Minnesotans Doing Better Than Wisconsinites

Minnesotans doing better than Wisconsinites

Important report from the Economic Policy Institute comparing the economic progress Minnesota and Wisconsin have made since the 2010 election. EPI describes the economic paths the two states have taken this way: Governor Walker and the Wisconsin state legislature have pursued a highly conservative agenda centered on cutting taxes, shrinking government, and weakening unions. In contrast, Minnesota under Governor Dayton…

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Full Employment And Too Many Low Wage Jobs

Full employment and too many low wage jobs

The Atlantic recently explored what the American economy might look like with full employment. Using today's  metro Des Moines as the example. It's a region with very low unemployment and a high employment to population ratio. What is happening in Des Moines is reaffirmation that full employment matters. It tilts the balance of power towards workers in an economy that…

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Those With A Four-year Degree Most Satisfied With Their Education Decisions

Those with a four-year degree most satisfied with their education decisions

The Federal Reserve recently published their Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2017. It reports on the results of a survey of American's assessments of their economic well-being. The report is worth reading. It's a great overview of how well American households are doing economically today. The report finds that 42 percent of American households in a strong economy…

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Another Technologist Moves Away From Recommending STEM

Another technologist moves away from recommending STEM

Vivek Wadhwa is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School and Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering at Silicon Valley. He researches exponentially advancing technologies that are soon going to change our world. And yet he has moved away from recommending STEM as the path to successful careers. In a Washington Post column entitled Why the liberal arts and humanities are…

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Placemaking Lessons From Ford And Minneapolis

Placemaking lessons from Ford and Minneapolis

The New York Times recently wrote about Ford's purchase of the long-abandoned Detroit train station. The article's subtitle is what matters: By renovating a symbol of the city’s decline, the company hopes to create a magnet for the talent needed to prevail in the next automotive era. Ford has learned the lesson that far too many Michigan business leaders and policymakers…

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