Governor Whitmer Focuses On Reducing ALICE

Governor Whitmer focuses on reducing ALICE

Governor Whitmer framed her announcements of expanding access to food assistance, cash assistance and State Emergency Relief and to increase the number of workers eligible for overtime pay in terms of helping Michigan’s ALICE households. This is exactly the approach to economic policy that Michigan most needs now. One that is focused on raising household income for all. The simple…

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The Nature Of Work Today And Tomorrow

The nature of work today and tomorrow

I recently gave a speech at the Michigan Works Annual Conference on the future of work. It explores how the nature of work is likely to change largely because of automation. You can read the speech here. The speech does not predict a looming apocalypse. With not enough jobs for those who want and need to work. We don't believe…

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A Liberal Arts Degree Leads To A Good-paying Career

A liberal arts degree leads to a good-paying career

We are constantly besieged with messaging that a liberal arts degree is useless. Maybe even worse than useless: a path to being a pauper or something close. Stuck in low-paying work that leaves you unable to pay off the loans and earn enough to buy a house and raise a family. Think again! In a New York Times column, entitled…

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Young Professionals Concentrating In Big Cities

Young professionals concentrating in big cities

More than a decade ago we identified four common characteristics of high-prosperity non-energy-driven states: Over concentrated in knowledge-based services which are the sectors of the economy both growing and high wageHigh proportion of adults with a four-year degree or moreEven higher college attainment in the state's big metro(s)In those big metros a high proportion of adults with a four-year degree…

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The Myth Of Six-figure Welders

The myth of six-figure welders

We first wrote about welders in 2013. Its a topic we keep coming back to, most recently in a 2018 post entitled What skilled trades job actually pay. The reason why we keep writing about welders is they have become Exhibit One for the case why others' kids don't need to get a four-year degree to have a good-paying career.…

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