The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which has long offered sound ideas for local and state policy questions, is excited to announce the opening of our new satellite office in Lansing. The Center now has a place to hang our hats in the state’s capital city, where we have been informing the work of people in the Legislature and governors’ administrations, and partnering with other nonpartisan organizations to advance liberty-based policy for over 30 years. In this new year, our policy experts and government affairs team will have an established space to collaborate with others, enabling the Mackinac Center to better serve the research and informational needs of lawmakers and the Lansing community.
The office officially opened its doors on Jan. 9 and henceforth welcomes all incoming lawmakers and members of the administration, as well as members of the Capitol media, for discussions about the Mackinac Center’s policy priorities in 2019.
Located at 120 N. Washington Square, Suite 700, (ZIP 48933), the office will also house visiting staff and scholars and provide space for meetings and small events, just steps away from the Capitol.
“As we continue to expand the conversations about economic freedom and the reduction of bureaucratic red tape that limits individual liberty, there is an increasing need for a more regular presence in our state capital — both for addressing timely questions about changing policy, but also for continuing to support the needs of the larger community. The Center has long been a resource for sound policy solutions for all people and we will continue to advance that mission across the state, including here in Lansing,” said David Guenthner, senior strategist for state affairs.
Indeed, the Mackinac Center believes there’s no better time to open our doors in Lansing than in 2019. We believe it can be a banner year for a number of critical policy reforms that eliminate government red tape, expand government transparency, remove arbitrary barriers for those looking for work, and reestablish sensible justice within our criminal justice system. We are confident that these can be bipartisan efforts, as both sides of the political spectrum can embrace a common pursuit of greater economic mobility, opportunity and prosperity for people across our state.
“The Mackinac Center has been a beacon of free enterprise in Michigan since its inception over 30 years ago. These principles will continue to take precedence over the politics of the time. Central to our work is the Center’s commitment to increase our capacities for reaching our state’s most vulnerable, empowering them to engage in efforts that expand freedom and opportunity for all,” said Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center. “This additional space in Lansing will help us continue to champion freedom for all Michigan residents.”