Good Stuff from the GR Press

Two excellent opinion pieces this week from the Grand Rapids Press. One on college attainment being the key to economic growth, the other on low taxes not being the answer. Both worth reading. The editorial on college attainment has some encouraging news. Four-year degree attainment is up twenty one percent at Michigan's public universities since 1999. And graduation rates are…

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Innovation is the Key

A recent David Brooks column in the New York Times lays out an innovation agenda. Its worth reading. Its based on a report from President Obama's National Economic Council. At the core the strategy is based on a belief that its innovation that will be the driver of future economic prosperity in America. Brooks argues that rather than the pessimism…

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What to do with Failing Schools

Good article in the current issue of Education Next. Its called the Turnaround Fallacy. The author, Andy Smarick, argues that there really is no good evidence across the country that we know how to turn around schools that chronically produced low student achievement. Are there schools that have been turned around: moved from low to better student achievement? Yes. But…

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The Myth of Michigan Big Government II

Quite frankly I was surprised at the data in my last blog about the big disparity in public sector employment in Michigan this decade compared to the nation. Nationally public sector employment up around six percent, in Michigan down six percent from 2001-08. If Michigan had mirrored the country we would have gained 40,000 jobs,rather than losing 37,000. That means…

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The Myth of Big Government Michigan

A common story about Michigan's economic woes is that we have a big and growing public sector that is discouraging/preventing private sector growth. Think again! In the new work by UM economist George Fulton and Don Grimes is a comparison of government job growth in Michigan compared to the US from 2001-2008. (The statistics are for public sector employment at…

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