Mackinac Center for Public Policy

School Spending and Student Achievement in Michigan: What's the Relationship

Ben DeGrow and Ed Hoang
April 14, 2016

Averaged across the general student population there was no statistically significant correlation between a school's spending levels and its students' academic performance in 27 of the 28 academic

The Effects of Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Law

Paul Kersey
August 27, 2007

Michigan’s prevailing wage law requires that contractors on state-supported construction projects pay union wages.

State Cigarette Smuggling as a Percentage of Total State Cigarette Consumption (Legal and Illegal), 2013

January 14, 2015

This report, part of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Tax Foundation’s annual study of trends in interstate cigarette purchase behavior, lists and updates interstate smuggling rates for al

Unionization for the 21st Century: Solutions for the Ailing Labor Movement

F. Vincent Vernuccio
November 12, 2014

Unions must adapt to survive. The way forward for the labor movement is to inject employee choice and voluntary exchange into their outdated business model.

Criminal Minds: Defining Culpability in Michigan Criminal Law

Michael J. Reitz
December 11, 2013

In this Michigan review of criminal law, Michael Reitz writes that a concept rooted in centuries of American and English legal tradition is that the commission of a crime requires both a wron


Electricity Choice Policies in Michigan: Comment on "Readying Michigan to Make Good Energy Decisions: Electric Choice"

Theodore Bolema
November 4, 2013

In this policy document from Theodore Bolema at Mackinac, he asserts that Michigan once had a very successful electricity choice program.

The Shortage of Generic Sterile Injectable Drugs: Diagnosis and Solutions

June 14, 2012

In this policy brief, John Graham writes that, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the number of times drugs were in short supply almost tripled from 61 in 2005 to 178 in 2010.

An Analysis of the Proposed Medicaid Expansion in Michigan

Dr. Devon Herrick
June 21, 2013

In this policy brief, John Graham contends that Michigan lawmakers are currently deciding whether to expand the state's Medicaid program to cover people newly eligible for federal Medicaid sub

Berrien Springs Public Schools: Reinventing School — Becoming a District of Choices

Michael Van Beek
August 2, 2013

In this latest study from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the report asserts that new "Schools of Innovation" series, we discuss how Berrien Springs school district is reinventing publ

Cigarette Taxes and Smuggling: A Statistical Analysis and Historical Review

December 2, 2008

Between January 2007 and 2009, 21 of the 48 contiguous states — including tobacco state North Carolina — raised their cigarette taxes, producing a total of 27tax hikes.

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