ARTICLES

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

Low wages are major impediment to labor supply

January 16, 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder has made clear that one of his top priorities is career technical education for the skilled trades, particularly in construction, manufacturing and agriculture. Read More

Unregulated school choice is harming Michigan

December 5, 2014
As I have mentioned previously, Michigan has lousy K-12 student outcomes and is making little — if any — progress. Read More

Low student achievement is recipe for disaster

November 14, 2014
I recently explored how the story line that Michigan is back is not a reality for many Michigan families (Oct. 6 Business Journal, “Report finds ALICE can’t afford to live here anymore”). Read More

Report finds ALICE can't afford to live here anymore

October 3, 2014
Conventional wisdom among Michigan business, political and media elites seems to be that Michigan is back. Read More