ARTICLES

State’s improvement plan now public-investment driven

March 8, 2019
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first State of the State address marks a major turning point in the state’s approach to improving the well-being of Michiganders. Read More

Attacking poverty key to good-paying jobs for all

February 1, 2019
Wayne County Executive Warren Evans’ column for The PuLSE Institute entitled “Michigan needs long-term poverty policy” is worth reading. Both in its call for making attacking poverty a priority and for taking on the conventional wisdom about the causes of poverty. Read More

A strong economy isn’t necessarily strong for all households

January 11, 2019
Despite warning signs at the end of the year, 2018 was a very good year for Michigan’s and the nation’s economy. Read More

What lessons can Michigan learn from Amazon HQ2 search?

December 7, 2018
As we all now know, Amazon picked New York City and the northern Virginia inner-ring suburbs of Washington D.C. for its HQ2. Read More

What baseball stats can teach us about standardized tests

November 9, 2018
As I was reading Keith Law's book “Smart Baseball,” it struck me that this is why we at Michigan Future Inc. Read More

Data show more education equates to higher wages

October 12, 2018
Michigan’s and metro Grand Rapids’ biggest economic challenge is not enough good-paying jobs. Read More

Fixing Michigan’s roads is not enough

September 21, 2018
If there is one issue that both candidates for governor seem to agree on it is that fixing the roads is a top priority. Read More

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