Should the government consider tax and policy innovations to keep people working longer?
The Flint lead crisis has brought attention to the infrastructure problems that exist in Michigan. But just how serious are the problems with our water and sewer systems that lie below our streets?
Since taking office in 2009, President Obama has made shrinking the pay gap between men and women a political priority. Both Democratic candidates for president have also called for an end to the inequality of pay. But, is there a pay gap?
Governor Snyder proposed a financial fix for the Detroit Public School system last summer. The state legislature did nothing. Now with a revised plan for the funding, the legislature has taken up the issue and may provide the last chance for DPS to avoid bankruptcy.
As the economy slowly grows, job requirements will no longer be waived for many food stamp recipients. Some states have begun to require work, or education or training or volunteer benchmarks to qualify. This is a step toward what some have been advocating for years—we must have welfare reform. But with some of the presidential primary candidates raising issues of inequality and higher minimum wages, is there the political will to also tackle the issue of welfare reform on a national scale?
The tragedy in Kalamazoo involving the Uber driver brings the question of Uber front and center and more broadly the huge change in the workforce to the Gig Economy. What is the Gig Economy and how are Uber and other online services changing the economy?
The death of Supreme Court Justice AntoninScalia leaves the Supreme Court with 8 members and may stymie decisions on a host of issues that have long divided the remaining justices, 4-4, into conservative and liberal blocs. What will happen to the cases that have already been argued, but without a final opinion, that are sure to be 4-4? What about the cases that are due to be argued? What are some of these critical cases? Should President Obama nominate a replacement and should the Senate start hearings and potentially even vote on the nominations? What is the “Right Thing to do?”
Governor Snyder unveiled his FY 2017 state budget last week with what he targets as 6 critical investments in 3 general areas. What are the critical investments? Are other important initiatives or investments overlooked? In recent years, the budget has been finalized by June 30th, a nice change from previous administrations when budgets, in many cases, were not finalized until the September 30th deadline for the start of the next fiscal year. What are the chances that the state legislature will agree with the Governor’s proposals or will we be mired in political deadlock? What is the “Right Thing to do?”
Young talent continues to flee Michigan. The state’s Business Roundtable called the ongoing loss of professional talent a serious demographic crisis that threatens economic growth as Michigan’s workforce ages and population growth is stagnant.
About two weeks ago, Paul Krugman, Nobel laureate economist, wrote an article in the NY Times touting the positive economic gains under President Obama and the boom in the number of jobs. President Obama in his State of the Union address also showcased the economy and job market. But is that the whole story?
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