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

    article – 10/24/2017 - 9:24am

    ... Careers for all Michiganders,” involve increasing public investments. That raises the question, “how do you pay for them?” ... "buying" jobs with tax money. If those jobs are private sector jobs, all of the taxes paid remain in the public coffers. If those jobs ...

  2. Three great Michigan universities are driving innovation. Why is funding still flagging?

    article – 08/18/2017 - 12:53pm

    ... world-class talent and driving the economy in this important sector for our state. The report underscores this innovative sector’s ... conference committee’s decision to grant the state's 15 public universities an average 2 percent increase, funding for the URC ...

  3. As special interests drag down government, private entities move to public’s aid

    article – 04/09/2013 - 7:30am

    ... of charter schools, designed to fill gaps left by poor public schools, while the worst schools are being forced into the Educational ... to move forward in vigorously creative ways while the public sector flounders. Examples abound: * The Kalamazoo Promise , funded ...

  4. Guest post: K-12 'increase' is actually a cut

    article – 12/19/2016 - 2:02pm

    ... rate and the increase of nearly 80,000 private sector jobs last year (+79,600) is certainly good news, but net job growth was only 66,500 because the public sector continued to lose jobs (-13,100). Some will argue that fewer ...

  5. How Grand Rapids is prepping for the next big storm

    article – 09/01/2016 - 6:20am

    ... these features, as well as educating and encouraging the public to install their own. Michael Staal, civil engineer for the city ... distressed cities. A report by Lansing-based Public Sector Consultants released in April estimated that $3 billion and likely ...

  6. Guest column: Top challenge to business is cost of health care

    article – 12/19/2016 - 2:02pm

    ... There are naturally areas where the business, nonprofit and public sectors disagree: taxes, regulation and infrastructure spending, to name ... suggest the following recommendations: * The public sector, especially local governments and schools, is struggling financially. A ...

  7. Feeling unloved, skilled public employees are hitting the exit

    article – 01/26/2012 - 8:00am

    ... by unpaid furlough days, a shrinking staff and a negative public perception of state employees , Glinn sat down at her computer one day ... those with the most ability to find jobs in the private sector -- usually workers with advanced education such as Glinn -- leave. This ...

  8. Know Michigan's future? Play this contest.

    article – 12/19/2016 - 2:02pm

    By Craig Ruff/Public Sector Consultants The Michigan Prophecy Contest has been around for ... and thereafter to the state Senate. Luke Capizzo, then public relations manager of the Michigan Credit Union League, and Lansing PR ...

  9. You’re the Mayor

    article – 01/04/2017 - 9:52am

    ... 401(k) – A popular choice, first adopted by the private sector and now widely copied by government employers. The traditional pension, ... Brad adds: “Governor Snyder made a law last year requiring public employees to pay 20% of their health care premiums or a hard cap. Most ...

  10. Bridge is having a birthday, and you're invited

    article – 08/23/2017 - 10:48am

    ... With special guest Ken Sikkema , Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants and former Michigan Senate Majority Leader​, and Grand ...