Mississippi Lessons

Why spend so much time on Mississippi? Because Michigan needs to get on a new path. And one of the ways of identifying that path is to look at states that are doing well now and/or positioned to do well…

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Not Mississippi III

In a recent post the Mackinac Center argues that Mississippi should be a model for Michigan because it has a high per capita income growth rate. They specifically cite its performance over the most recent five years (2003-2008). Over that…

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Not Mississippi II

In my last post I asked the question "do higher growth rates predict that Mississippi will have higher per capita income than Minnesota?"  I picked the two states because the Mackinac Center argues that, due to higher growth rates, Mississippi…

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Not Mississippi

In a series of columns the Mackinac Center asserts that Mississippi is a state that Michigan should use as model. One criticized a recent post I wrote in which I restated the core Michigan Future belief that what made Michigan…

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What State Do We Want to Be Like?

One of the key questions I think we should ask every 2010 candidate is "if your economic development strategy works, what state would Michigan look like?" We need to know what kind of future economy they envision for the state.…

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