Column: Invest in talent that drives economic growth

Please follow this link to read the Detroit News editorial that I co authored with Dan Hurley from the Michigan Association of State Universities about Michigan’s need to attract and retain talent in the wake of Amazon eliminating our two largest cities from consideration for their HQ2.

From the report:

“Tax cut fever continues to sweep Lansing. More cuts will mean a “better business climate,” in the old-fashioned way, perhaps winning relatively low-paying jobs that are easily automated. But those tax cuts will not create a “better talent climate” that wins high-paying jobs that benefit all residents.

The alarm is ringing. Will state leaders sleep through it, or wake up and start to invest to create, attract and retain the college graduates that attract high-paying jobs?”

Thanks to the Detroit News for publishing it. Local journalism still matters in 2017, maybe more than ever.