A roadmap for supporting higher education

We have long argued that the state needs to reverse recent trends of under-investing in colleges, universities and community colleges. Michigan spent decades building a world-class systems of higher education.  The system is arguably the most import asset the state…

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Pessimistic non college educated whites

Ron Brownstein has a really insightful article on Yahoo! News entitled Why the white working class is alienated, pessimistic. Brownstein reports on a new survey by Pew Charitable Trusts' Economic Mobility Project. What the research found is that non college educated…

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Business following talent

Fascinating New York Times article on UBS entitled Regretting Move, Bank May Return to Manhattan. Its about UBS  considering moving back to Manhattan because they can't attract talent to their huge suburban Connecticut trading operations. As the Times writes: ...UBS…

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Quality of place in the news

All of a sudden a lot of media reports on the importance of creating quality of place – particularly vibrant central cities – in growing the Michigan economy. Hopefully this media attention is a harbinger of policy maker attention. Because…

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