Mackinac Center for Public Policy

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About Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Mission Statement

We enhance quality of life in Michigan by developing free-market policies, challenging government overreach, and fostering a climate of public opinion that encourages policymakers to act in the public interest.


The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Michigan citizens by promoting sound solutions to state and local policy questions. The Mackinac Center assists policy makers, scholars, business people, the media and the public by providing objective analysis of Michigan issues. The goal of all Center reports, commentaries and educational programs is to equip Michigan citizens and other decision makers to better evaluate policy options.

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2013 Roe Award presented to Joe Lehman (president); 1998 Roe Award presented to Joseph Overton; 1996 Roe Award presented to Lawrence Reed

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