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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.

Healthcare Initiative

Protecting the Secret Ballot: The Dangers of Union Card Check

A secret ballot election is one where individuals get to make a private choice based on their own personal decision, and this is how most unions certification elections work. However, unions can also become certified to be the exclusive bargaining representative of a workplace through a process known as "card check." Under this method, unions can "win" an election when a majority of the workers sign authorization cards. The significant downside to elections via card check is that workers can easily be pressured, intimidated and even coerced into signing cards because they are not afforded the privacy of a voting booth.

Unions have repeatedly lobbied to make it easier for them to use card check elections, and a new bill in Congress would do just that: the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, or PRO Act. This report explains why certain provisions of the PRO Act are problematic, and why it is important to protect the right of workers to use the secret ballot for union certification elections.

What Happens Now to Roads in Michigan

There are five potential paths lawmakers can take

There are five potential paths lawmakers can take

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.

Keep Pure Michigan Spending at $0

The program is ineffective and a waste of taxpayer dollars

The program is ineffective and a waste of taxpayer dollars

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.

The Tax Hike Governor Vetoes Additional Road Funding

While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made Michigan’s roads the centerpiece of her election campaign, her veto of extra money for road repair shows that her most important priority is to increase how much state government taxes Michigan residents.

Vaping Ban is Bad for Health, Good for Smugglers

The new ban on flavored vaping products is harmful to public health and respect for law.

Utilities Have Big Solar Plans for Michigan but Overlook the Long-Term Costs

Michigan’s two big electric utilities cite their build-up of solar facilities as evidence of their environmental concern. But solar facilities pose significant environmental challenges, which the companies have not adequately prepared for.

A Global Climate Strike Isn't Enough

Personal responsibility will do more for the climate than striking

Personal responsibility will do more for the climate than striking

The National Vaping Ban is a Bad Idea

Mackinac Center signs onto coalition letter against national ban on flavored vaping

Mackinac Center signs onto coalition letter against national ban on flavored vaping

Retaining Students Who Lag in Literacy Pays Off

It's better to identify and address literacy problems early on

It's better to identify and address literacy problems early on

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Michigan School Privatization Survey 2019

This is the 17th edition of the Mackinac Center's annual school privatization survey. We ask every school district in the state if they outsource one of the three main noninstructional services — custodial, transportation and food services. The results from this year's survey show that 69.7% of school districts contract out for at least one of these services.

An Evening with the Mackinac Center

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

School Aid Budget Proposals Not That Far Off

Legislature approves 99% of what Whitmer seeks without a tax hike

Legislature approves 99% of what Whitmer seeks without a tax hike