Some 88,000 people left Michigan in 2009, according to The Detroit News, a development that Fiscal Policy Director Mike LaFaive finds troubling.

“We’ve long been mortified at Michigan’s losses,” LaFaive told The News. “Every person who leaves may potentially be the next Berry Gordy or Will Kellogg.”

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LaFaive has done extensive research on the economics of migration, which you can read about here, here and here.