Decline in student testing will be Michigan’s downfall

November 6, 2015
There is lots of new data on student achievement by Michigan K-12 students, and it all comes to a singled conclusion: We are a national laggard. And that includes all kids — not just poor kids, minority kids and urban kids. Read More

Michigan hasn’t adapted to knowledge-based economy

October 9, 2015
Data are now available for 2014 for per capita income and education attainment by state. Read More

Employment earnings are engine of sustainable growth

September 18, 2015
We continue working on our next report: an assessment of the national, Michigan, Metro Detroit and Metro Grand Rapids economies in the fifth year of a national expansion. Read More

Concentrated talent is what matters most

August 14, 2015
University of Michigan economist Don Grimes and I are working on our next report on the Michigan economy. Read More

Michigan needs to focus on high value, not low cost

July 17, 2015
I’m not a big fan of state business rankings. Everyone seems to assume they are a good measure of a state’s economic well-being. They aren’t. Read More

It’s time to make college completion the priority at community colleges

June 5, 2015
I support President Obama’s proposal to make community college tuition free for those students who stay on track academically. Read More

Auto industry no longer can support state’s prosperity

May 1, 2015
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Read More

Education needs to become a top priority

April 10, 2015
I read with dismay a recent Business Journal article entitled “Shrinking number of teachers signals end of a dream career.” Read More

Prosperity is driven by education attainment

March 20, 2015
Business Journal editor Carole Valade titled a recent editorial “Michigan: a state of impoverishment.” Read More

Attracting young talent is a state economic development priority

February 27, 2015
Conventional wisdom is that people follow jobs. Read More