Charles Ballard


Opinion | Fix the damn roads? Sure. But Whitmer can’t control the damn economy.

November 27, 2018 | Charles Ballard, Ronald Fisher

Governors can do a lot to improve Michigan. But their administrations often are defined by economies that are influenced by trends beyond state borders.

Opinion | You’re paying less taxes than you think. And that’s a problem.

September 21, 2018 | Charles Ballard, Sanjay Gupta

We can’t make good policy decisions if the ‘facts’ in our heads are wrong, say two Michigan State University economists.

Only in a fantasy world do tax cuts pay for themselves

June 29, 2017 | Charles Ballard

Michigan need only look to Kansas to see the fallacy of believing that massive tax cuts will lead to an explosion of economic activity.

How much credit (or blame) does Gov. Snyder deserve?

September 4, 2014 | Charles Ballard

How much difference can a governor make to Michigan’s economy? Not as much as pundits and politicians think.

Long summer break kills learning

June 19, 2014 | Charles Ballard

Michigan students enjoy an endless summer, while students in highly educated nations spend 20 days more each year in class.