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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The wrong top ten

As we have written frequently being highly ranked in business climate rankings seems increasingly to be the goal/measuring stick of economic policy makers and too many pundits. Rather than having a good economy. Problem is Michiganders can’t pay their bills…

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Going backwards on college attainment

"Too much emphasis on a four-year degree, says Michigan Governor" was the headline of a recent Michigan Radio article. How distressing! The reality is that Michiganders are suffering because not enough of us have four year degrees. Michigan is now…

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Jim Blanchard, taxes and jobs

As many of you know I worked for Governor Blanchard, I thought then – and even more so now – he was real good for the people of Michigan. His administration was about one thing: jobs. His record is exemplary.…

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Choosing to be Mississippi again

Brian Dickerson's Detroit Free Press column "What Rick Snyder wants most of all" column is highly recommended. It raises all the right questions about what direction the Governor wants Michigan to head in. Using the Governor's proposal for another big…

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Snyder on talent

Governor Snyder’s special message on talent is quite remarkable. The fact that there was a special message – reserved for only the state’s top priorities – on talent is noteworthy in and of itself. Believe me talent never before has…

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