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Is Tom McMillin a Job Creator or Job Destroyer?

At Tom McMillin's recent town hall he was asked what he's done to help improve the employment situation in Michigan.

At Tom McMillin’s recent town hall held at the Rochester Hills City Hall, McMillin answered several questions about whether any legislation he’d sponsored or voted on created any new jobs in Michigan.

This is especially relevant since in recent months Michigan’s unemployment rate has increased to 9.4%, from 8.1% in April 2012. 

McMillin’s answers to creating jobs in Michigan mostly centered around the idea that getting rid of regulations is an efficient way to create jobs.

However, McMillin was a strong opponent of Michigan’s then-growing film industry that had created thousands of good paying jobs in what was then a burgeoning field. 

Raleigh Studios in Pontiac once had a goal of being able to do seven productions a year and employ 3,000 people. As of today, the facility employs 15-20 people.

As for eliminating regulations creating jobs, according to a Pro Publica article from September 2011, there doesn’t appear to be much of a case that eliminating regulation has the effect of creating jobs.

“There are many instances of regulation causing a specific industry to lose jobs,” said Roger Noll, co-director of the Program on Regulatory Policy at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Noll cited outright bans of products—such as choloroflorocarbons or leaded gasoline—as the clearest examples.”

“That’s supported by recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which shows employers attributing a small fraction of job losses to governmental regulations. In the first half of 2011, employers listed regulations as the cause of 0.2 to 0.3 percent of jobs lost as part of mass layoffs. But the data doesn’t track the other side of the equation: jobs created.”

To be fair, McMillin has actually focused on some things we agree on, such as a bill to allow homeowners to opt out of DTE’s smart meter installation program. There are health and privacy concerns with the meters. McMillin also mentioned a bill he is working on that would make it harder for people to be priced out of being able to obtain documents under the Freedom of Information Act by putting limits on what can be charged by government entities for complying with FOIA requests.

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Bill Monroe October 02, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Sorry, Doll. The effective tax rate on the poorest 20% is negative - because of all the tax credits from state and federal governments. So on top of paying 0% in state and federal income tax (withholding isn't a tax), they get cash back from the government in the form of EITC and other "credits", resulting in an effectively negative tax rate.
Scot Beaton October 02, 2012 at 02:33 AM
   WOW... One of best emails I've ever received   Welcome to Greece, only it will be worse... http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/EW5IdwltaAc?rel=0 note: The World Trade Center scene was to over the top and uncalled for -- a different scene could have made the same point.
Richard Happening October 02, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Beth, If there are so many reasons to work here, they don't need the scam credit. Read your post. Makes zero sense.
Dee Kay October 02, 2012 at 11:09 PM
"We don't need more "alternative" lifestyle people in this area. All those movie people don't have values" This statement pretty well shows your bias of trying to negate opposing viewpoints. All of these "alternative" lifestyle people don't have MY narrow views on what is good or what is bad, so that means they shouldn't be allowed any rights. Does that pretty well sum up what you meant Andrew? Your religious views, my religious views, "their" religious views, are just that, each persons individual view. What gives you the right to try to impose your views or values on another person? Why doesn't someone with an opposing view or value have that same right to force their views on you? Trying to persecute others based upon your religious values, and being called out or stopped from your intended goal, does not mean that you are being persecuted. If you don't like "those" people or their views, don't associate with them or practice their beliefs. Don't think that you have the right to persecute others based on their views or values through theocratic laws though unless you are willing for others to make theocratic laws against your chosen view/values/religion. Politicians trying to legislate their personal beliefs upon the entire country, deserve no place in government. Professing your belief does not belong in politics, it belongs in the church. You can let your beliefs guide you, but you can't try to force your beliefs onto others through legislation.
Scot Beaton October 07, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Though I love to read -- both sides -- our community's opinion of State Representative Tom McMillin... Rochester Hills does not give a damn who is their State Representative -- they just care what political party they are affiliated with... just look at the facts. http://rochester.patch.com/blog_posts/sad-but-true-c1f0e37f

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