Events

May 17, 2016: Free Market Solutions to Problems in Health Care

Issues and Ideas Forum

The Affordable Care Act dramatically changed the healthcare market throughout the United States and expanded the control of the federal government over healthcare policies. Despite this fact, there are still reforms that states can make that could expand the access and reduce the cost of medical services. This event will feature several experts who will discuss reforms that Michigan policymakers should consider if they want to improve healthcare services in this state. … more

May 11, 2016: Planning for Life Workshop – Detroit, MI

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2016 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan. … more

May 4, 2016: Can I Catch a Ride?: Regulating Uber and Lyft in Michigan

Issues and Ideas Forum

Ridesharing is a new service made popular by companies like Lyft and Uber. It relies on smartphones to connect those who need a ride to drivers willing to provide one — a riff on the traditional taxi system. Ridesharing has allowed thousands of Michiganders earn extra income as drivers and save money and time as riders. It currently operates in a legal gray area, because ridesharing drivers are not cabbies or chauffeurs.  … more

March 14, 2016: Screening of 'Poverty, Inc.'

Sponsored by Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. … more

Feb. 23, 2016: The Flint Water Crisis and the Challenge of City Infrastructure

Sponsored by Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. … more

Feb. 17, 2016: Let Them Work: Solutions for Michigan’s Overbearing Occupational Licensing Laws

Issues and Ideas Forum

Occupational licensing is now the biggest issue in labor economics, with even more of an effect than unions.  On a national basis 25 percent of all Americans need the government’s permission and specific credentials before they can work.  That is more than twice as many people who are members of unions—11 percent and declining—and 25 times the number who earn the minimum wage. … more

Feb. 3, 2016: Friends of Freedom

Featuring Michigan Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter … more

Dec. 10, 2015: Acton Lecture Series: 'Excuse Me Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism'

There's little truly "progressive" about Progressivism. True progress happens when humans are free, yet the Progressive agenda substantially diminishes freedom while promising the unachievable. Based on his recent book—Lawrence Reed will tackle many of the most common economic, philosophic and historical errors of “progressive” ideology. … more

Dec. 2, 2015: Why Can’t Tesla Sell Cars in Michigan?

Issues and Ideas Forum

Under current Michigan law, Tesla Motors and other car companies may not open showrooms or service centers to work directly with consumers.  Instead, to operate in Michigan, car companies have to enter into franchise agreements with independent dealers.  Telsa and at least one other start-up car company, Elio Motors, have stated that working through dealers would impair their ability to get into the market.  A number of other states have recently moved to permit direct distribution by manufacturers.  Professor Crane will lay out the case for direct distribution, showing its importance to innovation, competition, and consumer choice. … more

Oct. 30, 2015: Legacy Society Luncheon

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy invites you to join us for our 2015 Legacy Society Luncheon with special guest Jay Nordlinger of National Review. … more

 
 

Mackinac Center events help connect our supporters with experts from our policy staff as well as with the opinions and perspectives of nationally-known writers and speakers. In communities across Michigan, our events also serve to help expose new friends to the promises and possibilities of freedom and opportunity.

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