Author Archives : Lou Glazer


About Lou Glazer

Lou Glazer is President and co-founder of Michigan Future, Inc., a non-partisan, non-profit organization. Michigan Future’s mission is to be a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world class community in a knowledge-driven economy. Its work is funded by Michigan foundations.


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The good folks at Bridge Magazine published a guest commentary I wrote based on my commencement address at Alma College. (The Bridge column is here and the entire Alma speech here. The article was republished, to my pleasant surprise, by the Detroit Free Press here.) Jim Jacobs, the terrific President of Macomb Community College, in […]


More than a test score

Another great piece from Paul Tough. This time a New York Times magazine article entitled “Who gets to graduate?” Its about what matters most to graduating from college. The answer isn’t your ACT or SAT score. Tough is the author of  two terrific books on education success, particularly by poor kids. Whatever It Takes (about […]

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Michigan and Minnesota taxes

We are working on our next report. A case study of  Minnesota’s economic growth policies. With an emphasis on tax and spending policy. These, of course, are the policy levers widely considered to influence state economic outcomes the most. In doing the work the question arose “how to measure tax burden?” The answer effects the comparison […]

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College pays updated

The Bureau of Labor Statistics each year publishes a chart that details the unemployment rate and median weekly earnings by education attainment for those 25 and older. The data for 2103 is below.      Each time I look at the new data the question that comes to mind is “how can the data be […]


Be like Mississippi

In a recent report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation Michigan has the third-lowest score for the overall well-being of black children, only slightly better than Mississippi and Wisconsin. Horrible! In a Bridge column W.K. Kellogg Foundation CEO La June Montgomery Tabron writes: The study is a wakeup call for us all and should serve as motivation […]


Watch this

This is going to be one of my shortest posts, although it might take the most of your time. Its worth it. Here is the link to a video of a session at the recent Urban Land Institute conference. The session’s title is You get what you pay for. ULI describes the session this way: […]