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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

Why School Choice Matters

Sandy Smith has firsthand experience with the benefits of school choice when families face tragedy. But state rankings don't always reflect how well schools are working for families. … more

Children Naturally Understand Free Markets

Participants in the 2016 Detroit Children's Business Fair show their grasp on how markets work. Featured are responses to the such thoughts as hoarding profit for personal gain, penalizing those who earn more and regulating private business. … more

For Me, Free Markets

A U.S. graduate student from Russia shares his observations about the rising popularity of socialism in the U.S. among millennials. … more

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