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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

Working in Detroit: Paving the Way for New Ventures

It took more than a year but the City of Detroit now allows pedal pubs to live up to their name. Customers are now allowed to drink alcoholic beverages while peddling these unusual pub platforms.  … more

Principles Not Politics

Our national politics are in turmoil but the Mackinac Center for Public Policy will continue to promote policy that improves the lives for all people of Michigan. … more

Working in Detroit: Competitive Advantage

Businesses succeed when they listen to the market and provide customers with an advantage that differs from the competition. The Detroit Institute of Music Education is attempting to do that in the field of higher education. … more

Working in Detroit: Managing Risk

Detroit Bikes is betting on the Detroit name and its history of manufacturing excellence to make its mark in the competitive industry of bicycle manufacturing. Founder Zak Pashak wants to make cycling enjoyable and accessible and is doing it with no special favors from government. … more

Local Taxpayers Speak Out on Pension Underfunding

Jim Riley got his own fiscal house in order so he could retire. Now he wonders why his city government can’t do the same for their employees, and taxpayers who could end with huge bills from the unfunded retirement liabilities. … more

Amiah's Story: How School Choice and a Job Got Her on Track

The right school can turn around a child's life. Amiah came from a broken home, living with a mother who abused drugs. Her grandmother, who helped raise her, died when she was young and after a fight at her traditional public school, she was kicked out. But she found hope. Amiah ended up at Lighthouse Academy, a charter school, which eventually led her to connect with Jobs for Michigan Graduates, a non-profit which connects kids with employment opportunities. Through that, she got a job with a metal factory, enlisted in the Air Force and will be attending college … more

Working in Detroit: American Dream

After moving to the U.S. from Liberia at age 11, Tracy Garley is living the American Dream with her own shop and she thinks there's no better place for success than Detroit. … 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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