Policy Experts Available to Discuss Key Lame Duck Bills

Mackinac Center analysts offer insights on ridesharing, pension, energy and economic development bills

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

Chantal Lovell
Media Relations Manager

MIDLAND, MICHIGAN — Analysts at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy are available to discuss several bills likely to move during the Michigan Legislature’s lame duck session.

Expertise is offered on the following issues and bills:

“Michigan should join the rest of the country and officially legalize ride-sharing so all residents can benefit from this new innovation. The ride-sharing regulations the Legislature is considering are very good, as they provide uniform safety requirements of the companies and create a level playing field for taxis, limos, Uber and Lyft to compete for our business.” – Michael Van Beek, director of research

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Teacher Pensions/SBs 102, 1177, 1178
“The underfunding in the school retirement system hurts employees, schools and taxpayers alike. Offering new employees benefits that will not be underfunded will eventually stop the state from deferring retirement costs to the future.” – James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy

Energy/SB 437
“President-elect Trump has said he will kill the Clean Power Plan and step away from the Paris agreement, which effectively removes a significant impetus for the continued closures of Michigan’s coal-fueled generation assets. Although DTE and Consumers Energy have publicly stated they are pushing forward with the coal closures regardless of what the Trump administration does, they can’t reasonably claim an absolute need to close down every coal plant on the schedule they have laid out. SB 437 would effectively eliminate the limited electricity choice that exists in Michigan and ultimately hurt ratepayers.” – Jason Hayes, director of environmental policy

Economic Development/SBs 1061-1065
“Politically connected private developers are asking taxpayers to subsidize their deep-pockets under the guise of economic development. These publicly funded projects rarely live up to their promise and do not justify their costs.” – James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy

To set up an interview with any of the experts, please contact:

Chantal Lovell
Media Relations Manager
989-251-8388 (call or text)

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