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Michigan Government First Stops Businesses, Then Subsidizes Some

Texas Energy Crisis is a Warning

Lawmakers should prevent Michigan from suffering same fate

Lawmakers should prevent Michigan from suffering same fate

Why College Costs So Much and What States Can Do About It

Mackinac Center Policy Forum – Virtual Event

Do you need a college degree to be successful? Why does college cost so much? How do we ensure higher education is flexible and affordable? Come hear a nuanced discussion about college costs and what states and the federal government should do about it. Join us at 11 am EST. Opening remarks will be made by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center. Featured panelists will be Jason Delisle, visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Jeremy Horpedahl, assistant professor of economics at the University of Central Arkansas, and Jarrett Skorup, director of marketing and communications at the Mackinac Center.

Virtual Classes Cancelled At Ann Arbor Schools During Cold Snap

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Electricity in Michigan: A Primer

It’s easy to forget how much we rely on electricity; how it is now an essential part of our lives. We have become so accustomed to it that we take it for granted. But, reliable and affordable electricity is essential for our lives and well-being. It helps us to live comfortable and healthy lives.

This report provides readers with a better understanding of how Michigan’s electricity system works, that it gives readers a clear idea of how electricity is generated, transmitted and used in our state. With this understanding, we hope to help Michigan residents become better consumers, customers and more informed voters.

Community College President Paid Over $525,000 Last Year

Balancing Michigan’s Fishing Interests – Part 2

Changing economics and species composition behind the push for legislative changes

Changing economics and species composition behind the push for legislative changes

Tax Breaks, Vaccine Objectors and More

MichiganVotes Roll Call Report describes newly introduced bills

MichiganVotes Roll Call Report describes newly introduced bills

Time to Fund Cyber School Students Fairly — Again

Whitmer’s repeated attempt egregious in light of COVID demands

Whitmer’s repeated attempt egregious in light of COVID demands

No ‘Defund The Police’ In Whitmer's State Budget Proposal

Mackinac Center Announces Policy Priorities for 2021

Recommended reforms include ending corporate welfare, expanding options for students and removing unnecessary regulations

Recommended reforms include ending corporate welfare, expanding options for students and removing unnecessary regulations

Pandemic Policies and the Michigan Economy: Scholarly Research and Writing

Mackinac Center Policy Forum – Virtual Event

State mandates put in place to temporarily limit the spread of COVID-19 created widespread, ongoing economic ramifications. Economists and others are working to estimate the full costs of these actions, but the task is difficult considering how unprecedented and broad these state mandates have been. This virtual event will discuss sound economic theory and practical suggestions for initiating research, locating data and producing good, original scholarship. Join us at 6:00 pm EST. Sponsored by the Charles M. Bauervic Foundation, and presented in conjunction with Northwood University, our presenters will be Michael LaFaive, senior director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative at the Mackinac Center, and Northwood University department chair Dale Matcheck. This event will be moderated by John Gustincic, director of the Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise.

Beat COVID-19 by Making Temporary Pandemic Responses Permanent

Patients would benefit if the state brought back temporary measures Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made to suspend some unnecessary and costly regulations in health care.

All That is Not Permitted is Prohibited

Under the governor’s approach to the pandemic, all that is not explicitly permitted is prohibited under penalty of law.

Don’t Double Down on Misguided School Funding Strategy

The financial relief pushed to schools during the pandemic has created gaps between different schooling options in ways that discount actual student needs.

A Timeline of Inconsistency

Data don’t justify the governor’s continued restrictions on gatherings

Data don’t justify the governor’s continued restrictions on gatherings

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The “American Ideal” of National Popular Vote?

Electoral College guarantees the representation of states in presidential elections

Electoral College guarantees the representation of states in presidential elections

Social Gathering Limits Extended In Latest Order Despite 'Significant Strides'

Mackinac Center Once Again Among Top Think Tanks in the Country

Center’s influence ranked in top five percent of more than 2,200 think tanks

Center’s influence ranked in top five percent of more than 2,200 think tanks

Flex Learning: A Customized Approach for Michigan Students

Mackinac Center Policy Forum – Virtual Event

The need for greater flexibility in the state's K-12 education system has been underscored by recent experiences with pandemic restrictions and remote learning. The Mackinac Center proposes a new Flex Learning model that would bring about needed changes. Join this virtual event at 11:00 am EST as our featured speakers discuss an educational plan that would give students and families across Michigan the ability to craft combinations of virtual and in-person learning opportunities, as well as choose dual-enrollment courses and career apprenticeships. Our presenters will include Ben DeGrow, the Mackinac Center’s director of education policy, Phil Janis, principal of the Morey FlexTech High School in Shepherd, Mich., and two experts from ExcelinEd – a leading national education reform organization – director of educational opportunity Cara Candal and Midwest regional advocacy director Zach Eckert. Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center, will provide opening remarks.

What Does a Think Tank Do? A Chat

Mackinac Center's Mike Reitz appears on ‘Great Talks With…’ podcast

Mackinac Center's Mike Reitz appears on ‘Great Talks With…’ podcast

All That is Not Permitted is Prohibited

Gov. Whitmer’s strict approach makes well-meaning Michiganders into criminals

Gov. Whitmer’s strict approach makes well-meaning Michiganders into criminals

Powers of Deduction

Allow full expensing for business equipment to encourage job growth

Allow Full Expensing for Business Equipment to Encourage Job Growth

The Consequences of COVID Lockdowns

Mackinac Center Policy Forum – Virtual Event

This virtual event will assess and discuss Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s unprecedented actions in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us at 6:00 pm EST. Sponsored by the Charles M. Bauervic Foundation, and presented in conjunction with Northwood University, this panel of three experts will cover the legal questions, as well as the economic consequences for entrepreneurs and the broader economy. Moderated by John Gustincic, director of the Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise, our featured panelists will be Northwood University department chairs James Hop and Dale Matcheck, as well as Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s director of research, Michael Van Beek.