JOBS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & HUMAN SERVICES
We have to get our people in Michigan back to work! While unemployment rates in Michigan have fallen slightly, there are many Michiganders that are still unemployed. When they have exhausted their State and Federal benefits completely, they are no longer included in the unemployment statistics. The facts are that unemployment is still high. As a legislator, one of Durhal's top priorities will be to help to create more jobs and bring more jobs to Michigan, especially the City of Detroit.
With the cost of living high, the high price of fuel, transportation costs to and from work and a challenging economy, it is essential that we also raise the Minimum Wage. Every worker in Michigan deserve a Workable and Livable wage. That being said, Durhal SUPPORTS Raising the Minimum Wage in the State of Michigan to $10.10 or higher.
Our workers have to be prepared to compete for the Jobs of tomorrow. In Michigan, we have to promote and fund Job Education Training programs in the state and increase training opportunities with existing businesses. This will allow workers to expand their skills and allow them to be qualified.
Durhal will work with State officials to support Economic Development and ensure they have the tools they need to compete and bring the jobs of tomorrow to Detroit and the entire State.
We have to keep our jobs in Michigan. Durhal is OPPOSED to giving tax breaks to any businesses who outsource and send our jobs elsewhere and outside of Michigan.
Expanding Michigan's Middle Class is important. Citizens in Michigan are hard workers. A successful economy depends on livable wages, and fostering a climate where workers have more spendable income. Durhal is a fighter for Middle Class families.
In Michigan, Republicans have attacked our Middle Class and those close to or below the poverty line. There has been bad legislation that has been passed which includes the cuts to Cash Assistance to 48 months retroactively, which is below the federal allocation. Unemployment Benefits in the State of Michigan have been cut from 26 weeks to 20 weeks. Finally, to qualify for benefits, you have to be subject to a drug test. This is an attempt to attack individuals who need the services the most. We must protect our Safety Net.
In the State Capitol, Durhal Will:
-Make sure every worker in Michigan is provided a Livable Wage.
-Protect pensions of Michigan Workers.
-Work to bring Jobs to Michigan.
-Opposed to giving tax breaks to Businesses who outsource and send our jobs elsewhere and outside Michigan.
-Work to secure more jobs under the States Road Plan
-Foster a climate that expands Michigan's Middle Class
-Foster a climate where people have more spendable income.-Increase training opportunities with existing business.
-Support Economic development with State officials ensuring that they have the tools they need to compete for the jobs of tomorrow.
-Support legislation and efforts to protect the Safety Net.
-Oppose reductions to benefits.
-Easier access to job training.
-Oppose drug testing as a qualification to receive benefits.
-Make sure benefits are available to all Michigan Residents in need.