Crime is just one of many factors that impair a city’s ability to attract economic development, a Mackinac Center analyst told The Saginaw News recently after the city of Saginaw was named as the most dangerous place for women in the country.

“If we want more business activity in the city, we have to avoid raising the cost of living and working in the area,” said Michael LaFaive, director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative. “Having high crime rates or even the reputation of high crime raises the cost of living and doing business in Saginaw.”

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