Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit

Free Lansing luncheon Tuesday to discuss Michigan's regulatory structure

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017


Chantal Lovell
Media Relations Manager

LANSING — If Michigan wants to help its unemployed find a job, it can start by re-examining a regulatory structure that often serves private interests at public expense. “Bottleneckers” are those who use government power to limit competition, costing jobs and driving up prices for the rest of us.

Dick M. Carpenter II, director of strategic research for the Institute for Justice, will join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy at a free event in Lansing next week to discuss how the well-connected use the power of government to reap monopoly-like profits.

Carpenter recently wrote a book on the subject and will discuss how the practice of bottlenecking hurts both consumers and workers, and offers solutions to deal with this problem.

Lunch is free and is included with reservations. The first 40 people to register will also receive a free copy of Carpenter’s book, “Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit.”

Register online at For more information, contact the Mackinac Center at 989-698-1905 or


Tuesday, February 28, 2017


11:30 a.m. - Check-in and lunch available


Noon to 1:00 p.m. - Program with Q&A


Free admission


Radisson Lansing Hotel at the Capitol


Capitol III


111 North Grand Avenue


Lansing, MI 48933

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