TEDxDetroit – Turning Keynes On His Head

For a moment, set aside the challenging choices and drama unfolding in Lansing.  The most hopeful news in the state today came from Detroit.    No, I am not talking about the first ever global electric vehicle conference - although that too is hopeful news.  I am talking about the diverse mix of curious people with big ideas that met…

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Retooling Michigan’s Workforce

Lou Glazer moderated a panel on Friday at a Net Impact Conference at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan focused on how we can retool a workforce.   The panelists and the student audience were especially interested in how this relates to Michigan and I wanted to share some of the key highlights from the discussion. ON…

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Public Investments, Part III

So if the prestigious Milliken/Blanchard panel laid out a framework for state policy makers on tax and spending policies that will help grow the Michigan economy, why have their recommendations been ignored? I think there are three main reasons: 1. As we have learned the last several years both raising taxes and cutting spending are hard. They have to be…

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Public Investments, Part II

So if public investments are the key to better position Michigan to prosper in a knowledge-based economy what should policy makers do? The framework for action was spelled out by the Milliken/Blanchard panel in 2007. A group of bi partisan heavyweights convened by Governor Granholm. They wrote a terrific report which the Governor and the legislature – both parties –…

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Public Investments are the Priority

Just back from a week in beautiful – but rainy – northern Michigan. As I was leaving I circulated a terrific column by Rick Haglund (read it here). It once again provides evidence that lower taxes is not a path to economic success. Quite surprising it reports that the Tax Foundation – a conservative think tank – rated Michigan with…

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