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Family Fights Home Equity Theft to Protect the American Dream

Though they paid property taxes each year, they unknowingly underpaid their 2014 taxes by $144. By 2017, Wayne County tacked on another $359 in interest, penalties and fees, foreclosed on their property, sold it for $108,000 and kept every cent beyond what they owed—as allowed by current state law.

Regulations and Economic Growth

Lawmakers should focus on regulatory reforms

Lawmakers should focus on regulatory reforms

Alcohol Reform – Give Me Liberty and Give Me a Drink!

Virtual Event

This event will feature author C. Jarrett Dieterle, and Michael LaFaive, senior director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative, as they discuss Mr. Dieterle's recently released book Give Me Liberty and Give Me a Drink!, current alcohol regulations and what reforms should be made to change them. Opening remarks will be made by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center. Join us at 11 am EDT / 8 am PDT.

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.

State Budget Recovers From Pandemic

Weak case for additional federal coronavirus relief

Weak case for additional federal coronavirus relief

New Report Combats Charter School Myths

Recent studies contain factual errors, unsubstantiated claims

Recent studies contain factual errors, unsubstantiated claims

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

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.”

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.

Expungement Bills Offer Hope

A statement from the Mackinac Center

A statement from the Mackinac Center

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

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.

Did Gov. Whitmer Violate the Law?

Governor's statements are misleading the public

Governor's statements are misleading the public

Unanimous Epidemic Response Bills

October 23 Michigan Votes Roll Call Report

October 23 Michigan Votes Roll Call Report

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.

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.