Really Not Picking Winners

Governor Snyder in his State of the State address announced the state would no longer pick winners and losers. The way he proposed to implement that was by expanding eligibility for subsidies from the state's Twenty First Century Jobs Fund…

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Not the South

What is most disturbing about the "we should be like the South" mantra is that, by and large, these are the lowest education attainment states in the country. Most of those who advocate becoming like the South also say that…

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State of the State

Thanks to the folks at Crain's Detroit Business for publishing my reaction to Governor Snyder's first State of the State address. You can find it here. Lots of good ideas/priorities in the speech – some quite courageous – but there…

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High School Struggles

MDRC has done a comprehensive evaluation of New York City’s new small high schools. I think the findings are quite important. Mainly because NYC under Joel Klein – who recently left as school chief – is considered to be the best…

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A list you want to be on

Fascinating article on Yahoo Finance on the states with the highest proportion of households with incomes of $200,000 or more. There are now 4.5 million households in the country who earn more than $200,000, 3.8% of the population. The top…

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Two Steps in the Right Direction

Governor Granholm and the lame duck legislature in December enacted an important change in Michigan transportation policy. They are to be commended. The new policy, which goes by the name complete streets, finally takes away the long standing policy that…

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Not Texas

The state we are probably lectured about the most as a model for how Michigan state government should work like is Texas. The story goes they are a low tax/low spending/weak union state and therefore has a strong economy. Think…

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Shopping for schools

At its core Michigan Future Schools and the broader Excellent Schools Detroit are designed to use the market place to reform schooling for Detroit children. State policy makes markets a viable reform strategy because, by and large, school funding follows…

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Engines of Prosperity?

Quite predictably the release of the 2010 Census was accompanied by a chorus of Michigan needs to be like the South admonitions. It happens with nearly every new release of economic and demographic statistics or rankings. But once again the…

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Politics vs. Economics II

My big picture take on the recent elections: Those doing well in the transition to a knowledge-based economy and minorities voted D. Those doing poorly in the transition and owners and top management of companies voted R. An over simplification…

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