Free Detroit, an association of libertarians who want to buy up blocks of the city's cheap real estate and create libertarian enclaves. … more

Detroit Threat Management

Detroit Threat Management is a private security firm that provides cheap car-to-front door escorts to small business owners, security details to large companies, free protection to local neighborhoods plagued by violent crime, and self-defense training to Detroit citizens. Dale Brown, one of the founders, sees their service as essential in a city with a crime rate five times the national average. … more

The Mower Gang

Tom Nardone is tired of seeing Detroit's public parks go unmowed by the city government. He thinks that children should have a place to play. So, he hops on his mower and does it himself. Then, he invites others. "I was surprised when the first person showed up. I was like, 'All right. I guess someone's as crazy as I am,'" says Nardone. Hence, the Mower Gang is born.  … more

Operation Compliance: Detroit's War on Small Business

Operation Compliance began with the stated goal of shutting down 20 businesses a week. Since its inception, Operation Compliance has resulted in the closure of 383 small businesses, with another 536 in the "process of compliance," according to figures provided to Reason TV by city officials. … more

Family Farmers Fight Michigan Township For Their Animals

Kelly Vander Kley Hunter and her family have spent the last three years pouring their time and money into building a small hobby farm in Mattawan, MI. Today, they are fighting their local township government in order to keep their farm animals.

"We feel like we're under a microscope. We feel like everything we do, on our own property, we have to get permission from the township," says Vander Kley Hunter.  … more

Like most powerful innovations, Uber disrupts the status quo by competing with established business interests. In Washington, D.C., the service was an instant hit with city residents - and almost as quickly found itself at odds with D.C.'s powerful taxi lobby and its allies on the city council.


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