February 2nd, 2009
02:01 AM ET
6 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. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    CEO Ernst & Young is a trail blazer for understanding the need for women on social development. The country can depend on women in a time of crisis no doubt. California for one has some important programs which can be minimised already. For example advocacy groups for domestic violence. The laws are already in place and funding should be diverted to training and awareness of public servants on the front line job(pathetic standard). From Law Enforcement to Welfare programs and mental health are a few places needing reform. Now that is just one in a thousand programs that has been unecessarily being funded because of an overlap and in some places there is under funding of priority programs. Congress has to act now or at least release part of the $350 billion to the States while they work on reform and creat jobs.

    February 1, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. No Hillary = No Obama

    Make better cars and you wouldn't be needing any help

    February 1, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    So glad that "America the Beautiful" was sung at the Super Bowl along with our national anthem.

    "America the Beautiful" should have been our national anthem, because it is about America, not about war.

    Many people feel this way, and I am glad it was acknowledged today.

    February 1, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. alex mclaughlin

    I believe her 1/3,1/3 and 1/3 is a good mix. the other partisan agenda items should be in general appropriations. this is not the time for new programs, I heard a number as high as 41 new programs. closer to home the Governor could ask some of the special interest groups to make large realistic concessions in order to keep their jobs. Even with concessions they would have some of the best compensated jobs in the world.

    February 1, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Michiganian

    Go Jennifer! I know some people in this state blame you for our problems, but we lived in Oakland County (car county) from 2001-2004, and we predicted that the SUV fad could not sustain itself, nor the entitlement thinking of the auto execs and workers. Now this has hit the chemical industry as well as everyone else. Even the lower gas prices are not helping us rebound. I hope you have a plan, and I pray for our country's survival.

    February 1, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. EJD

    I'm sorry the Republicans got spanked in the election and are feeling sore about it, but we don't have time for this baloney. We're all losing our jobs - Note to Mr. Boehner: We don't CARE whether you do or do not like Nancy Pelosi, et al. Get off your keesters and start DOING something. No one's going to thank you for your "principled opposition" when this country is tyring to wrestle itself out of a Depression. GET MOVING!

    February 1, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Justin from New Haven, CT

    Michigan should leave the nation, they're absolutely useless at this point.

    February 1, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. Rob Stumpf

    Worst governor in the United States. Who cares what she says?

    February 1, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. campaign for liberty

    Creating artificial jobs only postpones the agony and deepens the severity. Only a robust economy in a free market environment can adequately create jobs of substantial significance to have any kind of impact in our ailing economy.

    Read about Austrian Economics & you will begin to see what needs to be done to achieve LONG TERM PROSPERITY and yes it does involve abolishing the notion of a privately owned central bank behind the wheel.

    February 1, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Independent_me

    I think that governors should go to the people of their states and let them know that the Republicans are holding up the stimulus bill.

    The Republicans think that Obama should give them everything that they want – in other words, accept their version of the stimulus bill.

    Its an all or nothing proposition for them. Obama bent backwards in accommodating them, but they still chose to walk in lock-step – just as they did under Bush – and rebuff him...even though he accepted some of their ideas.

    I say Obama needs to go to the public and tell them to call their senators and demand that they support and vote for the stimulus bill that the Dems have crafted. After all, what in the heck did the Republicans do for 8 years, expect follow after Bush in lock-step and bring the country to the brink of disaster... why should we want anything that they have to offer???

    February 1, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. 6ftRabbit

    I'm getting a little weary of these governor's whining about how bad off they are. Quit whining and do something to help yourself. Y'all expect the rest of the country to rescue your butt's, but it ain't gonna happen. Everyone is in the same boat, so get to bailing instead of complaining about wet feet.

    February 1, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Slider

    Governor Granholm, like most Democrats, you have the tools you need to create jobs in your state.

    Cut the marginal tax rate; allow companies to accelerate depreciation; cut costs to capital by lowering the taxes on capital gains and dividends that in effect doubles those taxes on capital; and realize that for every dollar you tax, you have to account for the money to raise that tax, plus what you have taken out of the economy.

    As I said, you have the tools, but like most of your party, you lack the talent and political will, to use them.

    Must be something in the water up there in Michigan.

    February 1, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. S Callahan

    She is right.....and since my Gov. in NYS didn't speak up...let me make the request for NYS as well. Those in DC government can stop their game shuffling ,sit back for a moment and think that each day you delay in decision making it impacts thousands of families...
    Get the garbage out of the bills and get people in real paying jobs again.

    February 1, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. Happy with new President

    Go, Jennifer!
    Call the President right now, and tell him that people in Michigan need his help right now! Please, tell Mr. President that 80% of Michiganders support him, and you!
    Please, forget politic, forget all this rich republicans who are draging this plan for another month or two, just be wise, speak to President, tell him that regular workers in Michigan don't have enough to feed their children!
    We, people in Michigan, count on you and the President!!!!!!

    February 1, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. John

    Republicans call spending tax dollars to ruin Iraq's infrastructure the "War on Terror."

    Republicans call spending tax dollars to repair America's infrastructure "Pork."

    February 1, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. just wanna move on

    Imagine that, the democratic governor wanting federal money, and by that, I mean the money that belongs to the people of the United States. If you do not know how to govern madam perhaps you should resign. Create a plan to stimulate your state's economy that doesn't require deficit spending. When it get tough for American families, they cut back. This is, obviously, something the government has not yet learned.

    February 1, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. TrueIndependent

    It's simple really – Let Republican governors who are against the stimulus package turn down the money.
    Now, that's change you can believe.

    February 1, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. ChicagoSuz

    Jennifer, get your fellow Governors to tell their Congressmen & Senators to stop grandstanding & get with the program.

    Any state's elected officials who vote "no" should forfeit their shares. How's that for incentive?

    February 1, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. Proud American

    I never thought I would live to see states in this country become 3rd world status. It's really sad and should be criminal to see what the republicans did to our country and continue to try.

    February 1, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. Kim

    Well, I hear Sarah Palin was in Washing DC trying to get her state some of the stimulus money, what do the Republicans have to say about that?!

    February 1, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. Carol

    It is time for the republican's to admit trickle down economics don't work. If they keep trying to block what needs to be done to get our Country out of the mess they have made, so be it. We'll see how many more republican's we can vote out in 2010, IF the country holds together that long.

    February 1, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. the true liberal

    if the keep the republicans in the house and the senate, this country will be in deep recession because their conservatives toughts will not will destroy our economy. thanks god, we have a president Obama

    February 1, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. IMO

    Since every republican is against the stimulus package in washington and on this board, why don't you all just turn it down.

    Typical of republicans, living in denial – of everything.

    February 1, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  24. Connie from Indiana

    Let's face it the house and senate can't get it together, they still get their pay and even got an automatic raise in January.They can not get it through their thick heads millions of American's have been hurting for the past two years while them and their buddies have been reaping the harvest.They are not going to act and quit the bull until they can't put food on their tables.

    February 1, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. Chipster

    What does the Gov. mean by "making sure people are not being hurt?" I'm sure that can be interpreted any number of ways. For example, the family planning funds for contraception would have kept families from having an extra mouth to feed in troubled times and it would prevent abortions for people in desperate (even homeless) situations. What exactly is everyone agreeing to? Do they know?

    February 1, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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