Getting Poorer Quick

In each of our annual progress reports Don Grimes and I have predicted that Michigan's per capita income would fall to the mid thirties because per capita income is increasingly correlated with a state's ranking in college attainment. Michigan is…

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Straight Talk on the State Budget

Gary Olson, who is retiring as the head of the Senate Fiscal Agency, has some sound ideas on how to balance the state budget. He laid them out last week as reported by AnnArbor.com. Worth reading. According to the article…

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Short vs. Long Term

The new Snyder Administration is going to be under a lot of pressure to do what they can to deliver jobs now. The line will be folks needs jobs now, so that now is not the time to do long…

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Not Anti Manufacturing

What we get criticized for the most is being anti manufacturing. Specifically anti high paid factory work. The jobs that built middle class Michigan. Nothing could be further from the truth. Believe me if┬áthere were a way to recreate a…

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Politics Vs. Economics

I urge you to read back to back two insightful recent columns on the elections. The first from the New York Times' David Brooks is on the role blue collar households played in the Republican landslide, particularly in the Midwest.…

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Not Factories, Farms and Tourism

The dominant vision of a successful future Michigan continues to be a recreation of our past success. Won't happen! Can't happen! Until we give up on the vision of an economy driven by factories, farms and tourism we are going…

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Global Challenges

As I wrote in my previous posts about the upcoming elections, at the core of our work is the belief that globalization and technology are mega forces, far stronger than politics/policy, that are fundamentally changing our economy now and forever.…

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