We Need Regional Transit To Grow Our Economy. It Shouldn’t Be That Controversial

We need regional transit to grow our economy. It shouldn’t be that controversial

A few weeks ago, Amazon announced that neither of Michigan’s major metros, Detroit and Grand Rapids, are finalists for the location of HQ2. Lou wrote about why we at Michigan Future were not at all surprised. For years, MFI has advanced an economic development strategy that would lead to a high-prosperity Michigan based on the reality that a talented workforce…

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Republican Governor And Business Community Pushing For Higher Taxes

Republican Governor and business community pushing for higher taxes

You read the headline right. In Oklahoma, not Michigan. NPR, in a story entitled Tax cuts put Oklahoma in a bind, now Gov. Fallin wants to raise taxes, provides an overview of the push to raise taxes in a deeply red state. NPR writes: In her State of the State address Monday, Gov. Mary Fallin expressed the state's frustration. "We have…

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Breaking Down The Student Loan “crisis”

Breaking down the student loan “crisis”

Many believe that we have a student loan “crisis” on our hands. And indeed, the total level of outstanding student loan debt - $1.4 trillion at present – is striking. However, cumulative numbers like this, generally presented as evidence of the “crisis,” actually tell us very little about the actual impact of loans and debt on individual students. In October…

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Needed For All: Education For Losing Job(s)

Needed for all: education for losing job(s)

Must-read Linkedin column by Heather E. McGowan entitled Preparing Students to Lose Their Job. It is the best description I have read on the need to change the mission of education from one that prepares people for a job to one that prepares people for continuous job loss. Largely because of machines increasingly doing the work now done by humans, we are…

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Regional Prosperity Increasingly Linked To Four-year Degrees

Regional prosperity increasingly linked to four-year degrees

In my last post we look at the growing wage premium for those who have a four-year degree or more. Debunking the conventional wisdom that our kids are now better off foregoing a four-year degree to go into the skilled/professional trades. In this post I want to explore the importance of four-year degrees to state and regional prosperity. A core…

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