City Taxpayers Will Pay Millions For Past Employees’ Benefits

Every resident in 10 Michigan cities would have to pay at least $3,800 to fully fund the post-retirement health insurance benefits their elected officials have promised to city employees. … more

No More ‘Chippewas,’ ‘Eskymos’ or ‘Fighting Scots’? Bill Bans Ethnic Mascots

The Caledonia Fighting Scots, Escanaba Eskymos, and dozens of school district teams with mascots such as “Warriors,” “Braves” or “Indians” would have to find new names and mascots under a bill introduced in the Michigan Senate last week.  … more

Insurance Reform Opponents Spin 'No' Votes; Drivers Just Want Rate Relief

State Rep. Andy Schor said he agreed Michigan drivers “need relief from high auto insurance rates,” although his explanation for voting against House Bill 5013 warrants a closer look. … more

How to Solve Government Employee Retiree Health Insurance Costs

Some local government officials have gotten their governments into a mess and cannot get out without help. They’ve promised retiree medical insurance to unionized employees and did not set aside money to pay for it.  … more

Unions Admit Forcing People to Pay Dues is Political

The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that it will hear the case of Janus v. AFSCME. The decision will determine whether millions of government workers around the nation can be forced to pay money to unions or whether they will be able to stop, essentially guaranteeing right-to-work for all public sector workers in the country. … more

Incentive For New Teachers in Hard-To-Fill Specialties? Zero

Education experts claim that the common method of paying public school teachers in the same district from a uniform pay scale is not effective, archaic and contributes to teacher shortages in some specialized positions. … more

DeVos: Fight for Students, Not Over Them

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos returned home recently to deliver the keynote address at the Acton Institute’s 27th anniversary dinner gala. … more

Spending And Tax Collections Up, But East Lansing Still Asks For Local Income Tax

A newspaper columnist said the city of East Lansing's drop in property values was a financial Hurricane Katrina.  … more

Only One Auto Insurance Reform Plan Worth Pursuing

Two competing proposals have been introduced in the Michigan House that would reform auto insurance in this state.  … more

Education Officials Avoid Obvious Solutions

A recent column by an intermediate school district official resurrects the specter of a Michigan teacher shortage crisis. … more

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