As a taxpayer and resident of the 102nd District, I will work to ensure that Michigan's economic recovery continues, and that the people and local businesses of Wexford, Osceola and Mecosta Counties aren't left out.
Left out, for example, by an economic recovery that creates jobs in Grand Rapids and Detroit, but not in Cadillac and Reed City. This is happening now as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Wexford County's unemployment rate is almost double the rate in Grand Rapids.
Our economy is returning, but not across our state and not to the Michigan families and workers who paid the price for corporate profits. To finance a $1.66 billion corporate tax cut, Michigan's Republican-controlled government has raised taxes on individuals by $1.35 billion and created a brand-new tax on retirement income.
Corporate tax cuts should be tied to job creation, not empty promises of trickle-down economic benefits, and the government shouldn't balance the budget on the backs of hard-working families and retirees.
To ensure shared revitalization, we need to ensure we are maintaining a basic foundation of economic infrastructure, upon which private enterprise can grow and thrive. Roads in the 1950s allowed for shared prosperity from the cities to across our country, and allowing that infrastructure to decay means jobs and businesses stay in big cities, where the costs to transport are lower and connectivity to the global market are easier.
We need strong schools, good roads and bridges, and widely available broadband internet in Mecosta, Osceola and Wexford counties if our communities are to share in the revitalization of Michigan.
We deserve a more balanced economic recovery, and I will fight for just that.