Michigan 2019: The State Of The State

Michigan 2019: the state of the state

Terrific assessment of Michigan 2019 by Chad Livengood for Crain's Detroit Business. (I did a podcast with Chad that accompanies the article.) He writes: There are potholes in Michigan — and not just in the roads. Potholes in household income. Potholes in the percentage of working adults. Potholes in student achievement and funding for K-12 schools. And potholes in postsecondary…

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What We  Mean By Career Rock Climbers

What we mean by career rock climbers

Governor Whitmer's first State of the State address marks a major turning point in the state's approach to improving the well being of Michiganders. One now public investment driven. After nearly three decades of disinvesting in education and infrastructure in favor of lower taxes, Governor Whitmer made the case that Michiganders have paid a high price for letting our infrastructure…

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What Should Detroit High Schools Be Doing Differently? We Asked Some Of Their Alumni

What should Detroit high schools be doing differently? We asked some of their alumni

High schools that understand their mission to be the preparation of students who can be successful in any environment they choose after leaving high school--especially in pursuit of a college degree--also understand that they need data on how their alumni do, and what challenges they face. They need to create a feedback loop wherein their alumni let them know how…

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Michigan Is A Low-prosperity State Detailed

Michigan is a low-prosperity state detailed

For the first time ever Michigan is a low-prosperity state with a strong domestic auto industry. The recovery from the Great Recession has produced lots of jobs. Which is good news indeed. But in terms of the economic well-being of Michigan households the news is not as good. From 1929––the year the federal government started calculating per capita income––through 2000…

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Foxconn, General Motors And Business Tax Breaks

Foxconn, General Motors and business tax breaks

First came news about Foxconn not building a 13,000 employee manufacturing plant in Wisconsin. Then the next day came stories that they were going to continue with plans to build the manufacturing facility. Who know what will finally happen. What is clear is that if they build a plant it will not be the one that was promised when Wisconsin…

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