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. Ray Fisher

    I agree with Governor Granholm and have e-mailed the White House as such. The situation is dire on many fronts and agendas take a back seat to situations the citizens cannot control. Any stimulus must be prioritized to address the most vital issues first and jobs and unemployment compensation are paramount.

    February 1, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. we behaved badly?

    You can thank the, "right to be slave states"or as they like to be called "the right to work states",the 21 southern,civil war states,that the big companies use to break the back of the working man.

    February 1, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. BB

    Lady – every human in every state that has lost a job needs the help. NOT just your precious little state.

    Send green-card holders home and let the qualified Americans have those jobs. That would help. (My job was "insourced" – they brought several cheap Indians over for training to replace us).

    February 1, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Maggie SC

    If her state mostly supported democrats and the current president she needs to look into how her state got into the situation. Did too much democratic support perhaps drain theri economy by the money they spent in the campaign. Alll in all more research into the reason behind the problem and correct it even if it means replacing peopl on their economic board. Poorly managed resources is how we all get into the financial crisis. Too mush money going out and not enought coming in does not blance a budget. Nor does big spending and giving unnecessary bonuses to those who already earn much much more that the average joe and does less work.

    February 1, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. question

    michigan needs a new governor and new faces.....the government here in michigan has done nothing for the people.....yes we need help cause she is not doing her job...........

    February 1, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. I agree but states with highest unemployment should get priority

    by state for help

    February 1, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Ken in NC

    I agree that people, homeowners and states need help and they need it like yesterday. So while Congress fiddles, Rome burns. I know they are working as fast as they can considering that each and every representative wants his share of the pie which is not supposed to have pork but has more pork than any other component.

    Just like every other case, representatives in Congress are not thinking about the needs of the nation so much as they are their own coffers. I am totally aware of the fact that every district elected them to their representative but they must also remember that their first priority is the welfare and safety of the nation and all it's people. Then come the individual areas from which they were elected.

    February 1, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. not just the most vocal governors

    but help the workers of the biggest job loss areas, California for example has taken some continued large job hits, and it just keeps coming

    February 1, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Ty

    Should someone tell Jennifer that the Church Age has come to an end ??

    February 1, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Michael Bussard

    This economy is having such a tough time that I as a recent college graduate am losing a battle to get my foot in the door anywhere. Even though Information Technology jobs are still in somewhat demand, they are in demand for people like me who are looking for entry level or internship positions.

    I have had the past seasonal job since 2000, while i been in college and it sad that i must stay with this job and can not progress further. Michgan needs help bad, we do not need the government to just place money in our hands, we need JOBS!

    February 1, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Davonne in Easton Pennsylvania

    Let's get it done already! I'm tired of Republicans arguing back and forth demanding tax cuts. The Bush Years are over, those tax cuts for you and your wealthy friends has ended. And I'm tired of Pres. Obama trying to give the right-wing little treats so they will support him. Here's something to chew on Mr. President.... STOP REACHING TO REPUBLICANS!!!

    They're not going to listen to you. There may be 1 or 2 centrist Republicans that may agree with you, but that's all... When it comes to the economy, the Republicans were the ones who got us into this mess.

    February 1, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Daniel

    Well the Dems could not decide if the votes of every day citizens from your state should be counted at all, counted 50% or re-counted. Obama waved like a flag in the wind on the issue.

    You have no hope of them helping your economy. Pack it in sister!

    February 1, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Ron Ft. Myers

    I think everyone agrees we need help in the country. Those opposing the package are, in my opinion, the people that are in the right. They are not saying, for the most part, that there should be no package, it is what is "hidden" in the package, like the $58 million to study sexually transmitted diseases. Like Obama said about the bonuses, there will be a time for that, that time is not now. Our leaders are letting us down again.

    February 1, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Carl Justus

    The republicans need to get off their tax cut horse and get with the program. Bush and the republicans gave three tax cuts totaling more than 2 trillion dollars excluding interest and how many jobs have it gave us today. NONE, IN FACT WE HAVE LOST 4 MILLION JOBS UNDER THE REPUBLICANS AND BUSH'S POLICIES.

    The stock market (dow) has dropped more than 2000 points since Bush took office, the NASDAQ has dropped from more than 4200 when he took office.

    Bush said the tax cuts would create 5 million jobs, we have lost 4 million jobs so he only missed it by 9 million jobs, that should tell you what the republicans know.

    February 1, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Jean

    Are you kidding me, 20 billion dollars, are you kidding me.

    Is she a democrat?

    February 1, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Constitutional Lawyer

    It was the Govenor's Socialist policies she inacted when first taking office that has drawn the state into the sinking abyss. Of she would change her policies and taxes to a more resemble rate, then she would be surprised what will happen. Similarly, stop bending over backwards to the unions would also help.

    February 1, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Bo

    A typical democrat....she and her fellow politicians have overseen the decline of the state's economy, done little if anything to plan for the future, and now she wants a handout. Where is the accountability? What has she been doing as the state's highest politican to protect jobs? She has failed, now she wants others to pay to bail them out.

    February 1, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Roboton

    perhaps you should have allowed McCain to campaign in your state.

    February 1, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. valwayne

    If the state of MI needs more money they shouldn't be coming to the rest of the country for it they should just raise taxes. Gov Granholm is a democrat and their are plenty of rich people in Michigan so she should just do what her party wants to do for the whole country. Raise taxes on the rich in Michigan. If its the right think to do for the country surely its the right thing to do in Michigan!

    February 1, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Doug

    Yes. People do need help now. For some reason the government does not see that it's needed now. How many people have to freeze to death or commit suicide before they react?? or do they really not care? makes you wonder.

    February 1, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Neocon

    Thanks to you we do need help now in Michigan. Way to go on completely destroying Michigan's economy.

    February 1, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. steveo

    another selfish me-me-me government official. get ready sweetheart, michigan will and SHOULD lose more jobs. the car industry needs a 30% reduction across the board. i dont feel one bit sorry for em either.
    you banked on a dinosaur approach to economic development and it failed. now its evolve or die. get busy....

    February 1, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Bruce LaPointe

    Need to help the small bussiness peolple right now!

    We are the ones out here trying to keep our doors open so that a lot more people are not laid off and we are working for far less than minium wage if pulling a wage at all just to keep going.

    I think that if you gave each tax payer back $20,000 you would wee the economy grow really fast.

    By giving these funds to the state we are asking for mismanagement bigtime and a depression the likes of which the world has never seen.

    Tax payers are not the greedy ones, corporations and rich folks are.

    February 1, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. Brian

    Here's a bailout plan for Michigan... hold a special election and throw out this incompetent governor. She has single handedly destroyed Michigan's economy.

    February 1, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. Karen

    Granholm has not been a good governor, and allowed Detroit to get away with too many bad things during her tenure. One of the reasons why both DTW and MI are in such poor shape. Republican governors prior have greatly contributed to this mess since they had huge deficit and hard for Granholm to get out of it. No one in MI now is seen capable of leading them out of this mess, and with the arrogant Big 3, with unions dictating for them, it would just turn into another banana republic state.

    February 1, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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