Granholm Hopes to Bring Jobs from Sweden, Germany

By: Tony Tagliavia Email
By: Tony Tagliavia Email

The mission is jobs.

"We want to make sure that if you're considering an investment in North America, you should be coming to Michigan," Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Tuesday.

The governor will leave Saturday to visit three cities in Sweden. She'll also spend time in Germany.

It's a trip she calls "part prospecting and part deal-closing." That means job announcements are likely when the governor returns Friday.

Her itinerary includes meetings with a number of auto parts suppliers but not Volkswagen AG. The Detroit News reports the company is thinking about thousands of jobs out of the state. Granholm says it's on her radar screen.

"We will definitely make the case for them to stay in Michigan," she said.

The other big component of the trip will be talking biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel. Sweden has set a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2020.

Michigan State University researchers will be traveling with the governor. (They'll be blogging about their trip.) And she says it's not just about learning from Sweden's example.

"We want to take advantage in terms of bringing those jobs here," Granholm said.

Bringing jobs back is, of course, critical to rebuilding the Michigan economy. But perhaps just as important is the stability that would come from having a state budget in place. On that front, the governor says her office is doing its part.

"Bob Emerson, the budget director, is over there every single day talking to members when they are there -- but they're not there," she said. "They're not even scheduled. They've got -- how many days do they have scheduled in September? -- nine days, nine days."

Senate Republican spokesman Matt Marsden said serious budget negotiations continue between Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop (R-Rochester) and House Speaker Andy Dillon (D-Redford Twp.). He called the governor's remarks tiresome.

The state has until the end of September to eliminate its multi-billion dollar budget deficit.

Several sources close to the negotiations tell us it could come down to the last few days.

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  • by frank Location: mich on Aug 16, 2007 at 07:51 AM
    we all would like to see jobs brought back to mich.all southern counties in rural towns have almost none left.alot of empty factories just sit. there's plently of land for sale on main roads like m49. people want to work here and not have to depend on welfare programs. I always here putting jobs in bigger towns. hope they consider the very southern counties.we are't far from the toll road. our towns need hope and need to grow.
  • by Leza Location: Parma on Aug 15, 2007 at 03:57 PM
    The price of 1 plane ticket to sweden $500, The price of hotel room and transportation $2,000, The price of bringing my escort service and family $40,000 The value of her leaving the state - priceless.
  • by JB Location: Jackson on Aug 15, 2007 at 11:17 AM
    Yes everything the governor says is tiresome and I wish she would just shut up and leave that office so we can get someone in there that will do something and stop all this worthless talk. She still has not done anything and it is just getting worse. All those that voted to have her re-elected I wish I knew what they were thinking when they did that cause she is no good and she has made such a mess of things. She needs to leave the office and we need to find someone new before it gets any worse.
  • by Mark Location: Jackson on Aug 15, 2007 at 10:48 AM
    If Granholm wanted to fix the budget problem, she should shut down the state offices. First, shut down the Payroll office that supplies the Legislation their pay then hold off payments to any major cities. She needs to be a leader who is not afraid to take tough actions. Her leadership style can be compared to the preppy head cheerleader that will not do anything that would not get her elected prom queen.
  • by Pam Location: Jackson on Aug 14, 2007 at 06:45 PM
    How many paid vacations does she to recruit jobs?
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