Newspaper Articles – Michael D. LaFaive

California Tax Bills Asking for Trouble

Legislation permitting counties to increase the excise tax on cigarettes was approved by the Californi

Michigan House Wise to Shift Corporate Welfare Spending to Roads

The state House of Representatives recently cut funding for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation with the goal of freeing up money for roads.

Michigan Plummets in Economic Outlook Rankings Among States

There is troubling news for Michigan’s economy, according to the American Legislative Exchange Council’s annual “Rich States, Poor States”

Rearranging Economic Development Agencies in Michigan Is an Old Idea

As if to prove there is nothing new under the public policy sun, Michigan Gov.

‘Winning’ Economic Policies Combine for States’ Success

Scholars with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, as well as other institutions, have often used descriptive statistics in conjunction with empirical evidence to tell stories — sometimes, profou

A Better Way to Protect Detroit Pensioners

Press accounts yesterday described the potential for s

Detroit Rescue Plan Leans (Lightly) On Privatizing City Services

The city of Detroit has published its plan of adjustment detailing how it intends to solve the city’s fiscal and other problems.

Cigarette Smuggling Still Rampant Despite Slight Decline

As state and local units of government continue to hike cigarette excise taxes to raise revenues, smugglers apparently continue to profit from their illicit trafficking.

Money for Nothing if State Gives Detroit $350 Million

At a press conference Wednesday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) explained why he wants to give $350 million in state money — which he insists is not a bailout — to Detroit.

A Tax Hike Al Capone Could Have Loved

Councilmen in the City of Chicago recently passed a 50-cents-per-pack increase in the city's cigarette tax, and with it a likely increase in smuggling and related crimes.