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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Opens an Office for 'New Americans' Using Executive Order

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder during a January event
announcing plans to support 50,000 new immigrants in
the State.
Following up on comments made during a January 23 press conference and his State of the State Address to add 50,000 new immigrant workers in Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder has established an office for 'New Americans'. The named 'Michigan Office for New Americans' was created by Executive Order 2014-2 on January 31.

Grand Rapids area Republican Bing Goei has been named as director of the 'New Americans'

Photo Credit - MLive
Grand Rapids area Republican Bing Goei
has been named the Director of 'Michigan Office
of New Americans'
Office. According to the Governor Snyder, the office will help propel Michigan’s comeback by attracting and retaining highly skilled immigrants.
“Bing is a proud Asian-American and Michigander who is living the American dream. His experiences as an immigrant and as a job creator will benefit our entire state," Snyder said in a statement.  
"We’re pleased that Bing will be a leader in driving this important initiative.”
Michigan unemployment rate according to December 2013 report by Michigan's Department of Technology, Management and Budget remains stubbornly high at 8.4%. The State's' jobless rate is 1.7% higher than the national average of 6.7%.

November and December of 2013, Michigan lost 4.4% payroll jobs, resulting in a net 3,000 month over month employment lost in Michigan. An estimated
413,000 state residents remain either unemployed or unemployed

Despite dawning unemployment figures for residents currently in Michigan, the Governor's touts his 'New Americans' Office would create jobs for Detroiters and help reverse the city’s population decline.

Calling for President Barack Obama and Congressional Leaders in Washington, D.C. to support the effort, the Governor urging Washington to approve Michigan’s application become only the second state in the nation with to open a EB-5 visa regional center to attract investment and create jobs. 

"We value the cultural diversity, professional contributions and entrepreneurial skills offered by foreign-born residents," Snyder said in a statement. "Encouraging legal immigration will create more jobs for families and enhance the quality of life across Michigan."
Snyder has repeatedly rejected calls to support an increase to Michigan's Minimum Wage of $7.40 an hour, calling such efforts not a "burning issue" on the Governor's agenda. Democrat Candidate for Governor Mark Schauer during a visit in Detroit last November proposed raising the State's Minimum Wage to $9.25 an hour by 2017.  

During exclusive interview on Independent Underground Radio LIVE January 30, Chair of the Michigan Democrats Progressive Caucus Bob Alexader stated the group and a coalition of supporters from labor and small business owners will launch a signature referendum campaign based on increasing the States' Minimum Wage. If successful the initiative will be placed on Michigan's November 4, 2014 general election ballot.

In Detroit, where a Chapter 9 U.S. Bankruptcy Petition was approved on December 3 by Federal Judge Steven Rhodes, the jobless rate
 is 6.2% higher than the national average of unemployment at 14.2% based on Michigan's Department of Technology, Management and Budget latest report.

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