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    Shocker of the Year: Michigan a Right-to-Work State?

    All signs now point toward Michigan becoming America’s 24th right-to-work state by year’s end. This is good news for Michigan’s union members and unemployed. Michigan has suffered more than most states in the recession. The state still has an unemployment rate one-and-a-half percentage points above the national average. The state … More

    Michigan's Rejection of Renewable Energy Mandate Avoids Higher Costs

    Michigan voters rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment last week that would have imposed a mandate requiring the state’s utilities to source 25 percent of their electric sales annually from renewable energy by 2025. Proposal 3, dubbed “25 by 25,” called for more renewable energy from wind, solar, biomass, and … More

    Another Green Failure: A123 Files for Bankruptcy

    A123, recipient of a $249 million Department of Energy manufacturing grant, warned of impending debt default and cash problems that forced the company to seek bankruptcy protection. With 14 straight quarterly losses–nearly $83 million in 2nd Quarter 2012 and $125 million in the previous quarter, on top of $258 million … More

    Electric Car Batteries Going Nowhere

    Another green-energy-related company built on government subsidies is having trouble keeping its head above water. This time, the scandal surrounds Compact Power, a subsidiary of LG Chem.* In 2010, the Obama Administration proudly gave Compact Power a $150 million grant to build a vehicle battery manufacturing facility in Michigan. These … More

    Small Town Sympathy Shouldn’t Trump Common Sense Trade Policy

    Recent negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have sent representatives of government supported industries, like New Balance shoes, scrambling for political help to maintain their high tariffs. While an economic case can’t be made for keeping these tariffs in place, proponents are touching a much more emotional one: culture. New England … More

    Michigan Ballot Measure Could Protect Drug-Dealing Teachers

    A teachers’ union contract in Bay City, MI, has become a focal point in the battle over a ballot measure in that state that seeks to provide legal guarantees for union collective bargaining agreements — and invalidate laws that conflict with those agreements. The contract allows teachers to show up … More

    Michigan's Mandate for Pricier Energy

    If an energy technology has so much promise, why would you need a constitutional amendment to require its production? Energy consumers in Michigan should be asking this question. On the Michigan ballot this November is Proposal 3, or “25 x 25,” which sets out to amend the Michigan constitution to … More

    States and Organizations Fight to Preserve Liberty from Dodd-Frank Act Intrusions

    The states of Michigan, Oklahoma, and South Carolina have sued the Obama Administration in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia over provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that allow the government to seize financial institutions. Several private organizations joined in the legal complaint, to challenge also the constitutionality … More

    Back to School: A School District Turnaround in Michigan

    The Highland Park School District near Detroit, Michigan, is undergoing major reform this year as emergency manager Joyce Parker turns the district’s schools over to a private charter company. Highland Park is currently in the lowest 10 percent of Michigan school districts, with Highland Park Community High School ranking in … More

    City Says "No!" to Multi-Million Dollar Handout from Uncle Sam

    The city of Troy, Michigan, prides itself as being “The City of Tomorrow … Today,” but now it has another slogan to affix to its city hall: “Stimulus Dollars Not Welcome Here.” What’s this all about, you ask? Why would a city say “no” to free money? As The New … More