Spartan Podcast Covers Michigan's Economic Future

Michigan State University economist extraordinaire Charles Ballard is out with his book “Michigan’s Economic Future – A New Look.”

Ballard’s accessible, engaging text examines the impact of the trends that have shaped Michigan’s economy, and offers innovative solutions to the current economic crisis. It explores the structure of Michigan’s economy, including its roots in agriculture, the rise and fall of the automotive industry, and the long-term decline of manufacturing.

“Ballard is an excellent writer,” said political commentator Jack Lessenberry. “Any intelligent reader who lives in or cares about Michigan ought to read this book.”

Ballard proposes that investing in education to create a highly skilled workforce can help Michigan’s people to compete in the rapidly evolving global economy. Discussing the state’s transportation infrastructure, environment, public expenditures, and tax system, Ballard describes how changes in attitudes, policies, and political institutions will help to promote economic recovery and growth.

“If we make the tough decisions to invest more in our future I think we can have a very bright future,” Ballard says. “We have tremendous assets in Michigan like all the water that surrounds us. I am hopeful, even optimistic, that in 20 years we will have a growing and vibrant economy in Michigan.”

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