State Corporate Welfare Didn't Work For Greenville

Centerpiece of previous governor’s economic policy, has also been favored by current candidates Read more

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Medicaid Dues Skim May Come To An End, After All

Friends, relatives of disabled individuals among those swept into public sector unions Read more

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Election Night: More Corporate Handouts or More Personal Income Tax Cuts?

As expected, both candidates have different plans for economic growth Read more

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Municipal Governments Blame State For Their Property Tax Hikes

A presumption that state assistance should only go up Read more

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A Flip Of A Switch

Not all energy is there when you need it Read more

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94 Hours A Week: Presumed Load For This Financial Manager Of Three Michigan Cities

He’s collecting six-figure salaries from two of those metro-area municipalities Read more

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MDE Overreach a Serious Concern

New rules attack cyber school option for families Read more

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‘Goliath’ Unions Complain About ‘David’-Sized Think Tanks’ Worker Outreach Campaign

State-based think tank movement informing public employees they can stop paying union fees now Read more

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Northern Michigan Explains Why It Wanted $4,600 For Names And Salaries Of All Its Employees

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Michigan Union Still Pursuing Dues From Teachers Five Years After Right-To-Work

But under new U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the union may also be messing with their constitutional rights Read more

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NMU Wants $4,600 to Look Up and Send Salary Data

It's online at U of M; in new state budget, Northern Michigan University gets $47,998,400 Read more

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Why Taxpayers Are Shelling Out More Money for Worse Service

In some places, cities pay two or three times the base salary for one person Read more

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Jackson County Tells Voters To Show 'Love' For Parks

Michigan pretends to ban taxpayer-funded electioneering, local governments pretend to comply Read more

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Three Important Criminal Justice Reform Opportunities for 2018

With fewer than 20 days left in the legislative session, that’s plenty of time to pass good reform Read more

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Superintendent Accused of Intimidation Against Recall Petition Signers

School board president promises zero tolerance for ‘retaliation or harassment’ Read more

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Can Technology Help Predict Crime and Flight Risk? 

More courts use actuarial tools to assess risks offenders pose to society Read more

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Number Of Michiganders Collecting Unemployment Down 90 Percent Since 2009

Less than 1 percent of state workforce needed benefits in June Read more

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Township Voters Give Firm ‘No’ To Government Internet Plan

Recent study found 90 percent of such plans fail Read more

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Michigan Catching Up On State Employee Pension Debt

Progress is being made, but another $7.5 billion is still needed Read more

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Foreclosing Over-Taxed Property Helped Wayne County Dodge State Receivership

Profits from auctioning tax-delinquent owners' homes shored up county budget in 2015-16 Read more

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Climate Lawsuits Expose Contradictory Government Policies 

City reverses original claim on climate-related damages Read more

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Michigan’s Credit Rating Upgraded, Agency Cites School Pension Reform

Teachers unions and public school establishment had claimed going to 401(k)s would hurt state Read more

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Flint Waste Water Department Staffer Paid $117k Last Year

69.28 hours per week for 52 weeks; only union president paid more Read more

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Federal Taxpayer Bailout Likely For Big Union Pension Funds

Dingell: Government action required ‘to put food on the table’ for covered retirees Read more

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Politicians Subsidize Less Than 1 Percent of Job Creation

Taxpayer dollars wasted subsidizing a tiny fraction of the economy Read more

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Gov. Rick Snyder’s Fiscal Policy Legacy

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Union President Heads List of Highly Paid Flint Employees

A water department staffer, he gets $155k, including $20k to ‘standby’ Read more

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A Lesson in Endpoint Bias

Is the state budget growing faster than inflation? Read more

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Most Cities Require Rental Registrations – This One Gets Personal

Warren strikes out at landlord refusing to submit driver’s license number of herself and tenants Read more

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Detroit’s Per-Resident Revenue Sharing Haul More Than Double Most Other Towns’

Dem governor candidate complains revenue sharing is hurting Detroit Read more

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ISD-Run Special Education at Bottom of the Pack

Michigan only state cited for failing special-needs students Read more

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Funding Up, But Detroit School Official Claims ‘Budget Cuts’ Stole Recess

Detroit schools getting $212 more per student this year, after $617 million taxpayer bailout in 2016 Read more

Analysis

This Michigan Utility Is Planning Your Energy Future

We’ll be much more dependent on intermittent power sources and buying electricity from out of state Read more

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For Union Dues Opt-Out Story, NPR Finds Teacher Making $27,000 Less Than Average 

National teachers union database paints a different picture of pay levels Read more

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Detroit Council Calls For $15 Minimum Wage; Many City Workers Get Less

Statement ‘strongly encourages downtown developers’ to pay a living wage Read more

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Big Piece of Utility’s Future Electricity Supply Plans: Michigan Consumers Use Less

Plan raises questions about who decides how customers use electricity, and how much they'll have Read more

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Michigan Has Added a Whole Miami Worth of Jobs Since Peak Recession

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State’s ‘Surplus Property’ Process Unchanged For Three Years After Warning of Fraud Risk

Agency responsible for selling unneeded equipment says fix finally put in place this spring Read more

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University Spending, Not a Lack of Taxpayer Support, Drives Higher Tuition

History suggests the schools pocket the additional taxpayer contributions and still raise tuition Read more

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Statistics, Anecdotes Point To Public Employees Mostly Doing Better Not Worse

Pay varies by geographic area and job, but hard to make case that government workers are suffering Read more

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Data Trashes ‘Detroit Schools Underfunded’ Narrative Yet Again

Yet the actual numbers are easily found on a state website Read more

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U of M’s Office Of Institutional Equity Is In Court For Due Process Violations

‘The accused shall enjoy the right ... to be confronted with the witnesses against him’ Read more

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Utility Consultant Suggests Basing Electric Capacity Plans On Idea That Carbon Caps Are Coming

Higher prices and less reliable power for Michigan customers are possible outcomes Read more

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Teachers Union On Supreme Court Janus Ruling: ‘Women And Minorities Hardest Hit’

Assertion based on mistaken reading of Michigan’s right-to-work law Read more

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No Charge, No Conviction — But 956 People Still Lose Stuff To Cops

Michigan releases 2017 civil asset forfeiture report Read more

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How Business Subsidies Cut to the Front of the Line for Michigan Tax Dollars

Politicians focus on higher status than taxpayers Read more

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A Political Fiction that Won’t Go Away

Candidates wrongly claim state education funds have been cut Read more

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Michigan’s Local Wind Farm Opposition May Drive New Developments To Iowa

Utility’s figures also suggest tens of thousands of acres of solar collectors coming here Read more

Analysis

By Honoring Football Anthem Protests, Union Dishonors Teachers Who Dissent

Example of how NEA’s compulsory dues violated teachers First Amendment rights Read more

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Snyder Budget Whacks $10 Million from Business Subsidy Programs

Pure Michigan scores $1 million increase Read more

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