February 2nd, 2009
02:01 AM ET
9 years ago

Granholm: We need help now

Gov. Jennifer Granholm says states need help immediately in order to face the economic crisis.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm says states need help immediately in order to face the economic crisis.

(CNN) - Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Sunday expressed confidence that the economic stimulus plan could help her state recover from the financial crisis, but she said Michigan needs the funds now.

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Granholm cited a report by Mark Zandi, the cofounder of Moody's Economy.com, which said the stimulus plan would create more than 150,000 jobs for her state.

"Believe me, we are all about jobs. Those 140,000 jobs that were lost this past week, we see the impact of this every day, and I'm speaking not just for Michigan, but for governors across the country," the Democratic governor said. "We need help. We need it now. And it's not about budgets, it's about creating jobs in our states."

Asked her opinion on the more than $800 billion stimulus bill moving through Congress, Granholm said, "If things are in there that are not related to job creation, it should perhaps be in other bills. But this bill should be related to job creation and helping people get through this economic crisis."

She said her idea of a "good balance" is "a third toward making sure people are not being hurt, a third toward investing in job creation and a third towards tax cuts."

Granholm brushed off suggestions that it would take a while for funds to make any impact.

She said the House version of the stimulus bill allots about $900 million for infrastructure in Michigan.

"I have $20 billion worth of requests for shovel-ready projects that could have dirt flying within 180 days. Now, will it happen overnight? No. (For) us in the North, the ground is still frozen, but it certainly would happen within 180 days," she said.

Granholm said that if her state was given the funds, people could be put to work on infrastructure projects that she says would have a long-term impact on the nation's economy.

"I'll tell you what is necessary immediately is investment in infrastructure jobs, and jobs that we can put people to work in right now," she said.

soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. bj

    Michigan's problems are due to the lack of diversity in the economy. If people want jobs they need to go back to school and learn a new trade. the auto industry is done in MI thanks to the UAW. Dumping more money into GM and Chrysler is just a waste that leads nowhere. If Ford can make it on it's own, great, but no more money should be channeled to the auto makers. (and quit blaming the republicans) you overpaid underworked union workers (faithful democrats) have brought about your own demise.

    February 1, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. steve

    That's a great idea. Have one government entity that is trillions of dollars in the hole bail out another government entity that is having trouble making a balanced budget. How's abouts we just live with what we have? If you don't have the money, cut spending!

    February 2, 2009 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  3. Dawn

    Every States in this Union is in dire need of money. Michigan is no different. The Auto industry is back in 1980's the bigger the better. They should have remember in the 70's when we had an oil embargo and continued to make smaller and economical efficient cars. When the embargo lifted it was business as usual. They needed to become more efficent with the imported cars. They are in the 21st Century, we are still in the 20th Century.

    February 2, 2009 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  4. Chris

    I happen to live in Michigan. Let me tell you, our governor is a loser. She has given away the store with her tax breaks, trips to europe and asia and then sits here and actully says in an interview she didnt realize the economy was that bad. She actully asked the reporters that if they would have told her last year it would be this bad she would have done something. OH MY GOODNESS. Thats our governor, a loser.

    Some may say we are bad to say this out loud but WE live here and suffer from her inability to actully THINK. All she worries about is HER political career. Jenny, PLEASE quit and let ANYONE else fix this state.

    February 2, 2009 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  5. Simon Templar

    So, the guvner says it’s about jobs not budgets. Yea, I suppose jobs are pretty important, but it would seem to me that so is your budget. Just another lying, cheating, thieving, spend if ya got it (and if ya don’t) Politian. I’m sorry there little Ms. Jenni “fun” fer, if your unable to cut fat from you budget and spend less then I really don’t think you got much business standing there asking for a handout from the Feds. Makes you nothing more than Wimpey; “I’ll pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”. Hopefully the fine people of Michigan will wake up and replace you sorry butt with someone who is more fiscally responsible. Oh wait, the people of Michigan, as well as the people of this country don’t care much about fiscal responsibility; if they were then this country would not be in the mess that it’s in.

    February 2, 2009 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  6. JSG

    Governor Granholm has done an excellent job in a state with severely deep and long-standing troubles, and her focus has been to help all citizens in her state. She's attacked gas-gouging, addressed unemployment, and has generally tried to help people pick themselves back up. Honestly, if you can trust any politician to carefully apply tax dollars, it's Jennifer Granholm.

    Michigan is not like other states. Among other things, it is the source of the auto industry and has paid significantly for outsourced jobs. Which is why there is a focus on the state. If you think you are seeing unemployment rise in your state, understand that there has been a recession in Michigan for years–you just didn't care because it wasn't happening to you.

    February 2, 2009 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  7. Jim

    Lets hand out more tax cuts, god knows from the news lately apparently no millionaires pay taxes anyway. =) whatever the case hurry the hell up, its bad enough its taken this long to prove to the Republicans that this economic crisis is even real, let alone how to deal with it. LOL. Make sure those Dems dont go on a reckless spending spree, with state officials all looking to get their share, we should really be making sure the people that need it most get it. So far quite a few states ive heard asking for help dont even seem to need it so.....thats a problem.....=/

    February 2, 2009 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
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