A news service for the people of Michigan from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy

The Chinese market for Michigan goods continues to grow. So it's strange that politicians here continue to point fingers at Chinese trade for Michigan's economic decay.

Since 2005, Michigan's exports to China increased by 91 percent, while Michigan's exports to the world dropped by 14 percent, largely due to a substantial decrease in 2009.

However, it appears that state exports recovered in 2010. First quarter data shows that Michigan's exports are returning to 2010 levels and that our exports to China are having a banner year.

Central Michigan University economist Jason Taylor explains how raising the minimum wage will hurt teen workers trying to find their first job. See more at "Raising the Minimum Wage, Lowering Opportunity."


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