From factories to knowledge-based III

Lets complete our exploration of the changing structure of the American economy with a look at the Great Lakes State which is doing best on the "more and better jobs" goal that Governor Snyder has set: Minnesota. The different path…

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Another irrelevant business ranking

Interesting Peter Luke column for Bridge on the conundrum of Michigan, despite enacting two big business tax cuts and right to work legislation, ranking near the bottom in a survey of more than 700 corporate CEOs according to Chief Executive…

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Competing like the Tigers

Theme: The places with the greatest concentration of talent win Among all the disappointing actions taken by Michigan policy makers the past two years––particularly in December––the most disturbing is explicitly positioning Michigan to compete with Indiana. As we and many others…

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Notre Dame and USC

Before the college football season began the University of Southern California was ranked #1, Notre Dame unranked. As the college football season draws to a close Notre Dame is ranked #1 and USC unranked. So much for the experts being…

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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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Choosing a Model for Michigan II

As I wrote in my last post, being a low tax and spending state and/or right to work state has little to do with how well a state's economy performs. But they remain popular "answers" to reviving the Michigan economy.…

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Choosing A Model for Michigan

I started a presentation at the West Michigan Policy Forum with a thought experiment. Which of two state economies would you prefer for Michigan? State A per capita income $43,000, unemployment rate of 6.8%, poverty rate of 9.6% or State…

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The Real Minnesota Story

High praise for LivingstonDaily.com for a story destroying the claim by a Republican State Senate candidate that Minnesota is a low tax state.  Finally someone in the media is willing to check the facts on all the claims that low…

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