The COVID-19 pandemic has created many unknowns for everyone. Despite this, the Mackinac Center has ensured that events continue, even if in a different format. For now, Mackinac Center events will continue in a virtual format, while remaining free for viewing. To find out more about new events or to view archived ones, please visit Mackinac.org/Events.
Talking Michigan Taxes: Potential
Increases and Reforms in 2021
At the beginning of the last legislative term, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed a large tax hike: a 45-cent tax increase per gallon of gas. This online event will give an overview of how Michigan’s tax system compares to other states and what the tax policy conversation will look like in 2021.
The Consequences of COVID Lockdowns
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took unprecedented actions in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legality of these actions is questionable, and some have already been deemed illegal. This event will examine the scope of these actions as well as their potential long term effects.
Flex Learning: A Customized Approach for Michigan Students
The need for greater flexibility in the state’s K-12 education system has been underscored by recent experiences with pandemic
restrictions and remote learning. The Mackinac Center has created an education plan that would give students and families across Michigan more choice when it
comes to education during the time of COVID.
Pandemic Policies and the Michigan Economy: Scholarly Research and Writing
The state mandates put in place to temporarily limit the spread of COVID-19 created widespread ramifications that are still ongoing.
Economists and others are working to estimate the full costs of these actions. This event will discuss the art and science of producing good, original scholarship.
Why College Costs So Much and What States Can Do About It
A popular theory goes something like this: People with college degrees get paid more than those without, but higher education
costs are skyrocketing, so the government should pay for college, making it “free.” This event will help us distinguish fantasy from reality
when it comes to higher education policy.