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Mayes Votes for Plan to Put Michigan Workers First

Hire Michigan First To Protect Jobs For Michigan Workers, Taxpayer Dollars

March 12, 2009       Leave a Comment
By: MyBayCity Staff

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PRESS RELEASE: State Representative Jeff Mayes (D-Bay City) today voted to pass the "Hire Michigan Plan," which rewards companies that employ 100 percent Michigan workers with state economic development incentives. The aggressive job-creation plan also cracks down on companies that hire undocumented workers by creating penalties that include requiring them to pay back their state incentives and barring them from future state contracts. The plan now moves to the Senate.

"Michigan residents should benefit from the use of Michigan tax dollars," Mayes said. "Our middle class has been under assault from the downsizing of our manufacturing sector and the outsourcing of jobs to other states and counties, and they need the help this plan provides. Michigan workers are the best in the world and they deserve the jobs their tax dollars help create."

The "Hire Michigan First" plan:

· Rewards companies that hire the most Michigan residents in the pursuit of state tax breaks and other economic development incentives. This rule would apply to projects handled by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and certain state-funded programs, including the Michigan Economic Growth Authority and the Renaissance Zone Act.

· Encourages transparency and accountability by requiring companies that accept incentives to report on who they hire to ensure that Michigan residents are put first.

· Cracks down on companies that hire undocumented workers by creating penalties that include requiring them to pay back their tax incentives and barring them from future state contracts.

"The swift action that we've taken today is a key step toward turning Michigan's economy around," Mayes said. "Bay County residents are ready, willing and able to take the good-paying jobs that are created by these tax incentives. I applaud my colleagues for joining me to support this package, and I urge the Senate to move quickly to jumpstart our economy."

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