More wrong direction k-12 policy

Insightful Stephen Henderson Detroit Free Press editorial entitled: “Snyder hasn't earned more leeway over troubled schools”. Henderson is writing specifically about the Governor’s decision to transfer the state school reform office from the Michigan Department of Education––which he doesn’t control––to…

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Not your father’s middle class

The Upshot section of the New Year Times published a terrific infographic and article on today's middle class jobs compared to those in 1980. Those that pay between $40,000 and $80,000. Both are highly recommended, especially the infographic. The bottom…

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Tuition Too High?

Tuition too high?

MLive reports that Governor Snyder in an Ann Arbor presentation complained about college tuition being too high. The article quotes the Governor: "Tuition has gone up a lot and there are two or three things that we need to do. One…

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Go to college II

At about the same time that Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was saying "Go to college. I can’t be any clearer.", the Grand Rapids Business Journal reported that Governor Snyder at an economic summit he hosted in Grand Rapids said: "Michigan…

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Not time for a celebration

In an editorial entitled Snyder must sell how a 2nd term would overcome shortcomings of his 1st, Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor, wrote: "I think he’s (Governor Snyder) premature in taking victory laps, especially with the unemployment rate…

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San Francisco winning

Conventional wisdom is the places with the lowest costs (so-called business friendly) have the best economies. Think again! If that were true New York City--particularly Manhattan--and San Francisco should be collapsing. Instead they are surging. We explored Manhattan's success in…

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Michigan’s recovery

Good news! The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released revised data on Michigan employment for 2011 and 2012. They show larger job gains than previously reported. For the two years combined Michigan added 160,800 jobs, an increase of 4.2%. After…

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