21st Century transportation

What concerns me most about Michigan's politics is how much of it, on a bi-partisan basis, seems designed for the 20th Century. We seem to be having a hard time learning what made us prosperous in the past, won't in…

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Choosing a shrinking Michigan middle class

After the 2010 election I was asked by several publications to write about what I expected to happen to state economic policy. My basic answer was that Governor Snyder campaigned on creating Michigan 3.0 (more knowledge-based), but almost all the…

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1.0/2.0 politics in a 3.0 economy

The two terrific articles on manufacturing in America I wrote about in my last post dramatically demonstrate how futile it is to try to recreate a mass middle class in a factory-based economy. Those days are gone. Factory work is…

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Cut and then what?

Insightful Rick Haglund column on AnnArbor.com. He makes the point that after the reset of Michigan state government this year the state faces a fundamental choice in where it goes from here. One path is to do more of what…

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Politics Vs. Economics

I urge you to read back to back two insightful recent columns on the elections. The first from the New York Times' David Brooks is on the role blue collar households played in the Republican landslide, particularly in the Midwest.…

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Quality of Place Matters

Good post on quality of place by Rick Haglund at his web site. Its micheconomy.com Worth checking out regularly. Rick always has an interesting take on what's happening to our state's economy. In this blog Rick writes about the wife…

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Does Economic Development Work?

Interesting article by Rick Haglund in Dome Magazine. Its a brief history of the state's economic development efforts from Milliken to Granholm. What struck me most in reading the article is how little we got for all the time and…

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