Getting It!

A terrific editorial from Nolan Finley in the Sunday Detroit News. Entitled "The reason why we're poorer", Finley lays out, as well as we ever have, the connection between education attainment and per capita income. He clearly understands in an…

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What State Government Can’t Do

Insightful column from Nathan Bomey of annarbor.com. It's a reaction to a California venture capitalist's comments that Michigan is  better in supporting innovative businesses than California. Yes you read that right. The case: Michigan state government provides higher subsidies for…

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Higher Education: A Better Idea

Every time the state gets into financial difficulty there are calls for some kind of centralization of the state's higher education system. Led by the business community and editorial writers. It's a bad idea! Hard to figure out since both…

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New High Schools

Our Michigan Future Schools program, proudly announced yesterday grants of $2.8 million to open four innovative new high schools that will challenge and support Detroit students as they prepare them for college and careers. The schools will open to incoming…

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Lessons from Metro Pittsburgh

Many in Michigan seem to believe that the decline of the domestic auto industry and more generally the loss of so many high-wage factory jobs, means that the state will never again be prosperous. We disagree! The best evidence of…

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Choosing a Model for Michigan II

As I wrote in my last post, being a low tax and spending state and/or right to work state has little to do with how well a state's economy performs. But they remain popular "answers" to reviving the Michigan economy.…

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Choosing A Model for Michigan

I started a presentation at the West Michigan Policy Forum with a thought experiment. Which of two state economies would you prefer for Michigan? State A per capita income $43,000, unemployment rate of 6.8%, poverty rate of 9.6% or State…

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Detroit Ain’t Dead

Conventional wisdom here and across the planet is that Detroit is hopeless. Not salvageable. Think again! Take a look at this video from the folks at Palladium Boots. The first part is a must see, if you have the time…

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It’s the Neighborhood

Lots of comments on the Andy Basile email I wrote about in my last post. Most quite positive. A few pushed back. Let me lay out my thoughts on why I thought the email was so important and then give my…

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