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Politician Staffs: Your Money, Their Secret

WNEM TV-5 got some surprising answers back in 2009 when it asked Michigan lawmakers to fess up to taxpayers about who works for them and how much they are paid. … more

Sen. Rand Paul on Consumer Choice in Energy Committee Hearing

Sen.. Paul (R-KY) questions the Department of Energy's commitment to protecting consumer choice during consideration of Appliance/Light Bulb Energy-Efficiency Legislation. … more

Former Democratic DC Mayor Supports Gov. Walker’s Tactics

Former Washington D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty joins a round table discussion about Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin and voices his support. … more

States tangle with teacher tenure

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As momentum for school reform grows and state budgets continue to shrink, the system of teacher tenure is under increasing scrutiny

To see more on this issue in regards to Michigan, click here… more

School Funding Testimony

Michael Van Beek gave a national perspective on school funding in Michigan, pointing out that Michigan has some of the highest education spending when taking into account the state wealth — in other words, the ability of state taxpayers to support that spending.

Despite having the nation's highest teacher average salaries when controlling for state per-capita person income, Michigan students score relatively low on national standardized tests, even after controlling for socio-economic status.

Click here for more information on school funding myths. … more

Atlas Shrugged Trailer

The official trailer for Ayn Rand's best-selling novel. … more

Michael and Me

While Michael Moore has railed against crony capitalism, his own film Capitalism: A Love Story was subsidized by Michigan taxpayers. … more

Government Union Collective Bargaining 101

A helpful primer on the rise of government unions and the monopoly power given to them through collective bargaining. … more

The Granholm-AFSCME Partnership

A close investigation finds ample evidence that Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration was involved in arranging the unionization of day care providers from the start. … more

Are You My Employer?

The bizarre forced unionization of day care providers raises a fundamental question: If they are union members, who is their employer?

For more information and videos on the underhanded unionization scheme, click here… more

Chris Christie on Face the Nation

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie discusses collective bargaining, public employee unions, and why great teachers need to make more money. … more

Canadian Doctor Lotteries

Canadians living in rural areas sometimes face long trips to see a family doctor. At least two towns have tried to be fair in assigning patients to incoming physicians by creating "doctor lotteries." … more

Why It's So Hard to Make a Movie: Q&A with Filmmaker Joe Gressis

This Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony will be held in Hollywood as usual, but it's increasingly common for Hollywood films to be produced outside California or even outside the United States.

Filmmaker Joe Gressis isn't surprised when Hollywood productions leave the Golden State. He's surprised when they stay. "The fact that we remain here is kind of ridiculous," says the three-time Emmy-nominated Gressis.

Topics include: tax incentives, the benefits of shooting in Hong Kong, and why Gressis admires Michael Bay. … more

The Unstable Funding Myth

For the past century, funding for public schools has moved in one steady direction -- up. Despite some policies that make school budgeting more difficult than it needs to be in Michigan, school funding has proven to be remarkably stable.

Read more about this and other school funding myths at www.mackinac.org/12610… more

SNL: 2010 Public Employee of the Year Award

A night to honor America's government workers. … more

Michigan Carpenters Union Outsources Protesters

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy discovers that the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters uses non-union labor to protest a Grand Rapids area businessman. What's worse, the union has even recruited demonstrators who frequent local homeless shelters, including a shelter which gets help from the very same businessman targeted by the union.

See related story on the main page or at: www.MichCapCon.com/14563 … more

Saline School Bond

An administrator at the Saline Area Schools asks for favorable votes for a district bond extension. This was posted on the district’s website, but later removed. Election law experts believe it violated state law. See related story on the main page or at: www.MichCapCon.com/14568 … more

Silly Senator, Corn is for Food!

Ethanol advocates claim that ethanol is a cheap, renewable energy source that reduces pollution and our dependence on foreign oil. It sounds too good to be true--and it is. … more

Chris Christie's Adversary

An interview with New Jersey Senate president Stephen Sweeney on the possibilities of reform. … more

Gov. Snyder and Right to Work

The Michigan governor tells Wendy Day of Common Sense in Government that he would sign a right to work bill into law if it reached his desk. … more

Ohio Mom Jailed for Sending Kids to Better School District

ABC - An Ohio mother's attempt to provide her daughters with a better education has landed her behind bars. Kelley Williams-Bolar was convicted of lying about her residency to get her daughters into a better school district.  … more

Help With the National Debt Relief Amendment

RestoringFreedom.org is spearheading a drive to put the following amendment into the U.S. Constitution: "An increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate States.”

The video explains that the idea is aimed at deficit spenders in both parties.

See our related article at www.MichCapCon.com/14531.  … more

El Paso's Attack on Street Vendors

Should the city of El Paso, Texas, be allowed to turn itself into a No-Vending Zone in order to protect brick-and-mortar restaurants from competition? … more

Celebrate President Ronald Reagan's 100th Birthday

We face many challenges as a nation today. But as we celebrate the birth of Ronald Reagan, it is important to note that these are not new challenges. Reagan faced similar problems, but believed that it could be "morning in America". On this anniversary, we should honor him by recommitting ourselves to the conservative principles he championed. … more

Kids Aren't Cars

"Kids Aren't Cars" is a 9-part short film series on the state of public education in America. It highlights examples from Midwestern states. It shows the impact organized labor and the assembly-line system has had on educating children.

For more information, see www.kidsarentcars.com.

Also check out our related story at MichCapCon.com/14225… more

Gov. Chris Christie Lambastes ‘Obscene’ Police Union Contracts

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks about police salaries, pensions and layoffs, during a Town Hall Meeting. … more

Saving Social Security with Personal Retirement Accounts

There are two crises facing Social Security. First the program has a gigantic unfunded liability, largely thanks to demographics. Second, the program is a very bad deal for younger workers, making them pay record amounts of tax in exchange for comparatively meager benefits. This video explains how personal accounts can solve both problems, and also notes that nations as varied as Australia, Chile, Sweden, and Hong Kong have implemented this pro-growth reform. … more

Replace the Michigan Business Tax With ... NOTHING?

State Senator Jack Brandenburg of Harrison Township, Chairman of the Michigan Senate Finance Committee, tells Michigan Capitol Confidential his plans for killing the Michigan Business Tax. … more

Are Union Pensions Bankrupting America?

Charles Krauthammer discusses the pension problems plaguing country. … more

Hangar42 developer arraigned over fraud

Hangar42 developer arraigned over fraud: woodtv.com

Snooping by the Mackinac Center’s investigative team has led the Attorney General to file felony charges against two men who are accused of gaming the state’s film incentive program. … more

Governor Chris Christie Interview

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks fiscal responsibility and education reform on Bloomberg TV. … more

Milton Friedman on Self-Interest and the Profit Motive

A student poses a question based on the notion that people and companies should pursue their own self-interest. … more

The National Debt Relief Amendment

RestoringFreedom.org is spearheading a drive to put the following amendment into the U.S. Constitution: "An increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate States.” This is a press conference announcing the introduction of the proposal in the Arizona Legislature.

See our related article at www.MichCapCon.com/14190.  … more

Rep. Paul Ryan Tears Down the ObamaCare 'Fiscal House of Cards'

Rep. Paul Ryan on the House Floor yesterday where he spoke during debate on the bill to repeal ObamaCare. Ryan disagrees with arguments that repeal of ObamaCare would increase America's debt.  … more

Michigan Public Compensation Savings

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder believes that public employee compensation needs to be reduced so as to be more in line with the private sector and more in line with what is affordable. Mackinac Center research also shows billions of dollars in annual savings if the state goes down this path. So what do the lawmakers who now control Lansing think about all of this?

See more on this issue at MichCapCon.com/14271… more

Why soaking the rich doesn't work

Milton Friedman answers a question about what rich people do with their profits. … more

'State of the Citizen' Rally

Several hundred demonstrators showed up with a new message for Michigan's elected officials during Gov. Granholm's final State of the State address. From February 2010.

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Why Michigan Needs Regulatory Reform

Business owners across Michigan attempting to start up or expand their businesses have been thwarted by Michigan's overreaching, unresponsive regulatory regime. The Mackinac Center's senior environmental analyst, Russ Harding, explains why his blueprint for regulatory reform (http://www.mackinac.org/13789) is necessary to foster both jobs and the environment. … more

Winning the War on Debt

RestoringFreedom.org is spearheading a drive to put the following amendment into the U.S. Constitution: "An increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate States.”

The video explains how the debt relief amendment might actually win.

See our related article at www.MichCapCon.com/14190.  … more

Tea Party Could Cut Up the Federal Credit Card

RestoringFreedom.org is spearheading a drive to put the following amendment into the U.S. Constitution: "An increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate States.”

The video explains that the idea is aimed at deficit spenders in both parties.

See our related article at www.MichCapCon.com/14190.  … more

San Francisco's Happy Meal Ban

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The Daily Show wonders who is responsible for their child's health; parents or the government? … more

President Obama Opposed Raising Debt Ceiling Before He Was For It

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership . Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.” - Sen. Barack Obama on March 16, 2006. … more

The impact of forced-union agreements in Michigan

Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan President Chris Fisher explains how project labor agreements have impacted the industry and its workers. … more

The National Debt Relief Amendment

RestoringFreedom.org is spearheading a drive to put the following amendment into the U.S. Constitution:

"An increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate States.”

See our related article at www.MichCapCon.com/14190.  … more

Canadian Medical Tourism

Canada's public health care system promises universal coverage, but it does not guarantee universal access on a universal schedule. Long wait times force some Canadians living in pain to go out of country rather than wait 6 months to a year and a half for surgery for non-life-threatening conditions. … more

Is the U.S. Turning Marxist?

The Foundation for Economic Education's Larry Reed explains the ties between communism and the American regulatory system. … more

Raw Foods Raid - The Fight For the Right To Eat What You Want

ReasonTV - This summer armed government agents raided Rawesome Foods, a Venice, California health food co-op. What were the agents after? Unpasteurized milk. … more

Responsibility to the Poor

Milton Friedman looks at the age-old question: What is government's role regarding the poor? … more

Central Michigan University economist Jason Taylor explains how raising the minimum wage will hurt teen workers trying to find their first job. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity."


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