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States Should Ban the Bans on Short-term Rentals

It's important to balance the interests of property owners, vacationers and the community

It's important to balance the interests of property owners, vacationers and the community

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Michigan Budget Continues to Grow Through Pandemic

Thanks to a recovery in state tax collections and a deluge of money from Congress, Michigan lawmakers have never had as much money at their disposal as they do now. State government can afford a cut in the income tax rate.

Corporate Handouts: Lansing Politicians Should Care About the Science

As legislators consider yet another subsidy program for select businesses, it’s time to review the research. In short, such programs don’t work.

Honor Parents by Funding Students

As a record amount of funding goes to schools, Michigan’s school districts and state leaders have the means to accommodate a variety of parental interests.

Stop Scapegoating Online Charter Schools

Complaints about COVID-19 relief distribution misguided

Complaints about COVID-19 relief distribution misguided

Pension Tax, Dangerous Dogs, Corporate Welfare and More

This week's MichiganVotes Roll Call Report describes some recently introduced bills

This week's MichiganVotes Roll Call Report describes some recently introduced bills

Planning for Life Workshop

Grand Haven, Michigan

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2021 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Mackinac Center Mourns the Passing of James M. Rodney

Rodney was a stalwart in his dedication to free markets and limited government

Rodney was a stalwart in his dedication to free markets and limited government

Emergency Notice, Gas Cans and More

This week's edition of the MichiganVotes Roll Call Report

This week's edition of the MichiganVotes Roll Call Report

Masks in School and Misplaced Priorities

Children are more at risk from fatal accidents than from COVID-19

Children are more at risk from fatal accidents than from COVID-19

Nessel’s Approach to Higher Energy Costs

AG protests rate increases, but advocates to shut down Line 5

AG protests rate increases, but advocates to shut down Line 5

Emergency Powers and Pandemic Mismanagement

Mackinac Center Policy Forum - Portage

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took unprecedented actions in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state banned certain businesses from operating and even required the entire population of Michigan to stay in their homes under penalty of law. The constitutionality of these actions was questionable, and some were struck down by the Michigan Supreme Court. Now that the pandemic emergency has ended, it is time to assess the state of Michigan’s emergency actions both in terms of their effectiveness and their propriety.

Honor Parents, Fund Students

Well-funded education system struggles with COVID decisions

Well-funded education system struggles with COVID decisions

Seven Principles of Sound Environmental Policy

Mackinac Center Policy Forum - Rochester

At this Policy Forum, Jason Hayes will discuss how seven basic principles can start legislators and regulators off on the right path by ensuring private property rights are protected and the productive and creative abilities of free markets are maximized.

Recent K-12 Education Bill Proposals

This week's special edition MichiganVotes roll call report

This week's special edition MichiganVotes roll call report

Free Markets and Free People Policy Forum

Traverse City

The Mackinac Center Policy Forum is a half day devoted to public policies that matter greatly to friends of free markets and free people. Join us in Traverse City as we provide an update on recent legislative action and discuss such timely topics as the future of Line 5, pandemic policies, and education and worker freedom.

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ALICE Report Provides Poor Measure of Poverty

New study identifies fundamental flaws with the report’s widely circulated findings

New study identifies fundamental flaws with the report’s widely circulated findings

Burying Michigan’s Unconstitutional Emergency Powers Law

It’s a good thing the Legislature repealed the Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945, a law that violated key principles of Michigan’s system of government.

CDC School Mask Guidelines Roil Parents

The state government ought to diffuse controversies over school masking policies by encouraging parental choice in education.

Governments Light Up Cigarette Smuggling

A smuggling cell that brought cigarettes from China into Michigan illustrates the opportunities for crime that governments create by increasing taxes on cigarettes.

An Assessment of ALICE: A Misleading Measure of Poverty

This study reviews United Way's ALICE reports and explains several problems with the methodology. It also demonstrates how these results have been misinterpreted and misused in the media and elsewhere. Ultimately, the ALICE reports fail to provide a valid estimate of the financial situations of the people it intends to study and does more to mislead policymakers and the public than it does to inform them. As such, these reports distract from the real needs faced by households that struggle to make ends meet.

Planning for Life Workshop

Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2021 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.