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Michigan House Republicans push MEDC oversight, de-regulation in economic plan

State of Michigan

Michigan House Republicans are focusing on accountability and access to state economic development programs in a new plan unveiled Wednesday

The plan outlines the lawmakers’ goals for Michigan’s economic future.

Republican Representative Nancy DeBoer says efforts—like workforce placement programs—need more oversight. She proposes requiring performance reports.

“This measure will ensure that taxpayer dollars allocated to these funds are being utilized effectively, efficiently, and with transparency.”

But Democratic House Speaker Joe Tate wasn’t sure if the groups that lead many of the state’s economic programs, like the “Michigan Economic Development Corporation,” need more oversight.

“We have those structures in place, there is oversight in place.”

Republicans are also proposing a review of state regulations and a blanket income tax cut—both likely non-starters with the Democratic legislative majority.