Where Michigan governor candidates stand on jobs and the economy

Regardless of whether Gretchen Whitmer or Bill Schuette becomes Michigan’s next governor, voters will have to wait until after the Nov. 6 election to see where they will seek funding for badly needed infrastructure and education upgrades.

November 6: Gretchen Whitmer projected winner in Michigan governor race

Michigan’s two major candidates for governor promise good economic days ahead if they are elected. But too often during the campaign, they’ve skimped on how they’d pay for plans to boost jobs and business growth in the state.

Former Democratic Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer vows to generate $3 billion to “fix the damn roads” and create 70,000 jobs. But the math in her plan doesn’t add up. She wants to provide high-speed Internet across rural Michigan, but does not say how that would be fully funded.

Likewise, GOP Attorney General Bill Schuette wants to fix the state’s crumbling roads. But he hasn’t spelled out how he’d pay for that while also promising voters he will slash taxes. Schuette wants to cut the personal income tax from 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent, which would wipe out about $800 million in annual revenue to the state.

The Michigan 21st Century Infrastructure Commission appointed by Gov. Snyder pegged the annual cost at $4 billion to fix the state’s ailing roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

Follow the links below to learn what Bridge Magazine was able to discover about each candidate’s economic and job plans:

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Benjamin Bachrach
Thu, 11/01/2018 - 9:21am

You are suppose to be non-partisan, but you only cover the Democrat and Republican candidates. When you complain about lack of ideas from the old party candidates it would be good to provided information on the other people on the ballot.

Billy bob
Thu, 11/01/2018 - 8:21pm

Here here...I'm trying to figure out how anyone likes any of these candidates. If you don't vote left or right you are throwing your vote away, since only Dems and Repubs advertise and the media is bought and paid for, everywhere. Zero real analysis, unless listening to No Agenda podcast.