ISSUE: CORPORATE WELFARE

On July 12, 2017 my opponent, James Lower and most House members voted in favor of, and passed, the “Michigan Jobs Act.” In spite of its misleading name, the bill authorizes the distribution of up to $250,000,000 in taxpayer-funded revenue to corporations. The key qualifying criteria for the program was “the plans for the expansion, retention, or location are economically sound.”

This was, word-for-word, the same criteria used in the failed Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA), which—though repealed in 2011—continued to cost Michigan tax-payers for several years.

in 2016 alone, MEGA obligations exceeded $1,000,000,000.

That’s a billion dollars...

The companies receiving these tax-breaks and subsidies have failed time and time again to create the number of jobs promised or to generate tax revenue for the local government which shelled out the cash for infrastructure amenities (water, sewer, roads, etc) to support the doomed endeavor.

In short, top-down economic stimulus programs don’t work. We’ve been trying them for nearly four decades, and they’ve never worked. 

According to Albert Einstein, the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results.
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