Factory jobs II

As we explored in my last post, factory jobs are a declining component of the American economy. That is an irreversible reality. The question is "how do we square that reality with the constant drumbeat from manufacturers and their policy…

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Factory jobs

Both President Obama in his State of the Union address and Governor Snyder in his State of the State speech identified manufacturing as a key component of their economic growth strategy. Unfortunately, almost certainly, if the goal is more and…

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Education for the economy of the future

As I have written previously we need an education system that prepares students for the economy they will live in, not the economy that their parents and grandparents experienced. Unfortunately increasingly education policy is moving towards the economy of the…

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Bipartisan addiction to tax cuts

I have written previously that the state budget policy on a bipartisan basis for two decades has made tax cuts, corrections and health care the priorities. Which by necessity –– or as Bill Clinton says math –– has meant that…

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grbj.com

I have agreed to write a monthly blog for the online edition of the Grand Rapids Business Journal. I'm excited about the opportunity. You can find my initial post here. The topics will be the same as I write about here.…

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Michigan’s recovery

Good news! The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released revised data on Michigan employment for 2011 and 2012. They show larger job gains than previously reported. For the two years combined Michigan added 160,800 jobs, an increase of 4.2%. After…

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Health care jobs

Catherine Rampell in a New York Times Economix blog entitled Health Care Aside, Fewer Jobs Than in 2000 makes the case that other than health care the American economy has not added jobs for more than a decade. Pretty amazing…

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