A budget to grow the Michigan economy

Governor Snyder will unveil his budget tomorrow. It will set the direction of state policy for years to come. The public conversation about his proposals will be about balancing the budget – eliminating a General Fund deficit of something like…

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Not Texas

The state we are probably lectured about the most as a model for how Michigan state government should work like is Texas. The story goes they are a low tax/low spending/weak union state and therefore has a strong economy. Think…

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Choosing a Model for Michigan II

As I wrote in my last post, being a low tax and spending state and/or right to work state has little to do with how well a state's economy performs. But they remain popular "answers" to reviving the Michigan economy.…

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Michigan Ain’t the Worse

Came back from this year's Detroit Regional Chamber's terrific Mackinac Policy Conference with one big take away: next year's conference should be about what is right with Michigan. Folks are so down on Michigan. The public conversation is that we…

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