A Bold New Michigan Playbook

A bold new Michigan playbook

Wow! Governor Whitmer's first budget is a bold new playbook for improving the quality of life and standard of living of Michiganders. At its core it rejects the notion that the lever that matters most to improving the well being of Michiganders is low taxes. That low taxes––combined with minimal regulation––will attract employers who will provide Michigan workers with the…

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Michigan 2019: The State Of The State

Michigan 2019: the state of the state

Terrific assessment of Michigan 2019 by Chad Livengood for Crain's Detroit Business. (I did a podcast with Chad that accompanies the article.) He writes: There are potholes in Michigan — and not just in the roads. Potholes in household income. Potholes in the percentage of working adults. Potholes in student achievement and funding for K-12 schools. And potholes in postsecondary…

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What We  Mean By Career Rock Climbers

What we mean by career rock climbers

Governor Whitmer's first State of the State address marks a major turning point in the state's approach to improving the well being of Michiganders. One now public investment driven. After nearly three decades of disinvesting in education and infrastructure in favor of lower taxes, Governor Whitmer made the case that Michiganders have paid a high price for letting our infrastructure…

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What Should Detroit High Schools Be Doing Differently? We Asked Some Of Their Alumni

What should Detroit high schools be doing differently? We asked some of their alumni

High schools that understand their mission to be the preparation of students who can be successful in any environment they choose after leaving high school--especially in pursuit of a college degree--also understand that they need data on how their alumni do, and what challenges they face. They need to create a feedback loop wherein their alumni let them know how…

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Michigan Is A Low-prosperity State Detailed

Michigan is a low-prosperity state detailed

For the first time ever Michigan is a low-prosperity state with a strong domestic auto industry. The recovery from the Great Recession has produced lots of jobs. Which is good news indeed. But in terms of the economic well-being of Michigan households the news is not as good. From 1929––the year the federal government started calculating per capita income––through 2000…

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