FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
CONTACT: Sara Wurfel, 517-599-3470 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lansing, Mich. — The Good Jobs for Michigan coalition issued the following statement after the Michigan Senate today overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan Good Jobs for Michigan package (Senate Bills 242-244) sponsored by Sens. Jim Stamas, Wayne Schmidt and Steven Bieda.
“We commend the Senate for their forward-looking action to ensure Michigan has the economic development tools it needs to compete and attract large projects with hundreds of good-paying jobs.
“Michigan can’t afford to sit on the sidelines and let our neighboring states like Ohio and Indiana or southern states like Kentucky and South Carolina are doing everything they can to lure away the businesses and jobs that should be coming here. The national competition is already intense and is heating up even more as the country expands efforts to bring jobs back to the U.S. This is a jobs issue and Michigan must be ready.
“The Good Jobs for Michigan legislation provides a smart, sound transparent incentive tool that will help level the playing field and ensure that our state is doing everything it can to make growing new jobs our No. 1 priority and continue Michigan’s comeback. The package includes numerous, essential safeguards that protect the state, taxpayers and our communities. And it ensures that jobs and wage numbers are met and verified annually before any incentive is paid out.
“Simply put, this legislation will grow jobs, opportunities and paychecks for Michiganders everywhere and help a ensure strong, vibrant economy and communities across both peninsulas. We look forward to working with the Michigan House of Representatives to make this critical legislation and tool a reality.”
The coalition gave special thanks to Sens. Stamas, Schmidt, Bieda, and Horn for their leadership.
About Good Jobs for Michigan
Good Jobs for Michigan is a coalition of more than 40 leading business and economic development, community and labor organizations all working together to ensure Michigan has the economic development and incentive tools needed to compete and attract large-scale projects, growing more good-paying jobs and investments in communities throughout the state. For more information about the legislation and full list of coalition partners, visit www.GoodJobsForMichigan.com.