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Why College Costs So Much and What States Can Do About It

Mackinac Center Policy Forum – Virtual Event

Do you need a college degree to be successful? Why does college cost so much? How do we ensure higher education is flexible and affordable? Come hear a nuanced discussion about college costs and what states and the federal government should do about it. Join us at 11 am EST. Opening remarks will be made by Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center. Featured panelists will be Jason Delisle, visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Jeremy Horpedahl, assistant professor of economics at the University of Central Arkansas, and Jarrett Skorup, director of marketing and communications at the Mackinac Center.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.