Guest Column

Opinions and tips from experts within the community.


Employment earnings are engine of sustainable growth

September 18, 2015
We continue working on our next report: an assessment of the national, Michigan, Metro Detroit and Metro Grand Rapids economies in the fifth year of a national expansion. Read More

New electric rates should be good for business

September 11, 2015
My company, Consumers Energy, has deep roots in Michigan. Read More

What will be written about U.S. in summer of ’55?

September 4, 2015
Please fire the speechwriter whose candidate states, “This is the most critical election of a lifetime.” Read More

Energy policy can drive local investment and reduce pollution

August 28, 2015
As a Michigan craft brewer, Brewery Vivant is fortunate so many beer fans support our growing industry and the hardworking men and women who help make our state a leader in craft beer. Read More

American politics at its best — and worst

August 21, 2015
Watching the 120 candidates for the Republican nomination for president, I am reminded of the running joke I heard as a Senate staffer: “When looking into the mirror every morning, what does every Senator say to himself?” The answer: “Good morning, Mr. President.” Read More

Concentrated talent is what matters most

August 14, 2015
University of Michigan economist Don Grimes and I are working on our next report on the Michigan economy. Read More

State leaders should reject EPA’s carbon rule

August 7, 2015
The federal government is poised to stick Michigan families with higher energy costs and diminished living standards, unless state legislators act now to resist. Read More

Your story is a box of crayons

July 31, 2015
Let’s talk about your story — the story of your organization and what communications pieces you use to color the picture of who you are and the “why” behind what you do. Read More

Lawmakers need to come together to fix roads

July 24, 2015
We have been spinning our wheels on road funding in Michigan for years. Read More

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