Category Archives : Michigan Economy

Ideas to Transform the Michigan Economy


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 […]

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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: […]


Lou’s Alma College commencement speech

Lou delivered the commencement address to the 2014 graduates of Alma College. The speech focused on the job market the graduates are likely to face over the course of a forty year career. Making the case that the four year degree the graduates have earned is the most reliable path to a good paying career. […]

Photo Courtesy: Alma College

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The futility of resisting new realities 1

Policy makers on a bi-partisan basis continue to try to recreate the economy of the past. Lets start with the basic facts from our latest report: The New Path to Prosperity: Lessons for Michigan From Two Decades of Economic Change. The chart below summarizes job growth in America from 1990 – 2011. As you can […]


On the wrong track: Michigan education policy

Two new reports make clear again that Michigan is on the wrong track when it comes  to education policy. Both k-12 and higher education. Given the increased alignment between education attainment and state economic prosperity, getting education policy right should be an economic growth priority. As reported by DBusiness a new study from Demos ranks […]


Oh boy we are 43rd

Listening to the press, Lansing elected officials and Michigan business leaders one gets the sense that Michigan has one of––if not the––best state economy. Yes Michigan’s economy is better than it was in the depth of the Great Recession in 2009. And since 2009 on most economic metrics we have grown faster than the country. […]