Many groups try to influence Michigan public policy. None of them have the unique
combination of attributes which makes the Mackinac Center successful.
Shifting Public Opinion
With objective analysis of issues, the Mackinac Center shifts public opinionnot
just the opinions of elected leaders who come and gotoward a better understanding of the
benefits of free enterprise and individual liberty.
Emphasis on People
All Mackinac Center analyses contain the implicit understanding that helping people
achieve greater prosperity, better education, and more meaningful culture is the best
measure of any public policy.
Concentrated on Michigan
The Center is the nation's leading state-focused research and educational institute.
All Mackinac Center efforts are directed toward improving policy at all levels of Michigan
government: state, county, city, and township.
Broad Popular Support
The Mackinac Center is sustained by diverse foundations and businesses, and people who
consider themselves independent, moderate, conservative, libertarian, or classical
liberal. The common denominator is an understanding and appreciation of sound economic
Oriented Toward Results
Mackinac Center research does not stop at merely identifying problems. Everything the
Center does is focused on practical, positive solutions to those problems.
Focused on Economics
The Mackinac Center focuses primarily on economic issues which affect Michigan
citizens and their families. Predominantly social concerns such as abortion or
capital punishment are not addressed.
Independent and Nonpartisan
Committed to its independence, the Mackinac Center neither seeks nor accepts any
Relevant Today and Tomorrow
Center research addresses immediate, pressing issues with short-term impact;
Center educational programs for students, teachers, and citizens assure long-term