Items Tagged with 'michigan'


Michigan: a laggard, not a leader

April 11, 2014
Listening to the press, elected officials in Lansing and Michigan business leaders, one gets the sense that Michigan has one of — if not the — best state economies. Read More

Made in Michigan proposal could save breweries money

Tax credit designed to strengthen connections with local farms.

February 14, 2014
LANSING — Let the Germans make our beer? Michigan legislators say “no thanks” with a proposal to support the state’s own talented brewers. Read More

Michigan cities brace for a changing climate

Grand Rapids is three years into a five-year plan.

LANSING — Some Michigan cities are bracing for a climate change. Read More

Central cities are winning the attraction battle

February 7, 2014
A central theme of our work is that the most prosperous places are big metros with a vibrant central city. Read More

Snyder blazes a trail toward effective immigration reform

January 17, 2014
Gov. Rick Snyder has been clear in his support of new immigration policies since his first State of the State message, and in the face of continued gridlock at the federal level for immigration reform, last week described a path around that gridlock in creation of a new Office for New Americans. It has become “Snyder style:” where one road is blocked he forges a new path to the goal. Read More

The not-so-simple world of the nonprofit sector

January 17, 2014
My career has been spent in the nonprofit sector and I've heard dozens of comments that marginalize the work that we do. Over the years people have said things like this to me: Read More

Michigan’s job gap of 384,000 does not bode well for future

January 3, 2014
This year, of course, is an election year. We will be inundated from both sides on how well the Michigan economy has performed since the last election. Read More

Eight Michigan companies receive perfect scores

Corporate support for LGBT equality on the upswing.

December 20, 2013
While Michigan remains a state that does not include sexual orientation or gender identity in its nondiscrimination law — the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act, some of the state’s top employers have enacted their own nondiscrimination policies and have been very outspoken about their commitment to LGBT equality in the workplace and beyond. Read More

Street Talk: We don't like anybody and the economy stinks

Road rage.

December 6, 2013
President Barack Obama’s approval rating in Michigan sagged to its lowest point in three years in the wake of this fall’s sequestration and glitches with the health care reform rollout. Read More

Michigan needs to learn a lesson about prosperity

November 22, 2013
Michigan Future’s new report, “The New Path to Prosperity: Lessons for Michigan From Two Decades of Economic Change,” is about how the American economy has been transformed from 1990-2011 — largely, we believe, due to globalization and technology. And how Michigan and Minnesota (the Great Lakes region’s most prosperous state) have fared compared to the nation over those two decades. Read More