Whitmer Takes on China, Cracks Down on Outsourcing to Invest in Michigan Families“The future of mobility and manufacturing ought to be stamped with words that make us all proud: ‘Made in the USA,’ or better yet, ‘Made in Michigan,’” Whitmer said at a White House event; experts say her track record as Michigan Governor already shows a commitment to Michigan’s working families and to driving investment in the state.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
On March 9, Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined economic leaders at the White House to push for semiconductor manufacturing to move back to the United States.
“We cannot allow China to outcompete us on chip manufacturing and dominate everything from electronics to electric vehicles and countless other future technologies that we all need,” Whitmer said.
Experts say Whitmer already has a track record of creating jobs and driving investment in manufacturing that helps Michigan’s working families compete with China. She spearheaded investments in Michigan’s development fund, which has helped Michigan companies like GM create more than 220,000 jobs in the state that can’t be shipped overseas, part of a key strategy to crack down on corporations that outsource jobs to foreign countries.
Whitmer has also emphasized crucial investments in infrastructure here at home that can help Michigan workers bring goods to a global marketplace, like repairing or rebuilding over 13,000 lane miles of road and 900 bridges while supporting approximately 82,000 jobs.
Whitmer’s 2022 budget also looked to further bolster Michigan’s workforce and keep the state competitive with China, using proceeds from a $7 billion surplus to invest in Michigan Reconnect, a program that helps Michiganders 25 and up on a tuition-free path to higher education or skills training needed in a global economy.