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Michigan must remove the impediments that keep businesses from investing in new jobs and is forcing them to move to other states to regain their competitiveness, and today the Jobs Task Force unveiled several concrete and attainable reform-proposals aimed at putting Michigan back to work.
The 33-page “Michigan Jobs Plan” is the work of the House Republican Strategic Task Force on Jobs. The plan culminates more than a year of research and fact-gathering from the most reliable source on Michigan’s flagging economy: the job providers that struggle daily to survive the state’s greatest economic slump since the Great Depression. The report will serve as a road map as the Caucus pursues a growth-oriented policy agenda in 2010.
The Michigan Jobs Plan outlines what it will take to get Michigan families back to work. We need to encourage what our great state is known for — innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Over and over again, we heard that government doesn’t create jobs, but heard plenty of cases where government gets in the way of job creation
The Michigan Jobs Plan identifies three objectives that must be achieved to help put Michigan families back to work. First, the state must lower the tax burden on businesses to free up capital that can be invested in jobs. Second, obsolete and onerous regulations must be eliminated so that job providers can focus on greater profitability and productivity. Third, state economic development incentives and programs must be reevaluated to ensure that taxpayer money is being wisely spent on programs that deliver real and tangible benefits to the state’s economy.
Government doesn’t create jobs, entrepreneurs do. Our plan encourages job providers to turn Michigan around by reinvigorating, reinvesting and reforming our state’s economy, creating an environment that fuels the economic engine in our state: small businesses.
The House Republican Michigan Jobs Plan Reinvigorates, Reforms and Reinvests the state’s economy by:
Increase entrepreneurship opportunities.
Demand results from tax credits.
Use tax credits as a tool to maximize job creation.
Require competition in providing tax credits.
Require local input on job creation.
Remove application fees from tax incentive applications.
Create transparency in the Economic Development Corporation.
Establish a comprehensive online economic development resource.
Consider Right to Work zones legislation.
Bring Michigan’s prevailing wage law in line with federal standards.
Provide more money for jobs and health care by reducing the Michigan Business Tax Surcharge.
Provide more money for jobs by eliminating the state Personal Property Tax.
Cut government red tape by increasing tax tribunal efficiency.
Approve clean coal-fired power plant permits.
Keep the state Geological Survey Division independent.
Prevent unemployment insurance fraud.
Reduce employer liability during unemployment appeals.
End UIA persecution of professional employer organizations.
Require a minimum level of DEQ efficiency.
Enact DEQ reforms.
Change how we do business as a state.
Let nothing stand in the way of jobs.
Promote better customer service.
The Jobs Task Force was created to address Michigan’s economic crisis and put forward a plan of action to change the future. Members serving on the Jobs Task Force include Chairman Proos and state Reps. Jase Bolger of Marshall, Kim Meltzer of Macomb Township, Bill Rogers of Brighton and Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City.