What the Election Can’t Change II

In my last post I laid out the case for globalization and technology being the prime drivers of economic change rather than politics or policy. That no matter who wins this or future elections they cannot change the new reality…

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State Budget Realities

Last week Mitch Bean, the terrific Director of the House Fiscal Agency, did a presentation to our Leadership Council on the state budget. I highly recommend taking a look at in detail. For most readers it will be new news.…

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What the Election Can’t Change

Everyone is expecting a big Republican sweep here and across the country. More than likely a lot will change. And have real impact on people's lives. But what won't is the basic trends in the economy. Neither Ds nor Rs…

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New High School Grants

We are now accepting applications for those interested in starting a new high school opening in the fall of 2012 serving students from the City of Detroit. The details can be found at Michigan Future Schools (MFS). For those of…

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More We Ain’t the Worse

It is probably tilting at windmills, but I do want to continue to take on the conventional wisdom here that Michigan is the worst in everything having to do with state taxes, spending and the economy. As I have written…

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What are we thinking?

Another great New York Times column from Paul Krugman on the importance of infrastructure.  And our current hostility to providing funding for what has always been an important component of the country's economic strategy and success. How we got to…

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Bob Thompson Won

We and the country always frame stories about Detroit as nothing ever goes right. Even when they go right. This has got to stop! The latest example is a spate of stories about k-12 education in the city. All of…

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Videos

A couple of new videos on our work you might want to check out.  The first from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is an interview with me on our New Agenda work. It's a good overview of our take on…

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Getting It!

A terrific editorial from Nolan Finley in the Sunday Detroit News. Entitled "The reason why we're poorer", Finley lays out, as well as we ever have, the connection between education attainment and per capita income. He clearly understands in an…

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