Despite Right-To-Work Laws, Unions Find Ways Make Workers Keep Paying

The Michigan Supreme Court has finally closed the door on a tactic the state’s largest teachers union has used to prevent school employees from exercising one of their legal rights at any time. … more

Latest Test Scores Show Charter Schools Closing Gap

Public charter schools in Michigan are closing the performance gap with conventional district schools in some subjects, according to recently released results from a national assessment test that was given last year. … more

State Law May Drive Job-Seeking Michigan Woman To Move Elsewhere

Donna Williams grew up in Michigan, but is thinking about moving to Las Vegas because the licensing laws in her home state make it difficult for her to pursue her passion to work as a makeup artist. … more

Are Competition And Consumer Choice In Education Good Or Bad?

A member of the Ann Arbor school board member recently opposed a proposal to allow more students who don’t live in the district attend its schools under the state’s Schools of Choice law.  … more

For Each Gallon Of Water Michigan’s People Use, 288 Gallons Fall From The Sky

For every gallon of water consumed by Michigan’s residents and businesses, 288 gallons fall upon the state as rain, in an average year. … more

Is it Constitutional to Require Criminal Defendants to Fund Their Own Prosecution?

Can criminal defendants be required to pay a portion of the costs of prosecuting them?  … more

Money For Roads Doesn’t Go Where It’s Needed The Most

In Michigan, the roads that are most traveled and most in need in repair are not a priority. … more

The Great Lakes Trough Truce

The 2018 federal budget includes a block of money that goes to groups that do things in the Great Lakes. The Trump administration wanted to lower that funding. But 185 groups banded together to oppose any spending reductions. … more

Back To The Future With Renewable Energy Puffery

Activists and businesses that profit from wind and other renewable energy sources often claim that these produce additional jobs, and that this is a benefit. … more

Detroit People Mover Maintenance Worker Paid $174,602 In 2017

The highest-paid employee of the Detroit People Mover monorail train last year wasn’t the general manager. It was a maintenance employee who had a base salary of $57,220 but ended up collecting $174,602 in total. … more

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As part of our efforts on government transparency, we obtained data on the compensation of most public employees in the state. This information has been used to fact check claims about salaries, verify data from other open records requests, and hold government spending accountable.

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