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Jennifer Granholm on Free Trade

Democratic Governor (MI)


Replace CAFTA outsourcing with "No Worker Left Behind"

In 2006, at UAW Local 699 in Saginaw. "We've seen our jobs leave on a fast track to Mexico, on a slow boat to China, and on the Internet to India!" I declared, fist pumping. The hall erupted in loud applause.

"NAFTA and CAFTA [Central America Free Trade Agreement] have given us the Shafta!" I shouted, and the crowd of workers roared in response, as if ready to tear the heads off of those who had made a profit by outsourcing jobs. I waited for them to settle down and for my own angry heart to slow.

"You've heard of 'No Child Left Behind'?" I asked. "Well, how about No WORKER Left Behind?!"

Source: A Governor's Story, by Jennifer Granholm, p. 96-97 , Oct 1, 2005

Encourage insourcing, instead of victims of globalization

Michiganders had long feared globalization. The reasons were understandable: Our economy had consistently been eroded by manufacturers leaving for cheaper countries. I believe we must fight every unfair tilting of the playing field. But I have also tried to lead INTO these fierce global winds. Instead of being victims of globalization, we need to embrace it and take advantage of it, not by promoting outsourcing but by encouraging INSOURCING.

In my terms as governor, I made 12 international trips to recruit businesses: our state attracted 48 companies and $2 billion in investment, with more than 20,000 jobs generated. It was surprisingly easy to get midsized companies in other countries to invest in Michigan. These companies were interested in the American market, but many lacked the multinational global staff to help guide them through the process. Because of their smaller size, relationships were important. My message to them: Let Michigan be your gateway to the US--we'll help you.

Source: A Governor's Story, by Jennifer Granholm, p.262 , Oct 1, 2005

NAFTA is about whether we're going to make things in America

When Electrolux threatened to leave Greenville and move to Mexico, we devised a blockbuster stack of incentives for the company, starting with waiving its taxes for the next 20 years. The UAW offered over $30 million in wage, benefit, and hiring concessions. The pile of incentives totaled more than $750 million over 20 years.

"It's a valiant effort," the spokesman said. "But we've got to cut costs, and we can pay $1.57 an hour in Juarez. There's nothing you can do to make up for that."

Greenville's Mayor proclaimed, "NAFTA is just killing the industrial strength of this country."

I said, "We are the fallout of these unenforced trade agreements. The average guy is left without a job, maybe without a pension, and as a final insult he trains his foreign replacement before he hands in his ID badge. And there's nothing we can do about it. Nothing. This isn't about tax policy. It's not about regulations. It's about whether we are going to make things in America."

Source: A Governor's Story, by Jennifer Granholm, p. 48-51 , Oct 1, 2005

Reauthorize the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program.

Granholm signed reauthorizing the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program

The nation's governors urge Congress to move forward to reauthorize and modernize the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program before it expires on September 30, 2007. Governors recognize that although expanded trade and innovation can have widespread benefits, they can also have a disproportionately heavy impact on certain communities and workers. While the creation of new jobs is underway in many parts of the country, not every U.S. worker that may have lost his or her job due to trade will be able to find employment comparable to their prior position, notably because many hold training and skills for jobs that no longer exist. Governors, therefore, support proposals to improve the TAA program as a means to address this problem, and especially proposals that are designed to give workers more control and flexibility over their TAA training and to streamline the program's bureaucracy.

The economic strength and competitiveness of the nation will only be as strong as the combined economic strength and competitiveness of the states, and the firms and workers within them. Because today's jobs require more and more workers to have advanced training and education, Governors firmly support efforts that seek to ensure that their citizens will have the skills they need to compete in today's changing economy and that give states the tools they need to provide those opportunities.

We look forward to working with Congress as it proceeds towards reauthorization of the TAA program, as it is an important component of the nation's strategy to advance a comprehensive, integrated, and flexible workforce system. If passing such a reauthorization becomes impossible prior to the program's expiration in September, we ask that any temporary program extension include clear "hold harmless" language that ensures that the states will be fully reimbursed by the federal government for any benefit payments or other TAA costs they may incur during any extension period.

Source: Letter from 4 governors to House & Senate leadership NGA-0709FT on Sep 7, 2007

Other governors on Free Trade: Jennifer Granholm on other issues:
MI Gubernatorial:
Mark Schauer
Rick Snyder
MI Senatorial:
Debbie Stabenow
Gary Peters
Matt Wiedenhoeft
Terri Lynn Land

Election 2013:
NJ-R: Chris Christie (won)
NJ-D: Barbara Buono (lost)
VA-R: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli (lost)
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe (won)

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Riggs(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(I)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D)
HI: Abercrombie(D) vs.Aiona(R)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hoefling(R) vs.Hatch(D)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D) vs.Baker(R)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D) vs.Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
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WY-R: Matt Mead
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