Legislation will help Michigan attract more and better jobs

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 8, 2021 — House Democrats delivered the key votes today to pass a series of three bills to create a system to support economic development. The legislation created three funds, which can be used to back innovative programs to attract new jobs to Michigan in fast-growing industries, such as electric vehicles and battery cell manufacturing.

“We have a proud history as a leader in auto manufacturing, which created a labor movement and strong middle class that was unmatched for decades,” said House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township). “Manufacturing innovation is a defining part of our culture in Michigan — it’s in our blood — but for years now, we have been fighting an uphill battle to keep the good-paying jobs that come with it from slipping away. As a business owner, I know that you either adapt or you die. Well, it’s time we adapt. Michigan’s future will be powered by electric vehicles and the next-generation manufacturing. We must invest in ourselves and win the siting of the plants of tomorrow.”

“We have recently seen companies with deep roots in Michigan being lured to other parts of the globe,” said state Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit), chair of the Automotive Caucus and Democratic vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee. “We can’t let this happen; especially as American auto manufacturers break new ground in the development of electric vehicles. We have to do everything we can to ensure that Michigan once again leads the charge of this auto industry renaissance to both retain the jobs we have and create new ones for future generations.”

“For too long in Genesee County, we have witnessed factories close and jobs move elsewhere. It is time that we start reinvesting in Michigan,” said state Rep. John Cherry (D-Flint). “I am proud to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to secure the economic future of workers across our great state.”