1. Wolverine Caucus: Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Prescription

    Mark Rivett posted January 16, 2018

    Michigan’s Demographic and Economic Outlook over the Next 30 Years

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    Featured speaker: Professor Emeritus George Fulton, UM College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

    Anderson House Office Building Mackinac Room, 5th Floor
    124 N. Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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    George Fulton PhD

    Dr. George Fulton, renowned economist at the University of Michigan, has been forecasting Michigan’s economy for several decades. To aid our quest for a stable Michigan economy, Professor Fulton presents a “a diagnosis, a prognosis and a prescription”. His presentation will feature a numerical portrayal of where the economies of the state and its counties are heading through 2045 while undergoing a dramatically changing demographic pro le (diagnosis). Out of this data, ve lessons are suggested that are critical to planning for the long run (prognosis). Then, several policy issues indicated by these lessons are identified (prescription). Please join us in welcoming Professor George Fulton for this enlightening and engaging discussion!

    George Fulton received his PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan. He is currently Director Emeritus and Research Professor Emeritus of RSQE, the forecasting unit in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan. Professor Fulton has been forecasting economic and social activity in the state of Michigan for four decades and has been regularly featured in the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conferences. Last year he was presented a Distinguished Speaker Award by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and the State Treasurer. In 2015 he received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Economic and Demographic Analysis from REMI, a prominent national forecasting organization. The Award has since been named in his honor.

    Author: Veronica A. W. Johnson, Ph.D

    Director of the Lansing Service Center | veronicj@umich.edu | 517-372-7801

  2. Schlissel calls for tax bill that protects student interests

    Mark Rivett posted December 17, 2017

    Read Full Article at The University Record

    President Mark Schlissel

    President Mark Schlissel

    President Mark Schlissel urged elected leaders to pass a tax-reform bill that protects the interests, futures and aspirations of college students and doctoral candidates in his remarks at Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting.

    “Higher education is a key driver of social mobility and economic growth in American society. College degrees prepare students to compete in a rapidly evolving job market and to live more enriching lives,” Schlissel said. “Several provisions in the bills undermine our students. They seek to end tax benefits that are designed to make education more affordable,” he added. “If enacted, they would make it harder for students to earn a college degree here at Michigan and across our nation.”

    Potential impacts to the university community include the taxing of student loan interest and the loss of tax-exempt status on tuition waivers for graduate students serving as teaching and research assistants.

    Author: Dana Elger


  3. Schlissel addresses immigration, endowments at annual D.C. breakfast

    Mark Rivett posted March 8, 2017

    Read Article at The University Record

    President Mark Schlissel talks with U.S. Sen. Gary Peters

    President Mark Schlissel talks with U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (left) at the annual U-M Congressional Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. (Photo by Brandon Ebenhoeh)

    President Mark Schlissel told a Washington, D.C., audience Wednesday that the University of Michigan continues its longtime commitment to be a leading international community of scholars.

    Speaking at the 66th annual U-M Congressional Breakfast, Schlissel said the university’s ability to attract the best students and faculty from around the globe “enhances our teaching, learning, research and societal impact” and is a major reason for U-M’s standing as an outstanding research university.

    Schlissel said U-M is working with other universities to make sure foreign students and faculty can continue to enrich the excellence of U-M.

    “This is also an issue of competitiveness for our state,” he added. “Preparation for that competition requires our students to have the skills and experiences best acquired through collaboration with diverse groups of people.”
    Debbie Dingell

    U.S. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, delivered keynote remarks, urging alumni and others to work with people from diverse backgrounds to develop solutions to the problems facing our nation. (Photo by Brandon Ebenhoeh)

    Schlissel also urged lawmakers to help preserve U-M’s ability to use a “conservative approach” to successfully manage its endowments and protect donor choices. Congress is considering legislation that could potentially have an impact on such endowments.

    In her remarks as keynote speaker, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, who represents the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses, saluted the university as it celebrates its bicentennial, but also called upon U-M and its alumni to stand up for resolving the major issues facing the nation.

    “For 200 years, the University of Michigan has brought diverse members of our community together to have difficult discussions, to debate and to find solutions to the problems we face as a society — to lift each other up and strengthen lives and communities,” said Dingell. “All U-M alumni who are here in D.C. not only make a difference, but have a responsibility to make a difference.”

    Other members of Congress in attendance included Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, along with U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee, D-Flint; John Moolenaar, R-Midland; Dave Trott, R-Birmingham; and Ted Deutch, D-Florida.

    The Congressional Breakfast is sponsored by the U-M Club of Greater Washington, with all proceeds going toward scholarships for D.C.-area students who attend Michigan. More than 300 people attended this year’s event, which also marked the official D.C. observance of U-M’s bicentennial.

    Author: Michael A. Waring

    Director of the Washington, D.C. Office | mwaring@umich.edu | 202-554-0630

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