Minnesota #1

CNBC ranked Minnesota the best state to do business in. Pretty surprising. Good economy? Yes. Good place to do business? Conventional wisdom is no. We have long used Minnesota as our model state. Because it has the best economic outcomes…

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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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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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A relevant state ranking

We have written previously about how irrelevant state business climate rankings are to whether or not a state's residents are doing well economically. Here about the recent CEOs ranking according to Chief Executive Magazine. And here about the widely publicized…

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The right top 10

As we explored in our last post being in the top 10 in business cost rankings has little or nothing to do with Michigan families ability to pay the bills or save for their kids college or their retirement. Instead…

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The wrong top ten

As we have written frequently being highly ranked in business climate rankings seems increasingly to be the goal/measuring stick of economic policy makers and too many pundits. Rather than having a good economy. Problem is Michiganders can’t pay their bills…

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