Whitmer Wednesday Gretchen Whitmer: The Cereal Jobs Killer

June 22 2022

Gretchen Whitmer Is Under Water In Her Promise To Revive Michigan’s Manufacturing Sector As The State’s Economy Grinds To A Halt

“Gretchen Whitmer has been a failure at attracting new jobs to Michigan like her predecessors,” said Gustavo Portela, MIGOP Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director. “More than ever, we need a champion who will create new jobs and bring new investment to Michigan and after multiple swings and misses, that’s clearly not Gretchen Whitmer. From pandemic policies that killed jobs and drove away investment, it’s time to move past the Whitmer experiment that brought nothing but pain and suffering to our state and this fall, Michiganders will have the opportunity to do just that.”

Kellogg’s Is Breaking Up And Moving To Chicago Months After Gretchen Whitmer Did Nothing

  • On Tuesday, Kellogg’s announced that it is breaking up into three companies and the corporate headquarters will be moving from Battle Creek to Chicago.
  • Kellogg’s has been in Michigan for 115 years.
  • Last year, Bernie Sanders traveled to Battle Creek to support strikers seeking higher wages.
  • Whitmer did not even weigh in on the strike and took no apparent action to resolve the dispute other than sending hand-warmers to the picketers.
  • In contrast, Governor Pete Ricketts (R-NE) sent a letter to Kellogg publicly pressuring them to return to the bargaining table.
  • The breakup of Kellogg’s in Battle Creek is a disaster for local workers, with the majority of the hourly employees at Kellogg’s making $120,000 per year, according to the company.

Michigan Has Lost Jobs For Two Consecutive Months

  • For two months in a row, Michigan has lost jobs.
  • There are 128,300 fewer jobs in Michigan compared to when Whitmer took office in January 2019.
  • Michigan’s unemployment rate is the 8th worst in the country and is now tied with far-left California.
  • Michigan currently ranks in the bottom half of the country for GDP growth.
  • The U.S. Commerce Department reported in their most recent data that Michigan ranks 49th in the nation for personal income growth.
  • The Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency reported that the average Michiganders’ effective income fell by 4.4 percent as income is not keeping up with inflation.
  • According to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturing in Michigan flatlined right when Whitmer took over as governor in 2019.

Whitmer Failed To Attract The Semiconductor Industry To Michigan – Instead She Focused On Fundraising For Her Campaign

  • In 2021, Whitmer skipped out on a presidential visit from Joe Biden when Biden went to Detroit to promote electric vehicle production.
    • Whitmer’s excuse for not attending the event with Biden was that she was meeting with semiconductor industry leaders trying to draw some of their business into Michigan.
    • However, according to Michigan Campaign Finance records, Whitmer used that time in California to fundraise for her reelection.
  • In 2022, Whitmer traveled to Washington to see Joe Biden to get his help to bring semiconductor manufacturing to Michigan but lost out to Governor Mike DeWine (R-OH) who created a more business friendly environment.
    • Whitmer asked Biden for help securing semiconductor manufacturing in Michigan
    • This comes after Governor Mike DeWine secured a $20 billion deal with Intel to build semiconductor manufacturing plants in the Columbus area.
    • Ohio offered Intel pro-business incentives to come to Ohio.

Whitmer Failed To Attract The Electric Vehicle Industry To Michigan

  • In April, Stellantis announced that they would be opening up a second electric vehicle battery plant and chose Kokomo, Indiana over two locations in Michigan. 
    • Detroit News: “The investment would mean Michigan has failed to win any battery plants from the transatlantic automaker’s first round of gigafactory investments.” 
    • Both Monroe County and Wayne County put in a bid for the factory. 
    • Stellantis chose Indiana because they provided favorable business incentives. 
    • Whitmer is sitting on $500 million in cash grants which Republicans in the legislature set aside to “help seal economic development deals” 
  • Earlier this year, Stellantis and LG announced a $4.1 billion investment in Ontario building electric vehicle batteries in Windsor, just across the river from Detroit creating 2,500 Canadian jobs.
    • Whitmer secured a smaller $1.7 billion deal with LG which will create a much smaller 1,200 jobs in Holland.
    • The Detroit News: “Michigan has missed out on another electric-vehicle battery plant – this time, to its neighbor across the Detroit River.
  • In 2021, Whitmer failed to place a bid on a Ford Motor Company electric vehicle expansion.

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