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. Average Joe

    Their will be no help from the right.They believe defience is strength.But to the majority it is ignorance.Untill most of what we buy says MADE IN USA on it, our economy will go nowhere.

    February 1, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. Helen, NY

    This Governor has failed policies and has made Michigan state bankrupt. Now she wants ot get bailout money because she has no ideas on her own. This Governor should be impeached like Blago.

    February 1, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. leo S,

    get the money to the people at the bottom,and they will spend now,that will create jobs and activate the prodution lines once again,you have to have demand before you produce, WAKE UP PEOPLE ;;;;;.no buying power ,no prodution,no jobs. AMEN ,,,,

    February 1, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. Michigan gets what it deserves

    I lived in Michigan for my whole life up to 2 years ago, along with most of my friends. Despite having the worst economy for YEARS, Granholm always blames Bush and Republicans rather than do something herself. She is the worst governor I have ever seen. Even with conditions getting much, much worse in the past 8 years, we STILL elected her (to my disbelief) over an educated businessman who might actually have turned Michigan around by now. CNN should not be giving her a place to voice her opinions – they are just hate filled poor ideas, nothing more.

    To the Michigan Voters: If you TRULY want change in our state, VOTE HER OUT OF OFFICE. Stop voting in idiots then wonder why your state sucks so much.

    February 1, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. Mark

    Congress should stop sending my money to fat, wall street bankers, and others. Why do they think they can spend my money better than me? Why not just suspend all taxes for one year for first 250,000 in income? Screw this redistribution theory.

    February 1, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. Blue Tiger

    Michigan needs help badly and hasn't received the help that it needs. Gov. Granholm is highly intelligent woman. Her plan makes sense.

    Jobs in MI are literally going away by the hour. This stimulus package needs to allocate money specifically to MI jobs and training.

    February 1, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. Larry

    It is amazing to me that the Republicans are getting blamed. The Democrats hold the voting edge. I get sick of the blame on the Republicans. FOr the last two years the Dems were in control.

    February 1, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. Scott

    So what happens when this bill fails and all that money is history, the economy is still in shambles and you're still out of work?

    February 1, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. Moe, NY

    WOW....judging by the nasty comments written on this blog, I have come to the conclusion that there really are UGLY AMERICANS out there...I am ashamed of all of you nasty people. All of America is hurting and we need to stick together as Americans and help one another where possible. Take your anger to your individual elected politicans, that is where it should be directed...tell them to get to work and stop playing politics while Americans continue to hurt more and more each day.

    February 1, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  10. Campaign for liberty

    Had our government operated strictly within it's originally created Constitutional boundaries, this financial system collapse would not have happened.

    February 1, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  11. Allen

    Hey Gov, if you want to do something to help revive your state's sagging economy, you should encourage the democratic party to abandon the labor unions. It is the unions that have devastated the auto industry in this country. For decades the DNC has taken their money and support and now your state is paying the price. UNIONS KILL INNOVATION AND COMPANY PRIDE.

    February 1, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. Shawn

    For everyone for this stimulus. Can you please explain how most of the stuff in this stimulus will help. There is only a little infrastructure in this bill. I agree something needs to be done but there is way too many things in here that won't help. I try to be open minded but you have to admit that there is way too many pork projects in there.

    February 1, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  13. Sarah

    I live in Michigan and have for most of my life. Our current Gov has totally destroyed this beautiful state. I wish to God she would just go back to Canada where she belongs.

    February 1, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  14. larry

    it seems to me that people only can say whats wrong with the plan and no solutions, can anyone offer a fix ? i say lets go back to the basics. starting with ALL people who earn a living in this country pay taxes no more tax free for people just over from another country. bottom line if u make u.s dollars then u ALL should pay u.s. taxes.

    February 1, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  15. mary in mich

    the current bonus payments has me baffled. It reminds me of a nonthinking alcoholic who, as usual, got carried away-drank way over the limit–drove his car into some poor, hardworking citizen destroying all possible chance for a decent future for this citizen and the police are called to the "wreck". The police know the citizen is in bad shape and are trying to be helpful, but they know the alcoholic will need immediate help too. They quickly supply the drunk with a beautiful new car and give him the keys. The drunk is again on his way . The wreck is left for the paramedics and tow truck to clean up. The police are scratching their heads and saying,"We shouldn't have given him that car (with keys)!!!! HE NEEDS TO BE STOPPED–HE HAS CAUSED A TERRIBLE MESS–SOMEBODY STOP HIM!!!!!!!

    February 1, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  16. Tired

    The Govenor needs to address the Republican senators who are blocking the stimulus package President Obama is trying to get through congress. The Republicans are largely responsible for the mess we are in now, yet they take no responsibility for it. Instead, they want to be consulted and coddled. They need to stop being the problem and start being part of the solution. The American people are tired of being pushed around!

    February 1, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  17. Simmy

    RELEASE that money you "politiciking" Republicans!

    February 1, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  18. Dink

    This what happens when states ride the gravy train in good times and don't save or plan for a rainy day. California is the same way.....all the rest of the country ever hears is that California and its citizens are better than everyone else. Now you want the "other people" to bail you out because you overspent your checkbook. Same goes for all those people in Michigan collecting $30 per hour with full benefits for just turning bolts and tightening screws..........and now have the audacity to say they aren't overpaid and shouldn't have to sacrifice any more. Put your pay scale and benefits in line with the average factory worker in the USA and your industry wouldn't be having problems and you might eventually get it..

    When I can't pay my bills, will the government give me bailout money?

    February 1, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. lumberman

    Hey wait a minute! where is Obuma? I thought he was going to change everything! Seems like you liberals were fooled by his lies, what else would you expect from a liberal! LOL! you wantedhim, you got him!

    February 1, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  20. Mary Beth

    Why not take the $850 stimulus and divide it among TAXPAYERS. This would work out to approx $250K each TAXPAYER. People would then pay their bills (freeing up credit), buy homes (stimulating housing prices), and purchase new cars, tv, appliances, etc (thus stimulating production in return producing jobs). I realize this sounds unfair to those not paying taxes, but it IS TAXPAYER money.

    February 1, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  21. pointofview

    hey governors, try and quit running your own states in the ground and running up taxes on the people and the companies that is the life blood of your economy. Social programs run by inefficient government bureaucrats are the main reason just about every state and town are in some sort of deficit. yet everyone keeps voting people in who promises individuals something instead of empowering them to get it themselves which is the only way America will succeed.

    February 1, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. MS Redhead

    Hey, we behaved badley? While the salaries in the "right to work" State of Mississippi are not comparable to the UAW's "ball-busting" wages, we don't have corrupt union bosses whose contracts price their workers right out of the market. Also, I haven't heard Nissan employees in Canton, MS complain about being treated like slaves. Maybe they're treated like employees who work a full eight-hour day with an hour for lunch for a decent salary, unlike UAW members getting paid for taking three-hour lunches.

    And, all of you yahoos blaming Republicans for not supporting this pork bill–try READING what is contained in the bill before you point fingers. It's disgusting that THIS proposed Bill is Obama, Pelosi, and Reid's answer to stimulating the economy.

    February 1, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  23. no more borrowing

    One Question to all that want the "stimulus" money? Where does that money come from? Are we really so selfish now that we are willing to sell our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren into a life of perpetual National Debt? If the auto industry falls because I chose not to borrow money to buy a new car, WHY would I want MY government to borrow the money from my grandchildren's future to buy a car nobody is willing to buy now anyway?????

    February 1, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  24. Oly

    I dont get the cut taxes for businesses. The tax burden on businesses in the state of wisconsin is at an altime low compared to taxes on the people of wisc. In the last tax year the top 10 companies in this state paid NO state taxes making billions and paying no tax for the services provided by our state. Most large state companies and medium companies have so many tax breaks and loopoles that they dont pay very much in taxes. THese are the companies still yelling about high state taxes on them and how we should pay them to stay here. Now its free land to expand and free water and sewer etc. And in the mean time they open their headquarters in a two story flat in the Bahamas just like thousands of others. And for the people that say these states are whining. The federal govt demands the states balance their budgets and then dictates mandates to these same states about what should be spent and how. Hence the federal govt does not pay what their share is and force the states to either cut other programs or raise taxes. Nice system the feds have. Maybe when the feds have to abide by the same rules and require a balanced budget every two years then they should dictate what state should do. For these republicans to sit and state that the dems are spending too much and to go down the same path that put us here is laughable if it wasn't so disgusting. Rush and his hoard of losers should move to mexico or canada if he does not like what the majority likes. And believe me Rush has told many people who did not back his Pres Bush and the repubs to do the same thing.

    February 1, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  25. AP

    Didn't Michigan already get help in the form of the Auto manufacturing bailout? And you want more????? Typical Dem.

    February 1, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
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