The Competitiveness Case For Higher Michigan Taxes

The competitiveness case for higher Michigan taxes

Dug Song, co-founder and general manager of Duo Security, in an interview with Crain's Detroit Business, makes the case for higher Michigan taxes. Higher Michigan taxes to invest in education and transit. The two assets that Song believes Michigan needs most to be competitive for companies like his. Crain's writes: Top of mind for the 44-year-old entrepreneur: the state's struggling…

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How To Improve Community College Completion Rates

How to improve community college completion rates

By and large across Michigan and the country community college completion rates are quite low. As detailed in Redesigning America's Community Colleges this largely is a result of how community colleges are designed. For ease of access, not completion. Redesigning America's Community Colleges, as we have explored previously, lays out a detailed playbook on how to redesign a community college…

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The Challenges Of Short-term Certificates

The challenges of short-term certificates

This post was originally written for and published by Inside Higher Education. They generously gave us permission to publish the post. It lays out reasons why expanding expanding federal Pell grant funding to obtaining short-term certificates may not be good for either students or community colleges. The same cautions apply to Michigan including short-term credentials in its goal of 60…

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Technology Driving Wages Down In The Hospitality Industry

Technology driving wages down in the hospitality industry

The hospitality industry is characterized by lots of low-wage workers. E. Tammy Kim, in a New York Times column entitled The Gig Economy is Coming For Your Job, writes about how technology is allowing the hospitality industry to use gig workers to increase the number of low-wage workers. She writes: ... The doormen and bellmen who once summoned cabs for…

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The Economy Is Producing Way Too Many Low-wage Jobs

The economy is producing way too many low-wage jobs

Readers of this blog know that at Michigan Future we believe the mission of economic policy should be income based, not employment or economic growth based. The reality is you do not have a good economy––no mater how low the unemployment rate or how high the economic growth rate or stock market––when 43 percent of Michigan households cannot pay for…

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