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What's Ahead for Labor Policy

With Democrats controlling the House, Senate and presidency, there are new questions for those interested in labor policy: What should we expect for labor issues in the immediate future?

There are a number of ramifications that may come from these election results that are not directly related to labor. These include attempts to pack the Supreme Court, eliminate the filibuster and incorporate new states. Nevertheless, there are many initiatives that people interested in labor policy should be prepared to address. These include both legislative and administrative actions, each of which are significant, but not guaranteed.

Take Federal Education Funds into Account

Ed Trust-Midwest analysis overlooks surging pots of money

Ed Trust-Midwest analysis overlooks surging pots of money

Talking Michigan Taxes: Potential Increases and Reforms in 2021

Mackinac Center Policy Forum – Virtual Event

This online event will give a general overview of how Michigan's tax system compares to other states, how the 2020 election affected taxes and what the tax policy conversation will look like in 2021. Join us at 11 am EST / 8 am PST. Opening remarks will be made by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center. Featured speakers will be Janelle Cammenga, policy analyst with the Tax Foundation's Center for State Tax Policy, and James Hohman, the Mackinac Center’s director of fiscal policy.

Will Restaurants Reopen Feb. 1?

Mixed messages and more confusion from the governor

Mixed messages and more confusion from the governor

Pandemic Response Boosts Michigan Budget

Large increases in state spending due to federal transfers

Large increases in state spending due to federal transfers

Low-Income Families Still Need Transportation Scholarships

Parents who need financial help in getting their children to a school of their choice should receive state- funded transportation scholarships

Let’s Cut the Michigan Income Tax

If lawmakers were to cut the Michigan income tax rate, state revenues would still grow. A cut would make good on a 2007 pledge to phase out what was supposed to be a temporary tax increase.

Recently Introduced Bills

MichiganVotes January 15 Roll Call Report

MichiganVotes January 15 Roll Call Report

Michigan Lawmakers Should Continue to Minimize Corporate Handouts

In 2020, Michigan lawmakers resisted the temptation to spend taxpayer money on corporate handouts. They should hold firm in 2021

Conclusion

Impending Federal Labor Policies Will Harm Workers

New brief outlines what to expect from Biden’s labor agenda

New brief outlines what to expect from Biden’s labor agenda

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Introduction

Summer Internships

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Flex Learning

Funding New Pathways for Student Success

This report explains how Michigan could pursue a flexible funding program that would give learners greater agency, especially for middle-school and secondary students and their families. Charting a path to complete a diploma, every student would be allowed to use a portion of their per-pupil allotment to “purchase” courses from schools for both online and face-to-face instruction. This funding could also be used for dual-enrollment classes, apprenticeships, career and technical training and other learning opportunities from a broad menu of providers.

Accomplishments

31 Bars And Restaurants Lose Liquor License For Epidemic Lockdown Offenses In 2020