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Making Common Sense Changes to Government Regulation

Mackinac Center Policy Forum – Virtual Event

This event will feature Campaign for Common Good's founder Philip K. Howard and the Mackinac Center's director of research Michael Van Beek as they discuss the Campaign, making the case for a government reboot no matter who wins the presidential election. The event will be moderated by Lindsay Killen, the Mackinac Center's vice president for strategic outreach and communications, and opening remarks will be made by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center. Join us at 11 am EDT / 8 am PDT.

Charter Schools Get Real Short End of Funding Stick

Lawmakers should narrow the funding gap between charter and district schools

Lawmakers should narrow the funding gap between charter and district schools

Those Who Do Not Learn from History…

Years of bad economic development deals haven't prevented politicians from trying again

Years of bad economic development deals haven't prevented politicians from trying again

Conclusion

Electrification

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Introduction

Assessing the Costs of the U.P. Energy Task Force Committee Recommendations

In response to the findings of the Statewide Energy Assessment and under a further directive by Gov. Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy released the “Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force Committee Recommendations Part I – Propane Supply” in April 2020. This task force was created by Gov. Whitmer in June 2019 and directed to “consider all available information and make recommendations that ensure the U.P.’s energy needs are met in a manner that is reliable, affordable, and environmentally sound.” Their report on propane supply offered 14 recommendations “to better track and anticipate supply and demand, minimize disruption impact, and provide a more cohesive plan for those who are disproportionally impacted by high energy costs in the U.P.”

We analyze the potential impacts and feasibility of these recommendations in this report. We also explore the use of alternative fuels to propane such as natural gas and electricity to provide for winter heating needs in the Upper Peninsula.

EVENT CANCELLATION: Planning for Life Workshop

Grand Haven, Michigan

We regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled.

Michigan Supreme Court Hears Mackinac Center Case

The Court has the opportunity to restore proper representation

The Court has the opportunity to restore proper representation

The Animus Behind Michigan’s Anti-Aid Amendment

When families most need education options, bigoted provision stands in the way

When families most need education options, bigoted provision stands in the way

Giving Credit to the Dog That Didn’t Bark

Legislators deserve praise for refusing to authorize more corporate handouts

Legislators deserve praise for refusing to authorize more corporate handouts

Michigan’s Emergency Powers Law Was Always Controversial

But history shows no governor tried to stretch its use as far as Gov. Whitmer is trying now

The law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is using to justify her unilateral COVID executive orders has historically been used primarily to deal with riots, and when it wasn’t, it stirred controversy.

Government Handouts to Corporations Don’t Work, New Evidence Finds

Do state government efforts to encourage businesses to create jobs do any good? Not when their costs are considered.

Michigan School Funding Deal Chooses Schools Over Schoolchildren

Lawmakers should support parents as they choose the best option for their children

Lawmakers have decided to give money to districts for students they don’t have, an act that slams the door on parents scrambling for options.

Conclusion

Conservation

Funding