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SAVE THE DATE for: An Evening with the Mackinac Center

Join us for an evening of fellowship among friends of liberty.

Wildfires, Wild Theories, and Extinguishing these Fiery Threats

A Goldwater Institute Conversation with Jason Hayes – Virtual Event

This Goldwater Institute event will feature Mackinac Center's director of environmental policy Jason Hayes as he discusses his new report on wildfires and what steps we can take to take control of them before they start. Join the Goldwater Institute at 2 pm EDT / 11 am PDT.

Planning for Life: An Introduction to Estate Planning

Virtual Workshop

Please join our Planning for Life workshop to learn more about designing a will or estate plan that reflects your values and your heritage. Whether you are just beginning to think about your legacy plan, or need to update existing documents, you will leave our presentation equipped to move forward. This virtual presentation will begin at 11:00 a.m. on September 29th.

State Economic Development Programs: Why Feed Sparrows Through a Horse?

A Joint Policy Forum with National Review Institute – Virtual Event

Join the Mackinac Center’s Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative and National Review Institute on September 22, 2020 for our Virtual Policy Forum, “State Economic Development Programs: Why Feed Sparrows Through a Horse?” Join us at 1 pm EDT.

Making Common Sense Changes to Government Regulation

Mackinac Center Policy Forum – Virtual Event

This event will feature Campaign for Common Good's founder Philip K. Howard and the Mackinac Center's director of research Michael Van Beek as they discuss the Campaign, making the case for a government reboot no matter who wins the presidential election. The event will be moderated by Lindsay Killen, the Mackinac Center's vice president for strategic outreach and communications, and opening remarks will be made by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center. Join us at 11 am EDT / 8 am PDT.

EVENT CANCELLATION: Planning for Life Workshop

Grand Haven, Michigan

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EVENT CANCELLATION: Planning for Life Workshop

Frankenmuth, Michigan

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EVENT CANCELLATION: Planning for Life Workshop

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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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.

EVENT CANCELLATION: Planning for Life Workshop

Grosse Pointe, Michigan

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

School at Home: The Educational Options In Michigan This Fall

Mackinac Center Policy Forum – Virtual Event

In light of COVID-19, what do families need to know to make informed decisions about homeschooling, virtual schooling and other unconventional options? What will this disruption mean for Michigan’s K-12 education landscape? Join us at 11 am EDT / 8 am PDT. Opening remarks will be made by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center, and featured speakers will be Leanne Van Beek, a practicing homeschooler and consultant, Deana Garcia, mother of a student at a virtual high school and Ben DeGrow, the Mackinac Center’s director of education policy.

Seven Principles of Sound Environmental Policy: How can markets help protect our natural environment?

Mackinac Center Policy Forum — Virtual Event

Join us at 2 pm EDT / 11 am PDT. After opening remarks by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center, experts Jason Hayes, director of Environmental Policy at the Mackinac Center, and Todd Myers, director of the Center for the Environment at the Washington Policy Center, will discuss how the seven basic principles presented in their new publication 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.

Mid-Michigan dam failures: What happened and where do we go from here?

Mackinac Center Policy Forum — Virtual Event

Join us for this online event as we look into the recent failure of two mid-Michigan dams. What caused the failures, and how can we begin to repair the damage? Opening remarks will be made by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center, followed by featured speakers David Kepler, owner of TCP Investments, and Jason Hayes, director of the Mackinac Center's Environmental Policy Initiative.

Virtual Event: Gov. Whitmer's Unprecedented Use of Emergency Powers

Join us for this online event to hear opening remarks by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center, followed by the Mackinac Center's Patrick Wright, vice president for legal affairs, and Michael Van Beek, director of research, who will discuss Gov. Whitmer's use of emergency powers, what Michigan law allows and the Center’s legal challenges to the governor’s overreach.

Virtual Event: Environmental Climate Change, Contagion and Cataclysm

Can free markets still provide the energy we all need?

Join us May 27th at 11 am EDT / 8 am PDT, as we host three energy and environmental policy experts to discuss what energy could (and should) look like in a pandemic and flood-weary country.

Virtual Town Hall: A Tale of Two States

How a Small Town’s Experience Illustrates the Real World Consequences of States’ COVID-19 Reopening Policies

Join the Mackinac Center for a virtual town hall with two leading lawmakers representing two states making very different policy decisions in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

EVENT CANCELLATION: An Evening with the Mackinac Center

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Virtual Event: How to Re-Energize Michigan's Economy in 2020

Join us for this online event as we hear leaders of both the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Mackinac Center discuss ways Michigan can reopen its economy, while maintaining public safety.

Virtual Event: "Crisis and Leviathan" in Light of the COVID-19 Crisis

Join us for this online event as Robert Whaples, professor and chair of the department of economics at Wake Forest University and the managing editor of the Independent Review, discusses the classic Robert Higgs book "Crisis and Liviathan" in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

Virtual Policy Forum: Education

Join us for an online policy forum on education policy featuring Mackinac Center’s director of education policy Ben DeGrow, Dr. Michael McShane, director of national research at EdChoice, and Robert Pondiscio, senior fellow and vice president for external affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

Virtual Policy Forum: Labor

Join us for an online policy forum on labor policy reforms featuring guest speakers F. Vincent Vernuccio and Joseph G. Lehman.

Virtual Policy Forum: Healthcare

Join us for an online policy forum on healthcare.

EVENT CANCELLATION: Helping Families Access Choice Schools with Student Mobility Scholarships

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EVENT CANCELLATION: Overregulated: The Full Cost of Licensing Laws in Michigan

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Tax Cuts, Regulatory Freedom and More – in Washington and the 50 States

A Conversation With Grover Norquist

The Mackinac Center is pleased to host a Q&A with Grover Norquist to discuss these issues and more. The conversation will cover tax, regulatory and political changes at the state and federal level and what big issues are on the horizon.

Miss Virginia Movie Premiere

Miss Virginia is based on the true story of Virginia Walden Ford, a single mom from Washington, D.C., who turned the fight for her own son’s education into a parent army that brought private school choice to the nation’s capital. Her story is an inspiration to families everywhere who need a way to access effective education options for their children.

Are There Better Options for Underperforming Schools?

A panel of leaders with relevant experiences overseeing schools in troubled urban communities will share their experiences and ideas at this event.

Communism, Socialism and “Democratic Socialism”

What’s the Deal and the Difference?

Dr. Paul Kengor, a historian and professor of political science, will talk about the forgotten history and legacy of communism and socialism and their effect on society and political conversations today.

An Evening with the Mackinac Center

Join us for an evening of fellowship among friends of liberty.

Planning for Life Workshop – Holland, MI

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2019 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Making Waves with the Mackinac Center

Join us for a sunset cruise and a free market discussion on the current budget and taxes debates.

Featuring: Michael LaFaive, senior director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center and James Hohman, director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center.

Auto Insurance in Michigan

Mackinac Center Policy Forum - Portage

Michigan’s auto insurance premiums have been the highest in America for the last six years – in large part because our state’s unique combination of no-fault regulation and unlimited personal-injury benefits has caused medical costs from auto accidents to surge out of control. However, in May, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Legislature agreed on a significant reform package that should provide Michigan motorists with significant relief as soon as next summer.

Mackinac Center 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 discuss such topics as government internet, free market environmentalism, the state budget and related tax debate, education reform and recent legislative action.

Planning for Life Workshop – Charlevoix, MI

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2019 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Protecting Your Property Against Abusive Governments

Mackinac Center Policy Forum - Troy

For too long, Michigan law has made it easy for certain local governments to confiscate your property through dubious means, with some Southeast Michigan agencies being some of the most egregious offenders. However, the tide is starting to turn and provide Michiganders with a greater level of legal protections against such overreach. A new state law prohibits local law enforcement agencies from taking your personal property without first convicting you of a crime, while a pair of lawsuits are challenging the practice of practice of home equity theft by government.

Putting a Price on Life: The Coming Fight Over Government Rationing of Medical Care

Dr. William S. Smith will discuss quality-life measurements, compare the difference between the government and private insurance when determining treatment and talk about the push for rationing of medical care by federal and state governments.

The Price of Auto Insurance

A Barrier to Economic Mobility

How does Michigan insurance compare to that of other states? Why is insurance most expensive in Detroit? What fiscal impact does this have on the average household and also on the low-income household? Answers to these questions and more were recently addressed in a report published by Poverty Solutions, a research initiative at the University of Michigan, and these findings will be presented at this event.

Planning for Life Workshop – Birmingham, MI

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2019 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

The Policy Circle: Start the Conversation

Free Enterprise

Please Join Sylvie Légère, President and Co-Founder of The Policy Circle, and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for a Policy Circle Conversation to discuss Free Enterprise.

Local Control or Too Much Control? Balancing the Rights of Citizens and State and Local Governments

What’s the right balance between local, state and federal control? What about the rights of citizens — should these vary widely based on where one chooses to live? This panel will feature a lawmaker, policy expert and local government advocate to talk about what is happening in Michigan and across the nation on these issues.

Lessons from Ronald Reagan

from the 1980s to Today

Join us to hear Dr. Larry Schweikart speak about his new biography title Reagan: The American President.

Civil Asset Forfeiture in Michigan: The Case for Reform and How to Get it

Seizure and forfeiture are important parts of the criminal justice system. In principle, this process is helpful for taking away assets from criminals and goods obtained illegally. But it’s easily abused, and Michiganders deserve to have their property rights protected. This panel will feature points of views from law enforcement, researchers and legislators. The discussion will be on why Michigan should continue to reform its civil asset forfeiture system and how to get it right.

How Criminal Justice Works in Michigan

Criminal justice reform will continue to be a hot topic in Lansing this year, as lawmakers on the left and right advance various proposals for reforming the system. But in order to properly evaluate the potential for successful change, it’s important to understand the nuts and bolts of how the system currently operates.

Economic Freedom: What it is and Why it Matters

Public policy choices can have profound consequences on the decisions individuals make about their own opportunities — where to live, work, invest and raise families. What can government leaders do to influence those choices? Respect economic freedom.

National School Choice Week

Student displays, performances and testimonials will showcase the value Michigan families receive when they exercise choice to meet their educational needs.

Brews and Views

Join us for a panel discussion on the role of private efforts to protect and conserve natural areas and resources.

Planning for Life Workshop – Farmington Hills

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2018 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Bail Reform: Improving Pretrial Release to Benefit Defendants and Taxpayers

Michigan’s system of bail and pretrial release is ripe for reform, but any changes to this complex structure require a thorough understanding of current practices and how they diverge from best practices. Analysts at the Mackinac Center and the ACLU of Michigan both published papers to inform the public about bail in our state, which they will present jointly.

The New Face of the FCC: Q&A with Chairman Ajit Pai

Ajit Pai is the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, but his philosophy is a bit different than many regulators. Pai’s regulatory philosophy values consumers, competition and markets over regulation, bureaucrats and central planning. His principles include being aware of “regulatory capture,” a free and fair system without dispensing favors and special treatment, flexible rulemaking, and rules which respect the laws of Congress.