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In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Depends on Where You Sit

   Feeling better about Michigan's economy?
   If you look closely there are some reasons to answer yes.  Looks like the domestic car makers are making a come back of sorts.  The state treasury is collecting a tad more moola which means somebody is working and paying taxes. And Republicans like to smile when they claim the governor's Relentless Positive Action stchick is actually catching on.
     The senate GOP leader has caught it.
      Randy Richardville appeared on Michigan Public Radio the other day during a call in with his democratic counterpart.
     When the question of economic recovery came up, Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) was giving zero credit to the new Snyder administration.
     "I do respect her right to be wrong on occasion," the GOP leader observed.
      None of  Gov. Snyder's plans have taken effect i.e. the biz tax cut.  Yet Richardville feels a wave of optimism has over taken the land between Lake Michigan and Huron.
      Just after the election he says the business gurus took notice that the new governor would have a "conservative agenda and a better tax structure" and at that point, he asserts, they took another look at Michigan and "the confidence started to change."
      Hold the phone, Whitmer chimes in.
      She correctly notes that the whopping $1.7 billion tax windfall for business comes with no writen or, for that matter, unwritten guarantee that it will produce "a single job."
       Richardville had no pithy comeback for that harsh reality, but he along with Mr. Snyder continue to claim this will work.  Just trust them.
       You can count Ms. Whitmer as a doubting Gretchen who trusts neither on this one.
       If this stuff works, Mr. Snyder will be a champ, but if Ms. Whitmer is right, he could be a chump.


Anonymous justahelper said...

i believe the correct spelling is 'shtick.'

July 18, 2011 at 7:18 AM 
Blogger R A B said...

Maybe the Michigan economy is dependent on global factors outside the control of either party so neither should take credit or blame? Maybe our politicians claim to be more important to the economy than they really are? Maybe this wealth shift from the middle class and poor to the wealthy is simply nothing more than a wealth shift as a result of overwhelming political power?

July 18, 2011 at 9:49 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like the other Midwest states, Michigan's state government is finally tackling its fiscal profligacy and unsustainable structural spending deficits. Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and even Minnesota are doing a better job of that than Snyder, clearly, but at least he's doing a better job than Granholm, who was a waste of oxygen.

July 19, 2011 at 4:22 AM 

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