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Results 1 to 221 for the year 2001
- Price Fixing and Sotheby's
The recent verdict for criminal price-fixing against 76-year-old William Taubman, the former CEO of Sotheby's, has destabilized the world of high-priced auctions. But where business and government collide, there is usually another side, one that points to a grave injustice and a misallocation of law enforcement resources.
- Mackinac Center Champions Tax Cuts in Lansing
When Mackinac Center for Public Policy President Lawrence Reed heard legislators and pundits talk of postponing or canceling statewide tax cuts scheduled to take effect-and even raising taxes-in response to economic sluggishness in the wake of Sept. 11, he knew the forces of economic freedom had to go on the offensive.
- Is Christmas Inefficient?
After hundreds of years of attacks on Christmas, economists have finally gotten into the act. Yale University's Joel Waldfogel, writing in the American Economic Review, condemns what he calls "The Deadweight Loss of Christmas."
- Tank Heaven
"Think of the Mackinac Center as one of the chief laboratories for the laboratories of democracy," writes Detroit News columnist Tom Bray in a recent article for OpinionJournal.com.
- Making the Case for Liberty Stick
Making the case for liberty stick, so that it isn't simply some rhetorical exercise, is a multi-faceted program. It draws from a range of intellectual disciplines-economics, political science, sociology, history, to name a few. It encourages a patient, long-term perspective over the instant gratification of short-term obsessions.
- How Does the MEAP Measure Up?
How effective are current standardized education tests, principally the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP), in gauging the efficacy of our public education system? And are there currently too many incentives placed on MEAP performance?
- MEA Forms Group to Attack Mackinac Center Research
The MEA school union spent $200,000 to form a group to attack Mackinac Center research, but it resulted in embarrassing questions and a faulty document.
- IMPACT! Winter 2002
- The Michigan Union Accountability Act:
Unions in Michigan represent over 900,000 workers and take in more than $250 million in membership dues annually. But in spite of their expansive wealth and political power, requirements that unions disclose their financial dealings are minimal. Reform of the federal reporting system, which governs private-sector unions, is needed but unlikely in the current political climate. Michigan can take the lead by passing its own Union Accountability Act, requiring annual financial disclosure reports and independent audits of public-sector union affiliates active in the Great Lakes State.
- Remembering a Classic That Demolished a Myth
Forty-three years ago, an article was published that thoroughly demolished one of the most enduring myths of American economic history: so-called predatory price cutting, or the practice of underselling rivals for the purpose of driving them out of business and then raising prices to exploit a market devoid of competition.
- Michigan Education Report (2001-04)
- Foundation Awards $480,000 to Mackinac Center
The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation of Midland has awarded grants totaling $480,000 to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy to help launch a new public policy initiative and support the Center's general operations.
- Fix Michigan Schools with Proposal A+
Large numbers of Michiganians don't want higher taxes. But some of them want more money for education, and most of them support the concepts of fairness, choice, accountability and local control. Our Proposal A+ is a starting point for a discussion that could lead to a clear win for all concerned.
- Don't Wait Until the War Ends to Roll Back the Federal Establishment
A major reason government almost never retreats to its former size after it engages a common foreign foe is that we don't start downsizing until it's too late. The time to do so is at the onset of the crisis itself, or as soon thereafter as we can get the politicians to muster the courage.
- Child Labor and the British Industrial Revolution
Of all the interpretations of industrial history, it would be difficult to find one more perverse than that which ascribes the suffering of children to capitalism and its Industrial Revolution.
- An Alternative Proposal for Philadelphia
Although turning to the private sector for assistance is a good idea, the problems in Philadelphia go far beyond just exchanging the managers of the current system. The educational crisis in Philadelphia is the direct result of monopoly-that is, a lack of choice for parents, and a lack of competition among schools. Bringing in Edison would have done little to change the situation in Philadelphia, except that Edison would have become the monopolist.
- State Provision of Internet Access: A Bad Idea Whose Time Shouldn't Come
In November, Gov. Engler announced the state would work to wire all of Michigan, including sparsely populated rural areas, with high-speed Internet cable. But rapidly changing technology and differing demands from consumers make the state's plan redundant at best and harmful to the telecommunications market at worst.
- Gas "Gouging" Brouhaha Ignores Lessons of Economics 101
Michigan Attorney General Jennifer Granholm and other politicians are accusing gasoline stations that raised their prices following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks of "price gouging." But basic economics explains the disastrous effects that result when politicians get involved in deciding how much things "should" cost.
- Church's Campaign Against Sprawl May Do More Harm Than Good
The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit has declared that so-called urban sprawl is bad, and the full moral authority of the church will be used to influence the Michigan Legislature to stop it. But church representatives could better serve Michigan citizens by engaging in a substantive, balanced debate and focusing on the programs that earned the church a well-deserved reputation for helping to stem urban decline and foster revitalization.
- "Preserving" History at Bayonet Point
Preserving historic homes and buildings is a noble and worthy endeavor. But it is best accomplished using voluntary means, not the coercion of government "historic district commissions," which infringe on private property rights and often have the effect of delaying or preventing renovations of important landmarks.
- The (New) Three R's: Recycling, Rationing, and Regulation
Speech given by Ms. Diane Katz, then-editorial writer for The Detroit News, at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's 8th Annual Scholars Summit, held Nov. 9-10, 2001, in Midland.
- Michigan Broadband Facts
Learn why experts believe that proposals like LinkMichigan will grow government and increase taxes on every single Michigan citizen who uses the Internet or the telephone, but will do nothing to increase access to high-speed Internet services.
- There'd Be No Thanksgiving without the Profit Motive
Thanksgiving Day is a particularly appropriate time to reflect on the meaning and value of profit and self-interest, which are in large part responsible for the sumptuous feasts most of us enjoy on this holiday.
- Of "Gouging" and Gasoline
Acting under the authority of the state consumer protection law, Michigan Attorney General Jennifer Granholm is pursuing gasoline stations that substantially raised their prices at the pump in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Is she on the right track, and is this a proper function of state government?
- Who Owes What to Whom?
For a society that has fed, clothed, housed, cared for, informed, entertained, and otherwise enriched more people at higher levels than any in the history of the planet, there sure is a lot of groundless guilt in America. Manifestations of that guilt abound. The example that peeves me the most is the one we often hear from well-meaning philanthropists who adorn their charitable giving with this little chestnut: "I want to give something back." It always sounds like they're apologizing for having been successful.
- Four Principles and a Challenge
Remarks by Mackinac Center President Lawrence Reed at the Michigan Association of Public School Academies's fourth annual conference, "Education's New Leadership," held in Ypsilanti Nov. 7-8, 2001, as part of a debate with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Watkins.
- Tocqueville, We Are Here
Americans in our determination to win the struggle against our enemies must be vigilant lest we lose, in the process, our identity as a free society. Our heritage of liberty will not be overtly abandoned. But there is the danger that it will be gradually hollowed out by one concession after another in the name of a comfortable and risk-free existence-a powerful impulse in modern culture for decades now, and far more so since Sept. 11.
- The Case for School Choice
Nov. 5, 2001 testimony of Mackinac Center Director of Education Policy Matthew Brouillette before the Oklahoma House of Representatives's Revenue and Taxation Committee on the issue of increasing school choice in that state.
- Issues & Ideas Luncheon, November 2001
- Cities Quietly Use Center Ideas to Help Solve Budget Woes
Two mid-Michigan cities, Flint and Saginaw, are quietly using Mackinac Center recommendations from Michigan Privatization Report to improve the quality of municipal services in the face of budgetary challenges.
- Setting a Higher Standard of Accountability in Public Education
Charter schools have accepted the challenge of serving two masters. As public schools of choice, they are accountable to both the government-through the state and their authorizers-and the market-through parents, students, and the community.
- School Funding, Proposal A, and Property Taxes
How much school funding is enough? Has Proposal A been a success or a failure? Are schools justified in seeking new ways to tap into local property taxes?
- Let the Punishment Fit the Crime: Re-Thinking Mandatory Minimums
State legislators should reform harsh "mandatory minimum" sentencing laws that limit judges' discretionary powers and dramatically lengthen prison sentences for low-level, often first-time drug offenders-while doing almost nothing to punish the "kingpins" the laws were supposed to target.
- Is Michigan Public Education Improving?
Over the past decade, the state of Michigan has laid some important groundwork for improving public education, but the continued lackluster performance of many schools argues the need for more choice and competition in the system.
- New Web Tool Enhances Accountability in Michigan State Government
Michigan has a reputation as a "good government" state, with a constitution that encourages transparency and openness in the legislative process. Now michiganvotes.org, a new web site that for the first time posts objective, concise, plain-English descriptions of every bill, amendment, and vote, is enhancing state government's already admirable record of accountability.
- Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money
Research shows that Michigan's Prevailing Wage Act of 1965 is a costly piece of special-interest legislation that forces public schools to waste millions of dollars each year on inflated construction costs. Repealing the act-or at least exempting schools from its rules-would make school construction more affordable, save money for use in the classroom, and allow for other improvements to public education.
- The State Should Mind Its Own E-Business
Over the past several years, the Internet has helped to unleash a revolution in commerce. Most of the new economic activity generated by online "e-business" has happened with little or no government involvement. But the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is looking to change that.
- Research Institute Questions State Broadband Plan
A challenge was made to the need for expanding state involvement in Michigan's broadband telecommunications infrastructure.
- Supply and Demand and the Labor Market
How does the law of supply and demand work with respect to the labor market?
- Reining in Ritalin
A package of bills before the Michigan Legislature would prohibit school employees from recommending that any student be prescribed Ritalin to treat a "disease" about which many medical professionals have grave doubts.
- Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy
- Charter School Ousts MEA Union in Historic Vote
The teachers of Island City Academy, a charter school in Eaton Rapids, ousted the Michigan Education Association as their collective bargaining agent in a historic 12-1 vote.
- Planning for Michigan's Urban Future
- Tax Cuts: Tonic for an Ailing Economy
Testimony by Mackinac Center for Public Policy President Lawrence W. Reed before two panels of the Michigan Legislature-first the House Commerce Committee and then the Senate Economic Development Committee-on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001.
- John Stossel: Freedom and its Enemies
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy with support from The Dow Chemical Company-Michigan Operations and the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation proudly presents An Evening with John Stossel, ABC News Correspondent.
- Slump Pushes Tax Cut Back into Spotlight
- The Michigan Education Association's Sept. 27 Attack on Mackinac Center for Public Policy Research
- "Maximum Wage" Law
Should the government ever impose a "maximum wage," and if so, what should it be? Would a maximum wage law help or hurt the economy?
- Why Energy Conservation Efforts Fail
As the president and Congress debate energy policy, they would be wise to note that while conservation can have some benefits, reducing the total amount of energy we use isn't one of them.
- New Web Site May Help Inform Voters
- New Web Site May Help Inform Voters
- Freedoms Worth Fighting For
Those who seek to achieve political goals through violence always claim noble ends, but such people are merely destroyers.
- School Finance Reform Lessons from Michigan
On October 10, 2001, Mackinac Center education policy expert Matthew J. Brouillette testified before the Pennsylvania House of Representative's Select Committee on Public Education Funding. The committee was created for the purpose of making recommendations for a new system of funding for public education in the Keystone State. Brouillette was called upon by Pennsylvania Rep. Jeff Coleman to inform the committee about Michigan's experience with school finance reform (Proposal A of 1994) and the lessons Pennsylvania might learn from the Great Lakes State.
- Gold Reserves and the Dollar
What if the all the gold in the U.S. reserves were suddenly dumped onto the market. What would happen to the economy? The price of gold? The strength of the U.S. dollar?
- Cash-Strapped Motor City Needs a Budgetary Tune-Up
In November, the citizens of Detroit will elect a new mayor to preside over a city steeped in debt, high taxes, and poor services. Regardless of who they choose for this honor, fed-up residents should insist that the new mayor consider privatization of assets and services as a way to give the Motor City the financial tune-up it needs.
- How to Make Social Security Secure for More Americans
The president's commission on Social Security warns that benefit cuts, tax increases, or massive federal debt are necessary to keep the system solvent, unless fundamental reforms are enacted. By far the best option for younger workers, minorities, and low-wage earners shortchanged by Social Security is a system that allows them to reap more retirement income by privately investing all or part of their taxes in stocks and bonds.
- "Streamlined Sales Tax" Just Another Government Grab for Cash
The National Governors' Association's "Streamlined Sales Tax Project" is being sold as a way to apply existing sales and use taxes to Internet, catalog, and 1-800 number purchases fairly and uniformly. But the project would not only be unfair to out-of-state vendors, it would also result in higher taxes, threaten consumers' privacy, and even open the door to a national sales tax.
- Less Government, Not More, Is Key to Academic Achievement and Accountability
A comprehensive new study of Arizona charter schools suggests that proposals to increase government regulation of charter schools in Michigan could stifle, not encourage, student achievement and school accountability.
- Freedom, Security and the Roots of Terrorism against the United States
Whether peoples in other parts of the world come to understand and value freedom and a peaceful society as we do is beyond our control to dictate. If we try to socially engineer their future through the means of political and military intervention we will be risking our own freedom and security, and may end up losing both at the end of the process.
- Area students discuss terrorism
- Michigan Education Report (2001-03)
- Timely Debate Workshops Receive Massive Media Exposure
Following the tragic events of Sept. 11, the 2001 national high school debate topic, Resolved: That the United States federal government should establish a foreign policy significantly limiting the use of weapons of mass destruction, has taken on an added air of urgency.
- Mackinac Center Launches Unique Legislative Information Web Site
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy today announced that for the first time in history Michigan citizens have free, instantaneous access to accurate plain-language descriptions of how their state legislators voted on all legislative actions. The Internet-based service, MichiganVotes.org , makes it easier for key decision-makers and the public at large to be active and informed in Michigan civic affairs.
- Support Michigan Votes
- Setting an Example for Charitable Giving
"Taxation," said former Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, "is the price we pay for civilization." But a much better case can be made that taxation is actually the price we pay for the lack of civilization. If people took better care of themselves, their families, and those in need around them, government would shrink and society would be stronger as a result.
- IMPACT! Fall 2001
- Tax "Fairness" and the Internet
Is the plan to extend the current sales and use taxes to Internet transactions a new tax or just the collection of an existing tax? Should Michigan be part of an interstate compact to administer the tax? Will it actually hurt existing brick-and-mortar establishments if not imposed? Will it hurt the development of Internet business if the tax is imposed?
- Politicians and Protectionism
Why do some politicians and interest groups favor protectionist policies while most economists oppose them?
- Privatization: Economies of School
- PBS Doesn't Tell Whole Story on Schools
The recently aired, million-dollar PBS series, "SCHOOL: The story of American Public Education" purports to provide viewers with an unbiased history of public education in America. But not surprisingly, with programs produced by a network run by government interests, Americans are treated to the government's point of view.
- Drop the Microsoft Suit!
In all the din of pontification over every aspect of the Microsoft antitrust trial, the theory has arisen that the best way out of the case is for a mass settlement between Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice and the 18 remaining states-including Michigan-suing it. While both sides in the matter could make the argument that a settlement may be the most expedient path toward ending the thing, clearly the most courageous path would be for Attorney General John Ashcroft to drop the matter all together.
- Savings Rates and Living Standards
How does a higher savings rate lead to a higher standard of living?
- Private Prepaid Tuition Programs Can Help Make College Affordable
Rising tuition threatens to drive the cost of college beyond the reach of many lower- and middle-income families. But a little-known provision signed into law by President Bush as part of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Act of 2001 will make affording college a bit easier for many Michigan families.
- Mackinac Center
- State Land Use Planning: Less Is More
Elected officials in many states are gearing up to do something, almost anything, about so-called "urban sprawl." But before moving Michigan toward a more centrally planned land-use model, state policy-makers should consider why local governments and the free market are better equipped to deal with local land use issues.
- Are We Going the Way of Rome?
This transcript of a popular speech delivered by Mackinac Center for Public Policy's President Lawrence Reed more than 100 times in the past 15 years contains a very provocative and timeless message. The ancient Roman civilization decayed largely because Romans sacrificed liberty for the false security of the welfare state. Parallels between ancient Rome and recent American history offer important warnings about our nation's direction. 4 pages.
- School Funding: Lack of Money or Lack of Money Management?
Proposal A of 1994 dramatically altered the way Michigan public schools are funded, and now many districts are complaining about a lack of money to meet their budgetary needs. But school revenues are up from pre-Proposal A levels, raising the question, "Are there things that districts can do more efficiently in order to better use the resources they already have?"
- "Comparable Worth" vs. Supply and Demand
What is "comparable worth? What is its purpose, how frequently is it used, and what are some advantages and disadvantages?
- Michigan Economy Needs to Join the Information Age
For much of American industrial history, Michigan entrepreneurs including Ford, Kellogg, and Dow figured prominently in the emerging U.S. economy. But if Michigan is to lead in the 21st century "information age," then our cities must rid themselves of high taxes, burdensome regulations, and wasteful bureaucracy and begin to think and act like the very entrepreneurial firms they need to attract.
- Issues & Ideas Luncheon, August 2001
- System fails to educate students adequately
- Union Scam
- Enjoy Your New Washing-ton Machine
On Jan. 1, 2004, you will no longer be able to buy a washing machine that works-at least not like the one you currently use. Stores will only be able to sell government-mandated washing machines that are 22 percent more "efficient" than the archaic washers of today.
- With Pension System a Mess, China Calls Cato
- State's ante lands on the table
- A Month To Live in Infamy
- Germany and the Great Depression
Why did Germany suffer so badly from the Great Depression?
- Why the Population Bomb Is a Bust
Doomsayers who warn about the dangers of "overpopulation" apparently are unaware of how human fertility rates are declining even as people find more and better ways of using earth's resources efficiently to meet human needs.
- Running on Empty: The Failure of Ethanol
Will government-imposed ethanol requirements be effective in reducing emissions and conserving energy?
- Local comment: Letting parents help pick teacher is a step in the right direction
- Private Property, "Overfishing," and "Market Failure"
What do you say to arguments about overfishing in the Great Lakes and oceans? Isn't this a clear example of what Keynesians might call market failure, with huge, greedy companies "free" to catch all the fish while driving smaller fishermen out of business and depleting our natural resources?
- High School Debate Workshop Overview
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is pleased to sponsor its annual
High School Debate Workshop programs. Over 7,000 students and teachers have
honed their forensic skills at our one-day workshops, which are designed to
enhance the debate season for all schools through informative speakers, free materials,
and up-to-date news and research on the debate topic. If you have any questions or need
more information, please contact the Programs Director.
- High School Debate Workshop 2001
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is pleased to sponsor its 14th annual High School Debate Workshop program. Over 7,000 students and teachers have honed their forensic skills at our one-day workshops, which are designed to enhance the debate season for all schools through informative speakers, free materials, and up-to-date news and research on the debate topic. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Programs Director Catherine Martin
- Political Labels Are a Poor Substitute for Critical Thinking
When it comes to political matters, Americans are hung up on labels. Everywhere you turn, somebody is calling somebody else some name-short-hand for what the other person's political philosophy is perceived to be. But If we must label people, I suggest we do so in more meaningful ways, with fewer sound bites and single-word monikers.
- Tax Rebates and Spending
- Conserve Gas: Scrap the Ethanol Program
Since the energy crunch of the 1970s, Congress has spent billions of dollars to promote the use of ethanol, a fuel made from corn, as an alternative to gasoline. Almost 30 years later, it is clear that ethanol mandates and subsidies have instead increased the use of gasoline. It's time for legislators to pull the plug on the wasteful and counter-productive ethanol program.
- Let's Have Full Disclosure of Union Finances
Under the law, union workers have the right to request a refund of any dues their unions spend on non-workplace-related activities. Unfortunately, lax financial reporting requirements and government enforcement make it difficult for workers to exercise this right. It's time for legislators to hold unions to the same kind of public disclosure standards as corporations, so that workers can know where their dues are going.
- Markets, Not Mandates, Best Way to Set Fuel Efficiency Standards
A quick review of the fuel efficiency saga explains why market "regulation" of fuel efficiency is less costly--in dollars and lives--than government regulation.
- Michigan Settlers vs. Malaria, or How the Midwest Was Won
A wet and rainy spring has translated into another Michigan summer full of swarming mosquitoes. But current residents have it much better than their 19th-century forebears did. Early generations of Michiganians suffered terribly from widespread outbreaks of malaria, until thousands of square miles of wetlands were drained to drastically reduce the habitat of the disease-carrying mosquitoes.
- Why Not Allow a Market in Vanity Plates?
Michigan, like many other states, allows motorists to purchase for their vehicles "vanity" license plates that carry unique combinations of letters and numbers, such as "GO BLUE." Rather than charging a flat fee for each unique vanity plate, the state should auction plates off to the highest bidder, giving motorists who want the same plate a chance to buy it and raising additional revenues to fund state transportation needs.
- Schools in need run up debts
- Lavish meal or coneys all year? U.S. tax rebates pose hard choices
- Don't blame unions for Detroit's morass
- Back to School
- An Open Letter to Statists Everywhere
"Statists" see almost any shortcoming in the marketplace as a reason for government to get bigger but rarely see any shortcoming in government as a reason for it to get smaller.
- Save Us from People With "Great Ideas"
People who get "great" ideas and immediately think that government should bring them into being demean both their ideas and government. If government is nothing more than a playground for every "great idea," then it ceases to be a protector of us all and becomes a weapon wielded by the politically well-connected at the expense of everyone else.
- Currency and Inflation
Could governments simply fight inflation by destroying (shredding, burning, melting) their currency? Why don't they?
- Listening to Truth
As proponents of central planning weave new and seductive visions of political society, we need calm and reasoned scholarship to speak the truth in defense of liberty.
- Bond Prices and Interest Rates
How do bonds work? Why do bond prices rise as interest rates fall, and vice versa?
- Issues & Ideas Luncheon, July 2001
- Mackinac Center Research Curbs Wasteful State Spending
Mackinac Center research exposed-and helped correct-the wasteful redundancy of two state-run Internet job boards, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings.
- Trimming School Budget Frames Spending Issue
- Incentives and Disincentives: They Really Do Matter!
"If you encourage something, you get more of it. If you discourage something, you get less of it." Whoever first said that deserves a medal for putting to words one of the most profoundly important elements of human nature. Human beings respond-and often powerfully-to both incentives and disincentives.
- School Districts: Is Less More?
Does the number of school districts, at over 560, create an obstacle or a tool for the job of putting into place true educational reforms?
- Hall of Justice's Price Tag to Rise
- Certified Isn't Always Best
- Central Banks and Interest Rates
What is the significance of interest rates? What happens when the Federal Reserve fiddles with them? Who is affected and how when the rates are raised?
- Fighting Urban Blight or Trashing Property Rights?
A proposal to fight "urban blight" by enhancing the government's power to confiscate private property is a bad idea.
- A New Direction for Education Reform
The intellectual battle for school choice has been won, but which path should we follow to facilitate greater choice--vouchers or tax credits?
- Who will control schools?
- Navigating the Maze of Michigan's Sales Tax
Michigan's sales tax, first enacted in 1933 during the Great Depression, now contains some rather interesting, if not hard-to-explain, features.
- Economic Growth Is Key to Environmental Quality
One of America's most enduring popular legends is that the environment is deteriorating and that economic growth is largely responsible. The facts suggest just the opposite.
- Myths of the 1980s Distort Debate over Tax Cuts
The success of President Reagan's tax cuts of 1981-83 must be acknowledged so that debate over future tax cuts is informed by the facts.
- Leave Land-Use Issues to Local Citizens, Scholar Says
A Mackinac Center urban policy expert testifies May 8, 2001, against a government land-use planning bill that would hamper private property rights.
- An Analysis of the "Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Administration Act"
A bill aimed at "streamlining" Michigan's sales and use tax system potentially would result in additional burdens on taxpayers in the form of taxes on e-commerce and other purchases made from out-of-state vendors.
- Education Leaders Council Changes Focus, Membership
- Separation of Powers
Has John Engler's tenure in the office of governor altered the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches of government and if so, has that change been good or bad?
- Clash in the States
- Failing drug war requires new strategy
- Bill fosters a blight on property rights
- IMPACT! Summer 2001
- Government, the Media, and Youth Violence
To what extent can youth violence be attributed to violence in media and is there a role for government to play in minimizing the exposure of youth to violent material?
- Laissez Faire and Economic Growth
What is "laissez-faire" and why is it considered to be best for economic growth?
- NLRB too slow to protect workers' rights
- Privatization: Road to Privatization
- Advancing Privatization and People
At its core, privatization is about people. It is about government being considerate of its constituents by a) funding only those functions that it absolutely has to through the onerous mechanism of taxation, and b) if it enters into areas it should not be in in the first place, it should work in the most cost-effective way possible.
- Verdict Still Out on Term Limits
It's too soon to end Michigan's experiment with term limits because they have not been in effect long enough for any potential benefits to be realized.
- Issues & Ideas Luncheon, June 2001
- Environmental Protection and Economic Growth
Can environmental protection be balanced with the need for economic growth?
- Vouchers or Tax Credits for Full School Choice?
- Local Comment: Old-Time Mayor Focused on Finance for City's Success
- An Anniversary All Michigan Citizens Can Celebrate
By an overwhelming vote of citizens, the 1851 Michigan Constitution took the state out of economic development and gave wide berth to free markets and entrepreneurship.
- Save a Life, Buy an SUV
Federal government safety data from other studies indicate a lower fatality rate for SUVs than for cars.
- WNEM5 Report: Schools and Privatization
In this video clip, Mackinac Center Director of Education Policy Matthew Brouillette explains for WNEM5 television viewers the benefits of outsourcing non-instructional school services.
- Future Detroit Mayor Could Learn from Motor City's Past
The mayor made every effort to ensure that Detroit's taxes remained as low as possible.
- It's Time to Give Overtaxed Americans a Break
Taxpayers might make louder demands for relief if they understood that as a percentage of total national income, federal taxes are higher than at any other time in U.S. history.
- Bush's education package threatens local control
- Jeffords's False Parallel
- Public Money for Private Charity?
President Bush is right to recognize the fruitful role of America's private charities. But placing them on the federal dole risks undermining the independence that makes them so effective in the first place.
- Alternatives to the Alternative Minimum Tax
Increasing numbers of ordinary Americans are getting nailed by the alternative minimum tax, a punitive tax originally intended to snare only the very wealthy.
- The Case for Keeping Taxes Low
Tax relief has driven the engine of Michigan's economy. It has stimulated business and industry, providing jobs, prosperity and opportunity for millions.
- Greenspan and Gold
Was there some value in the gold standard that has been lost, and would there be any merit in re-establishing it in some way?
- Thinking Through a Successful Think Tank
How much thought should go into starting and operating a successful free market think tank?
- Big state spending that brings small rewards
- Choice program has few options for students
- The Case for Keeping Taxes Low
- Voluntary Unionism: An Essential Part of School Reform
Two issues in the educational reform mix that are most often neglected are the critical role that collective bargaining plays in the delivery of educational services and how compulsory unionism hurts public education.
- Workers need a choice
- Policy and Politics
The Mackinac Center's willingness to criticize poor public policies emanating from both sides of the political aisle is a major reason for the organization's success, says a syndicated columnist.
- The Appeal of Socialism
Most economists now seem to agree that socialism as an economic theory is seriously flawed. So how do you explain the continuing embrace, by both major American political parties, of some form of socialism?
- Issues & Ideas Luncheon, May 2001
- Privatized programs cut costs in public education
- Market Holds Little Risk for Privatized Social Security Accounts
Declines in the stock market present a challenge to advocates of Social Security privatization, who want to let workers invest their payroll taxes in personal accounts holding stocks and corporate bonds.
- Homework Requires Teamwork--Between Teachers and Parents
The evidence is strong that homework improves student achievement, especially when it is coupled with strong parental support.
- Canadian Health-Care System Is No Model for Prescription Drug Reform
Canada's nationalized health care system, with heavy costs of its own, is no answer to high prescription drug prices.
- Mental Health Parity Could Decrease Access to Affordable Insurance
Government health-care mandates to help the uninsured too often drive up premiums and place insurance out of reach of more people.
- Does the President Run the Economy?
- Voters Petition State to Investigate Financial Practices of the Highland Park Board of Education
Citizens of the city of Highland Park have submitted petitions to the state superintendent of public instruction calling for a review of the financial practices of the district's school board members.
- Michigan Education Report (2001-02)
- Mackinac Center Attorneys Champion Worker Rights in the Classroom and on the Beat
When police officers and teachers need help protecting their paychecks--and sometimes their jobs--from overbearing unions, they contact the Mackinac Center's labor experts.
- Striking at the Root
To make progress in creating and sustaining a free and prosperous society, reformers must first correct many deeply rooted problems in labor law and in our education system.
- Slow Learners
- "Urban Sprawl" and the American Dream
- Democracy or Republic?
Mackinac Center President Lawrence Reed responds to a high-school debate student's questions about the Electoral College and the nature of American government.
- Issues & Ideas Luncheon, April 2001
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Introduction of Mackinac Center adjunct scholar and Federal Election Commissioner Bradley Smith at the Nov. 3, 2000 Mackinac Center Scholars Summit.
- State announces SmartZone locations
- School Choice Groups Team Up
- Deal Boosts Mechanics' Pay 37%
- Tax Cuts and the Economy
- Are Michigan Citizens Undertaxed?
The primary stimulus of a tax cut comes from the incentive effects with regard to work, thrift, and investment.
- A School Board President Speaks Out
This Mackinac Center exclusive video goes behind the scenes to show how the MEA thwarts common-sense reforms that help kids--if those reforms interfere with union revenues and membership.
- Limited School Choice in Michigan: How Is It Working?
- A Reminder to Politicians: It's Not Your Money!
As the economy slows, many lawmakers and pundits want to scale back the size of President Bush's proposed tax cuts and "moderate" the cuts already enacted by Gov. Engler and the Michigan Legislature. But politicians happily engaged in budget surplus spending binges ought to remember that those tax dollars rightfully belong back with the people who earned them.
- Help for Redford Union
- Have Michigan Legislators Learned from California's Mistakes?
As price controls come off this month, Michigan consumers will begin paying the higher, market-level rates for natural gas that the rest of the country has already been paying. State legislators have wisely resisted calls to re-impose economically harmful, California-style price controls, and instead are wisely proposing tax credits and other market-friendly solutions.
- Campaign Finance Reform Must Recognize Workers' Rights
As Congress considers various "campaign finance reform" proposals, it should incorporate into any final legislative package the rights of workers not to be forced into paying for their unions' political agendas. "Paycheck protection," which requires unions to obtain up-front written permission before spending dues on political activities, is one way to safeguard workers' rights.
- Unions, Think Before Striking
- "Gladiator" Should Remind Us of Lessons from Ancient Rome
- State-Run Internet Job Boards: Wasteful, Redundant, and Unfair
Two state-subsidized Internet job banks not only compete unfairly with taxpaying, private-sector job recruitment firms, but also with each other. The state agencies that run these wasteful and redundant sites should take them down, and leave the business of bringing together workers and employers to private entrepreneurs.
- Working Capital
- Cooler Heads Prevail on Global Warming
- Taxation by Other Means
- Must "Independent" Think Tanks Be Unprincipled?
- Privatization: Operation Privatization
- Should Michigan Become a Right-to-Work State?
- Mackinac Center Guarantees $350,000 to Save Public School Teachers' Jobs
- Keep the Electoral College!
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Electricity Deregulation
California officials remain in the dark about how to properly deregulate electricity, but Michigan's plan proceeds more smoothly.
- "Urban Sprawl" for Dummies?
Public officials must address the problems that cause people to move from cities to suburbs in the first place: high taxes, burdensome regulations, and poor schools.
- Does Charity Begin at Home-or with Government?
President Bush's funding for private religious charities initiative could undercut the effectiveness and compassionate missions of those charities.
- What Constitutes a Failing School?
- Michigan Senator James Couzens's Wrongheaded Opposition to Tax Cuts
Michigan Sen. James Couzens opposed President Coolidge's growth-promoting tax cuts in the 1920s. Proven wrong, he lost the support of citizens and his party. Will Michigan's senators make the same mistake today?
- Labor strife may ground four airlines
- Celebrating the Achievements of Black American Entrepreneurs
Black History Month is a good time to recall the achievements of Michigan's-and America's-black entrepreneurs.
- Prohibition-Era Law Is Example of Nanny State at Its Worst
It's time to repeal an outdated state liquor law that does nothing but give monopoly status to in-state producers, raise prices, and limit choices for responsible Michigan consumers.
- Parents Should Have More Options When Schools Commit Academic Fraud
Too many Michigan school districts are committing academic fraud by failing to deliver the quality education they promise. If parents could choose the schools their children attend, fraudulent schools would have to improve or lose customers.
- Voluntary Unionism Puts Interests of Students and Teachers First
Unions routinely thwart needed education reforms by spending large amounts of cash coerced from unwitting teachers. If unions had to voluntarily earn teachers' support, they would spend more time serving their members instead of playing politics.
- Mackinac Center: Engler Administration Unaware of Impact of Tax Favoritism
The Engler administration's plan to eliminate the single business tax (SBT) for new, high-tech companies-and a subsequent "clarification" of the plan issued by the governor's office yesterday-suggest that the administration does not understand certain basic economic principles, according to a spokesman for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
- The Case for Choice in Schooling:
After 40 years of struggle, school choice is now at the center of the debate over school reform in America, and it is of primary importance that the public understand the facts-and avoid the myths-surrounding this issue. This three-part primer is designed to educate and inform citizens about all aspects of school choice and equip them to participate in the debate as fully informed members of their communities. The report contains a historical overview of tax-funded schooling, demonstrates the failure of many popular reforms of the past and present, explains the various types of school choice, identifies the barriers to education reform, dispels myths surrounding school choice, and outlines strategic plans parents and other concerned citizens can follow to advance the cause of greater school choice.
- Michigan Education Report (2001-01)
- Failed E-Business Deal Underscores Futility of State Economic Planning
Leaders of government "economic development" programs attempt to guess which companies will thrive and create new jobs. But the complexities of the marketplace make it impossible to predict which firms succeed and which fail.
- Does Giving Government Unlimited Power Really Protect the Environment
The Michigan Legislature recently gave the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality carte blanche to impose staggering fines on property owners for alleged environmental violations. This is a terrible idea given the department's past abuses.
- New Year's Resolutions for Michigan's New Legislature
Here are seven New Year's resolutions Michigan's new Legislature can make to ensure greater prosperity and opportunity for all citizens.
- A Mixed Message to Children: Say "No" to Drugs, but "Yes" to Ritalin?
Every school day, millions of American children are given a powerful drug called "Ritalin" to combat a disorder known as ADHD. But many experts say Ritalin is not the way to help children learn better.
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