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. R Tomlin

    Those Governors whining for Fed money should take a leaf out of Arizona's book. Our new REPUBLICAN Gov. and legislature has cut needless programs and balanced our budget! Do the job you were elected to do and live within your means!

    February 1, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. R Tomlin

    Note change of E mail address. Thank you.

    February 1, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Chuck

    Why should we bail you out for the mismanagement and over spending of your state. This stimulus plan is nothing more than a bunch of social spending disguised as an economic stimulus, the whole thing sickens me. Cut you budget, cut your spending, do an across the board wage cut (no exceptions) and be responsible like all of the rest of us have to be.

    February 1, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Chris E

    Can someone please tell me what have the governors of these so cal lgreat states done with the money? I live in CA and we are faces a problem with the state running out of money soon and I want to know what have the governors done with the money. As many of you know we the good tax payers in CA will not be getting state tax refund they are going to issue a IOU funny that the government can give a IOU but when we owe them they want their money NOW not later guess that what you get when you put a ACTOR in charge of your state.. LOL

    February 1, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. JK Ashburn, VA

    As a FORMER Michigan resident, I can tell you Jennifer has certainly done her share to chase jobs out of Michigan. The job climate has deteriorated badly since she's been in. The unions put her in the governorship and they've got what they paid for - a league leading unemployment rate.

    She now claims a long list of "shovel-ready" jobs. Stick a shovel in the ground in Michigan now and it is sure to break - the tundra doesn't thaw until late April. And, they'll certainly be high paying union jobs, including lots of featherbedding and union corruption. Not a good use of taxpayer dollars at all. Thank heaven she's gone after 2010 due to term limits.

    February 1, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. shannon

    The bill is filled with nonsense, quit smoking programs, money to bee keepers, money to WWII vets in the Philipines, the list goes on and on. We all need help, when is Washington going to get the message. Maybe we should all just cheat on our taxes, that seems to be acceptable these days, even rewarded with high paying government appointments in the Obama administration, you know the one that was going to bring us change.

    February 1, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. John Illinois

    What I do not understand is that this governor and all the other governors know there is a package coming but to just blindly accept the pork-laden, welfare expanding piece of garbage that is out now is foolish. The so-called stimulus package needs all of the BS pork and welfare garbage removed first before it is implemented,

    February 1, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Cindy

    Our State Governer is right, Michigan needs this help now. I am currently attending Community College to make a change in jobs. There are so many older Americans now doing just that in Michigan. We are lucky in one way in Michigan and that is because our state government has worked togeather with our Governor and has made job training for the new economy a priority and has No Worker Left Behind. Our Governor and Legislators have worked hard making cuts after cuts to keep Michigan afloat and our budget balanced, they have taken the heat and made the tuff choices. It has been hard but they are doing it. It is a program that works and our Federal Government might want to emulate. Michigan will overcome and so will our country. Yes We Can!

    February 1, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. Survivor


    February 1, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. Walter

    Go back to Canada.

    February 1, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Idaho Rich

    The Corrupt greedy unions in your state along with your left leaning state government and idiot car companies have made a joke of your state. The best we can do now its give you to Canada.

    February 1, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Bethanne from MI

    What about getting people out to do salting and snow removal? Buses can't even get to some kids to take them to school! I75 and other big highways aren't even getting salted! People are dying in MI because of all the car accidents! Is MI so completely out of money that we can't even run the plows!!!!

    February 1, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Jeff Polansky

    my GAWD did this politicians not get it? a third towards tax cuts??? if people don't have jobs, that doesn't save them a dime. we've had eight years of tax cuts and things have only gotten worse. we need JOBS, EDUCATION, INFRASTRUCTRE, and TAX INCREASES for the top 1% who haven't been paying their fair share.

    February 1, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Texas Trail Kitty

    Better talk to the Republicans Jenny. Their only thought is 2012 and they don't care what happens to you.

    February 1, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. Sharone

    We in Michigan need help Bad! The people in this state are and have been hurting for a while!!! Michigan is one of the worst off states in the US right now if not the worse!!! Help would be so appreciated!

    February 1, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. stag

    Another govenor wanting a handout of taxpayer money-this is hardly news.

    Ms. Granholm, take care of your own problems.

    February 1, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. The Artful Dodger

    Sarah Palin also wants the money for her various bridges to nowhere, but the point is well taken that the people on the ground, the governors getting their rears handed to them in this Republican-inspired economy, are all wanting a piece of this pie that Republican congressmen and women seem determined to undermine. Not only are they not satisfied with bringing economic ruin to the land, they want to stop serious attempts to fix things.

    February 1, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. jim

    you gov deserve only to be fired as does each gov that sent their state into record deficits

    February 1, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. nina

    Hey Obama and the goverment need to had out money to the people of Kentucky who was hit by this storm. Just like New Orleans these people need help to buy that plasma tv I mean food and shelter!

    February 1, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. David, Democrat from West Virginia

    Gov. Granholm is like many other Governors in this country – they're hurting and need help with jobs, not tax breaks for the wealthy. If business tax breaks would be conditioned with job creation, then tax breaks would be great, but we need a JOBS Stimulus package, without all the pork. Save some of the money in case more stimulus in needed later. Don't WASTE IT!

    February 1, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. michigan resident

    did she actually say tax cuts ? unbelieveable coming from the michigan governor that has raised taxes more than any other in michigans history . she has raised taxes & drove so many buisness`s & people out of her state that even the deer are moving out before she taxes them !!!!!!!....anything this woman says we need , i`d vote just the opposite !

    February 1, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  22. Larry from NJ

    I liked Obama's message of hope, even though I didn't vote for him. He was too shady for me personally. A lot of people sort of go for that and that is OK, that is their thing and he is the president now. I still have hope, hope that he can use his shadiness against our foreign enemies, who would do us harm either physically or economically with unfair trade agreements.

    February 1, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. Republicans - NOT "Country First"

    Wouldn't we all Gov. Granholm?

    Unfortunately the Republican Party is not aware of the real problems that exist in all of our states. They are still focused on their same 20 year old rhetoric solution of tax cuts that ultimately benefit the rich.

    I wonder how many Americans would rather have a tax cut versus a JOB so they can keep their home, pay their bills, and feed their families?

    Those Republicans – they are really in touch with what is going on in America!

    February 1, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. Terry

    Gov. Granholn...taxpayers want something compiled for job stimulus only ...and this isn't it.

    Governors going around saying ....the sky is falling...the sky is falling...is a diversionary tactic to shove this bill without being reading. Apparently there were only 11 in the House of Representatives that read it.

    These Senators need to review, rip it apart and revise this piece of pork....and take all the time to do it.....so we have a better chance of it coming out right.

    February 1, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Rick

    Spend spend Spend, all the wishes of the states, give us money , give us support, this is what the demoncrates and republican demos want, support from the government, welfare, give us money so we depend on the government, we want welfare, we cannot get off our butts and help our selves, we deserve it......All of these crybabies need to get off their duffouses and try to survive, grow a garden, go back to school, learn to fish. help a neighbor, help yourself, quit whinning, Ive been out of work before too and am out of work now, but I'm not freaking out like all these governors and other people, quit depending on the government and depend on yourself....

    February 1, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
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