Midwest Memo: SOS, Metro Rankings and an Economic Paradox

Slowing down in the second year? Michigan Governor Rick Snyder delivers his State of the State address tonight. Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network reports the governor’s speech won’t have as many new initiatives as the last one. Snyder’s first year in office was busy. As the Detroit Free Press put it: “He came, He saw, He got what he wanted.”

Ranking cities The Chicago Tribune has a write-up of a new study that tracks economic growth in cities worldwide. The report, from the Brookings Institution, ranks Chicago 139th out of 200 global cities that were studied. What the Tribune doesn’t mention is that Chicago was ranked lower than a number of other Midwestern cities. The Detroit Free Press takes a look at Detroit’s jump in the rankings from 192nd a few years ago, to 72nd today. But the highest ranking in the Midwest goes to Milwaukee, at 56th. And Indianapolis had the lowest ranking of all Midwest cities, at 183rd. But, really, it’s not great news for anyone in the U.S. The study’s authors say 90 percent of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the world were outside of North America and Western Europe.

Huzzawha? The Illinois Statehouse News reports on an economic paradox. Taxes have increased in the state, but so has the number of businesses and the number of jobs. But, the unemployment rate is also climbing. If that sounds confusing to you, you’re not the only one.

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