You’re in the 1 Percent

by Jarrett Skorup, @JarrettSkorup, Mackinac Center for Public Policy


1percent01_money.pngThe Washington Post’s “Wonkblog” recently ran a piece titled, “What it’s like to be a part of the world’s richest 1 percent, in 15 incredible photos.” This features photos of a man floating in a swimming pool on top of a skyscraper, an in-home cinema, maids, the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a patient about to undergo plastic surgery, a personal chef at a luxury lodge and a gated community.

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The Truth About Wages in Right-to-Work States

Natalie Johnson /  / September 02, 2015


Private sector wages are not reduced in right-to-work states as union advocates have argued, according to a new report released Tuesday by The Heritage Foundation.

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U.S. Labor Secretary Wrong to Suggest $15 Minimum Wage in Detroit

Detroit Deserves a Comeback, Not a Setback

According to MLive, U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez visited Detroit on Tuesday in a pre-Labor Day. Here's a snippet from MLive:

Labor organizers and fast food workers have been staging periodic protests calling for a $15-per-hour wage outside Detroit-area restaurants throughout the past two years drawing mixed reactions from passersby.

Perez has expressed support in the past for passage of $15 minimum wage measures in large cities.

"I believe the folks in those areas are in the best position to know what's best for their communities," he told the Huffington Post. "I think we need a federal floor that gets people above the poverty line, but we also need actions elsewhere."

He's right, folks in those areas are in the best position to know what's best for their communities. He's wrong to suggest that Washington, D.C. politicians have the solution with a $15 minimum wage.

Here's why!

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Flight and the Power of the Free Market

First_flight2.jpgThe story of the first airplane shows the power of free market principles, and the exceptional quality of American entrepreneurship. Throughout history, where government subsidies fail, private enterprise succeeds. 

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Dems Admit Redistricting Scheme is a Partisan Power Grab

By Greg McNeilly -- Chairman, Michigan Freedom Fund

Voters beware.

After another series of stinging electoral losses last fall, Democrats and liberal interest groups have revealed their scheme for Election Day dominance, and it has nothing to do with earning more trust from voters.

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Stop Punishing Michiganders for Working

By Greg McNeilly -- Chairman, Michigan Freedom Fund

With lawmakers debating competing road funding plans, tax policy is a hot topic again in Lansing.  It’s just a shame that it’s been such a one-sided discussion.

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Teachers unions need to respect teachers’ rights

By Greg McNeilly -- Chairman, Michigan Freedom Fund

School’s out, but while students and their families prepare for summer cookouts, trips to the beach or catch a little extra sleep, there’s a bullying epidemic unfolding in Michigan classrooms.

The Michigan Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, is waging a loud and devastating war against some of the state’s most dedicated educators, but thanks to a pair of recent rulings, their days of strong-arming its members may finally be numbered.

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Democrats should drop Andrew Jackson

By Greg McNeilly -- Chairman, Michigan Freedom Fund

Andrew Jackson (Photo: AP)

In a little more than three weeks, Michigan Democrats will gather in Detroit for their annual fundraising gala, the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

The event is named after the men considered the founders of their political party, presidents Thomas Jefferson (Democratic-Republican) and Andrew Jackson (Democrat).

Given Jackson’s treatment of Michiganians during his presidency, and a legacy littered with darker actions, it’s a tradition state Democrats should consider abandoning.

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Free the volts, and the jobs

By Greg McNeilly -- Chairman, Michigan Freedom Fund

Paid your electric bill lately?

Wasn’t pretty, was it? Now brace yourselves, because some Lansing lawmakers and their campaign contributors are pushing policies to make it cost even more.

SIGN THE PETITION to Free the Volts! 

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