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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The 3.0 agenda: Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in an interview with NPR laid out the case as well as anyone that vibrant central cities are central to future economic vitality. And that public investments in those central cities is essential to staying competitive.…

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Dumb on transit again

It goes from bad to worse when it comes to transit in metro Detroit. First the city and state walking away from the Woodward light rail, now the city of Troy refusing to take federal funds for a transit center.…

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Effective, efficient and expensive

The Detroit Regional Chamber featured Geoffrey Canada at the recent Mackinac Policy Conference. A well deserved recognition for the CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone. The organization provides cradle to college services for all, predominantly low-income, children who live in…

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Cut and then what?

Insightful Rick Haglund column on AnnArbor.com. He makes the point that after the reset of Michigan state government this year the state faces a fundamental choice in where it goes from here. One path is to do more of what…

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The case for raising taxes II

Terrific Larry Gabriel column in the Metro Times. It is about the causes of Detroit's horrible population decline. Now the 18th largest ┬ácity in the country, down from 4th. As Gabriel points out the problems may be worse in Detroit,…

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