A news service for the people of Michigan from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Detroit’s Tax-Related Debt To Wayne County Down $70 Million Since 2010

The city of Detroit owed Wayne County $20 million in 2017 for obligations related to delinquent property taxes and tax-foreclosed properties. The good news is, that’s down from $90 million in 2010. … more

Neither Inmates Nor Counties Get Out of Jail Free

Fans of the board game Monopoly know that, if you land in jail, it’ll cost you $50 to get out. But it may surprise you to learn that real inmates in Michigan jails may also owe that much – and a lot more.  … more

Bill Schuette Talks State Government

Michigan Capitol Confidential sat down and talked about the state government with gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette. … more

Is One Subsidy Really Any Better?

In energy policy, you’re often asked to choose between a few bad options. If you address one problem, you can end up promoting something that’s at least as bad.  … more

Earmarks For Key Legislators Recall Late ’90s Spending Blowouts

For the past two years, the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre has been a nonprofit recipient of Michigan taxpayer subsidies, courtesy of the state Legislature.  … more

Business Subsidy Programs Grow State’s Bureaucracy, Not Its Economy

State programs to give particular companies taxpayer-funded business subsidies are often described by politicians in terms that make them sound like a deal-closer fund.  … more

Flint Water Whistleblower, Mackinac Center Sue Wayne State Over Records Denials

A water treatment expert who was one of the first individuals to call attention to the issue of elevated lead levels in Flint’s water system is suing Wayne State University for not producing requested documents about one of the university’s professors. … more

Whitmer Education Plan Trips Over Charter Schools

Last week, the campaign of Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer released an official policy document outlining her plans for the state's public schools. … more

State Taxpayers Seeing Payoff From Smaller Prison Population

The Michigan Department of Corrections is slated to close another prison sometime during the middle of next year.  … more

Michigan Lawmakers Consider More Handouts

Legislators are considering whether to give more subsidies to select companies, and the proposals seem to be getting a favorable ear.  … more