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

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

Michigan College Lands On Wrong Kind Of Top 10 List

A First Amendment advocacy group included a small private liberal arts college in southern Michigan in its latest top 10 list for worst free speech policies in the country. … more

Michigan Considers Allowing Ex-Offenders to Work as Health Professionals

Under Michigan law, people with a criminal record are severely limited or banned from working in health care professions. … more

Flint Schools Hanging On After 77 Percent Enrollment Decline Since 2003

Erroneous media reports of Michigan teachers taking pay cuts are almost commonplace, but teachers employed by the Flint school district have a legitimate claim of stagnant pay. … more

Last Year, Flint Schools Got Double The State Average In Funding

The city of Flint's public school district received $20,166 per pupil in operations funding in 2016-17, more than double the state average. … more