Bill Would Authorize Payroll Withholding For Lottery Tickets

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

Commentary

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

Commentary

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

Commentary

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

Commentary

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

Commentary

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

Commentary

Serve the Public by Protecting the Integrity of Evidence in Criminal Proceedings

How a forensic science commission would help protect citizens Read more

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Legislature Tries To End Public Pension Spiking By Union Officials 

An earlier reform ended six-figure payouts, but union officials still accrue regular school pensions Read more

Commentary

A Look at What Happens After Minimum Wage Hikes in Michigan

Job growth drives low-income wage increases more than legal minimums Read more

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Some 'Tipped' Restaurant Workers Say Don't Raise Our Minimum Wage

‘No restaurant can ever pay us in an hourly wage what we make in tips’ Read more

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Michigan’s Highest Paid Public School Servants

Who says public service can’t be rewarding? Read more

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Donors To Politically Sensitive Groups Protected By Privacy Bill

Personal info on contributors to nonprofits would not be posted on government databases Read more

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Uncritical Media, Politicians Once Touted Chevy Volt As Saving Detroit

Stabenow in 2010: ‘Production of the Volt will help strengthen Michigan's clean-energy economy’ Read more

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70 Percent Of Michigan Schools Outsource Noncore Services 

The number doubled from 2001 to 2014, but then stopped rising Read more

Commentary

Amazon and Foxconn Ignite Opposition To Business Subsidies

Expensive jobs announcements don’t foster economic growth Read more

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No More Compelled Dues, Strident Politics, A 22 Percent Union Decline

Michigan branch of teachers union sports a progressive politics Facebook page Read more

Commentary

School Districts Exaggerate the Harms of Losing Students to Choice

Freedom, flexibility needed more than extra funds Read more

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American Federation of Teachers-Michigan Union Membership In Decline

Union has had a 22 percent decline in membership since right-to-work Read more

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Media, Left Blame Deficit On People Keeping More Of What They Earn

They don’t like tax cuts but do like government spending Read more

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Why Michigan’s Free-Market Policy Wonks Are Thankful 

People are working, students are learning, pension funds are growing and more Read more

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State Officials Question Detroit’s Universal Preschool Plans

Is this the best use of that money? Can the city manage the program? Read more

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Tax Cut Deemed Budget Buster, But State Corporate Subsidies Total $623 Million This Year

Billions will keep flowing from Michigan taxpayers to a few corporations until at least 2032 Read more

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Municipal Lobby Ignores State’s Hard Times In Pleading For More

For all the recent growth Michigan still clawing back from an economic ‘lost decade’ Read more

Commentary

The Good News And Bad News For UAW Members

Their money is being mismanaged but you don’t have to contribute Read more

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Deep-Pocketed Michigan Foundations Fund News Outlets

Big-money foundations are bankrolling media to cover their activism Read more

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Does Michigan Impose Unconstitutional Fees On Criminal Defendants?

State Supreme Court to rule on fees in criminal cases Read more

Commentary

Just A Reminder Of The Growing State Budget

Tax cuts cost much less than recent budget increases Read more

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State Dems Want Public Education To Do And Spend More

Universal preschool programs could cost taxpayers $826.5 million Read more

Commentary

Comparing Michigan’s Largest Counties on Civil Asset Forfeiture

Oakland and Wayne counties are worlds apart when it comes to protecting property rights Read more

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Kent County Agency Wants 10 Years To Fill Open Records Law Request

Agency says it will cost $241,000 Read more

Commentary

Accessing Better Detroit Schools Out of Reach for Some

Transportation scholarships could help level playing field Read more

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Madonna Helps Charter School Detroit Tried To Block

She’s in for $100,000 as effort underway to renovate abandoned Detroit school Read more

Commentary

Bail Reform Effort in Michigan: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Why pretrial policy should matter to everyone Read more

Analysis

Michigan Schools And Families Were Hurt By 800,000 Lost Jobs

Public school establishment complaining about cuts that happened 10 years ago Read more

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Detroit Public Schools Fails To Respond To Overdue Open Records Request

It’s the law Read more

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Who's Moving Up In Next Year's Michigan Legislature

Party breakdowns, and who's new in Senate Read more

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Teachers Union Could Face Millions In Clawback Payments To Workers

Federal class-action lawsuit contends compulsory fee payments violated government workers' free speech Read more

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Legislature Makes Strong Pro-Israel Statement, U-M Goes Other Way

Broad bipartisan majorities approved anti-boycott contracting law; U-M hosted Israel boycott conference Read more

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Farm Lobby Says 1 In 6 State Jobs Due To Ag; Economists Call ‘Manure’

Federal statistics classify 1.1 percent of Michigan jobs as farmers or farm workers Read more

Commentary

Forcing Accountants to Stay in College Doesn’t Make Them Better CPAs

And the rest of us are paying for it Read more

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Teacher Politicizes Colleagues On Underfunding, Own School’s Funding Up

Look for the union narrative Read more

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School Funding Truth A Casualty Of Michigan Political Campaigns

‘Cuts to school budgets’ largely a political myth here Read more

Commentary

Helping More Michigan Students Learn to Read

Campaign promises are likely not enough Read more

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Campaign Season, And More Taxpayer-Funded Tax-Hike Electioneering

This time it’s Schoolcraft College advocating with public resources Read more

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Obama EPA’s U.P. Road Block May Be Heading To U.S. Supreme Court

It’s really about a mine Read more

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Charter Schools ‘Unregulated?’ Only If You Ignore All Those Rules

New York nonprofit gets the anti-charter buzzwords right, misses the real story Read more

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Ann Arbor Locking Up The Birds - Bird Scooters, That is

College towns nationwide trying to decide: Go with the flow or say ‘No’ Read more

Commentary

Cities and Suburbs Should Grow Together

The fastest growing areas gain residents in both cities and suburbs Read more

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Little Guy Faces Jail For Scalping A Ticket, Corporations Do It Every Day

House-passed bill would level the playing field in Michigan Read more

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‘The 74’ Repeats Anti-Charter School Rhetoric, Misses On Facts

Researchers praised Detroit charters, website translates that as ‘profiteering’ and no improvement Read more

Commentary

Let Markets and Innovation Drive Energy Efficiency

It matters how we get there Read more

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Wayne County Took Cars From 380 People Never Charged With A Crime

2017 was ‘civil asset forfeiture on steroids’ in Detroit Read more

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Union Neglected School Custodians —Until It Sued Them For Back Dues

14-member unit says MEA was AWOL for them Read more

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Numbers On State Unemployment Down 90 Percent From 2009

With fewer needing benefits, Michigan sets a new low Read more

Commentary

Money and Justice in West Michigan

Ottawa County prepares programs to improve both funding and offender success Read more

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Will Michigan Follow California’s Lead In Redistricting?

Voters will decide who should draw political districts Read more

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The State Budget is Larger Than $10 Billion

State can afford to spend more on roads and cut taxes Read more

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Media Praises Hardworking Detroit Teacher, But Ignores Key Fact:

Her school is among Michigan's very worst Read more

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Citing State Regulatory Burdens, Man Closes Small Business

‘Navigating an unreliable system is despair-inducing’ Read more

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Regulator: Utility Could Improve On Being Open And Transparent

Key industry stakeholders no-shows at meetings on utility’s power source overhaul Read more

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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

Commentary

Don't Put Faith in Class-Size Reduction

Research shows little academic benefit for immense cost Read more

News Story

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

Analysis

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

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

Commentary

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

Commentary

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

Commentary

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

Commentary

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

Commentary

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

Commentary

Same Old Story About the Problems in Public Schools

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

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