Which top ten?

Insightful column by Chris Farrell for Bloomberg Businessweek entitled "Innovative States Aren't Low-Tax States". Worth reading! As we did in our last two posts, Farrell looks at the actual performance of the top and bottom states on the Tax Foundation’s 2014 State Business Tax Climate Index and adds the top and bottom on the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council Rich States,…

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Lansing State Journal on our new report

The Lansing State Journal provides extensive coverage of our latest report in their Outlook section today. Worth checking out! Included are columns by me and Doug Stites, who just retired from his long-time position as CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works. And there is an editorial on what the findings in the report mean for the future of metro Lansing. The Journal's…

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The right top ten updated

As we explored in our last post being in the top ten in business cost rankings has little or nothing to do with Michigan families ability to pay the bills or save for their kids college or their retirement. (As in the last post this is an update of a post I did nearly a year ago.) Instead of aiming…

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The wrong top ten updated

Nearly a year ago I did what turned out to be one of my most popular posts which looked at how states ranked highly by the Tax Foundation did in terms of economic performance. Its time for an update. Then, as today, being highly ranked in business climate rankings seems increasingly to be the goal/measuring stick of economic policy makers…

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New report lessons II

We have in our last few reports deconstructed per capita income into its components. Doing that has made clear the importance of wages and benefits paid by private sector employers to the future prosperity on the country. We measure that with private sector employment earnings per capita corrected for inflation. Our new report –– The New Path to Prosperity: Lessons…

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