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Pandemic Policies and the Michigan Economy: Scholarly Research and Writing

Mackinac Center Policy Forum – Virtual Event

State mandates put in place to temporarily limit the spread of COVID-19 created widespread, ongoing economic ramifications. Economists and others are working to estimate the full costs of these actions, but the task is difficult considering how unprecedented and broad these state mandates have been. This virtual event will discuss sound economic theory and practical suggestions for initiating research, locating data and producing good, original scholarship. Join us at 6:00 pm EST. Sponsored by the Charles M. Bauervic Foundation, and presented in conjunction with Northwood University, our presenters will be Michael LaFaive, senior director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative at the Mackinac Center, and Northwood University department chair Dale Matcheck. This event will be moderated by John Gustincic, director of the Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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