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Liquor to Go: An Idea Whose Time is Now

Michigan should end its prohibition on sales of to-go mixed drinks.

State Regulators, Dam Owner, Set Conditions for Flooding in Mid-Michigan

The actions of state regulators and and the private owner of a dam, combined with heavy rains, led to extensive flooding in the Midland, Michigan, area.

Less Driving Means Fewer Gas Taxes

The state has dedicated certain tax collections for roads, but it will have less to spend as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many Emergency Orders To Fight COVID-19 Should Be Put Into Law For Good

As part of the state response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer changed some key regulations affecting health care. Michigan should enact these changes into law.

Michigan’s Personal Income Tax During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic will cause state income tax collections to fall and could cause spending on Medicaid to increase.

Federal Cash is Coming for Michigan Schools – We Need to Use It Fairly and Smartly

Michigan will receive at least $478 million in extra federal funding that can be used for K-12 education. Here are some ways it can put that money to use.

After the Virus: The Importance of Savings

Policymakers and others should consider ways to keep the economy strong.

Michigan Entered 2020 Stronger

Michigan’s legislators and governors have changed laws and regulations in recent years in ways that will help the state respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Emergency Powers Under Michigan Law

Several state laws give Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer the authority to undertake certain steps during times of emergencies and disasters.

Climate Change Happens; Now What?

Efforts to address climate change should not ruin the economy or harm the environment.

New Report Card Shows Which Schools Are Doing the Most for Students

The Mackinac Center’s Context and Performance Report Card rewards school leaders whose students perform better than expected on state tests.

Limiting Local Government Revenue in a Democracy

Citizens have the power to decide how much their local governments collect in taxes.

The Working Class Is Not Worse Off Today Than During the Recession

A report from the United Way gives an unusual and unhelpful way to estimate the extent of poverty in Michigan.

Corporate Welfare Reform Legislation Introduced

Proposed laws now in the Michigan Legislature could reform the way Michigan subsidizes a few businesses in the name of creating jobs.

It’s Time to Improve the School Bond Election Process

School elections do not get enough attention from voters. Some reforms from state government could help.

2020: A New Day, or Groundhog Day?

Michigan lawmakers have only a few months to create a budget for the next fiscal year, address the Medicaid program and enact criminal justice reforms.

Michigan on Pace for Smallest Increase in Business Subsidies in Years

Legislators reduced some corporate welfare spending

In 2019, lawmakers dialed back taxpayer support for business subsidies, perhaps reflecting a change in thinking.

Lawmakers Should Not Resurrect Pure Michigan Subsidy Program

A legislator from northern Michigan wants the state to restart taxpayer funding of the Pure Michigan advertising campaign. Lawmakers should let its funding stay at the current level: zero.

Regulatory Reforms on the Move in Michigan

Michigan has reformed some of the many licenses it requires for people to hold a job. Lawmakers should continue that work in the new year.