(Note: The numbered points below are key policy recommendations that the Mackinac Center is distributing around the state on pocket-sized cards. Here, under each point, we incorporate links to other documents that provide further explanation and documentation. Dozens of additional policy suggestions can be found in a 2002 study from the Mackinac Center entitled "Keeping Michigan on Track: A Blueprint for a Freer State" and in a 2005 speech entitled "Michigan at the Crossroads: A State of the State Address.")


In today’s global environment, Michigan’s economy must be strong and competitive. Anything less means we lose jobs and businesses to other states and countries. A strong economy means we can better support our families, our schools and universities, our charitable institutions, and our local communities. Here’s a partial list of what we need to do:

  1. Eliminate the Single Business Tax. The SBT has been rated the worst business tax in the nation. Removing it, not redistributing its burden, is critical to job creation and expansion.

  2. A New Beginning: Ending the Single Business Tax

  3. Impose constitutional restraints on expenditures. Future state spending increases should be limited to population and inflation in the form of a Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights amendment to the state constitution.

  4. New Year’s Resolution: A Taxpayer Bill of Rights

  5. Restore financial integrity to Detroit. The appointment of an emergency financial manager for Michigan’s largest city is necessary to restore the fiscal management Detroit needs to once again be a driver, not a drag, for the state’s economic development.

  6. Privatization: The Motor City’s Renaissance Engine

  7. Eliminate discriminatory economic development programs in favor of broad-based reforms. The state should focus on creating a fair and positive environment for everyone, not picking winners and losers through subsidies or selective tax favors.

  8. Why Michigan Should Shelve "Economic Development" Programs

    Should Government Hand Out Economic Favors?

    Time To End the Economic War Between the States

    MEGA’s Track Record

  9. Require legislative approval for new regulations. State agencies should submit major regulations for approval by the legislature before they become law. Regulations should be subject to rigorous analysis of their costs, benefits and implications for the rights of property owners.

  10. Seven Environmental Challenges Facing Michigan

    Improving Michigan’s Regulatory Environment

    Proposed Water Legacy Act: A Bad Idea for Michigan

    Is the Governor’s Water Legacy Act All Wet?

    Regulating the Regulators: Adopt a “No-More-Stringent” Law

  11. Repeal the Prevailing Wage Act. It needlessly balloons the cost of state and school construction/renovation costs by nearly $300 million every year.

  12. The Wages of "Prevailing Wages" Less Money for Education

    Prevailing Wage Repeal Would Save State $400 Million Annually

    Michigan's Prevailing Wage Law Forces Schools to Waste Money

  13. Expand the ability of parents to choose the best and safest schools. Make schools more competitive, accountable, cost-conscious and choice-driven. Reform tenure, certification, teacher health insurance and school finance to empower parents and school boards instead of union hierarchies and distant bureaucracies.

  14. School Choice in Michigan: A Primer for Freedom in Education

    A New Direction for Education Reform

  15. Protect property rights. Enact a statutory prohibition against the exercise of eminent domain for private economic development and require compensation to property owners for regulatory "takings."

  16. A Strategy for Reform in Michigan

    Michigan Supreme Court Ruling on “Beachwalking” Erodes Property Rights Ruling

    Property Damage

  17. Deregulate telecommunications and electricity. Michigan’s archaic regulatory regime is stifling innovative technologies and keeping rates artificially higher than the national average.

  18. A Variety of Telecom Publications

    Assessing Electric Choice in Michigan

  19. Pass a Right-to-Work Law to ensure freedom in workplace representation. No worker should be compelled to pay money to a labor organization as a condition of employment. The 22 Right-to-Work states have all outpaced Michigan in economic growth.

  20. The Effect of Right-to-Work Laws on Economic Development

    The Time is Right for a Right-to-Work Law

    Should Michigan Become a Right-to-Work State?