STATEMENT: Loss of Good Jobs for Michigan program will hurt state

Economic incentive tool delivers on promises made, deserves renewal; coalition looking forward to action in New Year


Lansing, Mich. — The Good Jobs for Michigan coalition of more than 60 diverse business, economic development, labor and municipal organizations today released the following statement after the 2019 legislative session ended without action on Senate Bill 492. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Sen. Ken Horn, would have reauthorized the critical economic development program, which will now sunset on Dec. 31, 2019.

“Good Jobs for Michigan has proven itself in two short years by attracting major projects creating more than 8,200 new, good-paying jobs and generating more than $5 billion of private sector investment that benefit our families and communities. While we’re disappointed that the legislation didn’t’ move forward at this time, we look forward to working with Sen. Horn, all lawmakers and Governor in the New Year to make sure this critical program continues. It’s helped put Michigan on the map for these large-scale projects, beating out Silicon Valley, neighboring Great Lakes States and key metropolitan areas across the country. We can’t afford to lose it. We need to be able to attract and grow jobs that build a brighter future for all.”

Said Sen. Horn: “At the same time we are allowing this program to sunset, other states are aggressively recruiting and attracting large employers with thousands of jobs – jobs, investments and opportunities that could and should be coming right here to Michigan. To remain competitive and keep our economy growing, we need Good Jobs for Michigan. We know this is a smart tool that works and that our communities and hardworking men and women need. I’m steadfast in my commitment to make the case and ensure it continues.”

 

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