Gov. Rick Snyder will soon decide if the state will give away $200 million in tax incentives to attract new manufacturing jobs to Michigan. It’s the latest in a long line of controversial tax giveaways to corporations coming from cities and the state.
WDET’s Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth talk about why the issue is causing divisions among Democrats and Republicans alike.
“These weren’t votes on party lines,” says Roth. “And some Republicans… said this isn’t small government, which Republicans are for, this isn’t helping taxpayers.”
Other Republicans say the incentives are critical for attracting new jobs to Michigan, and note that they’re a unique kind of tax break in Michigan.
“They have to create hundreds of new jobs, they have to pay at or above average wages,” Roth continues, noting that the level of incentives are based directly on the number of jobs these companies create.
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