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Legislature Approves New Business Subsidies

Big budget bill makes it more difficult to hold lawmakers accountable for spending Read more

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Michigan Public Sector Salaries Have Increased Every Year Since 2001

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Another MBDP Jobs Subsidy Project Doesn’t Work

State officials can’t pick economic winners from losers and shouldn’t try Read more

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Charter School Critic Shocked At Groups Giving Teachers Information On Unions

Campaign tells teachers that union fees are now optional Read more

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Retired Police Woman Has Made $200,000 + Annually 

Leading newspaper says public servants, like her, are ‘losing their foothold in the middle class’ Read more

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Teacher Once Claimed He Fantasized About Being A Barista

Three years later, he's making $9,000 more a year Read more

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26 Grand Rapids City Employees Received $20k-Plus in Overtime

There were city 378 city workers getting $80,000 or more in 2017 Read more

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First Time Since 2000, No Local Governments Under State Receivership

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US Supreme Court Cites Mackinac Center in Landmark Ruling On Unions

Majority holding gives right-to-work status to every public employee in the nation Read more

Commentary

Higher Taxes Would Offer Little for Ottawa Schools

Millage money more fairly shared, but promises little results Read more

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Nine Years In A Row: State Spending Goes Up Again On Oct. 1

From $45.7 billion the year Snyder was elected to $56.8 billion next year Read more

Commentary

State Business Handout Program Wastes Another $2 million

Another state subsidy deal fails to deliver Read more

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Michigan Subsidizes Amazon, Even Without Second HQ Project

Millions in taxpayer dollars for distribution centers gives retailer a marketplace edge Read more

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Recipe For Food Stamps Teacher: Seven In Household, Low Seniority

It takes a rare combination of circumstances Read more

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Bills Reduce Work Restrictions, Give Those With Criminal Records Another Chance

Michigan House licensing bills supported by bipartisan legislators and groups across the political spectrum Read more

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New 5G Internet Faster, Cheaper – And Vulnerable To Local Shakedowns

Bills that passed the Michigan Senate will preempt local bottlenecks, if the state House goes along Read more

Analysis

Dems Get 99.9 Percent of 2018 Teacher Union Political Cash 

But an imminent Supreme Court ruling could make unions more sensitive to GOP members Read more

Commentary

Detroit is Becoming Friendlier to Entrepreneurs

The number of licensing violations enforced by the city has decreased Read more

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Students Here Far From ‘All Above Average’ - But Teachers Rated That Way

A troubling gap between how students really do and how schools rate teacher performance Read more

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Neither Inmates Nor Counties Get Out of Jail Free

Michigan counties try, unsuccessfully, to pass their jail expenditures on to inmates Read more

Analysis

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

$4 billion drop in property values plays a role Read more

Commentary

Is One Subsidy Really Any Better?

Subsidies do have a destabilizing market influence Read more

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Bill Schuette Talks State Government

‘The growth is in states that have lower taxes and fewer regulations’ Read more

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Earmarks For Key Legislators Recall Late ’90s Spending Blowouts

Not quite the ‘Christmas tree’ budgets of yore, but trending that way Read more

Editorial

Another Michigan School Expert Misstates, Lowballs Taxpayer Contributions

Taxpayers keep giving more, public school establishment keeps denying it Read more

Commentary

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

They’re mostly just in-state cronyism, not big employer “deal closing” incentives Read more

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

Virginia Tech professor among first to raise questions, challenging Wayne State prof’s actions on crisis Read more

Commentary

Whitmer Education Plan Trips Over Charter Schools

Solutions in search of imagined problems raise questions Read more

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Michigan Lawmakers Consider More Handouts

If at first you don’t succeed, spend millions of taxpayer dollars Read more

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State Taxpayers Seeing Payoff From Smaller Prison Population

One prison closing now, and analyst reports another may follow soon Read more

Commentary

Like All Spending, Environmental Spending Needs a Plan and Oversight

Real estate development is not remediation Read more

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$8.4 Million Per Year for U-M Diversity Employees

Of nearly 100 full-time 'diversicrats,' 26 get more than $100,000 Read more

Commentary

State Considers Licensing Naturopathic Physicians

But more regulatory hurdles are unlikely to improve safety Read more

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Brian Calley Talks State Government

‘So I’ve personally handled massive tax cuts, multiple massive tax cuts here in our state’ Read more

Editorial

$107,400-A-Year Teacher Says Teachers Must Work Second Job To Support Families

Union says she drives for Uber on weekends Read more

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Connect Southeast Michigan Transit Proposal: Looking Backward

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Analysis

Despite Positive Buzz For Detroit, Downward Population Trend Continues

Moves of some corporate headquarters help the city but haven’t ushered in a new age Read more

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Which Party Gives More In Taxpayer Funded Corporate Handouts?

The answer may surprise you Read more

Commentary

Study Links Catholic Education and Self-Discipline

Families may have new tool to support private school choices Read more

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State Teachers Union on Privatization: Watch What They Do, Not Say

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Washtenaw County Township Builds Internet Service

Most local projects aren’t self-sustaining; township cites its unique topography as a justification Read more

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State Aid To School District Much More Than Newspaper Claims

Michigan school finance complicated, teachers union not a good source for info Read more

Commentary

Reverse Course on Restricting Medicaid Workers With Criminal Backgrounds

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services pushing new rules Read more

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Shri Thanedar Talks State Government

‘I want to shut down for-profit charter schools’ Read more

Editorial

Detroit Mayor: ‘We’ve Got To Change’ Children Fleeing City’s Failed Schools

Yes, make the schools more attractive, but don’t block parents’ ability to choose better for their kids Read more

Commentary

Getting More College Grads Won’t Improve State Prosperity

Many factors play into an area's income growth Read more

Analysis

Even In Low-Paying School Districts, It’s Hard To Beat Teacher Pay And Benefits

Teaching may have its frustrations, but total compensation in Michigan public schools isn’t bad Read more

Commentary

Why Michigan Should Repeal Prevailing Wage

Law benefits big companies at the expense of taxpayers Read more

Editorial

If Money To Detroit Schools Is A Measure Of Caring, Michigan's People Care

Detroit Free Press column says racism built into our school system Read more

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Seven Ann Arbor Retirees Getting Six-Figure Pensions

The highest pension was for $126,216 to former fire chief who worked 25 years Read more

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