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Proposal 1 of 2020: Use of State and Local Park Funds Amendment

This policy brief describes the changes to Michigan's Constitution and the Natural Resources Trust Fund and State Parks Endowment Fund that Proposal one would make. It explains how these trust funds currently work to help voters better understand the effects of their vote on this ballot question.

New Report Combats Charter School Myths

Recent studies contain factual errors, unsubstantiated claims

Recent studies contain factual errors, unsubstantiated claims

Evidence Required: A Critical Review of 'Improving Oversight of Michigan Charter Schools and Their Authorizers'

This paper offers a critical review of a report published in March by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan titled “Improving Oversight of Michigan Charter Schools and Their Authorizers.”

Expungement Bills Offer Hope

A statement from the Mackinac Center

A statement from the Mackinac Center

Build the Line 5 Tunnel

Residents of the U.P. deserve reliable, affordable and clean energy

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she wants residents of the U.P. to have affordable and reliable energy, but her opposition to relocating the Line 5 pipeline works against that goal.

The Pandemic Plans Gov. Whitmer Ignored

Strategies developed by state experts do not include governor’s actions

Strategies developed by state experts do not include governor’s actions

Michigan Supreme Court Upholds Separation of Powers

The Court unanimously ruled that Gov. Whitmer's actions violated the law

The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer acted without constitutional authority by unilaterally issuing COVID-related executive orders after an initial 28-day period. In doing so, the court upheld the separation of powers, a key constitutional protection for citizens.

Did Gov. Whitmer Violate the Law?

Governor's statements are misleading the public

Governor's statements are misleading the public

Mackinac Center Statement on MDHHS Emergency Orders

Gov. Whitmer is attempting to sidestep the Michigan Supreme Court

Gov. Whitmer is attempting to sidestep the Michigan Supreme Court

Extinguishing the Wildfire Threat

Lessons from Arizona

In this report, we extend earlier research that described many of the historical, political, and policy reasons our nation’s publicly managed forests are plagued by large, dangerous wildfires. This research, published by the Mackinac Center and the Property and Environment Research Center as "Conflict to Cooperation," explained how the management of federal lands has been stalled by a confusing and complex web of legislative and regulatory constraints as well as a variety of conflicting uses and policy views.

Wildfires, Wild Theories, and Extinguishing these Fiery Threats

A Goldwater Institute Conversation with Jason Hayes – Virtual Event

This Goldwater Institute event will feature Mackinac Center's director of environmental policy Jason Hayes as he discusses his new report on wildfires and what steps we can take to take control of them before they start. Join the Goldwater Institute at 2 pm EDT / 11 am PDT.

35 Years of Excuses for Bad Policy

Lawmakers should agree to stop offering corporate welfare

Lawmakers should agree to stop offering corporate welfare

Planning for Life: An Introduction to Estate Planning

Virtual Workshop

Please join our Planning for Life workshop to learn more about designing a will or estate plan that reflects your values and your heritage. Whether you are just beginning to think about your legacy plan, or need to update existing documents, you will leave our presentation equipped to move forward. This virtual presentation will begin at 11:00 a.m. on September 29th.

State Economic Development Programs: Why Feed Sparrows Through a Horse?

A Joint Policy Forum with National Review Institute – Virtual Event

Join the Mackinac Center’s Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative and National Review Institute on September 22, 2020 for our Virtual Policy Forum, “State Economic Development Programs: Why Feed Sparrows Through a Horse?” Join us at 1 pm EDT.