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Rick Haglund

Rick Haglund

Rick Haglund writes the "Micheconomy" column for the Michigan Advance. He's a former reporter and business columnist for Booth Newspapers, now the MLive Media Group, with extensive experience covering Michigan’s economy and the auto industry. He now works as a freelance writer based in Southeast Michigan.

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Rick Haglund: Threats to Michigan’s auto industry aren’t just coming from the South

By: - May 6, 2022

Stunned by Ford Motor Co.’s decision to invest $11.4 billion in electric vehicle assembly and battery plants in Tennessee and Kentucky, Michigan in December created a $1 billion fund to lure new electric vehicle operations to Michigan. An even bigger concern voiced by policymakers and local economic developers was that aggressive southern states were going […]

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Rick Haglund: Whitmer has a strong economy on her side as she seeks reelection

By: - April 20, 2022

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer faces reelection this year during an extraordinary mix of economic, political and social conditions unlike anything most voters have seen in their lifetimes. The environment enveloping the governor’s race has it all: a booming economy, surging inflation, a brutal invasion of Ukraine by Russia that threatens to become World War III, […]

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Rick Haglund: Changing parents’ attitudes about the value of college is key for the economy

By: - April 1, 2022

Central Michigan University has long been known for giving low-income, middle-class and first-generation college students the opportunity to earn a four-year degree and lead a fruitful life. But the Mt. Pleasant university, like many other higher-education institutions across the country, is facing hard times. CMU’s enrollment has fallen a stunning 43% over the past decade, […]

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Rick Haglund: Inflation, war in Ukraine could darken rosy Michigan budget outlook

By: - March 14, 2022

Bob Schneider has worked on Michigan budgets for nearly 30 years, but said he has never seen as much money pour into to state government coffers as in the past couple of years. “These are unprecedented surpluses,” said Schneider, senior research associate for state affairs at the Citizen Research Council of Michigan. “It’s unusual to […]

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Rick Haglund: Electric vehicles could upend auto dealer franchise laws

By: - March 1, 2022

Critical shortages of computer chips used in cars and trucks are fueling a rift between automakers and their dealers, and the divide is likely to grow deeper as automakers make a radical shift to electric vehicles. Michigan will be ground zero in the fight to determine who will sell these cars and trucks. New automakers […]

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Rick Haglund: Intel’s plans for the ‘Silicon Heartland’ in Ohio offer lessons for Michigan

By: - February 13, 2022

It’s not often you see Michigan salute Ohio for a big win, but it happened recently in the competition for economic development. “Congratulations to our Midwest neighbor Ohio for landing an impressive $20 billion investment from Intel for leading-edge chip factories,” Business Leaders for Michigan, a group of CEOs from the state’s largest corporations, said […]

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Rick Haglund: Mich. automakers need more talent to fend off competitors in coming EV era

By: - January 22, 2022

The Motor City’s foundations shook a bit earlier this month when news broke that Japanese automaker Toyota blew by General Motors to become the top-selling manufacturer in the United States last year. It was the first time an auto company not named GM led annual U.S. car and truck sales in 90 years. That a […]

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Rick Haglund: Rising prices aren’t slowing Michigan’s economic recovery. But omicron might.

By: - January 12, 2022

Michigan’s economy is in shambles, the Michigan Republican Party would like you to think. The GOP’s key data point? Detroit-based Little Caesars has raised the price of its $5 Hot-N-Ready pizza by a whopping 55 cents, the first such price increase in 25 years. Michigan GOP spokesman Gustavo Portela blamed the price hike on “[President] […]

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Rick Haglund: Will Michigan’s big tax incentive bet pay off in new auto jobs?

By: - December 19, 2021

Michigan’s new economic development incentives, mostly designed to help Michigan better compete with other states for new electric vehicle assembly and battery plans, remind me of a hilarious scene in the 1996 hit movie, “Jerry McGuire.” McGuire, a sports agent played by Tom Cruise, is desperate to keep pro football client Rod Tidwell, portrayed by […]

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Rick Haglund: Republican Kevin Rinke’s hot rod gubernatorial campaign may not have the juice

By: - December 5, 2021

Kevin Rinke has grabbed my attention like none of the other 11 Republican candidates seeking the governor’s office next year. It’s not because of his qualifications, which I have not been able to discern. And it’s not because of his policy positions, which are pretty much the same culture-war talking points and manufactured issues his […]

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Rick Haglund: When in-demand talent can work from anywhere, what will happen to Michigan?

By: - November 19, 2021

Alarmed that Michigan was losing too many young college graduates to Chicago, New York, San Francisco and other talent magnets, then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm decided to try a new approach to economic development in the early 2000s. She took notice of the radical notion, presented in urbanist Richard Florida’s groundbreaking 2002 book, “The Rise of the […]

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Rick Haglund: After Ford’s investment in Tenn., here’s how Michigan can attract new auto jobs

By: - November 1, 2021

Local economic developers, business leaders and some state lawmakers are freaking out over plans by home team player Ford Motor Co. to make the biggest manufacturing investments in its history in Kentucky and Tennessee. Unless you’ve been locked inside a Tesla with a dead battery for the past month, you’re no doubt aware that Ford […]