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Introduction

Private Conservation Working Group Meeting and Public Panel

Summary and Proceedings

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy invited a variety of conservation experts to participate in a policy workshop. During the one-day meeting, workshop participants were each given a block of time to present their views on private conservation in the state of Michigan. Each described the strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and results they saw from their personal and sector perspective.

In the meeting, participants were encouraged to leverage individual decision-making, private property rights and voluntary trade to improve conservation in the state. Further discussion and interaction helped to clarify and prioritize incentives involved with conserving natural areas.

This report summarizes the policy recommendations discussed at this workshop.

K-12 School Outbreaks Should Be Made Public Quickly

Mackinac Center joins letter urging Whitmer to be more transparent

Mackinac Center joins letter urging Whitmer to be more transparent

Gov. Whitmer’s Mystery Science and Theaters

Public pleading seems the most influential factor in governor’s decisions

Public pleading seems the most influential factor in governor’s decisions

A History of Michigan's Controversial 1945 Emergency Powers Law

The Emergency Powers of Governor Act is the law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is using to unilaterally control the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This report explains how this law was used by previous governors. Until 2020, it was used 11 times in response to five emergency situations: labor unrest in Hillsdale in 1964, urban riots in 1967, more riots in 1968, high mercury levels in waters near St. Clair in 1970 and for a riot in Ypsilanti in 1970.

[Author's note: See Update and Corrections for the most recent information.]

Epidemic Related Insurance Bills

August 28 MichiganVotes Roll Call Report

August 28 MichiganVotes Roll Call Report

Raise a Toast to Alcohol Reform

Removing restrictions on to-go sales helps bars and restaurants stay in business

Removing restrictions on to-go sales helps bars and restaurants stay in business

New Updates to Michigan Superintendent Compensation Database

Searchable online tool enables parents and taxpayers to find what their district pays

Searchable online tool enables parents and taxpayers to find what their district pays

Michigan Parents Want Educational Options

New poll shows broad support for public, private school choice

New poll shows broad support for public, private school choice

EVENT CANCELLATION: Planning for Life Workshop

Frankenmuth, Michigan

We regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled.

Stop Punishing Educational Success

Families are the victims of funding the system rather than the student

Families are the victims of funding the system rather than the student

When Public Servants Mislead the Public

There is money to cut in the budget and not every dollar is “essential"

There is money to cut in the budget and not every dollar is “essential"

EVENT CANCELLATION: Planning for Life Workshop

Ann Arbor, Michigan

We regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled.

Gov. Whitmer’s Unconstitutional Executive Orders

Mackinac Center Policy Forum – Virtual Event

This event will discuss the health and economic harms from Gov. Whitmer's executive orders and the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation's lawsuit against the governor. The event panel will feature Dr. Randal Baker, a general surgeon in Grand Rapids whose practice was largely shut down from the executive orders, and Patrick Wright, vice president for legal affairs at the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation. Opening remarks will be made by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center. Join us at 11 am EDT / 8 am PDT.

A New and Improved Unemployment Insurance System

There's a better way to help people through unemployment than the current system

There's a better way to help people through unemployment than the current system

The Façade is Falling

Environmental researchers and activists are rebelling

Environmental researchers and activists are rebelling

Union Contracts Protect Bad Cops, Mayors’ Report Says