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A Tale of Two States: Shareable Graphics for Michigan Future’s Latest Report 2

Michigan Future’s latest report looks at Minnesota, the most prosperous state in the region with the lowest unemployment rate, and the public policies that have helped it achieve that status. Below we will release shareable graphics that demonstrate some of the staggering data uncovered in the report. Follow the links below to download the graphics to share on […]

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State Policies Matter: How Minnesota’s tax, spending and social policies help it achieve the best economy among the Great Lakes states. 4

Michigan Future’s latest report looks at Minnesota, the most prosperous state in the region with the lowest unemployment rate, and the public policies that have helped it achieve that status. Michigan Future has long argued that our state should want a high income, low unemployment economy that looks like Minnesota. Now we know how policymakers […]


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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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The New Path to Prosperity: Lessons for Michigan From Two Decades of Economic Change

Michigan Future’s 2013 report examining how Michigan can return to prosperity reviews the changing patterns of employment and private sector income from 1990 to 2011 in the United States, Michigan and Minnesota. The lesson Michigan needs to learn is clear: The places that are doing best today and almost certainly will do the best in the […]