Books to Read

I'm often asked to recommend books to read. When it comes to understanding the economy the two books that have helped me the most to understand the nature of the fundamental change we are going through are: The World is…

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Minnesota and Alabama, Part II

I previously wrote about Minnesota and Alabama having virtually the same unemployment rate at the time we published our last report. That had been true from 2006-08. But with the same unemployment rate, Minnesota had per capita income more than…

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Detroit Drives Michigan

The press coverage of the likely change from Detroit Renaissance to Michigan Renaissance included quotes from the organization's leadership that they believed that if you fix Michigan, you fix Detroit. We respectfully disagree! Is it Illinois that is driving the…

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The Need For A New Michigan

Our vision and strategy for growing the Michigan economy is laid out in our New Agenda for A New Michigan report. As I talk to audiences across the state I am constantly reminded that if you don’t understand the need…

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