We cheated our fate for decades with the help of unionized manufacturing jobs that provided fat paychecks for low skills. It was a false universe that had Michigan entering the new century ranked 16th in household income, while standing at 30th in the percentage of its adult residents with at least a bachelor's degree.
Have Michigan residents been the victims of the big cheat perpetuated by past governors like Bill Milliken, James Blanchard, John Engler and Jennifer Granholm?
Click on the link in the quote above from today's column by Nolan Finley of the Detroit News.
He says that our state's leadership knew that the auto industry was headed for a big dive that would turn Michigan into a second-rate state for making a decent income.
And Finley says, they knew that future success would come from having a workforce with a college education. But instead of sacrificing, they spent the state's money on welfare programs, rather than colleges and universities.
The result speaks for itself in the amount of household income lost in our state in the past decade.
What would the Dems Virg Bernero and the Republicans Rick Snyder do to make college education more affordable? Anybody hear?