State of Michigan Archives: on Corporations

Marcia Squier: I favor people over corporations and CEO billionaires

Q: When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, what best describes you overall?

A: Somewhat Liberal. I am a leftist in that I favor people over corporations and workers' rights over CEO billionaires. I am antiestablishment because the establishment is a cesspool of corruption, and we need to evolve as a society away from materialism and violence.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Michigan Senate race Nov 3, 2020

John James: Trump tax cuts encourage companies to do business in America

Q: Taxes: Support President Trump's tax cuts?

John James (R): Yes. Says they encourage companies "to do business right here in America."

Debbie Stabenow (D): No. Don't cut taxes for the wealthy at the expense of middle-class families.

Source: 2018 Issue Guide on Michigan Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Debbie Stabenow: Supported recession bailouts saving the auto industry

Stabenow took to Twitter to attack [Republican opponent John] James and the {Vice President Mike] Pence visit: "When he voted against saving the auto industry, Mike Pence kicked us when we were down," Stabenow tweeted. "Now John James is buddying up to him to raise money. That's wrong. Michigan needs a Senator who puts Michigan first, not Donald Trump and Mike Pence."
Source: The Detroit News on 2018 Michigan Senate debates Aug 28, 2018

Gretchen Whitmer: Government can help small business thrive

To grow our economy, we must invest in small business incubators so that entrepreneurs have access to workspace, mentors, and capital, and we must build stronger partnerships between businesses and community colleges.
Source: 2018 Michigan Gubernatorial website Nov 1, 2017

Gretchen Whitmer: Shift tax burden to corporations

On taxation: "Let's be clear, everyone knows that in Michigan right now, we are making the poorest folks pay and we have to stand up to corporations that are demanding these huge tax loopholes and make sure they're paying their fair share and then make sure we're investing that into things like schools and infrastructure," El-Sayed said.
Source: Mining Journal on 2018 Michigan Governor race Oct 10, 2017

Bob Young: Cut corporate taxes; tax those who pay zero taxes

Everyday Americans cannot understand the tax code. It needs to be simple and fair. Approximately half of Americans pay no federal tax and therefore have no stake in how the tax system affects everyone else. Everyone must pay something. We must also lower the corporate tax rate that is one of the highest in the world and is keeping companies from creating good-paying jobs here in the United States.
Source: 2018 Michigan Senatorial website Oct 1, 2017

Bob Young: Regulatory overreach hurts small businesses

Q: On business: what do you want to change?

A: "[On my tour of Michigan businesses], all of those businesses complained about regulatory overreach. The federal government in the last five years has spun out more business crushing regulation than is imaginable. And what people don't understand is that 70% of people employed in our country isn't employed by the GM's or Ford's of our country, it's by small businesses."

Source: Mike Hewitt Show WKBZ-AM on 2018 Michigan Senate race Jul 19, 2017

Bob Young: Regulation hurts liberty AND hurts communities

"Liberals like Debbie Stabenow have done everything imaginable to make us weak and the people dependent on government," said Young, who graduated from Harvard and Harvard Law. "I know, I went to school with the people that trained Obama. You only have to look at Detroit and Flint to see what 50 years of liberal policy has done to those once proud, self-reliant communities."

"Our founders created a limited federal government because they understood that unchecked government deprived the people of their liberty," Young said. "Ordinary people understand that our federal government is bloated and out of control. It broke our healthcare system. It lets our veterans die and it spends our money recklessly and attempts to regulate our every, acting decision. Debbie is the chief offender of this and its chief cheerleader."

Source: Midland Daily News on 2018 Michigan Senate race Jun 19, 2017

Bob Young: I believe in limited government (but not no-government)

"I'm not a no-government person, but I'm a limited government person. I want a federal government that operates within its Constitutional rights and we need leaders like (Rep. John Moolenaar) that are committed to our Constitution and not only recognize that these are government failures, but are willing to fight for change," said Young, who was the longest serving chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.
Source: Midland Daily News on 2018 Michigan Senate race Jun 19, 2017

Marcia Squier: Taxes & fees for overseas corporations; incentives at home

Q: If an American auto company wants to open a plant in another country in order to reduce costs and increase its competitiveness worldwide, should it be able to do so?

A: If an American auto company wanted to open a plant in another country in order to reduce costs and increase its competitiveness worldwide, it should be able to do so, just as any other company in any other industry.

Q: Should it have to pay additional taxes or fees for work performed overseas?

A: It should have to pay additional taxes and fees. I believe, by the way, that all vehicle manufacturers, should become fossil fuel-free by 2030, as we move towards exclusively using renewable energy like solar and wind power. I would offer incentives to those who achieve that goal early, including companies, as well as cities, counties, states, and even other countries (who abide by international human rights laws).

Source: VotersGuide on 2016 Michigan House race Nov 1, 2016

Debbie Dingell: Don't bash the domestic auto industry

Q: What do you see as the issues that will drive you the most as you move forward?

A: Some people say I'm too passionate about too many things. [laughs] But, first, I care about manufacturing and auto production because they are the backbone of our state. And I know we don't need to send one more person to Washington that's going to bash the domestic auto industry. That's why there is a clear choice in Michigan's Senate race. So that's obviously going to be one of my main issues.

Source: Eclectablog on 2014 Michigan House campaign Oct 16, 2014

Gary Peters: I supported auto bailout; my opponent opposed it

Senate candidate Gary Peters plans to put Republican Terri Lynn Land on the defensive for opposing the federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler. Peters and other Democrats will call attention to Land's 2012 statement supporting presidential candidate Mitt Romney's opposition to the rescue. Democrats provided a video of her statements to The Associated Press ahead of scheduled news conferences.

Romney's anti-bailout stance haunted him in Michigan. Democrats hope Land pays a similar price in a race to replace Sen. Carl Levin. When asked about Romney's position, Land said at the Republican National Convention that she was "with" Romney and said Ford survived without the bailout. Land's campaign says something had to be done to address the auto crisis, but she wasn't convinced on the plan proposed.

Source: Port Huron Times Herald on 2014 Michigan Senate race Mar 3, 2014

Mark Schauer: Build economy that works for everyone--not just the wealthy

Rick Snyder's economy has produced one of the nation's worst unemployment rates, falling wages, increased poverty, and a shrinking middle class. Gov. Snyder has raised taxes on senior citizens' retirement earnings and on low-income working parents. He has also made deep cuts to education, leading to widespread teacher layoffs and higher tuition costs, which amount to a hidden tax on middle-class families.

Mark understands what the economy looks like not just to corporate CEOs, but to the hard-working Michiganders who make our economy tick. Growing up, Mark saved for college with his paper route, pumping gas, and flipping burgers.

As Governor, Mark will work to build an economy that works for everyone--not just the wealthy and the special interests.

Source: 2014 Michigan gubernatorial campaign website Dec 20, 2013

Rick Snyder: Pure Michigan Business Connect: match-making for purchasing

On the jobs front, I want to mention a program that many people don't know about. It's called Pure Michigan Business Connect. It was an idea that I just viewed as common sense.

What's the concept? It's not about the government spending money, it's about asking Michiganders to do more business with Michiganders. Simply doing match-making. Getting people signed up and working together.

We started it a couple years ago, on the buying side, in terms of purchasing more with our two big utilities. Happened on the lending side with two banks. Since 2010, there has been over $800 million more purchasing done in the state of Michigan than was otherwise done and there has been almost $2 billion of additional loans made in the last two years because of these programs.

It's going so well and so exciting that I was proud yesterday to announce that Ford and Chrysler are also joining the program. Let's keep this going; let's get Michiganders buying more from Michiganders, because that's more jobs.

Source: 2013 State of the State Speech to Michigan Legislature Jan 16, 2013

Rick Snyder: One Tough Nerd: venture capitalist & high-tech executive

An outstanding, driven student. A successful executive. A leader and mentor responsible for substantial job growth in the very industries that Michigan needs for a brighter future. A man with a strong sense of civic responsibility. A man devoted to his wife and family. One tough nerd indeed.
Source: Campaign website,, "One Tough Nerd" Nov 2, 2010

Rick Wade: Last 10 years were good for rich, but not for middle class

We're emerging from the worst economic crisis many of us have ever seen. People are justifiably frustrated that the economy is not turning around quicker. But it is important to be mindful of how far we've come. Even before the recession hit, America had experienced nearly a decade of anemic job growth. Wages for middle class families flatlined, while costs skyrocketed.

The reality is that if you worked on Wall Street or daytraded technology stocks or flipped houses, the last 10 years may have looked pretty good to you. But if you got up every day trying to carve out a living in a factory or a retail store or a restaurant, your life probably wasn't materially better than it was at the turn of the century.

We should have known, even before the recession hit, that something was wrong. But we ignored the warning signals, and by the time President Obama took office, the economy was in free fall. Everyone knows what followed. This administration took some difficult and sometimes unpopular steps.

Source: Remarks at US Regional Business Tour, Battle Creek, Michigan Apr 6, 2010

Fred Thompson: Do better than world’s second-highest corporate tax penalty

The manufacturing industry is, in large part, an international industry nowadays, which means prices are set internationally. Manufacturers cannot do much about that but we can do a lot about their taxes and regulation. We have the second-highest corporate tax penalty in the world. We need to do better than that. We need to open up foreign markets. A lot of them are closing their markets to our people. Our people are not afraid to compete if the markets are open and the currency’s not devalued.
Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Fred Thompson: Don’t intervene with automakers unless drastic circumstances

Q: Chrysler is facing a possible walkout on Wednesday. Should the government step in and help Chrysler and the other automakers?

A: No.

Q: Why?

A: Well, I think the government has to have a good reason to step in. I think it has to be something that drastically affects our economy or our national security. But I don’t think the government ought to step in and have people know that the government will step in if they walk out an create that kind of situation.

Q: Even if they say that they are at a disadvantage to foreign automakers?

A: Well, of course, they are. But that has nothing to do with the government stepping in. The government ought to relieve that disdavantage that we’ve got as far as foreign automakers are concerned, make them open up their markets and make certain markets quit devaluing their currency. That’s where the pressure needs to be applied.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Mitt Romney: Don’t apply Sec. 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley to smaller companies

Q: Is London going to replace New York as the financial capital of the world?

A: Is London going to replace New York? Of course not. Should we fix Sarbanes-Oxley and take out Section 404 as it applies to smaller companies? Of course we should. Is this country the hope of the world? Absolutely.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Rudy Giuliani: Business goes abroad when we overregulate and overtax

Q: Is London going to replace New York as the financial capital of the world?

A: No how, no way. It’s not going to happen. Give me a break. Of course, London’s not going to replace New York.

Q: Well, the number of IPOs is higher in London in 2007 than in New York.

A: This is the strongest economy on earth. If this generation can’t keep it that way, shame on us. What country do millions of people want to come to--the United States. China and India are trying to develop themselves to be like us, which is why we’ve got a heck of a lot we can sell to them

Q: So how do you explain the loss of business in New York going to London?

A: I explain it based on some of the mistakes that we make when we overregulate and we overtax. Our corporate tax rate is the second highest in the world. Everybody around the world wants to lower corporate tax rates but the leading Democratic candidates, who want to raise taxes 25% or 30%. That would be a disaster for this country.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

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