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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.

Michigan’s Unreliable Business Subsidies

Few companies are applying for subsidies when the state is losing jobs

Few companies are applying for subsidies when the state is losing jobs

Working to Retain Reliable Energy

Why the Mackinac Center is intervening in Consumers Energy's planning process

The Mackinac Center intervenes in Consumers Energy's planning process

Emergency Powers and Pandemic Mismanagement

Mackinac Center Policy Forum - Livonia

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.

“Basically, We Created a Powder Keg”

Jonathan Wood on how to better manage federal forests to prevent large wildfires

Jonathan Wood on how to better manage federal forests to prevent large wildfires

Successful Stories: Books by Past Interns

Six former Mackinac Center interns who have made their marks on the publishing world

Six former Mackinac Center interns who have made their marks on the publishing world

CDC School Mask Guidelines Roil Parents

State leaders should give more support for educational choices

State leaders should give more support for educational choices

U-M and the Mackinac Center Public Records Lawsuit Dismissed

The university was sued on behalf of ACTA

The Mackinac Center sued the university on behalf of ACTA

Planning for Life Workshop

Frankenmuth, Michigan

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

Repealing Emergency Powers Law Safeguards the Public

The 1945 law concentrated too much state power in the hands of Michigan's governors

The 1945 law concentrated too much state power in the hands of Michigan's governors

Planning for Life Workshop

Petoskey, Michigan

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

While Michigan’s Electricity Rates Increase, Reliability Suffers

Consumers Energy has increased its electricity rates for certain times of the day, touting it as a market-based response to climate change. In reality, this is the utility’s way of coping with the inherently unreliable nature of the green energy sources it favors.

Why the State Should Stop Subsidizing Select Businesses

When lawmakers hand out taxpayer money to specific companies, it may look like they’re doing something good for the economy. The reality is far different.

Concerned About a Michigan Teacher Shortage? Make it Easier to Become a Teacher

Reforming the state’s rules on teacher certification will help schools find the teachers they need.

Lawyers Deserve First Amendment Protections

Mackinac Center files brief in U.S. Supreme Court case Crowe v. Oregon State Bar

Mackinac Center files brief in U.S. Supreme Court case Crowe v. Oregon State Bar