If At First ... Legislature Looking To Rein In Auto Insurance

Special interests halted past reform efforts Read more

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Medical Welfare Programs Look To Price Another Year Of Life

Is a beneficiary’s ‘quality-adjusted life year’ worth the cost of a drug? Read more

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Union Membership Continues to Drop Nationwide

The Janus decision is having an effect on membership Read more

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Court: OK For Wayne County To Seize Man’s Car For 3 Years

Legislators considering changes to state asset forfeiture law Read more

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State Employee Morale Drops As State Spending Rises

Gov. Whitmer is concerned Read more

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Michigan’s Democratic Governor Pushes Special Corporate Tax Break

There are more important priorities Read more

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Media Smokestack Images And Air Pollution Spin

Those billowing white clouds coming out aren’t what you may think Read more

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Dead Last In Payments to Local Governments And Everything Else

The dangers of relying on outdated data Read more

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Numbers Are In: Fossil Fuels Kept Furnaces Running During Polar Vortex

Wind production fell 79 percent over three coldest days Read more

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Michigan School Funding ‘Dead Last’? Watch That Methodology

Third in a series of how claims about public school revenue claims are often misleading Read more

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No Surprise: Public Spending Lower After Deep ‘One-State Recession’

However, overall state spending has increased nine consecutive years Read more

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One Source Of School Finance Confusion: ‘Equity In School Funding’

Second in a series of how claims about public school revenue claims are often misleading Read more

Analysis

Warning: Michigan School Finance Is Complicated

It’s also confusing, and spending interests often don’t tell the whole story Read more

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Drivers Will Pay More At Pump If Oil, Gas Pipeline Shut Down

Estimates vary on the effects of closing Mackinac Straits pipeline Read more

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Will Your Furnace Turn On When Utilities Abandon Gas And Coal?

Polar vortex exposes risk with all-renewables approach to energy Read more

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The Free-market Case for a Clean Slate

Clean-slate laws help people reintegrate into the workforce Read more

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Having Won Once, Reformers Want Even-Year Grand Rapids Elections

One official says their lower turnout makes odd-year elections look like suppression Read more

Analysis

Diversity Programs Big Business at U-M

University pays $11 million to 93 diversity program administrators Read more

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Get Used to It

The wonderful world of energy rationing Read more

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Official's School Funding Complaints Cite Study Missing Billions

MSU study ends before last four years of school aid increases Read more

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House Dems: Make Charter Schools Hiring For-Profit Managers Unconstitutional

Proposed change to state constitution could shut down some of the state’s top schools Read more

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Justice in a Free Society

Why criminal justice reform matters to liberty lovers Read more

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Driverless Car Company Gets Big Subsidy From Michigan Taxpayers

Waymo’s parent company reported $12.7 billion in profits and received $8 million from Michigan taxpayers Read more

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Auditor General Report Questions Michigan Strategic Fund and MBDP Jobs Program 

The MBDP is a failure and should be shut down Read more

Analysis

School Budgets Caught A Cold In 2000s, But Michigan Taxpayers Suffered Economic Pneumonia

Spending advocates’ budget comparisons ignore how Michigan’s ‘lost decade’ crushed taxpayers Read more

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Taxing the Poor to Pay for Your Electric Car

Push for EV charging infrastructure is a wealth transfer from ratepayers to wealthy EV owners Read more

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MSU Uses Obscure ‘Government Purchases Index’ To Claim School Funding Down

The common CPI inflation measure shows funding up, not down Read more

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MSU Report Distorts School Funding Picture

Education revenues on track, Michigan near middle of pack Read more

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State Revenue Looks Stagnant If Only Some Funds Are Excluded

Spending interests imply taxpayers not contributing enough Read more

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DEQ Employees Accused Of Payroll Padding

Bioterrorism monitors falsified records, drove state vehicles for personal use Read more

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MSU Professor: Wind Turbines Can Cause Illness

Dizziness and nausea are just two symptoms Read more

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Schools Get More For Fewer Students, Spending Interests Claim Cuts

When a cut is merely a reduction in the rate of increase Read more

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Michigan Employment Up, Food Stamps Down

No government program can substitute for strong economic growth Read more

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New Business Subsidies Authorized in Michigan

Lawmakers overwhelmingly supported corporate welfare Read more

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Unions Continued Steady Membership Decline In 2018

Percentage of total workforce in unions down from 10.7 to 10.5; government unions down a bit more Read more

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How Right-to-Work Affected Michigan’s State Employee Unions

See the status of five of the state's top unions Read more

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Spending Interests Wrong: Schools in Low-Income Areas Get More, Not Less

Media keeps repeating advocates’ misrepresentations Read more

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More Budget Reform Ideas for 2019

Plenty of useless spending can be cut this year Read more

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Right-To-Work Repeal Bill Denies Government Workers’ Civil Rights

Michigan Dem’s legislation appears to defy US Supreme Court’s 2018 Janus ruling Read more

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Michigan Charter Schools Turn 25

Quarter century later, educational choice needs renewed vigilance Read more

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Michigan Roads Benefit From Decline In ‘Fix Now Pay Later’

Engler and Granholm used state credit card for road repairs, kicking costs into future Read more

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Administrators: 98 Percent Of Michigan Teachers Average Or Above

Just 1 out of every 384 Michigan teachers deemed ‘ineffective’ by their school’s administration Read more

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Even After Right-to-Work, Unions Still Big Political Spenders in Michigan

Organized labor gave millions to Democratic candidates and groups in 2018 Read more

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Charters Top List Of Detroit's Best Public High Schools

City’s 3 best were charters Read more

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Think corporate welfare isn’t a waste? Read these studies

Research continues to demonstrate the ineffectiveness of these programs Read more

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Government Broadband’s Record Is Bad; Traverse City Going For It

City-owned utility wants a federal ‘energy savings’ loan to bankroll it Read more

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Law Requires Public Schools To Report Bullying, Not All Do

With 50,000 students, Detroit reports just five incidents Read more

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Michigan Can Continue to Thrive in 2019

Better public policy will bring more people to the state Read more

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State Phone Mandate Could Cost Small Business Millions

Firms may just junk their landline phones and go all cellular Read more

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Teachers Can Choose To Do More Than Just Teach - And Get Paid More

Yet the union says teachers are walking out because of the extras Read more

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Once a Leader, Michigan Now Falling Behind in Licensing Reform

New research shows licensing leads to large declines in jobs Read more

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Average State Employee Takes 27.3 Paid Days Off Each Year

17.1 days is paid leave and the rest is sick time Read more

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State Housing Loan Agency Will Change Unconstitutional Quota Mandate

Agencies shall not 'discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to' specified groups Read more

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U-M Diversity Chief Gets $407k Annually, Oversees 12 Employees

Office budget is $2 million, but that's not all Read more

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Still a Long Way To Go for Detroit

The city still has a slow job growth compared to other large cities Read more

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A Third Of New School Hires Choose 2017 Reform’s Traditional Pension Option

But new employee burden sharing requirements make repeat of old system’s underfunding less likely Read more

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Restricting Homeschool Freedom Won't Make Children Safer

Misguided calls for regulation lack convincing evidence Read more

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Tlaib Has Obscenities For Opponents, But Yea-Votes For Corporate Welfare

She approved $1.03 billion worth of corporate handouts but calls them a ‘power grab’ that hurts people Read more

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No-Show Lawmaker Skipped 488 Votes, Still Collected $2,629 For Expenses

‘Being around isn't your job. Voting is the job.’ Read more

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Earning $100k Or More In Detroit Schools

110 employees reach six-figure payouts Read more

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False ‘School Funding Cut’ Claim Must Be Useful 

But pesky state spending data keep getting in the way Read more

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CapCon’s Top 10 2018 Stories

Wind-farm resistance, cops see the green, school-employee poor-mouthing, more Read more

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2019 State Budget: Cut Corporate Welfare for Roads and Economic Growth

A good road system contributes to economic growth Read more

Analysis

Michigan’s Electric Companies Sign Onto Green Agenda

Expect costlier and less reliable electric power supplies Read more

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After Losing August Primary, Legislator Stopped Representing Her District

Bettie Cook Scott was elected to represent the people of the 2nd House district Read more

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Official Numbers Refute Claim Of Stagnant School Funding

Enrollment in Midland dropped but state funding went up Read more

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Public Sector Unions’ Mixed Fortunes After Michigan Right-To-Work Law

Too soon to tell how much U.S. Supreme Court’s extension of RTW to public sector nationwide will affect union finances Read more

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Michigan Pays Off Debt from the 80s

New administration may borrow more Read more

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U-M Gets A 'C' From Civil Rights Watchdog On Due Process

Report from FIRE examines policies governing student misconduct Read more

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Legislature Forbids Local Governments From Creating Needless Licensing Requirements 

More people will be able to freely work across the state Read more

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Government as Santa

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This Lame Duck Was Busy

Facing an end of their trifecta, Republicans vote on hundreds of bills Read more

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Liberals, Democrats Question Conservatives’ Right to Equal Protection

Democratic legislator calls 'ludicrous’ comparison of free market donors' privacy rights to 1958 NAACP members Read more

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Union Release Time Was Once Unconstitutional

Lawmakers should retain a healthy skepticism about spending tax money on private interests Read more

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School District Gets More, But Superintendent Complains About ‘Do More For Less’ 

Remarks related to some extra internet sales tax revenue going to support roads, not schools Read more

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Fewer Parents Taking Education for Granted

Surveys highlight growing involvement, diverse goals Read more

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Big Enrollment Decline + Small Staff Decline = Stagnant Teacher Salaries

Downsizing is hard, but failing to do so after big enrollment declines is harder Read more

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Unionizing Charter Schools Goes Nowhere In Michigan

The failure may explain why Democrats oppose charters Read more

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National Charter School Critic Paints Flawed, Muddled Picture Of Detroit Education Landscape

Invalid to lump Detroit charter performance in with Detroit's district schools Read more

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Township Clear-Cuts Its Own Trees; Fines Property Owners $450k For Removing Theirs

Local firm would replace its trees with Christmas tree farm, Canton Township replaced its own with piles of dirt Read more

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Detroit Class Size Figures Skewed Upward By Gym And Team Sports

School district’s average class size is 26.73; 1,502 classes have fewer than 10 students Read more

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32,000 Flee Teachers Union Under Michigan Right-To-Work Law

Former member blames Michigan Education Association’s bullying tactics Read more

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Michigan made better choices on forest management

Good Neighbor Authority has proven to be a good choice Read more

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Celebrating When Graduation Rates Reach 47 Percent

Wayne State University cites increase from 26 percent Read more

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Striking a Balance on Environmental Regulations

'No more stringent' will benefit Michigan Read more

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Lame-Duck Legislator Calls For Penalties on Distributing Straws

'I wanted to make a statement,’ says sponsor of a bill in the Michigan House Read more

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Bill Would Authorize Payroll Withholding For Lottery Tickets

For every $1 dollar spent on the lottery, players lose 40 cents on average Read more

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Even Amended, Michigan’s Paid Sick Leave Would Cost Employers $1.1 Billion

But original proposal was much worse Read more

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Permits To Cut Your Own Trees? Fast-Moving Bill Says ‘Not Anymore’

Local governments could not ban tree removal on private, non-residential property Read more

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Bullying is a Huge Problem – School Choice is Helping Solve It

Bold action is needed to give families more options Read more

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Licensure Reform A Lame Duck Launch Failure?

This one has bipartisan support, so failing to fly in 2018 not necessarily the end Read more

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Practical Short-Term Health Coverage Unlikely Unless Legislature Acts

Useful option made possible by recent federal rule change, but GOP hasn’t moved and Dems likely to oppose Read more

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Michigan Should Adopt a Pilot Program to Fund Roads With Road Usage Charges

The state should look at a different source of funding for road maintenance Read more

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Michigan Democrats Slam Changes To Minimum Wage Law — While Paying Their Interns Nothing

Economist: Wage mandate ‘ends up hurting the people it is supposed to protect’ Read more

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More Insights from Mackinac Center’s Corporate Welfare Scorecard

New leadership brings hope for cutting corporate handouts Read more

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Up 10 Percent And $3.2 Billion, State Still ‘Starved For Revenue’

Long-time budget analysts stuck on half-empty Read more

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Lawmakers Have the Authority to Repeal Paid Leave Act

The margarine wars show that the Legislature has the power Read more

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'Stand Up To Billionaires And Corporations'? Tlaib Voted To Give Them One Billion Taxpayer Dollars

She approved 8 of 8 bills that authorized taxpayer subsidies to corporations and developers Read more

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The Costly Part of Government-Owned Broadband

Government-led broadband projects leave taxpayers on the hook Read more

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‘Union Time On Taxpayer Dime’: Now Or Never In GOP State House

Republican-controlled Senate has passed a ban twice Read more

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