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Andy Henion's recent article, "MSU researcher says high taxes can spur growth", introduced research from my GeoJournal article on the weaknesses of neo-liberalism, and my forthcoming bookchapter "Urban Settlement in Michigan: Suburbanization and the Future" in a book edited by Randy Schaetzl, Joe Darden, and Danita Brandt called Michigan: A Geography and Geology. The two pieces challenge the long-standing right-wing and Republican belief that low taxes, and hence weak urban services and physical infrastructure, is the necessary policy direction for promoting regional economic growth.

The research illustrates that higher taxing cities—such as New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles—have rich and robust urban infrastructure to support high concentrations of business and residents.

Ross Emmett, Director of The Michigan Center for Innovation & Prosperity at James Madison College, MSU recently wrote a response to the GeoJournal article in his blog. My response was triggered by Ross Emmett's confusion of how high taxes and high expenditures on urban infrastructures can be drivers of local development and economic performance.

Battling the rhetoric that broke Michigan's competitve advantage:
A response to Ross Emmett

Igor Vojnovic

High taxes can spur growth??
Ross B. Emmett

MSU researcher says higher taxes can spur growth
Andy Henion