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Benefits in Balance: Saving $5.7 billion annually without higher taxes or program cuts in Michigan

Bringing public sector benefits in line with private sector benefits would save Michigan $5.7 billion annually. Find out more: www.benefitsinbalance.com. … more

Freedom to Work: A New Right-To-Work Effort in Michigan

Several union members and others gathered in the Capitol building to announce their new coalition and plans to push for legislation to add Michigan to the list of states that have enacted Right-to-Work laws.  … more

How to Lower Your Michigan Business Liability... and Win an Oscar While You're At It

State Rep. Chuck Moss, R-Birmingham, appeared in a Michigan Chamber of Commerce video titled, “Michigan's Business Comedy." The video is a tongue-in-cheek look at the subsidies filmmakers got at the expense of those paying the burdensome Michigan Business Tax. … more

Sen. Rand Paul on balancing the budget

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) discusses our nation's debt crisis and the need for a balanced budget on the Senate floor. … more

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission and the 3 Tier System

Should beer have to travel 100 miles before it can be sold at a store or restaurant...that's right across the street from the brewer?

This scenario is entirely plausible due to Prohibition-era laws in Michigan that created a "Three-Tier" distribution system overseen by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. In the video see how these archaic and rigid laws are hurting beer entrepreneurs in the state's ever-growing and well-repected craft-beer industry. … more

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission and the 3 Tier System

Should beer have to travel 100 miles before it can be sold at a store or restaurant... that's right across the street from the brewer?

This scenario is entirely plausible due to Prohibition-era laws in Michigan that created a "three-tier" distribution system overseen by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. In the video see how these archaic and rigid laws are hurting beer entrepreneurs in the state's ever-growing and well-respected craft-beer industry. … more

The Green Regulation Machine: Saving the Planet or Killing Jobs?

When Dwayne Whitney started his trucking business decades ago he had only one truck. Today he has eighteen and 20 employees. But that's about to change.

"The State of California says my trucks are killing people," says Whitney. "What do you say to that?" … more

Beyond the Classroom - Virtual Learning in Michigan Schools

Online learning is fast becoming another educational choice for families around the nation. In Michigan, one school district has taken its virtual program beyond the district boundaries as a way to not only educate more students but lessen its recent financial struggles. Find out how an entrepreneurial approach has set Berrien Springs Public Schools apart.

See also the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's 2011 study about virtual learning: http://www.mackinac.org/14727 … more

School Funding in Michigan: Common Myths

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Michigan’s state-run school system is the largest and most expensive government service state taxpayers support – spending more than $20 billion a year. It employs more than 350,000 people, who work in one of the more than 4,100 different entities. Given the enormity and complexity of the system, it’s no surprise that myths abound about how public schools are funded. … more

Fracking Fears Unfounded?

Fox Business Network experts debate whether using hydraulic fracturing to retrieve natural gas is dangerous to the environment. … more

A new public service announcement called “Educational Choice Now” features NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, the WNBA’s Lisa Leslie, the NBA’s Jalen Rose, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Lou Gossett, Jr., Vivica Fox, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Laila Ali, Mary Millben, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Christian artists “Mary, Mary.”


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