Auto owners: beware of new auto parts monopoly

Free-market advocates save some ounce of customer choice

Here’s something we all know as Michigan drivers.

We have some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country.

Now they might be even higher due to new mandates on how our vehicles are required to be repaired.

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Senator Horn Decides to Support Elimination of Electric Choice Market

Electric choice is in jeopardy. 

This week, the Senate Energy and Technology Committee is meeting to discuss the most recent versions of Senate Bills 437 and 438. 

Senator Ken Horn has recently jumped into the mix when he sent this email (page 1, page 2) to his colleagues in the state Senate. 

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Here's the current status on Detroit Public Schools reform

There are competing bills in the Michigan House and Senate over how to reform the failing Detroit Public Schools. The plans main point of disagreement deals with public charter schools and the Detroit Education Commission. 

Listen to Gary Naeyaert from the Great Lakes Education Project on the status of DPS reform legislation on this week's MIRS Monday podcast.

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Michigan Family-Owned Auto Parts Distributor in Jeopardy from Government Intrusion

Ronald Regan once said:

"Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States."

He's still exactly right.

fixing_car_on_lift.pngSmall businesses are the drivers of everything that makes our nation unique in the world: opportunity, prosperity, and freedom. 

Lawmakers should be protecting an individual's right to create a business and provide products or services that customers value. Sadly, that's not the case currently in Lansing.

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Raising the Minimum Wage (is silly and) Has Consequences

Actions have consequences...

... and so does bad policy.

Wendy's is rolling out their nationwide plan to offset the effects of hiking the minimum wage. 

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Legislative Aide With Down Syndrome Makes His Debut

Mondays can sometimes be the worst.

But, not this Monday! 

Allow us to introduce you to Paul Kocher.

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New Legislation May Eliminate Small Auto Repair Shops

It’s happening again.

Michigan lawmakers are looking to suppress consumer choice. This time they see an opportunity when consumers are most vulnerable – after an auto accident in the repair shop.

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Michigan House Republicans Vote to Put Detroit Students, Not Unions, First

This morning, members of the state House of Representatives approved a conservative package of bills that puts Detroit school kids first, rejects a union-backed scheme to cap parental choice via a misguided Detroit Education Commission, and institutes important financial and structural reforms for the new Detroit Public School system.

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Superintendent Uses Personal Twitter Feed on School Website to Help Pass Millage

After Millage Passes, Superintendent Removes Evidence of Campaign Finance Violation

Until this week, Dexter Community Schools was facing a $1.5 million budget deficit for the 2016-17 school year. If the May 3rd millage didn't pass, then Dexter Schools had to work to trim their $35.5 million budget to $34 million

Desperate times called for desperate measures. 

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Dexter Schools Superintendent Uses School Website to Say 'Vote Yes' on Local Millage

Dexter Community Schools Superintendent Christopher Timmis improperly used public resources to advocate a 'Yes' vote on a local special education millage. 

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