Which top ten?

Insightful column by Chris Farrell for Bloomberg Businessweek entitled "Innovative States Aren't Low-Tax States". Worth reading! As we did in our last two posts, Farrell looks at the actual performance of the top and bottom states on the Tax Foundation’s 2014…

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New report lessons

Interesting reaction to our new report. Nearly everyone wants to talk about what it means to policy. And yet for Don Grimes and I the important lessons in the report is about the economy, not policy. Policy should be about…

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San Francisco winning

Conventional wisdom is the places with the lowest costs (so-called business friendly) have the best economies. Think again! If that were true New York City--particularly Manhattan--and San Francisco should be collapsing. Instead they are surging. We explored Manhattan's success in…

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Still addicted to tax cuts

In a previous post I explored the nearly two decade bipartisan addiction Michigan policy makers have to cutting taxes. The latest evidence of the continuation of the addiction is the near unanimous vote by both houses of the Michigan legislature…

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Minnesota and Michigan

Not good news for Michigan. The unemployment rate is going up again. Up to 9.0% in August from a post recession low of 8.4% in both April and May 2013. This turn for the worse, comes with the huge Snyder…

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21st Century central cities

In our 2006 A New Agenda for a New Michigan we wrote: "For many Michiganians, vibrant central cities are part of the past. No longer relevant or just something you visit in unique places like Manhattan, Toronto or Chicago. Think…

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Minnesota or Indiana?

I want to update a column I wrote for Dome in November 2011. Entitled "Model state for Michigan's future?" I wrote then: The Mackinac Center for Public Policy on Monday is hosting an event with Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels as…

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Big picture themes

As we start the new year I thought it would be helpful to take a step back from the specifics I normally write about to delineate the themes that these posts are about. For the past several years––no matter who…

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