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Jack McHugh

Senior Legislative Analyst

Jack McHugh is the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s senior legislative analyst and editor of MichiganVotes.org, a unique Web site that puts the activities of the Michigan Legislature at citizens’ fingertips. Since the site was launched in 2001, McHugh has written or edited concise, plain-English descriptions of every bill, vote and amendment in the state House and Senate: 12,000 bills; 10,000 roll call votes; 8,000 amendments; and 2,400 new laws. These can all be searched and sorted on the MichiganVotes.org Web site.

McHugh’s experience prior to joining the Center is wide and varied. He has been a floor trader in the treasury bond and gold futures “pits” of the Chicago commodity exchanges, writer and real estate developer. He entered the Michigan political and public policy scene in 1994, spending six years as a legislative chief of staff in the House of Representatives.

McHugh has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in political science from Central Michigan University (where he completed two highly relevant research projects, “Analyzing Michigan House Voting Records Using the ‘MichiganVotes.org’ Database” and “Analysis of Appropriations to Michigan’s Public Four-Year Universities, with Recommendations”).

Jack McHugh’s essays on public policy issues have appeared in The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The Grand Rapids Press and many other newspapers. He is also co-author of a book on Midwest mountain bike trails.

August 19, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Cut-off welfare truant scofflaws, ease stair-lift restrictions, cap government investor guarantees, raise license fees … more

August 12, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Key votes on guns, same-sex adoptions, pensions, nanny-statism … more

Study: Ontario Should Look to Michigan

Canadian think tank recommends following the Michigan tax reform model … more

Corporate Welfare’s Strange Allure for Politicians

Just say "no" to crony capitalism … more

Corporate Welfare’s Strange Allure for Politicians

August 5, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Mandate more music, restrict fracking, surrogate moms and more … more

July 29, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

More ways for lawmakers to exhibit warm-and-fuzzy … more

Michigan Crushes Korea in Corporate Welfare Handouts

Nearly $9 billion in subsidies over two years … more

July 22, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

Plates for me, plates for thee, plates for the man behind the tree … more

July 15, 2016 MichiganVotes Weekly Roll Call Report

More government energy debt; more subsidies for college, grocery stores and water; pension reform and more … more