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Anything Michigan does Minnesota does better

September 14, 2018
Over the last eight years, Michigan has experienced a strong recovery from the Great Recession — the headline being 500,000 new jobs. Good news indeed for a state that lost jobs every year during the previous decade. Read More

Economic well-being starts with education

August 3, 2018
The Federal Reserve recently published its “Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2017.” Its data comes from a survey of Americans’ assessments of their economic well-being. Read More

State’s economy leaves too many behind

July 6, 2018
The Michigan Association of United Ways’ ALICE report is the best calculation of the proportion of Michigan households that cannot afford basic necessities. Read More

We would be wise to follow in Minnesota’s footsteps

June 8, 2018
For years, Michigan Future Inc. has used Minnesota as a comparison state because it is the Great Lakes state (taking weather and the excuse that Michigan can’t be like the coasts off the table) that has enjoyed the best economic outcomes, by far. Read More

Good-paying jobs key to Michigan’s success

May 25, 2018
The economic headline this month is the unemployment rate nationally falling below 4 percent for the first time since the turn of the century. Read More

Michigan should follow California’s lead

April 20, 2018
In a recent article, The New York Times reports “BMW and Daimler, Once Rivals, Join Forces to Fend Off Silicon Valley.” Read More

Governor’s vision for students is archaic

April 6, 2018
In Heather E. McGowan’s must-read LinkedIn column “Preparing Students to Lose Their Job,” she calls for a transformation of the mission of education — from one that prepares people for a job to one that prepares people for continuous job loss. Read More

Michigan metros don’t stack up

February 16, 2018
Michigan’s two big metros not being selected as a finalist for the Amazon’s HQ2 should not surprise anyone. Read More

STEM-related degrees aren’t the future

January 12, 2018
Crain's Detroit Business recently reported Gov. Rick Snyder is going to propose making coding a foreign language credit in high schools. Read More

Data show four-year degree is most reliable path to prosperity

December 15, 2017
Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a table showing the national unemployment rate and median earnings from work by education attainment. Read More