Lou Glazer

Lou Glazer is president and co-founder of Michigan Future, Inc., a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on helping Michigan succeed in a knowledge-driven economy. Its work is funded by Michigan foundations.


Opinion | Why Michigan’s economic ‘good times’ aren’t that good, in 11 slides

April 9, 2019 | Lou Glazer

Yes, unemployment is low. But so is income. Michigan has become a low-prosperity state.

Opinion | 5 lessons Michigan cities can learn from the Twin Cities

May 22, 2018 | Lou Glazer

Metro Minneapolis is one of the most liveable regions in the country. It didn’t happen overnight.

Tax cuts over college grads ‒ no wonder Michigan struggles

January 25, 2018 | Lou Glazer

The most successful U.S. states are not characterized by low taxes, but by high levels of college graduates in the knowledge economy.

Public investment is vital to Michigan. Low taxes don’t boost incomes.

September 7, 2017 | Lou Glazer

The state needs more revenue to make investments necessary to attract good-paying jobs and train workforce.

A modest proposal: Michigan’s economic policies should focus on increasing incomes for all

August 22, 2017 | Lou Glazer

State should invest in education skills that acknowledge workers will switch jobs throughout their 40-year careers.

Michigan’s economy is broken. And neither party is offering real solutions.

August 8, 2017 | Lou Glazer

There is no way back to the prosperous Michigan economy of the 20th Century. We must face this reality and get to work on ideas that will produce a broad middle class, where household income grows for all Michiganders.

Hit the books, Michigan, and get smart about economic growth

December 4, 2015 | Lou Glazer

The state will best begin its climb back to prosperity by acknowledging some hard facts about its past – and future. Education and talent are more important than manufacturing.

A four-year college degree remains best bet for well-paying, secure career

May 22, 2014 | Lou Glazer

No matter what you hear, the reality is Millennials with a four-year degree are doing substantially better than their peers without a four-year degree. End of story.