Low-Income School Districts In Michigan Get More Money, Not Less

But public education and welfare establishments keep claiming otherwise Read more

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Snyder’s 8 Years Get ‘B’ On DC Think Tank’s Fiscal Report Card

Business tax and pension reform helped his grade, gas tax hike did not Read more

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Who Pays If 17-Year-Old Offenders No Longer Jailed With Adults?

Juvenile justice programs cost more than adult prisons Read more

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Unintended Consequences When Employers Can’t Ask About Felonies

Study finds in some labor markets ‘Ban the Box’ lowers young black and Hispanic men’s prospects Read more

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Nearly 1,000 People Not Charged or Found Not Guilty Lost Their Property Through Forfeiture

Even if you aren’t convicted of a crime, you may lose your home Read more

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Granholm: Income Tax Would Be Lower If GOP Left It Alone

Republicans repealed scheduled reductions in former Democratic governor’s 2007 tax hike Read more

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Don't Put Faith in Class-Size Reduction

Research shows little academic benefit for immense cost Read more

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Did This Teachers Union Call For Pay Cuts?

Teachers union alleges that teachers in Finland are paid more; they aren't Read more

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Township Hits Brothers With Fine For Removing Trees

Wayne County property owners could face $450,000 fine Read more

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More Tax-And-Spend For Michigan Roads? Scholar Says ‘Maybe’

New study assesses the need and has some ideas Read more

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Wayne County Pensions Underwater; Union Sues To Preserve ‘13th Check’

‘A ridiculous practice’; pension fund is 43 percent short of amount needed to pay regular benefits Read more

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Teachers Union Insurer Sells Coverage For Some Nonunion Staff, But Not These Two

‘They are making an example out of us’ Read more

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Utility’s Plan To Replace Coal With Solar Passes Regulatory Hurdle

Regulators advance it a step, but cost and reliability concerns remain Read more

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Michigan Needs to Rethink How it Does Economic Development

Many companies pursue projects the right way Read more

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Lobbyist Cites Yesteryear’s News To Urge More State Money For Cities

Uses figures from state’s ‘lost decade’; ‘Name a thing Michigan wasn’t worst at’ then Read more

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Detroit School District’s Deficit Spending Margin Getting Tighter

Factors preventing overspending in 2017 apply less, and new pressures are tightening Read more

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Company Turns Down Taxpayer Subsidies

Most jobs are created without state support Read more

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Advocates Of Green-Themed Spending Program Say It Boosts Economy

‘But studying butterflies and dragonflies ... has no direct impact on property values,’ says critic Read more

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Latest Criticism of Charter Schools Ignores (Again) Key Data

Comparisons dismiss the greater obstacles poor kids must overcome to do well in school Read more

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Happy New (Fiscal) Year; State Spending Up But Not By Much

Inflation-adjusted figures show Snyder mostly held the line on spending Read more

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Michigan Wages and Benefits Recovers 

But private-sector compensation lags Read more

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59 Percent Say ‘No’ To School Tax Hike, 18 Months Later It’s Back

Resident claims it’s the same repackaged as ‘security’; '$1,500 toilet partitions, $11,000 scoreboards' Read more

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Report Ranks Schools By Lowest Resident Enrollment, Minus Key Fact

How good are the schools abandoned by parents who use public school choice? Read more

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House Approves: $400 For Not Slowing For Roadside Emergency Vehicles

Traffic expert says new law would be ripe for for-profit sting operations Read more

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Kumbaya? Senate D’s and R’s Unite For Aircraft Owner Tax Breaks

A different story in the House, though Read more

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Got A License For That Dog? Under This Bill Wouldn't Need One

A state dog license law appears widely ignored Read more

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Want Faster Internet? What Rural Communities Should Explore 

Government shouldn't be in business of providing internet Read more

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20,000 Construction Jobs From Detroit Arena? That’s The Total For All Wayne County

Economist: Watch the fine print, figure may include coffee vendors Read more

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How Much Will the Repeal of Prevailing Wage Save Taxpayers in Michigan? 

It’s complicated, but a reasonable estimate is in the hundreds of millions Read more

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FCC Chairman: Agency Aims To ‘Stamp Out’ Spam Calls

Head of federal commission says it’s the No. 1 citizen complaint and it ‘drives me crazy’ Read more

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Oakland ISD Head Says School Funding Broken; Not At Oakland ISD

Head of midlevel management and school service agency paid $250k in 2017 Read more

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Same Old Story About the Problems in Public Schools

Nearly 70 years later, the arguments remain the same Read more

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FCC Chairman Denounces State, Local Obstacles To Faster Internet 

‘You need to have a consistent policy ... at the federal level’ Read more

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Restrictive Fence Ordinance Makes Unhappy Neighbors

Grosse Pointe Woods bans privacy fences Read more

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Cure For Poverty: Hold A Full-Time, Year-Round Job

Just 2.7 percent of those who do in Michigan fall below the poverty line Read more

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How to Control the Pension Debt

The costs of pension liabilities have grown out of control Read more

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Whitmer Approved $4.51 Billion In Corporate Handouts, Denounces Opponents’ ‘Giveaways’

Dem candidate for governor says she may ‘unleash’ more if elected Read more

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Choice Satisfies Most Parents, Appeals to Most Voters

New surveys highlight favorable experiences, need for more options Read more

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Troy Teacher's Pay $106k, Challenges Legislator On Low Teacher Pay

‘What are we doing in Michigan about this, Senator?’ Read more

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This Is What It’s Like When Media Covers Teachers In America

Expect a distorted picture Read more

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Prisons Are Not a Jobs Program

Closing Ojibway is tough, but necessary Read more

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Union Sues Teacher For Exercising Her Right-To-Work Option

Michigan banned compulsory union fees in 2013, MEA still trying to collect them Read more

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Legislator ‘Stunned’ By End Of Film Subsidies, Knocks Other Corporate Handouts She Approved

Democrat voted for $1.2 billion in 'huge tax breaks and sweetheart incentives' Read more

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Detroiters Benefit From Snyder Licensure, Criminal Records Orders

Initial applications for state jobs and licenses won’t ask about criminal records Read more

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Detroit Charters Nab Top 10 Average Student Body SAT Scores

‘The scoreboard doesn’t lie’ Read more

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Free Speech or Government Speech?

New bills would increase government oversight Read more

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Residents Seeing Tax Cut Bonus In Their Utility Bills

Not much but not nothing: About $20 a year Read more

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Governor’s Licensure Directive Gives Ex-Offenders Another Chance

Removes potential barrier to 200 professions that now require a license Read more

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100 Percent Of This District’s Teachers Got Merit Bonus

Teachers’ reward for school district’s notional compliance with state requirement? $1 each Read more

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State Income Tax Used For Giving Benefits To Low Income Residents

Checks go out for home heating credits, earned income credits, rent and property tax credits Read more

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Socialism Didn’t Make Detroit Great

Once prosperous, the city has not been helped by socialist policies Read more

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School Principal Faces Big Pay Cut If She Wins Seat In Legislature

From $120k plus benefits to around $83k Read more

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How Taxpayers Get Fleeced in Michigan

More money is not turning into better government services Read more

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Union Doesn’t Always Support ‘Public Funds Only in Public Schools’

Not when its own officials are collecting those public funds Read more

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Coping with the Growing Number of Felons in Michigan 

Our courts deliver nearly 50,000 felony convictions per year Read more

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Big Political Spending By Electric Utility Raises Concerns

Regulated utilities seek influence, outcomes can affect customer rates and more Read more

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MSU Coaches Frequent Users Of State Aircraft

Purpose of Dantonio, Izzo’s trips not disclosed; recruitment runs one likely use Read more

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State Spends $5.6 Million On Aircraft Over Three Years

Transporting officials from environmental and welfare agencies, corporate welfare office and more Read more

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'Wild West' Of Charter School Expansion Never Happened

Unionized public school interests said a reform passed in 2011 would produce chaos Read more

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Spending Interests Want Spending 

Yet spending interests won’t say where the money should come from Read more

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Teacher Of The Year's District Plays Games With Merit Pay

Without performance-based compensation, the state’s best get no more than the rest Read more

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School Boards Routinely Violate Merit Pay Law

Obama offered states grants to innovate, merit pay was Granholm’s response Read more

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What Would it Mean to Unleash the MEDC?

Lawmakers should keep the state's administrators on a tight leash Read more

Analysis

U-M Research Guide Leans Left On ‘Fake News’ And Media Bias

Watching academia's taxpayer-funded media watchers Read more

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Enforcing Janus Rights for Public Workers

U.S. Supreme Court decision no longer makes union fees a condition of employment Read more

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Dem Lt. Gov. Candidate On U-M Payroll To Monitor Fake News

Progressive credentials include Obama campaign and MoveOn.org Read more

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Public Radio Claims State Took School Money, But Funding Is Higher

K-12 schools getting more money to educate fewer kids Read more

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Would Residents Favor School Spending Hike If It Meant 21 Percent Income Tax Hike?

Pollsters didn’t ask; a 62 percent cut to road repairs would also free up the $2.3 billion specified Read more

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Union Official Criticizes Corporate Handouts But Endorses Business Subsidy Champion

Former GM employee and UAW official has favored giveaways to ‘corporate special interests’ Read more

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State Budget Grew Faster Under Snyder Than Granholm

The state economy also grew faster, which explains most of the difference Read more

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Home, Assets Tied Up For Years As Family Awaits Forfeiture Process

Questions raised about how law enforcement freezes property during trial Read more

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Later High School Start Times Should Stay Local Decision

Change by Berkley district cites academic benefit Read more

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Sales Price Of Properties Sold At Detroit Tax Auctions Doubles

Average price in Detroit rose from $2,000 to $5,000 in seven years Read more

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Gubernatorial Candidates In Glass Houses On Corporate Handouts

AFL-CIO chief denounces Republican candidate for favoring corporations, but Democratic candidate gave away far more Read more

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State's Corporate Welfare Partner Claims Thousands of Economists Support Stadium Subsidies

But economists uniformly oppose dinging taxpayers for projects like $125 million Kalamazoo facility Read more

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Superintendent Earns Praise Painting School – Which Would Be Illegal If He Were Paid

Painting isn’t dangerous and Michigan should eliminate its license Read more

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Michigan Chamber of Commerce: Union-Backed Ballot Proposals Will Harm Business 

Employers may find it hard to manage their business under paid leave measure Read more

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A Plea for Skepticism about the MEDC: An Open Letter

Lawmakers should take a closer look at economic development programs Read more

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Subsidies For A Few And Tax Hikes For The Rest Worked Poorly Here

All the former governor’s selective corporate handouts couldn’t overcome her huge tax hike or the Great Recession Read more

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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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Michigan’s Trial Courts Have a Major Funding Problem

The statutory scheme that keeps them running is set to expire in 2020 – and there’s no back up plan in place yet 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

Commentary

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

Commentary

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

Commentary

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

Commentary

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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