Minnesota and Michigan

Not good news for Michigan. The unemployment rate is going up again. Up to 9.0% in August from a post recession low of 8.4% in both April and May 2013. This turn for the worse, comes with the huge Snyder…

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21st Century central cities

In our 2006 A New Agenda for a New Michigan we wrote: "For many Michiganians, vibrant central cities are part of the past. No longer relevant or just something you visit in unique places like Manhattan, Toronto or Chicago. Think…

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Minnesota or Indiana?

I want to update a column I wrote for Dome in November 2011. Entitled "Model state for Michigan's future?" I wrote then: The Mackinac Center for Public Policy on Monday is hosting an event with Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels as…

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Quality of place attracts talent

So I was reading, not for work, a New York Times article on the architecture of Columbus, Indiana when I came across this: It was, in fact, J. Irwin Miller, scion of the Irwin-Miller family and arts patron, who transformed Columbus…

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Big picture themes

As we start the new year I thought it would be helpful to take a step back from the specifics I normally write about to delineate the themes that these posts are about. For the past several years––no matter who…

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Ohio

Interesting New York Times Sunday Magazine article on the Ohio economy and politics. The article is primarily about the intersection between the state's economy and the presidential election. What is of more interest to me is three insights about the…

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The 3.0 agenda: three quotes

For my Wayne State speech I used three quotes to introduce our framework for what state and local policy makers and economic development leaders should focus on if they want to recreate  a high prosperity Michigan – a place with…

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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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