LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn on Tuesday issued the following statement after the Legislature approved legislation, along with funding, that would help solidify Michigan’s future as a manufacturing hub and make the state more competitive for future investments:
“Michigan has been king of the manufacturing hill for over a hundred years and neighboring states have been trying to steal the hill out from underneath us. Today, we cement our historical manufacturing ties and secure Michigan as a home for new and growing industries.
“We’ve lost major investments to other states in recent years and we’re ready to fight back. With these bills, we can compete and attract new investments that bring with them hundreds, even thousands of high-paying jobs. They hold investors accountable to ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely, and if conditions are not met, companies must repay the money they received.
“The Make it in Michigan plan encourages both businesses and families to put down their roots in Michigan. With these bills, we have the means to grow traditional manufacturing and expand industrial, pharmaceutical, aerospace and other crossover technologies.
“We’ve established and funded proven programs that train Michigan workers and with this additional piece of the puzzle, we’re sending a message to the world that ‘we mean business!’
“Michigan is on the precipice of a modern Industrial Revolution. The actions taken today will set the stage for our grandchildren’s futures. This is the first step in the process and a major step in the right direction. With passage of these bills, we are helping secure Michigan’s future as a hub for ‘Made in the USA’ products and good-paying jobs.”