The failed low tax experiment

Former Governor Granholm commented on my blog on a decade of state spending restraint. (You can find the blog and comment here.) The Governor wrote: ... Of course much of that was due to the changes in the economy, but…

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Triumph of the city: the data

As we explored in my last post, Edward Glaeser in his terrific new book, Triumph of the City, compellingly makes the case that vibrant central cities that anchor big metros are the geographic engines of economic growth across the planet,…

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Triumph of the City

In my post on ineffective green subsidies I featured a column by Harvard's Edward Glaeser. To me the key take away of that column is his claim that: In the long run, America will be richer than China only by…

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Effective, efficient and expensive

The Detroit Regional Chamber featured Geoffrey Canada at the recent Mackinac Policy Conference. A well deserved recognition for the CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone. The organization provides cradle to college services for all, predominantly low-income, children who live in…

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American workers as the priority III

More evidence that American companies are doing well and American workers are not. This time from an insightful study by Andrew Sum and colleagues at the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University. Its title says it all: The “Jobless and…

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The future auto factory?

Two interesting pieces on the future of auto factories. One from Bill Vlasic for the New York Times on the factory that will build the new small Chevy Sonic here in Michigan. The other on the amazing new VW Transparent…

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Explaining Michigan’s lost decade II

Received a thoughtful comment from former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Watkins to my post that Michigan's lost decade can be explained by the fortunes of the domestic auto industry, not state tax and spending policies. Tom's main point…

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