Democratic Party Proposals are Meant to Help People

The State of Michigan is in real trouble. Faced with a the highest unemployment rate in the US (14%) and reeling from the continued demise of auto manufacturing in the state, it is refreshing to find some real-world answers to these daunting challenges.

Mark Brewer is the Michigan Democratic Party chairman, and he recently took the bull by the horns and came up with this 5-point plan to help struggling families and get the great State of Michigan back on track again.

From Mark’s Op-ed piece in the Michigan Oakland Press:

We’re facing record unemployment, a poor economy and an uncertain future. We need to be proactive in addressing these problems, and the Michigan Democratic Party believes its proposed ballot initiatives will not only help to get people back on their feet, but also stimulate our economy.  Our plan includes five proposals that put people first — ahead of the greedy, corporate CEOs who are responsible for our economic meltdown.

1. We’re proposing that all employers in Michigan be required to provide affordable, quality health care for their employees and dependents or pay a penalty. We have more than 1.2 million people in this state who do not have health insurance. Many of those people are employed but their employers do not provide health insurance.These uninsured and their children are either going without health care or are flooding our emergency rooms for health care, forcing those who are insured to pay significantly higher premiums. This proposal would not only save businesses money in the long-run, with better, healthier workers but would save all residents money and lower premiums.
2. We believe the minimum wage should be increased from $7.40/hour to $10/hour. A worker who is earning the current minimum wage while supporting a family of four is living below the poverty level. This is unacceptable. Someone who is working 40-plus hours per week should not be earning below poverty level wages. Study after study has proven that raising the minimum wage would not deter job creation in our state. These higher wages would allow businesses to save money long-term by having a less transient and more stable work force. Higher wages also would provide an economic stimulus.
3. We must increase unemployment benefits for those out of work through no fault of their own and close loopholes that prevent more than a quarter of a million people from receiving any benefits at all. Michigan’s unemployment benefits have not increased in years and are not keeping up with the rate of inflation. We believe increasing these benefits by $100 a week would provide more stability to our struggling families. We should extend the amount of time the unemployed can receive those benefits by six months. This gives these citizens more time to find jobs, or get training, and stay in our great state.
4. Cutting utility rates by 20 percent would be a significant savings to both consumers and businesses. Electric rates alone have skyrocketed more than 30 percent in the last six years. This is an unnecessary burden for our citizens and businesses and is hurting our economy.
5. A one-year moratorium on home foreclosures would address the emergency faced by tens of thousands of people who face foreclosure. Foreclosure depresses everyone’s property values and creates eyesores and havens for criminal activity. This freeze would allow banks and homeowners to work out problems.These proposals are just some of the ways we can help people in this state. We are all in this together and must unite to resolve this economic crisis.

And now you know why Michigan has the problems it does.


  1. My wife is from Michigan and we periodically visit there. In fact, we were there just a few months ago. We saw a fairly vibrant downtown, active business and manufacturing parks and generally pleasant atmosphere in which to live. This, of course, was in WESTERN Michigan, on the other side of the state from Detroit, Flint and other distressed cities. The difference (aside from mere geography)? West Michigan is where conservatives have a hold on most of the political offices and the local business climate is far better than in eastern Michigan. Imagine if the entire state tried something like, oh… easing tax and regulatory burdens on businesses and consumers and letting the competitive American spirit thrive.

  2. Blame business for a crushing tax and regulatory burden.

    Yea, that is sure to reduce unemployment in Michigan (not).

  3. i stay in Flint Mi, an its a mess. People lookin in from the out side always got something to say. Step into my world of bill, crime, a jacked up school system, no housing,an no jobs,and then tell me what should be done. But for now, u should shut up, cuz whats happen here in flint will soon be coming to your town…….WATCH!!

  4. I have never laughed so much as at that last comment from Michigan.

    You know, the state where every other person is on some type of welfare.

    Where the school systems are corrupted by the teacher’s union – and they can’t even teach their students how to put correct grammar into sentences and develop a story into paragraphs.

    Where the standard is General Motors and we all know what that standard is nowadays. Bankrupt!

    The unions and state and local governments are run amuck in hoodlums and criminal activity.

    But oh lord, tax the employer. Tax the businessman. Tax the rich.

    Would the last one out of Michigan PLEASE turn out the lights for good this time? American cannot afford you anymore!

  5. Thank you all for some very intellegent comments regarding Michigan’s problems. It is very refreshing to see thought-out commentary without the name calling.
    Again, thank you all……

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