Do Green Subsidies Work?

I read with interest a recent article from MLive.com on Evergreen Solar. It is closing a solar panel manufacturing plant in Massachusetts and moving the jobs to China. It was in MLive because the company got subsides from the state…

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Not Anti Manufacturing

What we get criticized for the most is being anti manufacturing. Specifically anti high paid factory work. The jobs that built middle class Michigan. Nothing could be further from the truth. Believe me if there were a way to recreate a…

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Politics Vs. Economics

I urge you to read back to back two insightful recent columns on the elections. The first from the New York Times' David Brooks is on the role blue collar households played in the Republican landslide, particularly in the Midwest.…

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Men Declining?

Provocative and important cover story in the current issue of the the Atlantic. It's entitled The End of Men? Clearly exaggerated, but the main point of the article that men are having a harder time than women making the transition…

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The New Face of Economic Growth

Don Grimes and I are working on the latest update of the Michigan's Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy report. It will be out in May. It will once again tell the story that Michigan's decline compared to the nation is…

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The Need For A New Michigan

Our vision and strategy for growing the Michigan economy is laid out in our New Agenda for A New Michigan report. As I talk to audiences across the state I am constantly reminded that if you don’t understand the need…

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