Tony Conley is a newer content contributor and show host for Michigan Business Network. To wrap up his sixteenth episode, Tony has a three-segment conversation welcoming back for a third time the Managing Editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
He joins Tom Gantert primarily to review a Bloomberg article touting Michigan as the No. 1 US economy, has grown the most in its history.
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The state of Michigan is leading the way in economic growth in the U.S. -- according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Bloomberg published data last week, showing that Michigan’s economy has improved “the most in its history” since the pandemic started in 2020.
Among 37 states with a population greater than 2 million, Michigan is No. 1 based on equally weighted measures of employment, personal income, home prices, mortgage delinquency, state tax revenue, and the stock market performance of its publicly-traded companies, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Bloomberg says Michigan since Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took over, has become a standout for investors. In the market for local government debt, the state’s AA-rated bonds returned 5.6% (income plus appreciation) since April 2020, outperforming neighboring Wisconsin (4.3%), Indiana (4.7%), and Ohio (4.7%) as well as the entire municipal market (5.3%), according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Bonds issued by the Michigan Strategic Fund returned 15% while those of the Detroit Downtown Development project gained 14%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Conley and Gantert review the data, seeing the categories picked as arbitrary and the strong growth also as a function of the deeper trough Michigan went into during the early days of COVID having more of a floor to rebound from in the economic recovery.
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