Featured Video Archive

Civil Asset Forfeiture: The Police Perspective Civil Asset Forfeiture: The Police Perspective

Ted Nelson is a retired Michigan State Police officer who trained police departments throughout the state on civil asset forfeiture. He believes the practice has been misused and needs to change. … more

Emmet County Spending Spree

Emmet County Commissioners are spending millions of dollars on lavish ambulance stations and an observatory to gaze at stars. The projects are being funded by a bond issue that bypassed voters. … more

Laws, Laws, Everywhere, Laws

The bigger government gets, the more laws it writes - regulating and criminalizing the slightest, offensive behaviors. Do we need so much regulation over our lives? What ever happened to self-regulation? … more

Why I'm Leaving the UAW

Terry Bowman has been a UAW worker at Ford Motor Company for 19 years. He explains why he is leaving the union under Michigan's right-to-work law. … more

Love Gov: House Poor

Civil Asset Forfeiture: How Government Seizes Private Property from Innocent Citizens

Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process that allows the police to seize and sell a citizen's private property, even if no crime has been charged against the owner of that property. Several states have recently reformed their civil asset forfeiture laws, and Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, has called for improving federal laws pertaining to this practice. … more

National School Choice Week in Michigan

The Mackinac Center celebrates school choice with filmmaker Bob Bowdon, Sen. Phil Pavlov, and hundreds of students. … more

Overcriminalization in Michigan

Michigan’s vast, disorganized criminal law inherently places residents at risk of unintentionally violating a growing array of regulatory crimes that are difficult to discover and understand. The complexity of administrating such a criminal code threatens to divert scarce resources away from the enforcement of serious violent and property crimes. … more

Why Middle-Class Parents in Michigan Should be Concerned about Their Local Public Schools

Many middle-class Michiganders think that most low-performing schools are located in poor inner cities such as Detroit, not in their nice neighborhoods or in their smaller towns. They need to think again.  … more

Flores Family

School choice is helping the Flores family trying to bridge the education gap between English and English Second Language students. The Flores family describes how choice allowed them to find a school that not only met their specific language needs but one that addressed a special need and provided a tailor-made academic plan. … more

Legal Cigarette Sales Up in Smoke Due to State Taxes

As cash-strapped government looks to cigarettes for tax revenue, the public responds by more illegally transporting smokes across state borders. Smugglers and thieves target stores and businesses and the benefits to state coiffures and public health are questionable. … more

Charters Help Detroit's Children Succeed

Pam Russell teaches at a Detroit charter school where her granddaughter now attends kindergarten. She enjoys getting better professional development and watching her granddaughter learn violin in the classroom. … more

Nancy Clark Choses Detroit Charter for her Grandchildren

Nancy Clark saw first hand the Detroit charter she chose for her grandchildren - she works there. But that is not the only reason she wanted to be careful about where to send her girls. A recent visit to a Detroit conventional school made her realize the value of choice. … more

Mom Prefers Detroit Charter

Lisa Cobb has a third grader and a daughter old enough to be working towards her PhD. She prefers charter to conventional school and especially likes that fact that her son wears a tie everyday. … more

Detroit Mom Says Charters are Awesome

Tress Andrews says charter has been a positive experience for her daughter. She is on the honor roll and learning a strong work ethic. … more

Detroit Mom: Detroit Public Schools Were "Going Down" To Me

Tamika Harrison bounced from school to school growing up in the Detroit Public Schools. The experience contributed to her dropping out and later getting her GED. She is now turning to charter schools to spare her son the same experience. … more

Family Believes Charters and Choice are Tickets to Success

The Hesters attended Detroit public schools and believe now as parents, families need to have buy-in to make school a success for their children. Upon research, they found a charter that best suits their needs and their daughters are excelling. … more

Detroit Mom Bypasses Neighborhood School in Favor of Charter

Toya Putnam lives next to a Detroit Public school but chooses to send her 7 year to Connor Creek, a charter school, miles away. She said she was attracted to the curriculum, smaller class sizes and individual attention. … more

The School Choice Difference for One Detroit Area Family

Danielle Henderson grew up attending Detroit Public Schools. She felt unprepared for college and didn’t want her son to have the same experience. She values school choice. She wants her son to reach his potential and likes the fact that she can research schools to see if there is a better fit. Without charters, she says she’d be stuck. “I can’t afford private school,” she says. … more

Grandfather's Message to Lansing: Let Charters Flourish

Cory Hughes has five children and five grandchildren. He has seen charter school success through two generations. He addresses criticisms of charters including lack of transparency, for-profit management companies and too much “shopping around” for parents to find the right school. … more

Detroit Area Children Thrive in Charter School

Jocelyn wanted her granddaughters to have a better school experience than the one she remembers when she moved her family to Detroit 17 years ago. Jocelyn and her daughter, Janine discuss freedom of choice and how it’s reminiscent of the 1965 Voting Rights Movement. … more

Detroit Area Mom says Parents Know What's Best for their Kids

LaTanya Dorsey thought she had to send her daughter to the neighborhood public school that was assigned to her address. When she learned she had a choice, she looked for a school with a positive environment and found one at a charter academy. … more

Charter School Struggles to Purchase Building from Traditional Public School

After months of pressure, the Saginaw Public Schools Board agreed to sell an unused building to a successful charter school in the city. The video shows the weeks of wrangling Francis Reh Academy endured. … more

Mackinac Center Labor Expert Testifies in Wisconsin about Right-to-Work

F. Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor policy at the Mackinac Center, testifies on the value of worker freedom. … more

The (Lack of) Value of the MEDC

Mackinac Center for Public Policy Senior Legislative Analyst Jack McHugh testified before the Michigan House Tax Policy Committee on the questionable value of tax subsidies and economic development programs. … more

Wind Energy in Michigan

Events were held on the same day dealing with wind energy in Michigan by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Informed Citizens Coalition (IICC). … more

Michigan Celebrates School Choice

Students from around the state flooded into the capitol to share how school choice has made a difference in their lives. … more

Republican and Democrat Against Forfeiture

Michigan Republicans and Democrats find common ground in reforming civil asset forfeiture by demanding more transparency from government when claiming personal property. … more

Property Seized, Money Taken - No Charges Filed

Police seize assets of Michigan residents who have not been charged with crimes. One man was told he could get his belongings back for a price. Another had his bank accounts frozen and was unable to pay bills. He also lost property he called "auctionable." Last year, law enforcement raised over $20,000,000 from seizing personal property. … more

Unionization for the 21st Century

How new models can help unions attract members and better serve workers. Read the study by clicking here… more

Star International Academy: CAP Success Story

Star International Academy is the highest ranked high school in Michigan on the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's Contest and Performance report card for both 2014 and 2012. The study and a database of every school in the state can be found at www.Mackinac.org/CAP… more

Will Net Neutrality Save the Internet?

Advocates say that "Net Neutrality" will "save the Internet." But does the Internet need saving? … more

Dan Gilbert and Mark Cuban on Direct Tesla Sales

Dan Gilbert, Quicken Loans CEO, wants to know what Mark Cuban thinks about Michigan's bill banning direct Tesla sales. … more

How to End the Public-Sector Pension Crisis

"Optimistic scenario: it's $1 trillion in unfunded liabilities," says Adrian Moore, vice president of policy at Reason Foundation about public-sector pensions at the state, county, and local levels. "More realistic scenario: You're looking at $2 trillion to $4 trillion in unfunded liabilities. That's a huge debt." … more

Term Limits Coming to Your Neighborhood?

Two women have hit the trail trying to get term limits passed in the city of Grand Rapids. Their efforts could be a barometer of public sentiment as some Lansing politicians discuss the merits of eliminating term limits for state lawmakers. … more

Michigan Teacher Illegally Forced to Pay for Union Business

Adam Neuman was not afraid to put his life on the line; he's certainly not afraid of union bullying. He fought for freedom overseas, and he simply wants to exercise it back home. But the Brighton Education Association and his school district are violating his rights. … more

MCPP@Work Audrey Spalding

Mackinac Center for Public Policy Director of Education Policy Audrey Spalding describes her latest study on right-to-work law violations in public school contracts and suggests why districts and unions are ignoring the law. … more

MEA Calls Teachers "Freeloaders," but Won't Let Them Free

Steve Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association, calls teachers who don't want to financially support the MEA "freeloaders." However, MEA leadership wants to continue to represent those who do not want to pay and refuses to allow teachers to represent themselves. … more

$40 Million Silver Line Bus Line vs. the Car

Can Michigan's first "rapid transit bus" beat a car on the same route? Or, beat an existing bus route? The results may surprise you. … more

Uber Wars: How D.C.Tried to Kill a Great New Ride Technology

Like most powerful innovations, Uber disrupts the status quo by competing with established business interests. In Washington, D.C., the service was an instant hit with city residents - and almost as quickly found itself at odds with D.C.'s powerful taxi lobby and its allies on the city council.  … more

How Minimum Wage Laws Harm Teenage Unemployment

Central Michigan University economist Jason Taylor explains how raising the minimum wage will hurt teen workers trying to find their first job. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity." … more

How Minimum Wage Laws Harm Local Economies

Northern Michigan University economist Hugo Eyzaguirre discusses how raising the minimum wage will hurt emerging local economies. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity." … more

How Minimum Wage Laws Harm Low-Income Wage Earners

Stonehill College economist Sean Mulholland discusses how the minimum wage is a poorly targeted tool to help low-income earners. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity." … more

Jazz and Civil Society

The Detroit International Jazz Festival brings together music and charitable giving. Read more about this "spontaneous order" by clicking here: http://www.mackinac.org/7885 … more

How Minimum Wage Laws Harm Minorities

St. Lawrence University economist Steven Horwitz discusses how the minimum wage was used to block immigrants from taking scarce jobs during the depression era. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity." … more

Stay Engaged

Simply enter your email below to receive our weekly email:


Ted Nelson is a retired Michigan State Police officer who trained police departments throughout the state on civil asset forfeiture. He believes the practice has been misused and needs to change.

Related Sites