Post Pandemic Still Too Many Low-wage Jobs

Post pandemic still too many low-wage jobs

To us the data are clear: Michigan has a two-tier economy. This two-tier economy is prevalent across all of Michigan and across all races and ethnicities. And it predates the pandemic, as evidenced by the Michigan Association of United Ways findings that in Michigan’s strong 2019 economy nearly four in ten Michigan households were unable to pay for basic necessities.…

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Indiana’s Failed Low Tax Economic Strategy

Indiana’s failed low tax economic strategy

A decade ago in a column for Dome we made the case that Indiana's low tax economic strategy was a failure and would continue to fail going forward. We wrote: The Mackinac Center for Public Policy on Monday is hosting an event with Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels as the featured speaker. This is a continuation of a decades-long tradition of…

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Upper Income Households By Education Attainment

Upper income households by education attainment

A new Pew Research Center analysis calculates the proportion of lower income, middle income and upper income households in 1971 and 2021. The headline of the analysis is the shrinking of the American middle class over the last half century. 61 of American households in 1971 were middle income. In 2021 that had declined to 50 percent. The reason for…

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Anthony Carnevale On Why Completing College Matters In Michigan

Anthony Carnevale on why completing college matters in Michigan

We are honored to have the opportunity to publish this column by Anthony P. Carnevale, the director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The economy is changing, but will Michigan change with it? The United States has shifted to a postsecondary economy, in which good jobs are abundant for workers with at least some college education.…

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Brian Calley Makes The Case For EITC Expansion

Brian Calley makes the case for EITC expansion

Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) President and CEO Brian Calley in an interview with the Michigan Association of United Ways made the case for why a big expansion of the state's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is good for Michigan businesses. You can watch the relevant portion of the interview here. Highly recommended. At the core of Calley's case…

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