Michigan has been both a leader of the industrialized world and a victim of the
"rust belt." Workers, families, and businesses once left Michigan to find better
opportunities elsewhere. Mackinac Center ideas such as sensible regulation, school choice,
and lower taxes have helped the state emerge once again as a center of job creation and
But thoughtful Michigan citizens still have legitimate concerns about education, the
environment, poverty, and the state's overall economic competitiveness.
The Great Lakes State has all the ingredients to be the most prosperous, civilized, and
successful region in the world: abundant natural resources, great educational promise, and
hard-working, spirited citizens.
All Michigan needs is good policy ideas to restore and safeguard its potential for
abundance and opportunity for millions of citizens. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy
provides those ideas today.