Corporate Subsidy Agency Lets Firm Walk With $140,000, No New Jobs

But a year later the company celebrated its 100th birthday Read more

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Michigan May Have Turned a Corner on the Costs of State Employment

Benefits costs remain expensive but are declining Read more

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State’s Business Subsidy Cherry-Pickers Failed In Handout To Cherry Picker

Picking corporate subsidy winners and losers not like choosing fruit Read more

Commentary

Worries Over Medicaid Costs No Reason to Oppose No-Fault Reform

Any increased costs would be dwarfed by the savings drivers will achieve Read more

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Bill Authorizes Herding Cats — Literally

Legislation authorizes ‘community cat’ programs for ‘community cat caretakers’ Read more

Commentary

Beyond the Fight over Social Studies Standards

Michigan families need more educational freedom Read more

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Regulated Enough? Bill Imposes Licensing Mandate on Hunting, Fishing Guides

Current guides say state should enforce existing rules, not write new ones Read more

Commentary

Questions About Traverse City’s Fiber Network Plans

Board set to vote on action soon Read more

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Billions In Michigan Taxpayer Dollars Flowing To Big 3

Shhhhh! State officials refuse to reveal how much Read more

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Cutting Hair or Working as an Athletic Trainer in Michigan May Get a Bit Easier

Bills would lessen some licensing restrictions Read more

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Whitmer Approves Further Delay In Watered-Down Teacher Ratings

Public school establishment resists accountability Read more

Commentary

No-Fault Reform Plans Will Save Drivers Money

Both Senate and House bills empower Michigan drivers to reduce their insurance premiums Read more

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Communities Again Say 'No' To Industrial Wind Farm Developers

But state’s big utilities look to install hundreds of turbine towers Read more

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On Road Funding, Voters May Not Be As Dumb As You Think

Bridge Magazine op-ed only considers tax hike option for more road funding Read more

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Dems Cite U-M Report To Knock Similar GOP Auto Insurance Reform

Legislature’s reform bills contain key medical cost, coverage cap features recommended by U-M unit Read more

Commentary

Better Pension Assumptions Protect Taxpayers

Pension bills would take government retirement funds seriously Read more

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Two Detroit Cops Each Collected $100k-Plus Just In Overtime In 2018

237 Detroit police employees each collected $40,000 or more in 2018 overtime Read more

Commentary

Unnecessary Regulations Prevent People From Working

New report shows licensing reduces the supply of workers by 20 percent Read more

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Repeat Business At State's Corporate Subsidy Window

After first grant led to no new jobs, state gives company a loan Read more

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The Problem With Government-Run Internet is the Government-Run Part

Traverse City Light & Power should focus on other issues Read more

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Airbnb Agitates Some Local Government Officials

But residents like the extra income, and the short-term rentals may boost local economies too Read more

Commentary

There is Waste in Michigan’s Budget

Not all of it can be cut immediately, but some can redirected to roads now Read more

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State Oversight Fails As Auditors Scorch Detroit Schools’ Accounting

Lawmakers said oversight provisions of 2016 state bailout would prevent such failures Read more

Commentary

College Funding Plans Should Encourage Competition 

A better trained workforce should further enhance opportunities for individual workers Read more

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College Pays $75 Fine For Illegal Electioneering

President used taxpayer-funded equipment to ask for $7.1 million tax hike Read more

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Tuition Talks At Wealthy Public School District

Birmingham says ‘No’ to students from nearby districts, unless they bring tuition payments Read more

Commentary

New High School Rankings Need More Context

Selective admission campuses top U.S. News’ list in Michigan Read more

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He Supported Restricting Teachers’ Right To Leave Union, Now Asks DeVos Why Others Help Them Leave

New Jersey politician who sponsored restrictive law upset that Mackinac Center contacted teachers Read more

Commentary

Dues Skimming Meets Its Demise

Federal rule ends a union's ability to involuntarily take money from home health care givers Read more

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Status Quo School Budgets? Superintendent Complains, But His Funding Up $528 Per Kid

Political fact-checkers go silent when school spending interests spin Read more

Commentary

Michigan Lawmakers Propose Strict Hunting and Fishing Guide Regulations

A good way to make enjoying the great outdoors less enjoyable Read more

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We’re No. 1? Michigan Could Get Nation’s Highest Gas Tax

Whitmer’s 45-cent increase would see motorists paying $1.06 per gallon in tax Read more

Commentary

Hike Taxes — Or Just Wait A Half Year

Budget growth can mean more money for roads without tax hikes Read more

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Bills Make Criminal Record Less A Bar To Occupational Licenses

‘An important step towards reducing crime and enhancing public safety,’ one advocate says Read more

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Michigan Legislature Passes Bills Requiring a Criminal Conviction for Forfeiture

The bills had an overwhelming amount of bipartisan support Read more

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Detroit Schools Just Aren't That Crowded

Claims of ‘militant’ teacher can’t overcome actual figures reported by district Read more

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No New Permanent Jobs From State Corporate Subsidy

Nexthermal gets $50k from taxpayers, repays $30k, creates no new permanent jobs Read more

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Mandated Payroll Fixes And Oversight Committee Didn't Stop Detroit Embezzler

Staffer heading to prison for embezzling $265,000 from taxpayers Read more

Commentary

Critique of CAP Report Card Fires Blanks

Report card still valuable despite list of complaints from MSU professor Read more

News Story

Company Defaults on $300,000 From State For Project, Repays $45,827

MEDC had boasted grant proved ‘the success of our strategy’ Read more

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Lansing’s $100,000 Police Employees

18 police employees earned more than that in 2018 Read more

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Another Business Subsidy, Another Canceled Agreement

Company repays $62,600 in state grant money Read more

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County Project Imposes Illegal Union Wage Mandate On Bidders

Contractors: ‘See you in court’ - and it could get expensive Read more

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The Hard Work Of Creating A Marijuana Business Cartel

Commercial pot about to become big business here; valuable turf in play Read more

Commentary

Wealth and Freedom are the Best Means of Protecting Species

Earth Day organizers have other ideas Read more

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In Their Own Words: Democratic Socialists, Green New Dealers Meet In Detroit

They don’t like capitalism Read more

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Pro-Gas Tax Hike Democrat: Never Seen A Public Willing To Tax Itself

Yet, local voters have approved 549 millages taxing themselves for roads and more Read more

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Average Detroit Student Missed 32.73 School Days Last Year

70% of the district’s 50,875 students were chronically absent, vs. 20% statewide Read more

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Will Troy’s Crackdown On Distracted Driving Spread?

City tickets drivers talking on handheld cellphones Read more

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Consultant: Green Jobs A ‘Lobbying Effort,’ Not Real Data

Activists claim 240,000 solar jobs, federal data indicates 3,295 Read more

Commentary

Happy Tax Freedom Day, Michigan!

It took Michiganders 105 days to earn enough income to pay all their taxes Read more

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Legislative Open Records Bills Overcome Constitutional Hiccup

Other legislatures figured out separation of powers glitch, Michigan’s may be about to also Read more

Commentary

Local Governments Get a Raise From Property Tax Payers

Tax limits still allow plenty of growth Read more

Commentary

A Steady Decline for Unions Under Michigan’s Right-to-Work Law

The birthplace of the modern labor movement finds workers increasingly opting out Read more

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Project Gets $100,000 Taxpayer Subsidy, Creates Zero Jobs, Firm Returns Just $26,000

Officials had boasted ‘additional good-paying jobs for years to come’ Read more

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AFSCME Michigan Pays Women 85 Cents For Every Dollar For Men

If measured using simplistic pay gap methods used to tarnish others Read more

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Federal Prison For Trout Trafficking Raises Proportionality Concerns

Scholar says federal sting operation and prison sentences look like overcriminalization Read more

Commentary

Charter School Critique Misses the Mark

Different approach needed to enhance student diversity Read more

News Story

State Business Subsidy Recipients Get, Keep Taxpayer Dollars

Half the beneficiary firms failed to meet targets or created zero new jobs Read more

Commentary

Collective Bargaining Does Not Equality Make

UAW claims of equal pay are unfounded Read more

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Tax Sales Boost County Budgets, But Do They Violate Owners’ Rights?

Counties sell properties and keep entire amount, though taxes owed may be less Read more

Commentary

Roads going for less than $2.5 billion

Pitch for spending starts at $1.9 billion Read more

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Whitmer Suggests Government Shutdown If No Big Gas Tax Hike

Democratic Governor challenges GOP legislature, my way on the highways Read more

Commentary

Right-to-Work Means Right-to-Freedom 

Workers deserve more opportunity and control Read more

News Story

The Roads Are Crumbling And Have Always Been Crumbling

Michigan media has been breaking the story going on 30 years Read more

Commentary

Say No to Business Subsidies

Michigan should sign onto an interstate compact to eliminate corporate welfare Read more

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City Spends $300,000 Extra On Construction Projects To Pay Union Wages

Michigan eliminated prevailing wage law but Royal Oak wants to pay more Read more

Commentary

Michigan AG Withdraws State From Challenge to Federal Wetlands Rule

Move may impact farmers, developers and landowners Read more

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Professor: Forced Charity Isn’t Charity — Even For Special Olympics

Hillsdale’s Gary Wolfram says it’s unjust for government to redistribute income from regular people to charities Read more

Commentary

Sunny With a Chance of Apocalypse

Consumers Energy should produce affordable, reliable energy Read more

News Story

Oakland County Takes House For $8.41 Property Tax Mistake

Owner likely will see them in state Supreme Court later this year Read more

Commentary

People Are Leaving the Nation’s Largest Unions After Janus Case

National Education Association loses 3 percent, AFSCME down 8 percent Read more

News Story

Former Teacher Now Legislator Claims ‘Massive School Disinvestment’

But her old district is getting much more Read more

Commentary

Call to Roll Back Third-Grade Reading Law Misguided

State should follow through and replicate successful reforms to boost reading Read more

News Story

For Michigan Newspapers, Disaster Always Stalks Public Schools

Sky-is-falling headlines have been common since the 1950s Read more

Commentary

Education Scholarship Proposal Would Open Doors For Parents, Schoolchildren 

A new federal plan would help families exercise choice Read more

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Detroit Lawmaker Would Repeal City’s Post-Bankruptcy Financial Oversight

Critic: ‘Lawmakers shouldn’t act like the city’s problems are over’ Read more

Commentary

Another Day, Another Union Scandal

Flower fund scandal now under federal investigation Read more

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Fewer Workers, Costlier Materials Spike Road Repair Costs

Oakland County paying up to 60 percent more per mile than 2013 Read more

Commentary

The Increasing Importance of Natural Gas

It's a critical element of Michigan's energy future Read more

News Story

Whitmer Proposes $2.5 Billion Gas Tax Hike, Budgets Just $1.9 Billion More For Roads

Governor would divert other revenue away from road repairs Read more

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Wayne County Doubling Down On Forfeiture As Legislature Moves To Reform It

County’s ‘Operation Push-Off’ seized 2,600 vehicles, collected $1.2 million from owners, many never charged Read more

Commentary

Michigan Grew Most When Business Subsidies Were Illegal

Unfortunately this 'Cooley Doctrine' has been suppressed Read more

News Story

Grosse Pointe Schools’ Lower Enrollment In Part Their Choice

A state law and program offers another way to fill empty desks Read more

Commentary

Time for a Full and Independent Review of Climate Science

Signing onto a letter supporting the President’s Commission on Climate Security Read more

Commentary

Road Work: Should State Prioritize ‘Horse Boobs’ or Highways?

Subsidized film festival starts today Read more

News Story

Flint Paid City Workers To Stay Home

One staffer collected nearly $20,000 last year to be on standby Read more

News Story

Financial Disaster for School Districts Hasn’t Come

Number of districts in deficit stands at lowest in 15 years Read more

Commentary

New Legislature Takes Another Swing at Criminal Justice Reform

Lawmakers recognize more work needs to be done Read more

News Story

Michigan Teachers Union Suffers Important Court Defeat

State Court of Appeals says right-to-work law means what it says on compulsory union dues and fees Read more

Commentary

Proposed Cyberschool Cut Doesn't Add Up

Equal funding should follow students to their choice school Read more

News Story

Good News/Bad News On Michigan Teacher Pensions

Unfunded liabilities are up, but for a good reason: More realistic projections about investment growth Read more

News Story

‘You’ve Paid Your Debt To Society — Now Pay $10,000’

State of Michigan charges offenders up to $135 per month for probation and parole Read more

Commentary

Fuel Tax Funds Will Be Diverted 

Not all revenue raised by the new tax will be prioritized to roads Read more

News Story

Sheriff's Wrist-Slap For Illegal Electioneering Irks Council Member

Deputies were sent to public meetings with ‘VOTE YES’ pro-tax hike messages Read more

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How Michigan Can Fix The Roads Without Tax Hikes

Redirect revenue growth and corporate subsidies to roads, eliminate optional grants and more Read more

Commentary

Revenue Growth Makes Road Funding Easier

There's enough money to address fiscal priorities Read more

News Story

Food Stamp Abuse Rate Up, But Enrollment Down

From 924,643 enrolled in 2012 to 684,001 last year Read more

News Story

State's Purchasing Manual Includes Unlawful Union Preference

So-called prevailing wage requirement still applies in manual; spokesman says it’s a mistake Read more

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Property Taxes Up $638 Million In 2018

Driven down by Lost Decade and Great Recession, Michigan property tax collections now up six years in a row Read more

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