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Why Trump is Wrong About Trade

There aren’t many policies that get near unanimous support from economists, but free trade is one of them. Despite this, a central theme of the 2016 presidential campaign, heard from both political parties, was that free trade was somehow harmful to the United States and corrective action was needed. Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, makes the case for why President Trump’s assessment of free trade is misguided. … more

From the Model T to Driverless Cars

You may not have seen them on the highway yet, but autonomous vehicles are here. The potential benefits of this and related technologies are immense. But they also present new and unique regulatory and infrastructure challenges for state and local governments. Brent Skorup of the Mercatus Center has written extensively on these issues and lays out the principles and practices policymakers should pursue when determining how to regulate these new technologies. … more

After Obamacare: How Michigan Can Deliver on Patient-Centered Health Care

Obamacare repeal-and-replace is underway, and regardless of whether it passes or fails big, changes are coming for Michigan’s medical services and insurance industry, and the state’s social welfare system, especially Medicaid. … more

The 2017 Detroit Children's Business Fair

Kid business owners talk about their companies and the 2nd annual Detroit Children's Business Fair. … more

Medicaid RX: Improving Care and Saving Money

A non-insurance based health care model called Direct Primary Care is gaining traction in Michigan because it saves money and provides better access to doctors. … more

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

As police departments seek to reduce crime, restore trust in law enforcement and improve the strained relationship between officers and civilians, many have begun shifting to more community-oriented operations. Dr. Frank Straub, former chief of police in Spokane, Washington, and Chief Jeff Hadley, the head of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, discuss new research and practices for law enforcement around the country. … more

Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit

A “bottlenecker” is someone who uses the power of the government to limit competition in the market and artificially boost their own profits. Bottleneckers use a variety of methods to achieve their goals, including tax loopholes, regulations, occupational licensing requirements, minimum wage laws and many more. The end result when these special interest bottleneckers succeed is fewer choices and higher prices for consumers, fewer job opportunities for workers and less innovation throughout the economy. … more

Taxing My Free Speech

Michigan bed and breakfast David Gersenson has asked the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation to help him fight a tax for advertising he doesn't want or need. … more

Michigan's Guild-Ridden Licensing Apparatus

Jarrett Skorup, policy analyst at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, discusses occupational licensure in Michigan. … more

Civil Society: Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program

Not waiting for government to the rescue, a Detroit father has reached out to at-risk youth through the sport of boxing. Today, his enrichment program puts young people on a path to educational success. … more

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There aren’t many policies that get near unanimous support from economists, but free trade is one of them. Despite this, a central theme of the 2016 presidential campaign, heard from both political parties, was that free trade was somehow harmful to the United States and corrective action was needed. Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, makes the case for why President Trump’s assessment of free trade is misguided.

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