Short vs. Long Term

The new Snyder Administration is going to be under a lot of pressure to do what they can to deliver jobs now. The line will be folks needs jobs now, so that now is not the time to do long…

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Not Anti Manufacturing

What we get criticized for the most is being anti manufacturing. Specifically anti high paid factory work. The jobs that built middle class Michigan. Nothing could be further from the truth. Believe me if there were a way to recreate a…

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More We Ain’t the Worse

It is probably tilting at windmills, but I do want to continue to take on the conventional wisdom here that Michigan is the worst in everything having to do with state taxes, spending and the economy. As I have written…

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What State Government Can’t Do

Insightful column from Nathan Bomey of annarbor.com. It's a reaction to a California venture capitalist's comments that Michigan is  better in supporting innovative businesses than California. Yes you read that right. The case: Michigan state government provides higher subsidies for…

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Choosing A Model for Michigan

I started a presentation at the West Michigan Policy Forum with a thought experiment. Which of two state economies would you prefer for Michigan? State A per capita income $43,000, unemployment rate of 6.8%, poverty rate of 9.6% or State…

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Great Editorials

Two great editorials on our just released report on Michigan's progress to a knowledge-based economy. One from Derek Melot at the Lansing State Journal titled "Will Mich. gain passion for learning?". The other from the Kalamazoo Gazette titled "A tale of…

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Paying Attention to Young Talent

Terrific articles on Sunday in both the Grand Rapids Press and the Kalamazoo Gazette on the importance of young professionals to economic growth. Worth reading! The Press' article is part of their terrific Michigan 10.0 series. That the issue of…

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Mississippi Lessons

Why spend so much time on Mississippi? Because Michigan needs to get on a new path. And one of the ways of identifying that path is to look at states that are doing well now and/or positioned to do well…

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Not Low Business Costs

I finally had the time to take a look at the annual competitiveness report published by Business Leaders for Michigan. The one that gets so much publicity because it shows Michigan has a cost of doing business 4% higher than…

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