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Jeb Bush says slimmer tax code, fewer enviro regs would help Michigan

Erinn Taylor

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says a slimmed-down tax code and fewer environmental regulations would boost the economies of manufacturing states – and promises to adopt the sort of “pro-growth” strategy that should make the Republican ticket attractive to voters in industrial states like Michigan and Pennsylvania come November of 2016.

“The only way to grow income for the middle class and lift people out of poverty is to grow the economy, and I know how to do it,” he told a crowd gathered at the Kent County Republican headquarters in Grand Rapids.

Bush took aim at workplace rules and clean air regulations adopted by the Obama administration, and some that are the subject of court battles.

Bush also said he was perplexed by opposition to hydraulic fracturing – or “fracking.”

He said it has created a “veritable revolution” in the energy industry that deserves to be celebrated with “a marching band.”

“It’s the best deal American consumers have gotten because of lower utility prices and lower gas prices,” he said.

Environmentalists say the chemical used in 'fracking' pose a threat to water supplies, and can create geological weaknesses.

A petition campaign in Michigan is looking to put a 'fracking' ban on the November 2016 ballot.

Bush was in Grand Rapids trying to build support in the March 8 primary, but he also said the GOP ticket should make a strong play next November for blue-leaning industrial states like Pennsylvania and Michigan.

He says Michigan has experienced a surge of growth while Governor Rick Snyder (R) has been in charge.

"I would say Michigan should be in play because of the economic activity that is really – there’s a renewal here," Bush says, "and it isn’t because of Washington’s top-down policies." 

The last Republican presidential candidate to win Michigan in the November election was Bush’s father. That was in 1988.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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