ARTICLES

Economic policy’s main goal: boosting household income

April 7, 2017
In the seventh year of a national economic expansion — and an even stronger rebound from near bankruptcy of the domestic auto industry — too many Michigan households are struggling. Read More

Low wages causing the skilled trades shortages?

March 24, 2017
The Grand Rapids Business Journal recently published an op-ed and comment that lays out the two most likely reasons for more demand by employers for skilled trades workers in manufacturing and construction than there are qualified applicants for those jobs. Read More

Tax cuts are not the answer for Michigan’s prosperity

February 3, 2017
For the past five years, Kansas has tried and failed to grow its economy through big tax cuts. Read More

Today’s schooling techniques ‘frozen in time’

January 13, 2017
I recently had a chance to visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum School. Read More

Michigan can’t go back to factory-driven economy

December 9, 2016
In a Business Insider interview, Ohio Gov. John Kasich did something almost no politician does today: He clearly states we can’t go back to a factory-driven economy. Read More

40 Under Forty 2016 class breaking mold

November 11, 2016
Once again, it was my honor to serve as a judge to select the Business Journal’s 40 under Forty Class of 2016. Read More

Better metrics needed to measure student success

October 7, 2016
The results from Michigan’s new, more rigorous standardized test were released recently. Read More

The good, bad and ugly of income inequality

September 2, 2016
Metro Grand Rapids’ economy was in the news twice recently. Read More

Urban experiment taught school sponsors six lessons

July 29, 2016
For the past seven years, Michigan Future has helped launch and support new high schools in the city of Detroit. Read More

Michigan education: Uphill battle for officials, not just students

July 8, 2016
The recently released 2016 Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Michigan 40th in educational achievement in 2016. That’s down from a not-so-good 32nd in 2012. Read More