The Growing BA Household Income Premium

The growing BA household income premium

We continue to be constantly barraged with messages that for many not pursuing a four-year degree is the best course of action. Some version of if you don't get a BA in a STEM field you are at high risk of being crushed by student loans and unable to realize the American Dream. It's nonsense! That the conventional wisdom is…

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Marco Rubio And Restoring The American Dream

Marco Rubio and restoring the American Dream

In a previous post we quoted Republican United States Senator Marco Rubio on the need for an American economy that provides more middle class jobs. In an article for the Atlantic Rubio entitled America Needs to Restore Dignity of Work, Rubio writes: There was once a path to a stable and prosperous life in America that has since closed off.…

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Cosmetology Schools And Crushing Student Loans

Cosmetology schools and crushing student loans

I'm sure some of you are asking yourself "what does cosmetology schools have to do with crushing student loans?". The preeminent story––which we are told over and over again by the media and way too many of our business and political leaders––about student loans is that it is students who get four-year degrees in non STEM fields who are being…

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Warren Evans On Attacking Poverty

Warren Evans on attacking poverty

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans' column for The PuLSE Institute entitled Michigan needs long-term poverty policy is worth reading. Both in its call for making attacking poverty a priority and for taking on the conventional wisdom about the causes of poverty. Evans writes: Misconceptions about poverty and the poor continue to nurture flawed policies. The prevalent myth is that jobs…

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A Strong Economy Not Benefiting Far Too Many Michigan Households

A strong economy not benefiting far too many Michigan households

Despite warning signs at the end of the year, 2018 was a very good year for the Michigan and the nation’s economy. But the strong economy––characterized by low unemployment and strong growth––was accompanied by 40 percent of Michigan households not able to pay for basic necessities. A majority of whom have a working adult. This is the new American reality.…

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