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New Economic Climate Requires New Responses from Auto Makers

A change in the tax code in favor of savings over consumer spending has hit the U.S. auto industry hard, especially since the economics of the situation mean auto makers should lower prices, something they are loathe to consider.

Let's Take Another Look at Government as an Investor

Economic development schemes promoted by government usually amount to nothing more than thinly disguised subsidies for people with political clout. Flint, Michigan, is a case in point.

The Imminent Demise of Michigan's Private Workers' Compensation Insurance Industry

A recent decision of the Michigan Court of Appeals has placed the survival of the state's private workers' compensation insurance industry in serious danger.

Privatization Works for Social Services Too

In the area of social welfare, government isn't the only game in town. Communities around America are setting good examples for private sector involvement.

Runaway Federal Spending Tramples Michigan Taxpayers

The way to deal with the federal budget deficit is not to raise taxes but to control runaway government spending. One way to do this would be to enact a spending freeze, which could give us a budget surplus in just three years.

Environmental Bond Issue Needs to be Cleaned Up

Michigan leads the nation in tart cherry production. Some producers are lobbying the government to limit future production. Artificial controls on cherry production will retard development of new cherry markets and products essential to the industry's growth.

Privatizing Corrections: An Opportunity for Michigan

Many states and counties around the country have good track records in this area. It's time that Michigan gave it serious consideration.

Product Liability Reform: Better Late Than Never

There is no need for the states to wait for the federal government to act; liability reform is long overdue.

New Directions for Rural Solid Waste Management

The solution when local solid waste disposal systems jam or break down is not necessarily more government, but greater cooperation between homeowners, businesses, private investors and local, county and state governments.

Sales Tax on Services: A Bad Idea

Michigan should learn from Florida's failed 1987 attempt to extend its sales tax to cover services. If done, it would disadvantage small businesses which compete with large firms and boost the state's administrative costs.

Cities Which Choose Death

Cities and towns die, many times, as victims of technological advance and failure to adapt to abrupt change. But other times, they die because they refuse to acknowledge the realities of the marketplace and try to impose prosperity through politics.

Mandatory Benefits Aren't Free

It would be a mistake for Congress to require employers to provide benefits that a tight federal budget won't permit the government to engage in.

The Perils of Predicting

It's no wonder that economists are notoriously inept at predicting the economic future-virtually all the measures commonly used, such as the Index of Leading Economic Indicators, include or exclude factors that skew the results.

A Public Housing Success Story

Cochran Gardens in St. Louis, Missouri, teaches lessons about tenant management and privatization of public housing from which Michigan could learn.