Column: Real pay data show Trump’s ‘blue collar boom’ is more of a bust for workers, in 3 charts

BY: - February 25, 2020

If you thought workers’ hourly pay was finally rising, think again. At first glance, the latest data – which came out on Feb. 7 – look pretty good. They show nominal hourly earnings rose 3.1% in January from a year earlier. But the operative word here is nominal, which means not adjusted for changes in […]


Column: Whitmer’s new poverty task force gets it right 

BY: - February 14, 2020

As a teacher, I heard a lot of axioms over the years that resonated with me: Students don’t care what you know until they know that you care; The very best teachers never stop learning; The best teachers teach from the heart, not the book. One lesson from a mentor teacher was particularly simple … […]


Rick Haglund: Whitmer should address Michigan worker pay in her State of the State speech

BY: - January 11, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will have plenty of topics to tackle in her second State of the State speech on Jan. 29. We’ll no doubt hear about a new road funding plan after the Republican-controlled Legislature refused to raise even a single penny toward her request for a 45-cent hike in the gas tax last year. […]