Michigan's economic success will depend on lawmakers, labor and business leaders working collaboratively, attracting and developing new emerging industries, and retraining our workers for knowledge based jobs. Michigan's goal should be simple: preserve Michigan jobs and put Michigan residents back to work.
Grow a 21st Century Economy:
Historically, Michigan has relied solely on our Automotive Industry to drive our economy and support middle class families with good paying jobs. The Big 3 will still have a strong presence in Michigan's economic way forward, but it is more important than ever that Michigan leaders work collaboratively, in a bi-partisan manner, to create other employment opportunities for residents. Areas like defense, alternative energy, healthcare, and advanced automotive research are showing the promise and potential to lead the new Michigan economy and create the good paying job opportunities our residents need.
Train More Michigan Workers for Tomorrow Jobs:
Worker training will play a crucial role in our ability to attract the new industries we need to build our new economy, and Michigan's No Worker Left Behind program is a shining example of how we train unemployed and underemployed workers for jobs that can support families. As we move forward we must look at how we are able to package incentives to attract new companies to Michigan and the integral role worker training plays in luring targeted businesses.
As State Representative:
I announced my support of the "Michigan Jobs Now" plan to invest in schools, infrastructure, and renewable energy efforts that would be a proven strategy to create thousands of jobs right away for Michigan workers.