BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP — Yesterday, General Motors announced a plan to lay off 15 percent of its salaried workforce across North America, robbing almost 15,000 employees of their jobs. The decision is expected to impact thousands of Michigan's working families, including workers Downriver, as the Detroit-Hamtramck and Warren Transmission factories are slated for closure. In response, state Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) released the following statement:

"It's ludicrous that our state's taxpayers — including the very workers at GM who stand to lose their jobs — remain on the hook for billions of dollars in handouts to corporations that are clearly outsourcing American jobs. That misguided practice must end.

"We must dispel with the myth that large tax cuts for corporations will trickle down to help workers. Instead of corporate handouts, our focus should be on supporting Michigan's working families. With only four weeks left in the legislative year, we must use that time and the supplemental budget process to invest in the training and support services these workers need to transition to good-paying jobs right here in Michigan."