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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Michigan Capitol Confidential Removes Story With Wrong Data On Car Repairs

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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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Big Michigan Utility Expects No ‘Significant Growth’ Of Electric Cars Here

Consumers Energy sees potential but projects no jump in power demand from EVs Read more

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Legislature Approves New Business Subsidies

Big budget bill makes it more difficult to hold lawmakers accountable for spending Read more

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Michigan Public Sector Salaries Have Increased Every Year Since 2001

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Another MBDP Jobs Subsidy Project Doesn’t Work

State officials can’t pick economic winners from losers and shouldn’t try Read more

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Charter School Critic Shocked At Groups Giving Teachers Information On Unions

Campaign tells teachers that union fees are now optional Read more

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Retired Police Woman Has Made $200,000 + Annually 

Leading newspaper says public servants, like her, are ‘losing their foothold in the middle class’ Read more

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Teacher Once Claimed He Fantasized About Being A Barista

Three years later, he's making $9,000 more a year Read more

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26 Grand Rapids City Employees Received $20k-Plus in Overtime

There were city 378 city workers getting $80,000 or more in 2017 Read more

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First Time Since 2000, No Local Governments Under State Receivership

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US Supreme Court Cites Mackinac Center in Landmark Ruling On Unions

Majority holding gives right-to-work status to every public employee in the nation Read more

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Higher Taxes Would Offer Little for Ottawa Schools

Millage money more fairly shared, but promises little results Read more

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Nine Years In A Row: State Spending Goes Up Again On Oct. 1

From $45.7 billion the year Snyder was elected to $56.8 billion next year Read more

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State Business Handout Program Wastes Another $2 million

Another state subsidy deal fails to deliver Read more

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Michigan Subsidizes Amazon, Even Without Second HQ Project

Millions in taxpayer dollars for distribution centers gives retailer a marketplace edge Read more

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Recipe For Food Stamps Teacher: Seven In Household, Low Seniority

It takes a rare combination of circumstances Read more

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Bills Reduce Work Restrictions, Give Those With Criminal Records Another Chance

Michigan House licensing bills supported by bipartisan legislators and groups across the political spectrum Read more

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New 5G Internet Faster, Cheaper – And Vulnerable To Local Shakedowns

Bills that passed the Michigan Senate will preempt local bottlenecks, if the state House goes along Read more

Analysis

Dems Get 99.9 Percent of 2018 Teacher Union Political Cash 

But an imminent Supreme Court ruling could make unions more sensitive to GOP members Read more

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Detroit is Becoming Friendlier to Entrepreneurs

The number of licensing violations enforced by the city has decreased Read more

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Students Here Far From ‘All Above Average’ - But Teachers Rated That Way

A troubling gap between how students really do and how schools rate teacher performance Read more

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Neither Inmates Nor Counties Get Out of Jail Free

Michigan counties try, unsuccessfully, to pass their jail expenditures on to inmates Read more

Analysis

Detroit’s Tax-Related Debt To Wayne County Down $70 Million Since 2010

$4 billion drop in property values plays a role Read more

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Is One Subsidy Really Any Better?

Subsidies do have a destabilizing market influence Read more

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Bill Schuette Talks State Government

‘The growth is in states that have lower taxes and fewer regulations’ Read more

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Earmarks For Key Legislators Recall Late ’90s Spending Blowouts

Not quite the ‘Christmas tree’ budgets of yore, but trending that way Read more

Editorial

Another Michigan School Expert Misstates, Lowballs Taxpayer Contributions

Taxpayers keep giving more, public school establishment keeps denying it Read more

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Business Subsidy Programs Grow State’s Bureaucracy, Not Its Economy

They’re mostly just in-state cronyism, not big employer “deal closing” incentives Read more

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Flint Water Whistleblower, Mackinac Center Sue Wayne State Over Records Denials

Virginia Tech professor among first to raise questions, challenging Wayne State prof’s actions on crisis Read more

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Whitmer Education Plan Trips Over Charter Schools

Solutions in search of imagined problems raise questions Read more

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Michigan Lawmakers Consider More Handouts

If at first you don’t succeed, spend millions of taxpayer dollars Read more

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State Taxpayers Seeing Payoff From Smaller Prison Population

One prison closing now, and analyst reports another may follow soon Read more

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Like All Spending, Environmental Spending Needs a Plan and Oversight

Real estate development is not remediation Read more

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