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California’s growth explained

Lets take a look at the details of California’s economic resurgence since the election of Governor Jerry Brown and adoption of a significant tax increase. (Using data compiled by Don Grimes covering the period from June 2011 to June 2014. Governor Brown took office in January 2011 and the tax increase was approved by voters […]


California growing, Kansas not so much

Paul Krugman has done recent New York Times columns on economic growth in California since the election of Governor Jerry Brown and in Kansas since the election of Governor Sam Brownback. The California column entitled “Left Coast Rising” is about the state’s impressive growth since the state raised taxes. In Kansas its the opposite story, […]


Trickle down and the Millennials continued 2

At its core, Thomas Sugrue’s critique of making retaining and attracting young professional a priority really should be aimed at regions and states, not cities. What Sugrue is arguing is that it is not an effective jobs and economic development strategy. City government has very little clout in either. In his Free Press interview Sugrue […]


Michigan Future Schools helps two new high school open in Detroit

Michigan Future Schools (MFS), an initiative of Michigan Future Inc., announced that two new Detroit high schools it has invested in are opening today, joining seven others previously launched with investments from MFS. The two new schools are: Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice Schools for the Future Detroit Detroit Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy […]


Trickle down and the Millennials 2

Thomas Sugrue is the author of the must-read “The Origins of the Urban Crisis”, a history of the deindustrialization of Detroit. He was a  keynote speaker at the last Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Policy Conference. Prior to the speech he did an interview with John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press which was entitled: “Sugrue: […]


A generous safety net helping economic growth

In his last post about our State Policies Matters report, Rick Haglund wrote of the much more generous safety net Minnesota has compared to Michigan. I wrote on the topic in a post entitled “The safety net and employment”. Both of us have noted that Minnesota disproves the all too conventional wisdom that a generours safety […]


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A Tale of Two States: Guest Blogger Rick Haglund’s Final Post

Many states have cut benefits to the poor and unemployed in the belief that these payments dissuade people from looking for paid work. Minnesota takes a different view. It has created one of the strongest safety nets in the country, spending generously on benefits to help those who have lost jobs or been stricken by […]


A Tale of Two States: Welcome Everyone

Many states have “welcome” signs at their borders. Minnesota means it. It’s a state that embraces immigrants, sees same-sex marriage as a civil right and an economic benefit, and recently enacted groundbreaking legislation designed to improve conditions for women in the workplace. Contrast those policies with Michigan, which is fighting to prevent the legalization of […]

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A Tale of Two States: The Road To Prosperity

Michigan residents are clamoring for the Legislature to better fund the state’s crumbling roads, bridges and mass transit. But lawmakers have repeatedly failed to boost taxes that would raise the $1.2 billion more a year that Gov. Rick Snyder has said is necessary to fix the roads. Minnesota years ago developed a comprehensive transportation funding […]