Issues & Ideas Luncheon, January 2005

Listen to Expert Speakers Over Lunch

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is pleased to host monthly Issues & Ideas Luncheons in Lansing. These luncheons, which feature experts on a diverse array of subjects, offer a forum that enhances and broadens the policy debate to include theoretical and philosophical ideals—and suggestions for achieving them.

News media, legislators, policy staff and interested citizens are cordially invited to the


“Michigan at the Crossroads”

A "State of the State" address by

Lawrence W. Reed
President of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy


Monday, January 31, 2005


12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


The Mackinac Room, 5th Floor
House Office Building
124 North Capitol, Lansing


Lunch is provided at no charge,
with reservation.

Michigan’s economy hasn’t kept pace with the nation or the region, and the state budget suffers from an acute structural deficit that will confront the governor and the Legislature with renewed challenges in 2005. Michigan officials also face a series of key policy decisions that urgently demand their attention.

In this "State of the State" address, Mackinac Center President Lawrence W. Reed will analyze the causes of Michigan’s economic ills and offer an agenda of comprehensive policy reforms that can redirect the state toward greater prosperity, sound finance and greater freedom for Michigan’s citizens. He will present an integrated package of proposals covering the topics of economic growth, tax and fiscal policies, education reform and regulatory relief.

Lawrence W. Reed, 51, is president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Midland-based research and educational institute. Reed holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Grove City College (1975) and a master’s degree in history from Slippery Rock State University (1978). He taught economics at Midland's Northwood University from 1977 to 1984; chaired its department of economics from 1982 to 1984; designed its unique dual major in "economics and business management"; and founded the school’s annual, highly acclaimed "Freedom Seminar." In 1982, he was a major party candidate in the general election for the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 4th District.

The luncheon begins promptly at noon. Please make reservations for yourself or your guests by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27 by calling the Mackinac Center at (989) 631‑0900.

The Purpose of the Issues & Ideas Luncheon

The nature of the legislative process is such that public policy debates are often framed by specific constituencies and political pragmatism rather than by sound principles. By offering a forum for wide-ranging discussion, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy hopes to broaden the debate to include theoretical and philosophical ideals — and how to achieve them. The best interests of Michigan citizens can be served only when legislation incorporates our best understanding of legal, economic, psychological, moral and scientific principles.


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