ARTICLES

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

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