Michigan's budget crisis puts democracy on the chopping block

By Paul Abowd

Michigan's emergency manager law grants sweeping powers to unelected officials

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Department of Justice":

"… ns with public employees.Meanwhile, Congressman John Conyers has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review the federal constitutionality of the law. And Michigan residents …"

Donors use charity to push free-market policies in states

By Paul Abowd

Charity acts as screen for conservative foundations that feed network of state-based think tanks, media outlets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… onors Trust, Ball was the director of development for the libertarian Cato Institute, which Charles Koch was instrumental in founding. “We think they’re g …"

ALEC's decades of 'right-to-work' effort pay off in Michigan

By Paul Abowd

Think tank’s 32-year 'right-to-work' campaign succeeds in union stronghold

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… the state has dropped significantly since 1989, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.A month later, the measure’s opponents mobilized. The Chamber …"

National unions and Chamber of Commerce face off in Michigan

By Paul Abowd

Michigan’s emergency manager law, and labor’s future, up for a vote

Excerpts from this story referencing "Detroit":

"… released in August, features a 5th-grade teacher from a school in suburban Detroit. Cutting against the critiques that collective bargaining serves a small f …"

"… ddress with the Chamber.The fund also has also added $30,000 sums from the Detroit and Grand Rapids chambers of commerce, the Michigan Manufacturers Associat …"

"… ke of the decision. Members of the Flint and Pontiac city councils and the Detroit school board held meetings and attempted to reclaim their elected office a …"

"… s older emergency law. The move came amid protests in Pontiac, Flint, and Detroit.Detroit’s elected school board has resumed meetings, claiming that Emerg …"

ALEC anti-union push includes key players from Michigan, Arizona think tanks

By Paul Abowd

Goldwater Institute, Mackinac Center sponsored model bills at Charlotte summit

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… k center stage at last weekend’s ALEC Task Force Summit in Charlotte.The Arizona-based Goldwater Institute and the Michigan-based Mackinac Center between t …"

"… ed at ALEC’s conference last weekend, some of them were sponsored in the Arizona and Michigan legislatures by ALEC members.“Arizona is a petri dish for e …"

"… were sponsored in the Arizona and Michigan legislatures by ALEC members.“Arizona is a petri dish for extreme legislation,” says John Loredo, a former Hou …"

"… legislation,” says John Loredo, a former House minority leader there.The Arizona legislature has one of the largest contingents of ALEC legislators in the …"