Michigan Democrats Willing To Pay For Public Investments

Michigan Democrats willing to pay for public investments

We have been critical of Michigan policymakers, including Michigan Democrats, for supporting public investments but not being willing to propose raising taxes to pay for them. (See my post entitled Kansas Rs raise taxes, Michigan Ds MIA.)  No more! Governor Whitmer's budget includes a big increase in the gas tax and a partial rollback of Governor Snyder's huge business tax…

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Extracurriculars As Schooling

Extracurriculars as schooling

Imagine extracurriculars being school. That is the theme of a fascinating and important New York Times column by Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine entitled High School Doesn’t Have to Be Boring. (Mehta is an associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Fine runs a teacher preparation program at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. They are…

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The Economic Well-being Of Michiganders Is Getting Worse: Part 2

The economic well-being of Michiganders is getting worse: Part 2

When broad economic prosperity is your goal--when you want to see all households growing in income and financial stability--what you measure really matters. Michigan Future has put together a very clear set of up-to-date data that paint the picture of Michigan families' economic well-being. It's not pretty. In our first post on this data, I went over four important measures--where…

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The Economic Well-being Of Michiganders Is Getting Worse: Part 1

The economic well-being of Michiganders is getting worse: Part 1

At Michigan Future, our goal is prosperity for all Michigan families. That doesn't mean just a high GDP or low unemployment. We all know there are plenty of jobs that don't pay well, and plenty of people working multiple jobs and barely hanging in there. We put together this set of infographics (you can download the complete set of graphics…

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The Huge BA Earnings Premium For 25-34 Year Olds

The huge BA earnings premium for 25-34 year olds

The story we are told over and over again is for today’s students getting a four-year degree is no longer a good value for many. It may have been for their parents’ generation, but no more. Everything from student loans college graduates can’t afford because of low salaries; to employers getting smart and now hiring for skills, not degrees; to…

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