Michigan And Minnesota Taxes

Michigan and Minnesota taxes

We are working on our next report. A case study of  Minnesota's economic growth policies. With an emphasis on tax and spending policy. These, of course, are the policy levers widely considered to influence state economic outcomes the most. In doing…

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Watch this

This is going to be one of my shortest posts, although it might take the most of your time. Its worth it. Here is the link to a video of a session at the recent Urban Land Institute conference. The…

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Welcoming matters

Terrific Bridge article by Chris Andrews on the importance of being welcoming. Highly recommended! Its entitled "Are Michigan’s restrictions on gay and abortion rights holding state back?" Andrews writes:  "A number of experts on economic and community development say Michigan…

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Minnesota and Wisconsin

Interesting New York Times column on the recent economic fortunes of Minnesota and Wisconsin. And the correlation between that and the policies pursued by their Governors the past three years: Minnesota's progressive Mark Dayton and Wisconsin's conservative Scott Walker. The…

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Which top ten?

Insightful column by Chris Farrell for Bloomberg Businessweek entitled "Innovative States Aren't Low-Tax States". Worth reading! As we did in our last two posts, Farrell looks at the actual performance of the top and bottom states on the Tax Foundation’s 2014…

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New report lessons

Interesting reaction to our new report. Nearly everyone wants to talk about what it means to policy. And yet for Don Grimes and I the important lessons in the report is about the economy, not policy. Policy should be about…

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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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Still addicted to tax cuts

In a previous post I explored the nearly two decade bipartisan addiction Michigan policy makers have to cutting taxes. The latest evidence of the continuation of the addiction is the near unanimous vote by both houses of the Michigan legislature…

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