Features and Highlights

Pension Reform Legislation Benefits Students, Teachers and Taxpayers

If the problem had been fixed earlier, schools could have had additional $1,600 per student … more

From the Model T to Driverless Cars: How Michigan Can Lead in Transportation Innovation

Free event in Lansing to explore emerging vehicle technologies … more

Mackinac Center Welcomes James Barrett to Board

Past Michigan Chamber president brings public, private sector expertise to free-market think tank … more

Trump Administration Can Protect Funds Intended for Disabled and Low-Income 

Study explains how to stop the union ‘dues skim’ of federal money … more

Support Young Entrepreneurs at the Detroit Children’s Business Fair

Free, public event showcases the next generation of job creators … more

Mackinac Center Praises Lawmakers Trying To Hold Pure Michigan Program Accountable

One Democratic lawmaker tried to defund multi-million dollar program; others calling for investigation into unsubstantiated ROI claims … more

Michigan Government Salaries Database Corrected after State Admits Fault

Office of Retirement Services blames ‘technical error’ for thousands of incorrect salary numbers … more

Government Transparency Groups Announce Database of Public Employee Salaries

Website contains salary info of nearly 300,000 government workers for each of the past three years … more

Governor's Tourism Conference Must Address Pure Michigan Shortfalls

Mackinac Center analyst offers counterpoint to state’s promotion campaign … more

Statement on the FY2018 Federal Budget Blueprint

Lots of details to work out, but budget deserves recognition … more

License to (Not) Work: Mackinac Center Releases New Study on Occupational Licensing

Assessing the impact of arbitrary licensing laws on the Michigan economy … more

Mackinac Center Sues University of Michigan Over Open Records Violation

Journalist waits more than 100 days for university to supply four emails … more

Foot Patrol Policing: Engaging Michigan Communities One Step at a Time

Free event in Lansing to discuss community policing … more

Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit

Free Lansing luncheon Tuesday to discuss Michigan's regulatory structure … more

Updated Research Affirms Link between Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling

Interactive map shows taxes and smuggling by state … more

Mackinac Center Analyst: Senate Bills 111-115 Are Corporate Cronyism

LaFaive available to comment on pending legislation … more

Mackinac Center Resumes Fight to Protect Free Speech Rights

Northern Michigan inn owner sues to end unconstitutional marketing tax … more

Mackinac Center Expert Available for Comment on FY 2018 Budget Release

Fiscal policy analyst to be in Lansing Wednesday for Snyder’s presentation … more

National Labor Expert: Right-To-Work Just the Beginning for Missouri

Show-Me State poised to become next Wisconsin for labor reform … more

Mackinac Center Responds to State’s School Rankings

State report confirms need for new grading system … more

Government Growth Proposed in Gov. Snyder's 2017 State of the State 

Address included 12 proposed government expansions, one limitation … more

New High School Rankings Available in Unique Report Card

‘Context and Performance’ analysis accounts for student poverty rates when grading schools … more

Court Rejects MDEQ’s Avoidance Tactics in Flint FOIA Lawsuit

Motion to dismiss denied by State of Michigan Court of Claims … more

Mackinac Center, ACLU Applaud New Forfeiture Bill

But call on state to require conviction … more

High Cigarette Taxes Lead to More Smuggling

Study provides new estimates of smuggling rates for each state … more

Court of Appeals Rules Union and District Violated Right-to-Work Law

MERC decision is upheld in a win for Taylor teachers … more

Mackinac Center Director of Labor Policy Selected for Trump Agency Landing Team

Vernuccio will serve on team to coordinate transition at Department of Labor … more

House Lawmakers Consider Key Bills

Pension spiking, union release time, private public partnerships and toll roads on the table … more

Michigan’s Pension Bureaucrats Mislead Policymakers and the Public

Office of Retirement Services tries to derail pension reform … more

Mackinac Center Receives $500,000 Education Research Grant

The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation supports third year of education initiative … more

Tourism Officials Invited To Debate Efficacy of Pure Michigan

Mackinac Center researchers challenge state to defend claim that program is worth its cost … more

Policy Experts Available to Discuss Key Lame Duck Bills

Mackinac Center analysts offer insights on ridesharing, pension, energy and economic development bills … more

Mackinac Center President’s Statement on Betsy DeVos Nomination

DeVos will be new Secretary of the Department of Education … more

Study: Pure Michigan a Poor Investment

New study raises questions about Pure Michigan’s effectiveness  … more

First Detroit Children’s Business Fair This Saturday

Free community event showcases young entrepreneurs … more

Mackinac Center Dismisses Tourism Tax Suit After Resort Owner Sells Property

Center wishes former client well in retirement; leaves door open to future challenge … more

Dental Therapists Would Improve Access to Care

Study recommends Michigan create new midlevel providers … more

Superintendent Pay, Contract Database Updated

109 school district heads paid $200,000+ … more

Study Recommends Ending Michigan’s 21st Century Jobs Fund

The program has failed even by its own measurements … more

Michigan Lawmaker Introduces Worker’s Choice Bill

Legislation would increase worker rights and free unions from representing those who do not pay dues … more

10th Annual Milton Friedman Legacy Day Celebration to Be Held in Midland

Mackinac Center to co-host event with Northwood University Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise … more

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