Darany Demands Action to Create Jobs, Fight for Hire Michigan First

Legislator calls for bipartisan cooperation to use taxpayer dollars to support workers
Monday, January 31, 2011

BELLEVILLE – Calling for state leaders to back up their bipartisan talk with action, State Representative George Darany (D-Dearborn) announced today that he will reintroduce the Hire Michigan First plan, an aggressive job-creation package that will put Michigan workers back on the job now by making sure they are first in line for the jobs their tax dollars create.

The Hire Michigan First plan supports working families by rewarding companies that employ Michigan workers and cracks down on those that hire undocumented workers.

“We need to make sure we’re rewarding the right businesses, and those are the ones that invest in our workers and our communities – not ones that bring in workers from other states,” Darany said. “As a former small business owner, I know how important it is to support businesses that are trying to do the right thing. We should all be working in a bipartisan manner to support businesses so they can create more jobs for Michigan workers. Hire Michigan First is a pro-business, pro-worker plan, and that’s why I support it.”

House Democrats passed the Hire Michigan First plan multiple times in past legislative sessions, but key provisions were gutted by the Republican-controlled Senate.

The Hire Michigan First plan helps make sure that state economic development incentives and contracts are used to hire Michigan workers, not illegal immigrants or workers from other states. Michigan will spend nearly $3 billion this year on tax incentives for businesses, but there is currently no way for the state to determine how many jobs they create or if those jobs are going to Michigan workers. The plan to be reintroduced Tuesday:

• Gives companies that hire Michigan workers priority in the awarding of state tax incentives and other economic development tools.

• Creates transparency and accountability by requiring companies that accept incentives to report on who they hire to ensure that Michigan residents are put first.

• Cracks down on companies that hire undocumented workers by creating penalties that can include requiring them to pay back their tax incentives and barring them from future state contracts.