Features and Highlights

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 is he really a criminal? … more

Keep Cutting Taxes

Mackinac Center President Lawrence Reed urges the Michigan Legislature to not only keep on track with scheduled tax cuts but to enlarge them to help revive a flagging Michigan economy. … more

Is Christmas Inefficient?

A Mackinac Center adjunct scholar takes on one Scrooge economist's contention that gift-giving results in a waste of economic resources. Merry Christmas to all from the Mackinac Center staff! … more

Fighting Statism at the State Level

"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. … more

Tolerating Zero-Tolerance

Are so-called "zero-tolerance" policies effective in reducing violence in public schools? … more

Making the Case for Liberty

Making the case for liberty "stick" requires a patient, long-term commitment to ideas and principles over the instant gratification of short-term obsessions with elections and legislation. … more

Does the MEAP Measure Up?

Mackinac Center education experts analyze the effectiveness of the Michigan Education Assessment Program. … more

Michigan Schools in Debt

Despite regular funding increases since the passage of Proposal A, Michigan public schools' borrowing is at an all-time high. … more

Corn Flakes and Greatness

Learn the story of a great Michigan entrepreneur and philanthropist, Will Kellogg, in this classic Mackinac Center Viewpoint… more

The Myth of "Predatory Pricing"

Over 40 years ago, Professor John McGee demolished a popular economic myth-but the myth persists. … more

Grant Helps Launch New Initiative

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.  … more

"Proposal A+" for Michigan Schools

U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra joins the Mackinac Center in calling for greater school choice for Michigan parents in a recent Detroit News op-ed. … more

War and the Growth of Government

After a crisis, a government inflated with "emergency measures" almost never shrinks to its pre-crisis size. That's why the time to trim the bloated federal establishment is now… more

Charles Dickens and Child Labor

The miserable lot of children during the British Industrial Revolution is a major theme in many Dickens' classics including "A Christmas Carol." Was capitalism to blame for the misery? … more

Public Schools and Choice

How is Michigan's public schools-of-choice law working? Michigan Education Report investigates. … more

Lack of School Choice Is the Problem

A privatized school monopoly is no better than a government school monopoly. … more

State's Broadband Plan A Bad Idea

The state's plan to wire all of Michigan, including sparsely populated rural areas, with high-speed Internet cable is redundant at best and harmful to the telecommunications market at worst. … more

Preserving History at Bayonet Point

Preserving historic buildings is a noble endeavor, but it is best accomplished using voluntary means, not the coercion of government "historic district commissions." … more

The New Three Rs

The Mackinac Center's new director of science, environment, and technology policy explains the public schools' new Three Rs: Recycling, Rationing, and Regulation. … more

Church and Sprawl

The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit has come out swinging against "urban sprawl," but church officials could better serve Michigan citizens by engaging in a balanced debate on the issue of growth management. … more

How Much "Should" Gas Cost?

Michigan Attorney General Jennifer Granholm's crusade against gas stations that raised their prices after Sept. 11 is the wrong solution in search of a nonexistent problem. … more

How to Save Detroit

Former Indianopolis Mayor and current Bush advisor Stephen Goldsmith has some advice for financially troubled cities like Detroit in this Michigan Privatization Report article from 1998. … more

War, Freedom, and Government

Find out how U.S. soldiers overcame the bureaucratic bungling of a Michigan native to win the Spanish-American War in this classic Mackinac Center Viewpoint… more

Profit Motives and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to reflect on how free markets help to deliver the bounty. A Happy Thanksgiving to you from the staff of the Mackinac Center! … more

Gasoline and "Gouging"

Is Michigan Attorney General Jennifer Granholm right to pursue charges of "price gouging" against gas stations that raised prices in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks? … more

Charity and Society

Mackinac Center President Lawrence Reed analyzes what it means when entrepreneurs are admonished to "give something back to society." … more

Managing Public School Debt

The Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan has "one of the highest public school debts in the country." Three years ago, a Mackinac Center scholar recommended responsible borrowing practices for schools. … more

Four Principles and a Challenge

Mackinac Center President Lawrence Reed challenges State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Watkins to embrace fundamental reforms in public education at a recent charter school conference. … more

Tocqueville's Warning

Inspirational remarks about the role of state-based think tanks as champions of the free society. Remarks from the 9th annual State Policy Network meeting, held Oct. 6 in Boulder, Colo. … more

School Choice--in Michigan and Beyond

Should Oklahoma expand school choice for its students? Sooner State legislators ask Mackinac Center Director of Education Policy Matthew Brouillette for the facts. … more

A Tale of Two Privatizing Cities

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. … more

Charter Schools and Accountability

Director of Education Policy Matthew Brouillette explains at a recent conference of charter school officials how charter schools must serve two masters-government and the education marketplace. … more

Repeal the Prevailing Wage Act

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. … more

Government and Accountability


Michiganvotes.org, a new web site that posts plain-English descriptions of every bill, amendment, and vote, is enhancing state government's already admirable record of accountability. … more

Improving Public Schools

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. … more

Cruel and Unusual

State legislators should reform harsh "mandatory minimum" sentencing laws that dramatically lengthen prison sentences for many first-time drug offenders--while doing almost nothing to punish the "kingpins" the laws were supposed to target. … more

Proposal A and School Funding

An influential Lansing newsletter asks the Mackinac Center about school funding, Proposal A, and property taxes. … more

State Should Mind Its Own E-Business

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is moving forward with its plan to "wire" the state for high-speed, "broadband," Internet access. Mackinac Center scholars explain why this is a bad idea. … more

Supply and Demand and Labor

A student Asks the Economist to explain how the law of supply and demand functions in the labor market. … more

Teachers Declare Independence

Teachers at Island City Academy, an Eaton Rapids charter school, voted 12-1 Monday to oust the Michigan Education Association (MEA) as their collective bargaining agent.  … more

Seven Pillars of Sound Policy

Mackinac Center President Lawrence Reed's speech to the Economic Club of Detroit is a "dismal science" guide for policy makers. … more

Reining in Ritalin

The Mackinac Center looks at the powerful drug Ritalin, given to schoolchildren diagnosed with a controversial "disease," in this Oct. 28 Detroit News op-ed. … more

Land Use and State Planning

A Mackinac Center scholar explains the deficiencies inherent in government-directed land-use planning. … more

Tax Cuts: Tonic for an Ailing Economy

Oct. 23, 2001 testimony of Mackinac Center President Lawrence Reed before the Michigan House Commerce Committee and Senate Economic Development Committee. … more

Cut Taxes to Boost the Economy

The Michigan Legislature takes up a package of tax cuts recommended by the Mackinac Center and Chamber of Commerce. (President Reed's testimony will be available online tomorrow.) … more

Education Innovation

Parents of students who struggle with traditional school environments or teaching methods often believe the public sector is the only place where they can get help. But that is not the case.  … more

Public Schools and Local Control

A 25-year veteran school teacher explains why maintaining local control of schools is vital if public education is going to improve. … more

A "Maximum Wage" Law?

A student asks what would happen if the government imposed a "maximum wage" law to prevent employers from offering job applicants "too much" money. … more

Why Energy Conservation Fails

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.  … more

See How Your Legislators Vote

A recent Detroit News editorial encourages citizens to check out the Mackinac Center's MichiganVotes.org, a "good bit of public service and a convenient way for voters to stay informed" in the democratic process.  … more

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