The Limits of State Policy

Hal Wolman, formerly of Wayne State, now at George Washington, was in town this week. He is working on a national project to try to figure out what characterizes resilient regions – those that recover from big economic shocks. I participated in a meeting he convened of a small group of "old hands" on the Michigan economy. Most of us…

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No Time to Backtrack on High School Standards

Amber Arellano's Detroit News editorial on high school standards is highly recommended. (Get it here.) As she argues reducing the standards, particularly in math, – as many educators are pushing for – would be a big mistake. The new graduation standards are one of the few accomplishments of Lansing policy makers in the last decade that is connected to building…

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Books to Read II

More book recommendations. As you know we have concluded that retaining and attracting talent – particularly young college graduates – is one of the keys to growing the Michigan economy. Two books cover the topic best: Who's Your City by Richard Florida. We believe that human capitol is now the driver of the economy. Florida understood this earlier than most.…

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Higher Education Is A Priority

Lansing State Journal - Michigan Must Ready Itself for Jobs Recently the Lansing State Journal ran a terrific editorial about the future of the mid Michigan economy. You can find it as an attachment below. Its message is applicable to the entire state. Its quite simple: job growth and particularly good-paying jobs from today forward are increasingly knowledge-based. They site…

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The Higher Ed Challenge

We believe Michigan's higher education system is one of our best assets for rebuilding a prosperous Michigan. Its kind of hard to imagine how we could build in the last century one of the best public higher ed systems on the planet, and then when it matters most disinvest in it. Not smart! But higher education – nationally – faces…

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