Mark Michaelsen is an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

By Mark G. Michaelsen

Time to Change Michigan's Revenue Sharing Program

Each year, over one billion dollars in state sales taxes are divided among Michigan municipalities. Why are cities with the highest tax rates rewarded with the lion's share? … more

Beyond Deinstitutionalization: Mental Health Reform in Michigan

Michigan's mental health reforms are relying on creative ways to place patients in compassionate community settings, and cutting loose local governments and private providers from inefficient state-run programs. … more

Privatized Child Foster Care Works for Michigan

Private agencies in Michigan are providing foster care for children that is less costly than that provided by the state. This example of privatization is an important success story. … more

Child Foster Care in Michigan: A Privatization Success Story

Few issues are more emotional and controversial than how states care for children who are removed from families because of neglect, abuse or abandonment. This extensively documented report finds that it is less costly to place children in foster care supervised by private agencies than for this service to be provided by Michigan's Department of Social Services. Privatization of this important social service serves as a model for other states. 16 pages. … more