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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

Benefits in Balance

This video describes the findings from a new Mackinac Center study that shows that public sector employee benefits in Michigan exceed the averages reported in the private sector by $5,8 billion annually. … more

Saginaw Teachers Caught by "August Window"

In Saginaw Public Schools, five teachers are caught by the "August Window" from opting out of their union, despite Michigan's passage of a right-to-work law. … more

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

Two women have hit the trail trying to get term limits passed in the city of Grand Rapids. Their efforts could be a barometer of public sentiment as some Lansing politicians discuss the merits of eliminating term limits for state lawmakers.


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