The Increasing Value Of A Four-year Degree

The increasing value of a four-year degree

We constantly hear that the value of a four-year degree is declining. Somehow conventional wisdom has it that since the end of the Great Recession college graduates are not enjoying the wage premium over those with less education than previous generations. Makes an interesting story. But it is not true! The data are clear: the value of a four-year degree…

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A Capitalist Advocating For Higher Wages

A capitalist advocating for higher wages

Important New York Times op ed by Allstate CEO Tom Wilson entitled Save capitalism by paying people more. What makes this so important is the explicit call from a big company CEO that corporate America needs to pay higher wages. The need for higher wages and benefits is the core of the Michigan Future new state policy agenda. Our recommendations––paraphrasing…

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Michigan Cities Need More Gentrification

Michigan cities need more gentrification

For years I have said that the city of Detroit needs more gentrification and congestion. As most of you would expect, the push-back is immediate and intense. Most folks think of the negative consequences of both and instinctively recoil at having more of the negatives. What people don't think about is that for both gentrification and congestion the positives far…

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Moving Away From Standardized Testing

Moving away from standardized testing

As readers of this bog know we believe Michigan needs to move away from standardized testing. Anytime we make that case, the first question we get is “what is the alternative?” In a column for Bloomberg entitled Testing Craze Is Fading in U.S. Schools. Good. Here’s What’s Next. Andrea Gabor tackles just that question. Before we delve into the alternatives…

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Low-wage Job Concentrations By Michigan Region

Low-wage job concentrations by Michigan region

Michigan's core economic challenge is there are too many low-wage jobs. It is the primary reason for the Michigan Association of United Ways finding that a way too high 43 percent of Michigan households in a strong economy cannot pay for basic necessities. The reality of too many low-pay jobs is true across the state––nationally too. It gets worse the…

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