The Business Case For A Big Earned Income Tax Credit Expansion

The business case for a big Earned Income Tax Credit expansion

We have proposed a big Earned Income Tax Credit expansion. Increasing the current state match from six percent to 60 of the federal credit. Doing so would increase the average state credit from $150 to $1,500. To us it is clear, as evidenced by nearly four in ten Michigan households unable to pay for basic necessities in our robust 2019…

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The Urgency Of Imagination For Schooling Redesign

The urgency of imagination for schooling redesign

Success in today’s and tomorrow’s economy is largely dependent on having a set of skills that are critical in today’s workplace. At Michigan Future, we’ve been using a framework articulated by learning scientists Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Golinkoff for these skills, which they define as: collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence (the "six Cs"). There are other…

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How Better Measures Would Leave No Doubt About The Need For School Redesign

How better measures would leave no doubt about the need for school redesign

At Michigan Future, there is a core assumption that underlies our approach to changing our state for the better, and today I want to reflect on how this assumption is relevant to our work in education. That assumption is the belief—based on countless observations—that what we measure matters. When you (whether a person, an organization, a community, a state) define…

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What I Want For Michigan’s Children

What I want for Michigan’s children

After a number of years, I’m preparing to step away from my work at Michigan Future at the end of this month. I am offering a series of reflections on education in Michigan from my years of work understanding what the future, and the present, will demand of our children. While there have been many others, my most critical learning…

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Everything Is Not Fine.

Everything is Not Fine.

At Michigan Future, we believe that there are structural issues in our economy that will take bold and transformative action to remedy. It is time for Michigan to step up with a large expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit.
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