Corporatism, Michigan Republicans — August 15, 2013 at 7:07 am

Michigan unemployment up 2 months in a row. At what point do we get to ask Republicans where the jobs are?


You got your Right to Work and your corporate tax cuts. Now show us the jobs.

For two months in a row, Michigan’s unemployment rate has gone up. It went up 0.3 points to 8.7% in June and, in July, it was up another 0.1 points to 8.8%. In contrast, the US unemployment rate was flat at 7.6% in June and dropped to 7.4% in July.

Oh, sure, there were some jobs created. But not nearly enough to compensate the new workers coming into the job market. In July, a paltry 9,000 jobs were created in Michigan with 10,000 new entrants looking for work.

With Right to Work now the law of the land and the giant Republican tax break for corporations nearly two years old, at what point do we get to start asking some hard questions about where all the new jobs they promised are? The national unemployment rate is going down and Michigan is bucking the trend.

Low corporate taxes were supposed to bring in new companies and new jobs. That was how they justified the new taxes on seniors’ pensions and the slashing of school funding. Yet, here we are, two years down the road, and things are actually getting worse.

So, Governor Snyder and Michigan Republicans, I think it’s fair to ask: WHERE ARE THE JOBS???