You've heard the governor is driven by data. But somehow he can't slap a number on how many jobs his new biz tax will create; he just knows that it will work, so suck it in and trust him already.
According to the Snyder administration there was no way to quantify the jobs number. Apparently in this big wide world there is no computer modeling program that could regurgitate a jobs figure. At least that is their story and they are sticking to it.
But wait a minute. That conservative think-tank up in Midland issued a news release the other day trumpeting the "fact" that the new 6% flat-rate corporate income tax will produce "57,000 jobs" in year one and 120,900 by the year 2016."
How is it the Mackinac Center was able to grind out these numbers when their pal who is running the state could not?
One of two things is happening here: The governor didn't want to run the numbers or there really isn't a way to quantify the figure and the center is just making this stuff up.
Now the center will deny that allegation, which then means the governor didn't try hard enough to answer the question. Either way something doesn't smell right.
Others have joined in the debate.
Former state treasurer Bob Kleine who worked for Governors Granholm and Engler does not sight any data but concludes, "No one knows for certain but the evidence says it will not" create jobs.
The governor often points to a recent survey conducted by the small business guys. He says they will use the tax cut money to create jobs, but the survey suggests that is third on the list.
The report hints the extra savings will go into the benefits and pay checks of employees first, followed by the purchase of new equipment and then new jobs.
Another report in the early 1990's concluded that a 10% across the board cut in state and local taxes would produce a 2% spike in employment, but here's the kicker, it would take up to twenty years.
Maybe the bean counters at the Mackinac Center have a response to that?