24 March 2015
When political parties control who gets nominated for the state board of education and other policy offices, the candidates that emerge are too often the product of special interests.
10 March 2015
There’s compelling evidence that investing in infants all the way through age eight brings disproportionately high returns.
3 March 2015
Canadian officials overcome the Ambassador Bridge owner and the empty promises of Washington to get key economic project pushed through.
17 February 2015
Gov. Snyder’s push to put more money in higher education and early education programs shows an interest in what’s best for Michigan over the long haul.
9 February 2015
States like Tennessee have shot past Michigan in student performance by setting long-term policy goals and sticking with them.
3 February 2015
Our in-depth analysis goes even deeper this year because we’ve crunched student data in more grades than ever
27 January 2015
Governor cuts through the clutter and inefficiency of government operations to envision a more ‘human-focused” future for Michigan residents
20 January 2015
A recent study co-written by the Mackinac Center shows how Michigan lawmakers have larded the criminal code with thousands of (often arcane) offenses that many folks wouldn’t consider inherently wrong.
13 January 2015
Plenty of evidence that gains in learning during a child’s development go right back to the day a baby is born.
6 January 2015
Even at $5 million a year, hiring a big-name coach like Harbaugh – especially one the fan base thinks will walk on water – makes enormous sense when you consider ticket sales and Harbaugh’s professed interest in academics as well as football talent.
16 December 2014
A cast of judges, lawyers and politicians united by a shared sense of responsibility helped usher the city through bankruptcy with remarkable speed.
9 December 2014
Maybe the best things that can be said about the current “lame duck” session of the legislature is that it gives lawmakers a chance to make amends for purely political posturing before the election and to take a shot at actually governing […]
18 November 2014
By giving residents a point person in their district to solve problems, Detroit finally may be moving beyond the frustrating bureaucracy of generations past.
11 November 2014
Republicans must quell disputes inside their own caucus and govern in a way that avoids the sin of overreach.
4 November 2014
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28 October 2014
When campaigns are driven by dark money and college sports are “branded” like Viagra, society dies just a bit
21 October 2014
From building workforce skills to economic development, Michigan works best when groups inside and outside government share smart ideas.
7 October 2014
Both parties rightly complain of national party poo-bahs and bored billionaires messing with their effort to make their campaigns locally relevant to Michigan voters. Exhibit A: the wedding dress.