Review of the Proposed “K-16” Initiated Law

Rosaen, Sallee

This report reviews the likely effect of the proposed “K-16” initiated law, which will be Proposal 5 on Michigan’s election ballot on November 7, 2006. In this report we describe how each provision of the K-16 initiated law would change the School Aid Act. We then forecast, using assumptions based on historical data on Michigan’s economy, taxation, and expenditures, the cost impact that would likely result if the K-16 law is adopted and implemented. We also review a number of important Constitutional questions. We estimate that the additional cost of this proposal will be…

Automation Alley's Second Annual Technology Industry Report: Driving Southeast Michigan Forward

Watkins, Sallee

The report quantifies the size of the industry in terms of employment, establishments, and payroll. It also assesses areas of the technology industry that signal future advances, such as R&D spending and patent awards, and takes a closer look at the life sciences technology industry

Benchmarking for Success: A Comparison of State Business Taxes

Benchmarking for Success, one of three reports prepared for the MI House Of Representatives

Costs and Benefits of a Wage Increase for Home Help Workers

Caroline Sallee, Alex Rosaen

This report analyzes the costs and benefits of the State of Michigan increasing wages of Home Help workers. Home Help is one of the several programs the State of Michigan provides for low-income individuals who need long-term care but do not want to move out of their homes.

Automation Alley's First Annual Technology Industry Report: Driving Southeast Michigan Forward

Automation Alley’s First Annual Technology Industry Report: Driving Southeat Michigan Forward

A Critical Review of the Impacts of New Buffalo Casino Development

Anderson, Watkins

Status of Competition in the Michigan Telecom Market

Patrick L. Anderson

This report explores the Michigan Telecommunications Market in a variety of ways.

Economic and Fiscal Assessment of a Change in Residency Requirements in the City of Detroit

Patrick L. Anderson

An analysis of the 1999 residency requirement imposed by the city of Detroit.

Likely Impact of Delphi Bankruptcy

On October 8, 2005, Delphi Corporation filed for bankruptcy protection in New York. Given the difficulties of the company, including unprofitable operations and repeatedly severe statements by the company’s management about its uncompetitive cost structure, especially its “legacy costs,” the action was not unexpected.

Delphi, the largest auto parts supplier in the U.S. (and number two worldwide), employs 50,600 workers in the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, Delphi is an integral component of Michigan’s economy and the national auto industry. Given its size, Delphi’s bankruptcy filing was widely expected to have far-reaching consequences for not only Delphi’s workers, but also the state and national economy, automakers, and auto parts suppliers.

The purpose of this analysis is to provide an early indication of the likely consequences of the Delphi bankruptcy. Given our past analyses of work stoppages, interruptions, blackouts, and other events that have shut down production in the United States; and our extensive knowledge of the automobile industry; we have background knowledge from which to draw some preliminary conclusions. This is a preliminary assessment of likely events that will be played out over a two or three-year period, and useful for planning and the assessment of risks. However, we caution readers that the future is, of course, unknowable.

The Economic Benefits of Wayne State University

Anderson, Geckil, Watkins

A report on the economic benefits of Wayne State University