(WWJ) – After announcing the “Make It In Michigan” initiative, Governor Gretchen Whitmer will travel to France and Germany this week, her third trip to Europe in five months, aimed at attracting foreign investors’ business to bring the industry to Michigan.
Taxpayers spent tens of thousands of dollars so Governor Whitmer could promote European companies to Michigan. It’s worth it?
Whitmer said the initiative was set up to attract jobs and talent from out of state and bring overseas supply chains home. During the trip, she will meet with business leaders to discuss government investment opportunities in areas such as aerospace, defense, future mobility, and manufacturing. She will also visit the Michigan National Guard stationed abroad.
Having made three trips to Europe, to advertise jobs in Michigan, some have speculated that there is another factor behind it all
While the governor has never discussed the Oval Office’s intentions, John Mozena, president of the Center for Economic Responsibility, an agency that opposes deep corporate tax breaks – argues that it is fundamentally worthless economic value but rather “serious political value” in this type of trip. But Dave Dulio, a professor of political science at the University of Oakland, says it’s “pretty standard economic development work for governors.” “It’s essentially a campaign advertisement much more than it is anything from a serious economic perspective. There’s essentially no economic value,” Mozena said.