Events

April 23, 2014: How States Are Fixing Pension Problems – And Michigan Can Too

Issues and Ideas Forum

How states like Michigan can fix perennial pension problems will be the topic of this Issues and Ideas Forum. The featured speaker will be Dan Liljenquist, who spearheaded pension reforms in Utah while he served as a state senator. For his role in the Utah reforms, Liljenquist was named a 2011 “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine, and has since a become national expert on this issue and highlighted by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, among others outlets. … more

March 31, 2014: Collective Bargaining Reform: Are Districts in Conflict With State Law?

Issues and Ideas Forum

This Issues and Ideas Forum will present Mackinac Center findings from a review of more than 100 teachers union contracts, which analyzed the various ways school boards have attempted to comply with the 2011 reforms regarding teacher evaluations, placement and tenure. Our featured speaker will be Representative Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, who will share his thoughts on the intent of the 2011 reforms and how districts have implemented them. … more

March 18, 2014: Free-Market Approaches to Immigration Reform

Issues and Ideas Forum

This Issues and Ideas Forum will look at the question from a free-market perspective. Our speakers will be Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute, and Helen Krieble, founder and president of The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation and creator of the “Red Card Solution,” a plan that could curb illegal immigration by offering non-citizen work permits that do not lead to citizenship. … more

March 12, 2014: Liberty and Character – The Indispensable Connection

Club Mid

Featuring Lawrence W. Reed, president emeritus of the Mackinac Center and current president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). … more

Jan. 30, 2014: The Ticket: The Many Faces of School Choice

National School Choice Week Celebration

Our guests will discuss the benefits of different, emerging models of educational options and what is possible for Michigan. … more

Jan. 22, 2014: Expanding the Electricity Market: A Good Choice for Consumers

Issues and Ideas Forum

This Issues and Ideas Forum features Dr. Ted Bolema, a Mackinac Center adjunct scholar and senior policy editor for the Mercatus Center in Washington, D.C. who will make the case for why Michigan needs to give Michigan electricity customers more options. … more

Dec. 10, 2013: Criminal Minds: The Importance of Defining Intent in Criminal Statutes

Issues and Ideas Forum

This Issues and Ideas Forum features Paul Larkin of the Heritage Foundation, Marc Levin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Michael Reitz of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy who will discuss the need to define intent in Michigan criminal statutes. … more

Oct. 22, 2013: The Higher Ed Bubble: Finding Financial Sanity on Campus

Issues and Ideas Forum

Join Dr. Vedder for insights on this issue and hear his ideas to solve the high cost of a college education … more

Oct. 3, 2013: Debate Workshop: Thursday | Grand Rapids

Students are invited to sharpen their forensic skills. For more information visit our 2013-2014 Debate Workshops… more

 
 

Mackinac Center events help connect our supporters with experts from our policy staff as well as with the opinions and perspectives of nationally-known writers and speakers. In communities across Michigan, our events also serve to help expose new friends to the promises and possibilities of freedom and opportunity.