House Republican Leader Matt Hall, R-Richland Township, on Wednesday issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill to help fund $1.8 billion in incentives for a Ford plant, the same day as House Democrats prepare to repeal Michigan’s right-to-work law that has helped attract business investments and workers to the state:
“The rushed Democrat pay cut plan, which would repeal Michigan’s right-to-work law, will steer workers and businesses away from our state, when we’re already falling behind. The latest economic development efforts came about because Gov. Whitmer lost a Ford plant to Tennessee with its more competitive business climate. For the governor’s new deal, Michigan will dole out a whopping $720,000 in incentives to secure each job — jobs that pay far too little in light of taxpayers’ mammoth investment. With more competitive tax and regulatory policies, Tennessee paid only $147,000 per job for its Ford plant. We need to do better, and right-to-work is one factor that has helped draw new investment to Michigan communities. Ditching this successful, pro-worker policy will only slash workers’ wages and drive up the price tag needed to land future manufacturing projects.”
The governor Wednesday morning signed a $1.3 billion spending bill that included funds for a planned Ford electric vehicle battery plant in Marshall, a project that will receive a total of roughly $1.8 billion in state incentives to create 2,500 jobs. Of the jobs, 1,900 are projected to pay only $41,600. House Democrats are expected to ram through legislation to repeal Michigan’s freedom-to-work law later Wednesday, the same day the bill first came up for a vote in committee.
“Gov. Whitmer’s heavily-skewed, partisan commission is nothing but a Trojan horse for new taxes,” Hall said. “After four years of failure, the governor has no plan to keep young people in Michigan, no excuse for our crumbling roads, and no vision to improve childhood reading levels.”
“Michiganders want public safety in our communities, but House Democrats are pushing radical, unprecedented plans to let dangerous criminals roam our neighborhoods,” said Hall, R-Richland Township. “The Democrats’ newest, extreme proposal could release the most brutal murderers and rapists from prison and inject them back into our communities.”
“House Democrats’ wasteful spending ignores the priorities of the people of Michigan, shoveling taxpayer dollars to unsustainable new programs, pork, and partisan pet projects instead of investing critical resources into education, infrastructure, and local law enforcement,” Hall said.
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