Not Low Business Costs

I finally had the time to take a look at the annual competitiveness report published by Business Leaders for Michigan. The one that gets so much publicity because it shows Michigan has a cost of doing business 4% higher than the national average. Which they argue is what Michigan most needs to fix to grow its economy. Their own report…

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Right Brain Matters

Great column in AnnArbor.com by Tamara Real, the Executive Director of the Arts Alliance in Ann Arbor. Its about the value of arts education. Which as we all know is often first on the chopping block for k-12 schools. More broadly she cites the Right Brain Initiative which makes the case that to be successful we will need both left…

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Not Mississippi II

In my last post I asked the question "do higher growth rates predict that Mississippi will have higher per capita income than Minnesota?" ┬áI picked the two states because the Mackinac Center argues that, due to higher growth rates, Mississippi should be a model for Michigan and we at Michigan Future have argued for Minnesota being a model. Lets look…

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Not Mississippi

In a series of columns the Mackinac Center asserts that Mississippi is a state that Michigan should use as model. One criticized a recent post I wrote in which I restated the core Michigan Future belief that what made Michigan prosperous in the past, won't in the future. We need to get on a new path for Michigan to meet…

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A Tale of Two Economies

Good article (with video interview of George Fulton) by Nathan Bomey at AnnArbor.com. Its called Education Chasm. Its the new reality we all need to adjust too. Using data from a new projection of Washtenaw County by UM's Fulton and Don Grimes, Bomey portrays a county where the knowledge economy is poised for growth as the country comes out of…

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