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2011 Senate Bill 144: Expand 21st Century Jobs Fund corporate subsidies

Public Act 22 of 2011

  1. Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on February 15, 2011, to authorize “21st Century Jobs Fund” business subsidies in the form of cash grants and loans for certain information technology and agricultural processing firms selected by state “economic development” officials.
    • Referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on February 15, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on March 1, 2011, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  2. Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on March 2, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on March 2, 2011.
    • Referred to the House Commerce Committee on March 2, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on March 15, 2011, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
  4. Passed 104 to 5 in the House on March 23, 2011, to authorize “21st Century Jobs Fund” business subsidies in the form of cash grants and loans for certain information technology and agricultural processing firms selected by state “economic development” officials.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on April 26, 2011.

Comments

Re: 2011 Senate Bill 144 (Expand 21st Century Jobs Fund corporate subsidies )  by changeagent on March 26, 2011 

One thing it seems Republicans and Democrats can always agree on is corporate welfare.  The 21st Century Jobs Fund should be abolished.  Senator Green represented himself as favoring less government but has shown he is no different than most of our legislators.



Re: 2011 Senate Bill 144 (Expand 21st Century Jobs Fund corporate subsidies )  by waltduro on March 25, 2011 

Evidently, the era of picking Winners (Seldom) and Losers (Mostly) is alive and well. The Anti-Snyder Protesters might note that their beloved Democrats are thick as thieves with the Republicans on this. 



Re: 2011 Senate Bill 144 (Expand 21st Century Jobs Fund corporate subsidies )  by Dave Scerbak on February 18, 2011 

Why can't we have our state government focused upon providing essential services?  Is taxing our population in order to give preferential aid to certain industries with funds dispersed by a small group of state "economic development" officials really going to make us more competitive in a global economy?  Or is it going to breed a class of "entrepreneurs" who are focused more on how to get more artificial 21st Century Jobs Fund corporate subsidies at the expense of diverting their true focus on actually being competitive?  Let us keep our tax dollars.  Michigan has a lot to offer -natural beauty, a great work ethic, and a deep rooted entrepreneural spirit that WILL assert itself if government gets out of the way.  For those information technology and agricultural processing firms that want to do business in Michigan -we welcome you.  For those that need a subsidy in order to stay -we say go expend your efforts chasing some other artificial subsidy dollars in some other state that is focused on "image" rather than substance.  Let us know how that works out for you once their artificial job subsidy funds run dry.



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