Michigan is having the wrong conversation about improving education

January 10, 2020
The think tank I lead, Michigan Future Inc., recently co-sponsored “Outsmarting the Robots: Redesigning education from the classroom to the halls of Lansing” at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Read More

State’s economic policy should involve raising household income

December 13, 2019
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently announced both an expansion of access to food assistance, cash assistance and state emergency relief, and an increase in the number of workers eligible for overtime pay. Read More

There’s nothing useless about liberal arts degrees

November 8, 2019
We are constantly besieged with messaging that a liberal arts degree is useless. Maybe even worse than useless: a path to being a pauper or something close. Read More

Talent attracts capital far more than the reverse

October 11, 2019
The primary lesson Michigan Future has learned can be summed up in three words: talent attracts capital. Read More

Positives of gentrification outweigh the negatives

September 6, 2019
For years, I have said that Michigan cities, including Grand Rapids, need more gentrification and congestion. As most of you would expect, the pushback is immediate and intense. Most folks think of the negative consequences of both and instinctively recoil at having more of the negatives. Read More

We need an alternative to standardized testing

August 16, 2019
Michigan needs to move away from standardized testing. Any time you make that case, the first question is “what is the alternative?” Read More

Searching for economic success

July 5, 2019
In an article for The Atlantic, Seattle entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer writes: “Like many rich Americans, I used to think educational investment could heal the country’s ills — but I was wrong. Read More

The multiplier effect of four-year degrees

June 7, 2019
There recently was a terrific Forbes column by thinkLaw’s Colin Seale titled, “The Equity Problem With Saying 'College Isn't For Everyone,’” in which Seale is exactly right to label four-year degree attainment an equity issue. Read More

Higher education system needs fundamental redesign

May 3, 2019
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, with lots of bi-partisan and business community support, has established the goal of 60% of Michigan adults having a postsecondary credential by 2030. Read More

Michigan has an ALICE problem, and it doesn’t discriminate

March 29, 2019
The Michigan Association of United Ways in “ALICE in Michigan: A Financial Hardship Study” reports that in 2017, 43 percent of Michigan households were unable to pay for necessities. Read More