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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.

Economic Development? State Handouts and Jobs

A New Look at the Evidence

This study analyzing the impact of several major economic development programs run by the state of Michigan dating back to 1983. The authors use the National Establishment Time Series database to track the performance of firms that were offered some form of fiscal incentive from the state. It compares those firms' job growth to those of similar firms that were not offered incentives.

This analysis finds that only three of the nine programs studied had a statistically significant positive impact on job growth for firms that were offered incentives, but this job growth came at a significant cost: on average, the state offered nearly $600,000 worth of incentives for every job created.

The 2020 Midland County Dam Failure

Over 2,500 homes and buildings were damaged by flooding in mid-Michigan on May 19, 2020, when an aging dam failed on the Tittabawassee River, causing the cascading failure of a second dam immediately downstream. Initial reports indicated that as many as 150 homes and businesses were damaged beyond repair. Approximately 11,000 residents were hurriedly evacuated ahead of the flooding that caused as much as $200 million in damages.

This report examines the circumstances that contributed to the failure of these dams. 

Michigan Should Permanently Loosen Restrictions on Medical Scope of Practice, Not Reinstate Them

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer once loosened some of the state’s licensing rules for medical professionals as a way to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Those changes ought to be made permanent, not reversed.

Tax Credit Programs Can Increase, Not Decrease, Government Spending

Though it may appear that tax credits shrink the size of government, they can do just the opposite.

Children Kept Out of Classrooms Need Policy Changes to Help Pursue Their Education

Lawmakers can make it easier for parents to deal with the uncertainties of the next school year by adopting policies that give them the options they need.

Private School Students Also Deserve Virus Relief Funds

Mackinac Center joins amicus brief opposing discrimination in school help

Mackinac Center joins amicus brief opposing discrimination in school help