A news service for the people of Michigan from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Meet Some Law Enforcement Officers Who Support Forfeiture Reform

While many interest groups representing law enforcement employees oppose reforming civil asset forfeiture to require a criminal conviction before the state can take ownership of a person’s property, some law enforcement officers support the changes. … more

MSU Spending Big For Post-Nassar PR

Michigan State University pays its top media spokesman $195,765 a year. Now in "crisis mode," MSU has hired another media relations expert at $325 an hour. … more

A Swimming Pool’s Worth of Parking Lot Runoff Not ‘Vital’ To Great Lakes

While the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative does pay for some programs that protect the lakes, it also gives millions of dollars every year for things that have very little impact on them. … more

Michigan May Surpass 2000 Employment Levels Soon

Job growth in the economic recovery following the Great Recession has been fairly steady. If the trend continues — and there’s no way of determining if it will or won’t — Michigan will surpass its 2000 job level peaks in 2020.  … more

Industrial Wind Farms Bring Political Conflict, Recalls and Lawsuits to Township

A legal battle over a proposed wind farm of 63 turbines is brewing in a small community in the Thumb area of Michigan. … more

Airbnb Ban the Latest in Detroit’s Short-sighted Thinking

City of Detroit officials quietly banned homeowners from offering short-term rentals through services such as Airbnb. … more

City Taking In More But Manager Cries Poverty

The amount of property tax revenue collected by all forms of tax jurisdictions in the state rose from $12.8 billion in 2012 to $14.0 billion in 2017, … more

Crime Shouldn’t Pay, but Requiring Reimbursement May Not Pay Off

A law that takes effect next month adds a handful of new crimes to the list of offenses for which violators must reimburse the state or a local unit of government for expenses incurred responding to and prosecuting the crime.  … more

Did School Choice Opposition Help Doom Detroit’s Bid For Amazon HQ?

Media pundits were quick to suggest they knew why Detroit missed making the cut of cities the online retailer Amazon.com was considering for its new headquarters. … more

Illinois Takes Pension Advice From ‘The Simpsons’

Illinois has promised $129 billion more to government workers than it has saved for their pensions. That’s over $10,000 for every man, woman and child in the Land of Lincoln. So the state has cooked up a scheme to pay down these costs. … more