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Policymakers across Canada should study Michigan’s success

Michigan replaced its complex business tax with a flat corporate income tax of 6 per cent.

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Ontario vs. Michigan—a tale of two manufacturing jurisdictions

Compared to 2007, Ontario had 170,000 fewer manufacturing jobs in 2017.

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Ontario should learn from Michigan reforms
Michigan reduced and simplified its corporate tax system.

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Attributing Ontario’s manufacturing struggles to global forces is, at best, an oversimplification.

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Michigan’s economy grew at an average annual rate of 2.1 per cent—faster than the U.S. average of 1.9 per cent.

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In Michigan, employment in manufacturing grew at an average annual rate of 6.1 per cent while it declined in Ontario.

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From 2011 to 2014, average annual economic growth in Michigan was higher than in Ontario, despite slower population growth.

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As labour and capital have become more and more mobile, jurisdictional competitiveness is becoming more important in securing and maintaining economic prosperity. A minimum requirement is to have taxes, regulations, and other important policies competitive with competing jurisdictions. To gain an advantage, jurisdictions need policies that differentiate themselves from competing jurisdictions.

As BC’s recently minted Clark government works through its economic priorities, it would be well advised to consider worker choice laws.