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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

The Mackinac Center Sues on Behalf of a University of Michigan Donor

In March, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni filed a public records request to find out how that gift had been spent. U-M estimated it would take less than seven hours to produce the documents, but despite 200 days passing by and hundreds of dollars being spent, the full records have still not been given.

Powers of Deduction

Allow full expensing for business equipment to encourage job growth

Allow Full Expensing for Business Equipment to Encourage Job Growth

Talking Michigan Taxes: Potential Increases and Reforms in 2021

Mackinac Center Policy Forum – Virtual Event

This online event will give a general overview of how Michigan's tax system compares to other states, how the 2020 election affected taxes and what the tax policy conversation will look like in 2021. Join us at 11 am EST / 8 am PST. Opening remarks will be made by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center. Featured speakers will be Janelle Cammenga, policy analyst with the Tax Foundation's Center for State Tax Policy, and James Hohman, the Mackinac Center’s director of fiscal policy.

What's Ahead for Labor Policy

With Democrats controlling the House, Senate and presidency, there are new questions for those interested in labor policy: What should we expect for labor issues in the immediate future?

There are a number of ramifications that may come from these election results that are not directly related to labor. These include attempts to pack the Supreme Court, eliminate the filibuster and incorporate new states. Nevertheless, there are many initiatives that people interested in labor policy should be prepared to address. These include both legislative and administrative actions, each of which are significant, but not guaranteed.

Pandemic Response Boosts Michigan Budget

Large increases in state spending due to federal transfers

Large increases in state spending due to federal transfers

Will Restaurants Reopen Feb. 1?

Mixed messages and more confusion from the governor

Mixed messages and more confusion from the governor

Impending Federal Labor Policies Will Harm Workers

New brief outlines what to expect from Biden’s labor agenda

New brief outlines what to expect from Biden’s labor agenda

Let’s Cut the Michigan Income Tax

If lawmakers were to cut the Michigan income tax rate, state revenues would still grow. A cut would make good on a 2007 pledge to phase out what was supposed to be a temporary tax increase.

Low-Income Families Still Need Transportation Scholarships

Parents who need financial help in getting their children to a school of their choice should receive state- funded transportation scholarships

Recently Introduced Bills

MichiganVotes January 15 Roll Call Report

MichiganVotes January 15 Roll Call Report

Take Federal Education Funds into Account

Ed Trust-Midwest analysis overlooks surging pots of money

Ed Trust-Midwest analysis overlooks surging pots of money