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. susie

    The govenor needs to try to get the pork out of the bill first.

    February 1, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. Lawrence Curtin

    I wrote to the Governor about building a plant in Michigan. I never received a reply.

    February 1, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. Happy with new President

    Reading all this comments here, I just see how America is divided:rich-poor, republicans-democrats, etc. Many of those comments are divided on party lines, too! Listen you idiots! If you can't help people in Michigan right now, don't put your comments here. Go to Bush, McCain, Steele or else, and ask them for advice. Auto industry was based in my state for many years, and all other small business were conected to them. Now, they are gone, and many of republicans on this page seem to enjoy this! Please, go, enjoy it somewhere else, but don't forget that Michigan and his people will come back much stronger then before! Our governer did great job for us, and she is democrat, our new President is going to help Michigan in best way that he can! Yes, people in Michigan are dying because of this cold winter, and some republicans are happy with this. We don't need any more republican in this state newer!
    They have all what they wanted, money, businesses, oil, etc. Now, they are blocking Presidents plan that is going to help small, working people. Yes, go ahead republicans! In 2 or 3 years you won't be arround at all.
    But, Michigan and his people will be here forever!!!!

    February 1, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. Craig Shearer

    States need to start now. Sterilize welfare recipients, convicted felons, and drug abuers. Start cutting welfare expenses. Put all inmates to work.

    No pork barrel spending for criminals, such as ACORN. No money for abortions overseas. Spend that abortion money right here in our slums.

    February 1, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. mark

    maybe she should of done more for her state so they wouldnt be where they are now

    michigan is ghetto backyard of america anyway

    February 1, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Justine

    Actually, for all of you foaming-at-the-mouth Republican ideologues insulting Governor Granholm for requesting financial help for her state which suffers from devastating unemployment, Michigan typically pays more in federal taxes than it receives in federal funding. Most "blue states" do... and every southern & Plains state with the exception of Georgia receives more than they spend. So, all of those in the conservative states crying because they want tax breaks are actually getting more money in services and support than they are paying. Good thing for you, there are plenty of generous progressives in this nation to shore up your miserable economies and hope that someday you understand reality for what it is.

    February 1, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. Job Creation is simple

    You want jobs America? This is simple; take the $850 billion and give it away to the unemployed. $850 Billion is the equivalent of 11 million jobs for a year at $75,000 per individual for 1 year. Oh, you want minimum 2 years jobs. Okay, the $850 Billion = 5 1/2 million jobs at $75,000 per job for 2 years guaranteed. What is so hard about that. You give that money away to 5,500,000 unemployed americans at $75,000 per year for 2 years and the economy will turn around overnight. Now, have those 5,500,000 people actually do something productive and our GDP goes through the roof.

    What is so difficult about those ecomocis. And zero risk that it will not work - these jobs are GUARANTEED

    February 1, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  8. Ronny in NY

    The problem with the stimulus bill is all the mess they are sticking in there. How is $300 million in funding for family planning in foreign countries going to help? And I'm all for building roads and bridges and public transportation, but why not put that in a transportation bill? It just seems like some trickery to get a bunch of pet projects funded, and slammed through in a state of panic.

    February 1, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. Mike in Philly

    Actually, money to bee keepers does make sense; you just have to know a bit. Bees do much pollinating of fields and crops. Without bees, crop yields are lower. Better food production helps farmers, consumers, etc.

    We still need more hard construction in the bill, I feel.

    February 1, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. earle florida

    A good start would be rounding up all the illegal mexican's, and sending them back home. In fact that might be a better choice for a few of us,..?

    February 1, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. Juro, MI resident

    Go back to Canada, Governor Granholm. You'll fit in better there.

    February 1, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  12. Rob in Ark

    What if it the stimulus doesn't work ? Then what my "dim" friends ?

    February 1, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  13. Scott

    Sorry governor, but you are not from an inbred state, otherwise known as the south. Therefore the Republicans don't believe that you get a say, not matter how much Obama tries to work with Republicans.

    February 1, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. Jan in MI

    Rob and Justin.....I live in Michigan. Thanks for letting us know we don't count in the United States of America.

    Now that's really looking out for other people.

    If you don't live in Michigan...you know nothing about what goes on in

    Michigan. I guess if you can judge us then you have all the answers

    We all need to stick together. Unbelievable how rude people are..

    February 1, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. TK

    "Mr. Change" has put nothing but payoff pork into that stupid bill of his. Have you dems no shame? Your gonna be out of a job and all that money is going to the people that helped Obama get elected. Give me a tax cut and I'll go hire 5 people tomorrow! Give that money to STD reasearch and we'll all get screwed, even democrats.

    February 1, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. Brandy

    I lived in Michigan all my life until recently. Most people don't realize the situation is much worse there than the rest of the country. Detroit especially has been struggling far worse and much longer than most people realize. Good for Granholm for stepping up and speaking for the people in dire need of relief in the state. Yes everyone who lost a job is in need.. but Michigan has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

    February 1, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. WIlly Brown


    February 1, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. David Johnson

    We keep saying Job Creation. What kind of jobs? Will people do jobs
    that require real work? Will they work 8 hours a day in the sun? Will they farm the soil? Will they get dirty?
    What kind of work do we need to stimulate the economey? It's not music. It's not playing sports. It's not the sports club, or the Cafe Fonda.
    Let's get real. We have to get back to making something usefull that we all need to survive. We are entering into hard times. Let go of all the thrills and do something to help everyone.

    February 1, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  19. Chris Brignole

    Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm;
    Go ask the UAW to bail out your state. Politicians have been in bed with the unions in Michigan turning a blind eye to the fact that labors demand could not be sustained. Now your economy is dead but at least you have company in the UAW.
    There is no way you or any other irresponsible state should get any bail out when you fail to create legislation that fails to recognize the facts of a basic checkbook balancing exercise. I am fed up with bailout. Those that have succeeded thus far now have each tax payer on their boards and they better begin to act accordingly.

    February 1, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    I understand that Granholm, and every other governor, would love to raid my wallet, but what do I get out of it?

    Why is that, so far as politicians are concerned, the solution to every problem always seems involve further soaking the citizens?

    February 1, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. Brandy

    Also to: mark February 1st, 2009 8:07 pm ET

    Michigan is not a ghetto state at all. It's a beautiful and diverse state with much more to offer than you would think. Unless you visited, you wouldn't know. And with a comment like that it sounds like the only thing you do know is the corn field in YOUR backyard.

    February 1, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  22. Joyce Becker

    Everyone who lost a job needs help now, I just hope that the Republicans don't hold up the stimulus package in order to get more tax relief for the rich.That is just about the only thing I hear them say. It didn't work before and it won't work now, the only thing it does it keep the rich from getting poor.

    February 1, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. Outspoken

    We are in this economic mess because we have a government that is OUT OF CONTROL and SPENDS too much money. Why do we keep thinking the same wreckless economic policy is going to lead us out of this mess? Instead of asking the fed to COME SAVE US and, in the process, take over more of our lives and society in general, we should be ratifying the BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT and bringing our government under control. GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CREATE WEALTH. Only capitalism and free enterprise can do that.

    February 1, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  24. Job creation is not that simple

    This is for the fella going by "Job Creation is Simple". So, you say take that $850,000,000,000 and break it up into chunks of $75,000 then hand it out right? That would turn the economy around "overnight"? If we just start giving paychecks to people then that will fix everything you say?

    You're a complete idiot. So, for a year or two we give a free ride to millions of people who don't currently have the required skillset to maintain gainful employment. What happens once the money is gone? I will tell you. You wind up with a bunch of fat lazy people who are broke again and the problem continues.

    Your logic mirrors the current welfare system. A large part of the time if you give money to people who seek nothing more in life they will stay there. They will not improve, they will not move up, and they will not benefit society.

    The money needs to be used to build new businesses (small businesses) which create jobs and educate people to STOP LIVING BEYOND THEIR MEANS! If you make $30,000 a year working at wal-mart you SHOULD NOT be driving a new mercedes benz. This hyper consumer mindset is what's sinking the ship. Creditors need to rein in lending practices and hold applicants to very very strict loan limits based half on credit history and half on INCOME. If the gov't placed a limit on revolving credit that a person can have available to 20% of their provable income we'd see a huge improvement. People would be forced to live at their means. Their positive cashflow would improve, and that extra money would go into the economy.

    We need to address the real causes of this problem. We have been supporting a huge economy with money that doesn't actually exist... It was bound to fail eventually. This is where we have to make hard decisions. If people can't manage their affairs responsibly then there should be intervention to help ensure that they don't get into financial trouble in the first place. Less money (from credit) in the market would lead to deflation... rental prices would drop, utilities would be bundled into packages with rent... You think not? Go to Michigan. That's where they're at now. Michigan has been dealing with what the rest of country is just beginning to feel for YEARS.

    Kill credit cards... limit excessive lending limits that cause personal financial collapse and you will see stabalization in the economy.

    February 1, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. Nancy

    I think it's important to point out that while Michigan has had a Democratic governor, the state house and senate have been Republican for quite a while. So who do you blame? The rest of the country is just now getting to the point that Michigan has been in for several years. Welcome to our world.

    Now, let's get it fixed.

    February 1, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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