Monday, December 17, 2007

Should Young People Leave Michigan Before It's Too Late? By Akindele Akinyemi



I am wasting time thinking that I can make a difference here in Michigan.


The state's unemployment rate is at 7.7% and yet people voted for the same old leadership last November.


Did anyone stop to think what is happening to our young adults who are graduating from college? They are packing their bags and leaving Michigan.


I might be right behind them.


I do not have to open a school here in Michigan. After reading all of the charter laws here in this state I would rather go to Indianapolis, Indiana to open a school. Any state like Michigan who do not want a KIPP school here does not want to restart the economy. We like how unions have gutted the economy here in Michigan.


Detroit is 50% functionally illiterate. Any school district who fails to educate their own people should be ashamed of themselves. Detroit Public Schools, Inkster and other urban districts do not want to improve. They do not believe in prayer in schools. They do not want to improve drastically. It is all a money game to them and now we are paying the price when we are graduating students in 12th grade that read on a 5th grade level.


We have no intention of making things better. We send legislators from Detroit and while I feel they should fight for education they fight for insurance and decades old agendas that means nothing.


In fact, we forget as state representatives and state senators that we represent Michigan not just our own little hole in the corner.


But what is making me angry is the fact that our government is blaming industry for the downfall of our economy. Let's call a spade a spade. Our state government cannot balance a budget, let alone tell special interest to go take a hike.


Anyway, where are the jobs here in Michigan? I have some who want me to stay here and help turn around Michigan. I often ask why and for what?


I would love to see Detroit turn around but how can you relay that message when everything is so political in this city. The people are hostile here and do not want change. The movers and shakers in this city go to the same events, hang out at the same clubs and migrate to the same political functions.


Moreover, I was reading the Rasmussen Report this morning and Gov. Granholm has a 42% disapproval rating while 9% feel that she is doing an excellent job. But here is why I am ready to go.


44% of Democrats give her good or excellent marks. Another worrisome indicator is that 50% of unaffiliated voters say she’s doing a poor job. However, a 42% to 36% margin, Michigan voters say they trust Democrats more than Republicans to handle the state’s economic problems. A plurality, 43%, of unaffiliated voters say that they don’t trust either party on the economic issues.


Forty-two percent (42%) of Michigan voters say labor unions are good for the economy while 32% take the opposite view. Republicans, by a 2-to-1 margin, say unions are bad for the economy. Democrats, by a 3-to-1 margin, say the unions are good.


Michigan is a one-state recession. In the 12 months ending last July 2006, Michigan lost 48,000 residents. That loss is at a faster rate than the previous 12 months, when the net loss was 37,000. Detroit continues to lose population and is one of the few big cities to lose people during the day after residents commute elsewhere to work. Yet efforts to reduce the city's bloated work force to a workable 12,000 have been slow and ineffective.


But a lot of the state's 250,000 entrepreneurs will continue to be burdened by a complicated value-added tax, the only one in the nation. Lawmakers are nowhere near comprehensive reform, mainly because they're afraid to lead -- to do what's right for the whole rather than for the loudest special interest groups.


A recently-conducted survey revealed that 70% of those aged 18-24 would leave Michigan for another state if given the opportunity.


If you are in the field of education like me teaching jobs are hard to come by in Michigan right now....at least for young teachers. More experienced teachers might float to the top of the pile more quickly, but the job market is fierce. With a bad economy in Michigan, and stagnant population (or declining in some places) schools aren't expanding. The universities continue to turn out many more teachers than have a prayer of actual employment.


If you have a Masters degree YOU still cannot find a job. It is very tough to find a job as a teacher... even with experience. The schools are facing the 7th straight year of budget cuts from the state, so when openings do open up for teachers, the districts like to fill them with 0-3 years experienced teachers to save some money.


How can a young family live here with all of these foreclosures going on? People are afraid to buy homes.


Well any thoughts on this one people? Talk to me. Should young people continue to leave Michigan by the droves or stay to improve Detroit and other areas in Michigan?

7 comments:

The Rougman said...

Most people, young or old, will act in ways that benefit them personally. That includes packing up the U-haul and moving to a place where jobs can be found and where people can live the American dream. I did the same thing in 1982 when I fled Michigan and moved to Dallas.

I really had no choice in the matter. Neither do most of the young people of today.

I would just make sure to place a Jennifer Granholm bumper sticker on the back of the U-Haul. Give credit where credit is due.

RightMichigan.com said...

I don't like the idea of packing up and leaving everyone else behind so I'll stick around out of spite if for no other reason.

Sort of a "Not on my watch" mentality, you know?

--Nick
www.RightMichigan.com

Man of principles said...

Nice dialogue starter A. Cyclical trends are obvious and the solutions are ready yet the leaders ignore and continue the downward spiral. When are you going to run for office?

BRIAN said...

AKINDELE YOU RAISED SOME VERY STRONG POINTS, HOWEVER HOW WILL THE STATE AND CITY EVER FULLY RECOVER AND TURN AROUND ON THE HEELS OF A MASS EXODUS,
DETROIT HAS FOR THE LAST 30+ YEARS HAD ABOVE AVERAGE WAGES AND BELOW AVERAGE COST OF LIVING COMPARED TO THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. I FEEL THAT THE CITY & STATE ARE IN AN ECONOMIC SLUMP DUE TO LACK OF INDUSTRY DIVRSITY OVER THE LAST 2 DECADES WE HAVE FOCUSED HEAVILY ON AUTO/MANUFACTURING AND NOT ENOUGH ON OTHER MAJOR FIELDS OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY TO BALANCE/OFFSET ANY ECONOMIC SLOWDOWNS/RIPPLES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. AS FOR THE POLITICS OFLEADERSHIP IN MICHIGAN I CAN NOT DISAGREE WITH SOME OF YOUR POINTS RE: THE POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT AND ITS CLUBHOUSE NATURE BUT THAT IS POLITICS IN AMERICA SO THIS REGION HOLDS NO DISTINCTIVE BLACKEYE FOR ITS BRAND OF AMERICAN BACKROOM PLITICS BUT IT DOES HAVE THE DISTINCTION OF HAVING THE LARGEST DEMOCRATIC DISTRICT IN THE NATION AND A STRONG HISTORY OF STAUNCH POLITICAL LOYALTY; GOO OR BAY IT IS WHAT IT IS. DROP ME A LINE AT MY EDRESS LETS TALK WE HAVENT SPOKEN IN A WHILE . BRIAN BUSH BBUSH313@GMAIL.COM

Anonymous said...

I speak from experience when I say leaving Michigan is the best thing you can do.

I admit it was tough to leave my entire family behind but they followed suit shortly after. All of us that moved found better jobs with higher salaries and are overall much happier now.

If you're on the fence about moving the only advice I can offer is just do it! you'll be happy you did.

Anonymous said...

I would also suggest leaving michigan. I am a 25 years old african american. I was going to school to study computer science in 2005, I was half way through my degree program when i decided to look for a job in another state. I sent resumes to companies in phoenix, texas,california, etc. Within 10 days I got a job offer in phoenix at about 40K. I moved and have been here since.Actually I have worked for 3 companies since I came here until I found one that I am happy with. I plan to go back to school soon but things are going well . I plan to one comeback and help the people of detroit but first I need to help myself. You should do the same, good luck.

Anonymous said...

I say leave. Me and my family are leaving. After banging my head against this wal for the last 5 years I cannot afford to wait any longer. I am tired of living with my mother and I am headed south to another future. Let those leaders in Lansing have MI all to themselves.