Guest Column

Opinions and tips from experts within the community.


Michigan's minimum wage and income inequality

July 25, 2014
No matter how you spin, slice, or season the data, it comes out looking the same: Income disparity has grown since the mid-1970s. Read More

Minnesota: A case study of prosperity

July 18, 2014
Michigan Future –– the think tank I lead –– has just released its latest report: “State Policies Matter: How Minnesota’s Tax, Spending and Social Policies Help It Achieve the Best Economy Among Great Lakes States.” Read More

Subleasing has pitfalls for the unwary

July 11, 2014
As the local economy continues to improve, we’re seeing industrial, office and retail spaces being snapped up as soon as they hit the market. Read More

What’s so bad about a minimum wage?

July 4, 2014
From Seattle to Boston, governments are raising minimum wages. The only debate seems to be how high it should go. Read More

FATCA: What you don’t know can be expensive

June 27, 2014
On July 1, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act will go into effect — and West Michigan businesses had better be ready. Read More

MIOSHA celebrates 40 years

June 20, 2014
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the MIOSHA Act. Gov. William Milliken signed the legislation that created the modern MIOSHA program on June 18, 1974, with the program becoming effective in 1975. Read More

New court ruling could enhance ‘right to be forgotten’

June 13, 2014
We may have a right to privacy, but do we have the right to be forgotten? Read More

Michigan needs to cultivate its design side

June 6, 2014
Upjohn Institute economist George Erickcek said in a recent interview, “If you ask me, ‘Do you think a designer is more important than an engineer?' The answer is yes.” Read More

Legislature accelerates road funding package

May 30, 2014
Transportation in Michigan is at a momentous — but potholed — crossroads. Read More

Millennials embrace a multi-modal lifestyle

May 23, 2014
Throughout the 20th century, the automobile was an American icon, a symbol of freedom and mobility. It gave people choices they never had before. Read More