Questions for 2010

In my last post I recommended that we ask 2010 candidates "what state would Michigan look like if your economic development strategies worked?" The other key question I would ask is "what does Michigan need to look like for your kids (or grand kids) to want to live here?" Nearly all will be or are college graduates. Where they decide…

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What State Do We Want to Be Like?

One of the key questions I think we should ask every 2010 candidate is "if your economic development strategy works, what state would Michigan look like?" We need to know what kind of future economy they envision for the state. Turns out to be a hard question to answer for candidates of both parties. The Democrats largely want to recreate…

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the Myth of Michigan Big Government III

In preparing for a presentation to the Michigan Society of Association Executives I took a look at what has happened to state taxes and spending this decade. Boy is convention wisdom wrong! To listen to the chatter from Lansing, despite an economic collapse, state government continues unrestrained taxing and spending. Many make the case if we had been restrained our…

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Bissell, Part II

Nancy Crawley quotes Upjohn Institute economist George Erickcek in her column on Bissell. George, who is one of the best thinkers I know on economic development policy, says in the column "I for one am not willing, without a stronger fight, to say production simply can't be here.... To say simply we give up, we'll just keep the intellectual capital,…

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Bissell

Good Nancy Crawley column in the Grand Rapids Press on the fortunes on Bissell – the vacuum cleaner company in West Michigan. Crawley argues that they are a model for manufacturers succeeding in Michigan, rather than abandoning the state. I couldn't agree more. Its a Michigan example of the Apple model I wrote about in a recent blog. High value…

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