ARTICLES

Soft skills key to securing good living without degree

October 20, 2017
The foundation skills for a successful, good-paying career for those without a four-year degree are not primarily occupation-specific skills. Read More

Are jobs in skilled/professional trades attractive enough?

September 8, 2017
Conventional wisdom is one of the main culprits in the so-called skill shortage is that all Michigan kids are being pushed to get a four-year degree. Read More

Vibrant central cities, universities key to attracting and retaining talent

August 25, 2017
Pittsburgh is viewed by many as Exhibit A for how so-called Rust Belt regions can return to prosperity. Read More

USDOL data shows four-year degrees are where the money is

July 14, 2017
We hear a lot about the abundance of good-paying jobs that don’t require a four-year degree. Read More

A four-pronged approach to economic well-being in Michigan

June 16, 2017
It was an honor to serve as a member of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Building the 21st Century Economy Commission. Read More

Work to reverse the Great Decoupling

The need for Michigan to adopt a new economic agenda is clear.

May 5, 2017
The need for Michigan to adopt a new economic agenda is clear. Read More

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