Teacher of the Year: The merit pay disconnect


The Michigan legislature is considering merit pay for public teachers and conservatives are attempting to convince voters that this free market idea is essential to improving educational outcomes. Unfortunately these articles tend to be heavy on opinion and light on data showing that merit pay actually improves educational outcomes. The most recent examples of the […]

Audio: Mackinac Center disingenuous on Michigan job growth


Today we have an audioblog instead of the usual briefing, where I review the facts behind this Mackinac Center post. In particular I take issue with this: A look at the employment shows that the recovery has been substantial, better than average, and only partly caused by the resurgence of the auto industry. … It […]

Latest version of The Truth About the Mackinac Center is available

The latest version of The Truth About the Mackinac Center is now available. Click here to download the pdf. This version includes, A history of the Mackinac Center Info on the Mackinac Center Board of Directors Funding & staff compensation (of several years ago) Info on the Mackinac Center programs of privatization, breaking organized labor, […]

Happy Communist Thanksgiving from the Mackinac Center

11-21-2012 10-55-32 AM

Why Michigan newspapers continue to reference the Mackinac Center as a think tank rather than a willing partner in the right wing echo chamber has always been a mystery. Evidence abounds. Take for instance, its recent reposting of President Emeritus Larry Reed’s Thanksgiving piece, which tells us that the original Thanksgiving took place only after […]

Hightower on EM/ALEC in Michigan: Dictatorial Coup of Emergency Managers (PA4) (Koch, Snyder, Mackinac)


Jim Hightower outlines in a well-researched piece the dictatorial nature of the Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s Emergency Manager Law (PA 4) to be challenged on the 2012 Michigan Ballot Proposal #1 in November and its relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and implications to both Michigan and other US States. UPDATE: Vote […]

Michigan Needs ALEC Accountability Act NOW (Bonus: Who is Richard McLellan?)


Michigan needs the “ALEC Accountability Act” NOW or yesterday or actually over a decade ago. Since it should be abundantly clear by now that the Michigan State Legislature, like dozens of other states, has a special interest infestation and corporate corruption problem something should be done. But what to do about it? This week dozens […]

Walmart Wants ‘Out’, Michigan Goes ‘All-In’ – Will Detroit 3 Dump ALEC Too?


The mega-retailer Wal-Mart announced yesterday their “suspension” of their corporate membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), they were also joined by Medtronics Corporation, who like several members claimed to have given up ALEC membership much earlier in 2010. But the question remains – Will Michigan’s “Detroit 3” (GM, Ford and Chrysler) also drop […]

Mackinac Center spreading conspiracy theories about conspiracy theories

You have to hand it to Michael Van Beek. As the Mackinac Center’s “Director of Education Policy” he has a pretty kewl job. He works in a truth casual environment with the likes of Henry Payne and Manny Lopez. He gets to write whatever he wants and use his own articles as supporting evidence. He […]

Rick Snyder’s Michigan Data: Reversing Engler Mistakes by Reviving Them (Slash, Burn, Repeat…)

Rick Snyder

On the eve of Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s second year 2012 Michigan State Budget announcements, this ANALYSIS, in simple pictures, looks back at what historical data says. Facts found in this fountain of tables, graphs and charts reveals much, and in many cases, might surprise many Michiganders. It gives a unique view not only […]

Mackinac Center to Michigan Gov Snyder: Strike Colors, Hove To… Recieve Boarders on Right to Work

In one of the boldest, brashest moves seen in Michigan in quite some time, Ken Braun the recently ‘former’ Managing Director of CapCon at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, has threaten Republican Governor Rick Snyder to either join the “Right to Work” (for a lot less) forces, or be circumvented by ‘citizen’ introduced legislation […]

The Truth About the Mackinac Center and a look at ALEC

One of our bloggers has submitted a great research piece on the Mackinac Center available to you as a pdf. The document discusses funding, political affiliations, and programs. We also have a couple of articles on ALEC, the ‘mother’ of the Mackinac Center, and a pdf that was published by People for the American Way. […]

New A-musical Ad: America’s (and Michigan’s) Koch Brothers Addiction

New ad out on the Koch Brothers and their buying of the US and State governments across the country in the name of corporate interests and for privatization of public assets: Does Michigan have a Koch problem? Look for yourself. This is exactly how many feel about these folks: “You are filthy rich, so why […]