—Lauren Ruhland, 2008 MCPP intern
It doesn’t get much more explicit than that. From the Associated Press via Mlive:
Michigan’s economy suffers not from a dependance on auto manufacturing but from poor governance, said Robert Genetski, an economist from Chicago.
Genetski, Heartland Institute policy adviser, offered research that showed Michigan’s decline from being one of the healthiest economies in the nation in the 1960s to the poorest in the nation the past five years.
“Michigan ranks 50 out of 50 states,” he said.
Although many blame the state of the manufacturing industry for the state’s tough economic position, Genetski disagrees.
“Poor governance creates poor policy. That’s what we have,” he said.
He said Michigan governance is moving away from classic principles of a strong economy: low tax rates, free markets, protecting individual property rights and stable prices.
In addition to the article linked above, there’s more from Robert Genetski here.