Immigration and Economic Growth

Interesting study from the Fiscal Policy Institute on the role of immigrants in growing regional economies. They looked at the nation's twenty five largest metropolitan areas – including metro Detroit – and found that immigration spurs, rather than retards, economic growth. More specifically the growth in the immigration share of the labor force and growth in big metro economies, by…

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Our Politics

Many believe, because of the mess we are in and term limits, that the 2010 elections are particularly pivotal for the state's future. I'm sure I will be writing about the elections regularly in these posts. So I thought it made sense to disclose our political orientation. Several months ago an article in the Muskegon Chronicle called us a left…

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Managing Decline vs. Investing for Growth

SEMCOG – the council of governments in metro Detroit – has just released its 2035 transportation plan. Paul Tait, its excellent Executive Director, notes that one of the common concerns he runs into is folks – including policy makers – who wonder why we are working on long range plans, when we have an immediate crisis to deal with. Good…

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Lessons Learned by the Freep

A terrific recent editorial in the Detroit Free Press. Its their summary of what they learned matters most from their series on the collapse of the domestic auto industry. The editorial's subtitle says it all. Rx for recovery: A new commitment to education. The world has changed. As we say repeatedly, what made us prosperous in the past, won't in…

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Families

The current issue of Dome magazine has an article from the folks at Gongwer about the just enacted education reform legislation. It ends with comments about how the real problem with student achievement is families. Kids coming to school not ready to learn. Its an important part of the case that many make that "those" kids can't learn. Its not…

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