Michigan, Mackinac Island, Doug Rothwell discussed on Frank Beckmann
Once again, here's Frank. Well, we're joined now up here on mackinac island by a longtime friend, Doug Rothwell the presidency yellow business leaders for Michigan and how many years for you at this. This is my twenty-seventh Frank. That's, that's I can't believe you're that old. I'm I'm that old feeling more every day. Welcome to the club. So, so what, what are you focusing on up here this year? Well, you know, roads in education, right? When we look at the issues that are left for Michigan to get from where we are to where we want to be. Those are the two big ones that stand out. What do business leaders tell you about the education in our state, and the talent pool? That's available to them after the kids graduate go to college. Don't quote a color. Just not enough. Right. Not enough educated talent were growing economy right now. And that's a good place to be. But we just don't have the pipeline of folks with a education beyond high school, either in technical, or frankly, even just the general studies areas to fill the number of jobs that were creating here in Michigan. So the teaching the wrong classes at college. Now, if you look at actually, the most high demand jobs over the next five ten years. Franken's a really good mix of folks from all different kinds of disciplines. We just don't have enough people right now we're our demographics are declining. So we have. Have a smaller pipeline going in and we don't have as many going on to either a bachelor's degree, or an associate's degree, or even getting certificates that we really need. And of course, we also have the issue of the kids that are coming out of high school. Just don't have the level of preparation that, even prepares them to do that, as well as we'd like Milan, a lot of the kids, you know, you can take that back to when they were preschool kidding. You know, exactly and and weren't able to, to read a writer do maths maybe some still can't do that. So it's been an issue that we've had in Michigan for awhile in about a year and a half ago. We started look at what other states about this. And the good news is other states, face similar problems, and they've recovered and are improving their scores. We've lagged we haven't gone down. So much as we've lagged. And so what we did is, we took a page out of their playbook and said, look, we need to share agenda commented Genda. We can't be fighting with each other over what education reforms to make. And so. A year ago, we put together this initiative called off Michigan chaired by myself Tanya Allen, from the skillman foundation in Paul Herbert from the a and we've got twenty some stakeholders around the table trying to develop that playbook going forward. Policies. A lot more reasonable than some of her predecessors by Paul is terrific. I think she's a breath of fresh air. She calls it as it is. I mean, she's got her own interests, and I do too for the business community. But there's a lot of common ground here that we can reach. Well, I hope so, because this is this is how kids learn that the money doesn't grow on trees mean that's my parents. The money doesn't grow on trees, earn it. You got yourself for that. You have every opportunity to do it. Right. And we've got to give him that opportunity. Right. I mean, we've gotta make sure one of the things we've really gotten into this initiative is not only are we not achieving a state at the level that we'd like to, but there's particular problems for certain groups of students in our state, the achievement gap between folks that live in certain regions, or different come from different ethnic backgrounds is just way too wide, and we're not gonna succeed as a state, if we allow those things to continue. So the way we even fund education, I think, Frank, we're gonna have to change in the future to make sure that more of the money goes to the kids that needed the most rather than just the peanut butter spread of everybody gets the same thing and seventy five percent of the money goes to administrative costs and Desalegn. And, you know, that's of educators, as well as administrator. Those are dollars that don't get to the classroom. So I mean it's the structure, we've said a couple times it's not the educators fault. It's not the business communities fault. We do have a structural. Problem now in Michigan. We've got a lot more school districts than other states. Do we have a lot of a lot more charter schools and other states? Doing all that costs money to maintain that those dollars. We'd rather. See go in the classroom. All right. Let me ask you before you go about the National Academy, which has just been booming, you know, unemployment lowest level in fifty years. Kidding me three percent growth, almost every quarter. Now, what are you feeling here in our state has the head? Good. It's hard excusing. It's hard to continue the percentage growth rate. You know, as you as your bottom number goes up, your base goes up. It's harder to keep the growth rate at the same level. It's been. But I think that everybody that I talked to is still very optimistic about Michigan. The big cloud on the horizon is this trade issue nationally, if that really blows into a full-scale trade war, who knows right? But I mean for right now at least the next year people feeling pretty good, even with the proposed increase in taxes on gasoline and. Our folks are embracing. We feel. We've gotta fix the roads and it's going to make our state more competitive if we do. All right. Say like it is great to see you,.