Events

Sept. 14, 2016: How Pensions Are Bankrupting Cities and States and How to Fix It

Issues and Ideas Forum

Retiree benefits are a national crisis, but some cities and states have made significant reforms that are saving money and preventing liabilities being pushed off onto future generations. This event will discuss the scope of the problem and what Michigan should be doing to solve it. … more

Sept. 20, 2016: Worker’s Choice: Freeing Unions and Workers From Forced Representation

Issues and Ideas Forum

Unionized workers are forced to accept union representation whether they want it or not, even though Michigan is a right-to-work state.  Right-to-work takes away a union’s ability to get a worker fired for not paying them. However with the law unions are still given a monopoly to represent all workers on a job. They must provide representation even to those not paying them. While unions like their monopoly they still complain about what they call “free riders” – those forced to accept their services but not paying for them.  Unions have brought legal challenges in several states claiming right-to-work violates constitutional takings clauses because of this so-called free rider issue. … more

Aug. 16, 2016: "Rich States, Poor States" Presentation – Traverse City, MI

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Mackinac Center for Public Policy have partnered to bring Jonathan Williams, vice president of the Center for State Fiscal Reform at ALEC and co-author of the 9th Edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index. Mr. Williams will discuss the policy trends over the years that helped Michigan's economy recover and what needs to be done to keep Michigan moving forward.  … more

July 29, 2016: 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 10th Annual Milton Friedman Legacy Day. … more

July 21, 2016: Planning for Life Workshop – Suttons Bay, MI

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

June 28, 2016: Planning for Life Workshop – Grand Rapids, MI

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

June 2, 2016: The Boundaries of Educational Choice: Surveying Michigan's Private School Landscape

Issues and Ideas Forum

Nonpublic schools serve tens of thousands of Michigan elementary and secondary students, yet a clear understanding of the state's diverse private education landscape has been lacking. While most states (including those on our borders) have enacted some kind of publicly funded choice program, Michigan private schools fight in the Legislature for a small share of funding to cover the state’s health and safety mandates. In order to expand choice, Michigan must overcome a stringent constitution, as well as some popular misconceptions about private schools. … more

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

 
 

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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