Mackinac Center for Public Policy

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Detroit Was Just the Beginning: The Crisis of City Pension Systems in Michigan

Many municipalities around Michigan have underfunded systems and only some are taking concrete steps to solve the problem. …


Union Should Secure the Retirement of Their Members

New op-ed discusses Teamster pension problems in Washington Examiner


MSU: You Can Be Ticketed For Smoking in Your Own Car

Beginning on Aug. 15, a new tobacco-free policy at Michigan State University will make drivers subject to a $150 fine for choosing to smoke or chew …

Michigan State University

Counting Government Workers Tells Little About the Quality of Government

Cost and quality should be the primary concern

GOP Convention Notes: 50,000 Attendees, Lots and Lots of Police

For more than a week, barricades and almost four miles of nine-foot-tall security fencing have enclosed a perimeter encompassing several blocks of …

Republican Party

Shivering in the Dark? Sierra Club Opposes 91 Percent of Michigan Electricity

The Sierra Club environmental organization opposes the three sources of energy responsible for 91 percent of the electricity generated in Michigan. …

Sierra Club

A Federal Bill to Loosen Licensing Requirements

And a step for Michigan to follow suit


Department of Environmental Quality Must Be Transparent

Michigan media reports on latest Mackinac Center lawsuit


Six Numbers Showing Detroit's Pension Problems

Retiree liabilities were a root cause of Detroit's bankruptcy before a grand bargain trimmed benefits and required the city to set its pensions on a …


Criminal Justice in a Free Society

Mackinac Center announces criminal justice initiative

Criminal Justice

Detroit's Red Ink Remains, But Future Looks Brighter

One-time expenses left over from bankruptcy are still pinching the city of Detroit. But a city official says Detroit’s financial footing is much …


Imaginary Murder Pets Versus Michelle Obama

Society uses the free market: It’s super effective!

Michelle Obama

Friedman Legacy Day

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Northwood University Forum for Citizenship & Enterprise cordially invite you to join us in celebrating the …

Reforming No-Fault Insurance Would Lower Costs, Reduce Uninsured Cars

Van Beek discusses reforms in Fox UP interview


Mackinac Center Files Open Records Lawsuit Against State Government Over Flint Water Documents

Open government requires timely information

Freedom of Information

No Easy Answers in Highland Park

Students continue to flee troubled district

Court Overrules Licensing Board, Exonerates Vet Who Saved Dog

A veterinarian treated a Boston terrier named “Mr. Pigglesworth” on his reality TV show after the dog had been hit by a car. An out-of-state viewer …

Reality TV

Blown Away By Flawed Research on Jobs Program

Michigan spent millions with little to show for it