LANSING, Mich., Dec. 15, 2021 — Last night, the Michigan House of Representatives passed legislation that would create funds to attract new jobs and investment to Michigan. Senate Bills 769771 would create three funds, which can be used to back innovative programs to bring new jobs to Michigan in fast-growing industries, such as electric vehicles and battery cell manufacturing. In response to the passage, state Rep. Terry Sabo (D-Muskegon) issued the following statement:

“Unless economic development incentives are banned in other states, they’ll continue to unfairly lure away investment from our own. We have to play by the rules and provide incentives to remain competitive and attract the businesses that provide our workers and their families with good-paying jobs and benefits. For West Michigan, this legislation means new ancillary jobs similar to the ones the automotive industry has provided us for decades. Majority Republicans once again could not muster enough votes to pass the legislation by themselves, but my fellow Democratic colleagues and I did not hesitate to support legislation that will create good-paying jobs all across Michigan.”