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House Democratic Leader Richard Hammel (D-Morris Township) announced on January 13th that he wants quick bi-partisan action on three initiatives that could put tens of thousands of jobs back into the state within the next year.
"People in Michigan need jobs, and they need them now," Hammel noted on the Michigan House Democrats site.
"House Democrats have been working for years on concrete plans to create jobs. As we start the new legislative session, we hope that it truly is a 'new day' in Lansing and that legislative leaders and the new administration will work with us on these solutions so we can get people back on the job right away.”
The three initiatives are Hire Michigan First Plan, Building of the Detroit River International Crossing and Building New Clean Coal Plants in the state.
State Democratic ideas seem to not be in line with the ideas proposed by Speaker of the Michigan House Jase Bolger (R-Marshall). On January 14th, Speaker Bolger announced "guiding principles" focused on trimming government operations and spending, reconfiguring the tax structure and reforming business regulations to the Detroit News.
Bolger stated that repealing and replacing the Michigan Business Tax and surcharge is a Republican priority. The caucus will first debate all tax reform ideas, including Governor Rick Snyder's proposed 6 percent corporate tax.
Other measures proposed by the Republican leadership include cuts to social safety net programs by enacting a 48-month limit on welfare for able-bodied adults and eliminating the earned income tax credit for the working poor. It is expected that both of these ideas will be opposed by state Democrats.
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