Michigan Future

The safety net and employment

Conventional wisdom seems to be that a generous safety net reduces the number of people that work. The thinking goes if you pay people enough not to work, they won't seek and find work. Acting on those beliefs, Michigan, particularly in the last three years, has slashed the state's main safety net programs: cash benefits, food stamps and unemployment insurance.…

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Mayor Heartwell

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell's latest State of the City Address is terrific. Worth reading. It lays out an agenda for making Grand Rapids a place where people from across the planet want to live and work. Its an agenda that other Michigan cities should want to adopt as their own. And the state too. Heartwell begins his agenda with…

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Machines destroying occupations updated

At the core of Michigan Future’s work has been the belief that globalization and technology are mega forces that are and will continue to transform the economy. And that both are more powerful by orders of magnitude than policy or politics. That means, as we explored previously, that more and more work that humans have done in the past––at all…

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Repopulating Detroit as the priority

In an interview with the New York Times, new Detroit mayor Mike Duggan said: “Everything that we are doing, from the time we get up in the morning, we’re thinking about: How are we going to build the city where the population is growing again?” Mr. Duggan said. “And that’s ultimately what’s going to define this: Do more people want to…

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We don’t need to be 49th for another decade

Ron French writes in his terrific Bridge article on projected Michigan job growth from 2013-2023: "Bridge Magazine economic projections paint a Scrooge-like portrait of the state economy over the coming decade. But that’s just one possible future. In the Charles Dickens story, Scrooge is scared enough to change his ways. Is Michigan prepared to change?" Exactly the right conclusion–– Michigan doesn't…

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