Issues and Ideas Forum, February 2007

Listen to Expert Speakers Over Lunch

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is pleased to host monthly Issues & Ideas Forums in Lansing. These luncheons, which feature experts on a diverse array of subjects, offer a forum that enhances and broadens the policy debate to include theoretical and philosophical ideals — and suggestions for achieving them.

News media, legislators, policy staff and interested citizens are cordially invited to the

FEBRUARY ISSUES & IDEAS FORUM

“A Pro-Growth Tax Policy to Revitalize Michigan”

Stephen Moore
Economist and Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Member

DATE:

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007

TIME:

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

NEW LOCATION:

Capitol Building
Room 426
Lansing, MI 48933

COST:

Lunch is provided at no charge, with reservation.

Stephen Moore sits on the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, where the primary focus of his work is monetary policy, tax policy, budgets and economics.

He is also the founder and past president of the Club for Growth, and has worked for the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute. In 1987, he was the director of research for then-President Reagan’s Commission on Privatization. A graduate of the University of Illinois, he also holds a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University.

In recent months, The Wall Street Journal editorial page has written favorably about a growing trend where states are cutting taxes in order to stimulate job growth. The paper reports that some states have proposed abolishing an entire class of taxation — such as state income taxes. In addition, the editorial page has been favorably disposed toward the abolition of Michigan’s main business tax, the Single Business Tax. Still, for Michigan policymakers, much of the debate remains stuck on whether tax policies aid or limit economic growth.

Mr. Moore will address this conflict and provide economic insights into what actions states have undertaken to prosper in recent years.

The forum begins promptly at noon. Please make reservations for yourself and your guests by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 16th by calling the Mackinac Center at (989) 631‑0900.

The Purpose of the Issues & Ideas Forum

The nature of the legislative process is such that public policy debates are often framed by specific constituencies and political pragmatism rather than by sound principles. By offering a forum for wide-ranging discussion, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy hopes to broaden the debate to include theoretical and philosophical ideals — and how to achieve them. The best interests of Michigan citizens can be served only when legislation incorporates our best understanding of legal, economic, psychological, moral and scientific principles.

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