Skepticism surrounds a recent report from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. that claims its "21st Century Jobs Fund" helped "save or retain" 20,000 jobs in the last five years, according to WOOD-TV8 in Grand Rapids.
Michael LaFaive, director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative, has analyzed MEDC claims of job creation, while one state senator has said the agency's press releases "are an absolute disconnect with reality."
Overall, Michigan's economy is on pace to add jobs for the first time in a decade, according to The Grand Rapids Press, which cited this recent blog post by Fiscal Policy Analyst James Hohman.
On the other side of the state, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press both cite an analysis by David Littmann, senior economist, on the impact of road construction on local businesses.
Worker’s Choice: Freeing Unions and Workers From Forced Representation
How Pensions Are Bankrupting Cities and States and How to Fix It
The Most Important State Election This November: Michigan's Next House Speaker
Petty Restrictions on Tobacco Endanger Respect for Law
Government Held to Different Standard in Environmental Matters