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

Thanksgiving Day: More Than Football and Turkey

Thanksgiving wasn’t always about parades or the Lions, or what type of fowl grandma was going to prepare for dinner, or that Turkey Trot 5k so many run in an attempt to offset the calories consumed during Thanksgiving dinner. … more

Skilled Trades Teachers Don’t Need a College Degree

The Michigan Legislature is considering some bills that would make it easier for skilled trades workers to teach in the state by exempting them from certain mandates.  … more

Bills Would Ban Keeping Taxpayer Handouts To Corporations Secret

Two bills introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives last month would require the state Department of Treasury to reveal which companies are receiving incentives promised through the now-moribund Michigan Economic Growth Authority. … more

The Most Bizarre Licenses in Michigan

The state's licensing requirements create obstacles that can lead to fewer opportunities for young people and bad news for people with a criminal record. … more

Police Set Up Crime, Entrap College Student’s Cellphone and $100

Police created the circumstances for the crime to be committed and then did not arrest or charge the individual they lured. But they did keep his money and cell phone. … more

Federal Tax Proposal Not Perfect, but Good for Michigan, Nation

“Law and sausage,” German aristocrat Otto von Bismarck was reputed to say, “are two things you do not want to see being made.” Today’s sausage making in Washington, D.C., involves the final release of tax reform specifics that — if adopted — will mark the most comprehensive federal tax reform legislation since 1986. … more

Unions That Say Prevailing Wage Law Protects Retirees Mismanage Worker Pensions

According to Michigan Prevails, a union-supported advocacy website, a state law called the prevailing wage “strongly supports the construction industry by providing sound pension programs.” … more

Half Of Able-Bodied Michigan Medicaid Expansion Enrollees Don’t Work

A new report says that in Michigan, half the people in the able-bodied Medicaid expansion population do not work at all. … more

Why We Might Not Want to Require Rescue

A new bill under consideration in the Michigan Legislature would require people to help rescue others who are in danger. But it is unlikely to have a positive effect and may even do more harm than good. … more

When Firefighters Aren’t Allowed to Fight Fires

The state of Michigan doesn’t license firefighters (nor should it), but, similar to California, it does train prisoners for all sorts of jobs they cannot legally perform upon their release.  … more