joe biden http://michiganradio.org en Biden at Detroit Auto Show: 'We bet on you, and we won' http://michiganradio.org/post/biden-detroit-auto-show-we-bet-you-and-we-won <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vice President Joe Biden says the US government bet on American automakers—and won.</span></p><p>Biden touted the auto industry’s comeback during a <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140116/NEWS01/301160087/Biden-Detroit-autos">stop at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show </a>Thursday.</p><p>Biden said Detroit’s automakers have come a long way since GM and Chrysler went bankrupt in 2009.</p><p>And he said that resurgence proves the government-backed restructuring worked—and saved the country from a much deeper recession.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16063 at http://michiganradio.org Biden at Detroit Auto Show: 'We bet on you, and we won' Biden to attend working dinner with Detroit mayor http://michiganradio.org/post/biden-attend-working-dinner-detroit-mayor <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">DETROIT (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden plans to attend a working dinner with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan during a visit to the city.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The White House says Biden will travel Wednesday to Detroit and attend the dinner Wednesday evening.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">On Thursday, Biden is scheduled to attend the North American International Auto Show. The White House has said that Biden will discuss the future of the U.S. auto industry and "highlight its strong recovery following the tough restructuring and shared sacrifice" under the 2009 federal bailout.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">News media, industry and other previews for the show began Monday, and the show is open to the public Saturday though Jan. 26 at Cobo Center.</span></p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:25:54 +0000 The Associated Press 16030 at http://michiganradio.org Biden to attend working dinner with Detroit mayor Michigan’s 16 Electoral College votes officially cast for Obama/Biden http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-s-16-electoral-college-votes-officially-cast-obamabiden <p>Michigan’s 16 delegates to the Electoral College have officially cast their votes for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.</p><p>The President netted 54 percent of the popular vote in Michigan during last month’s general election.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Monday’s gathering of Electoral College delegates in the state Senate chambers also included a resolution condemning state lawmakers’ actions in recent weeks.</p><p>State Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer presided over the meeting.</p><p>“To cast all 16 votes for President Barack Obama, we know that Michigan is a state that believes in opportunity and embraces a vision for our state and for our nation that looks forward. Not one that focuses on an extreme ideological agenda,” Whitmer said.</p><p>The resolution criticized the Republican-controlled state legislature for swiftly passing a number of controversial bills in the final weeks of its session.</p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 22:30:21 +0000 Jake Neher 10408 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan’s 16 Electoral College votes officially cast for Obama/Biden Vice President's wife to campaign in Michigan this Saturday http://michiganradio.org/post/vice-presidents-wife-campaign-michigan-saturday <p>BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign says the wife of Vice President Joe Biden will speak at events in three Michigan cities on Saturday.<br><br> The campaign says Jill Biden will appear in Battle Creek, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. It says details on her appearances will be announced later.<br><br> The stops come during a planned tour during which the vice president's wife will appear Friday in Minneapolis and Sunday in Pittsburgh.<br><br> The vice president has been a frequent visitor to Michigan, with three stops in Detroit this summer.<br> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:31:01 +0000 The Associated Press 9042 at http://michiganradio.org Vice President's wife to campaign in Michigan this Saturday In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-64 <p><strong>Biden's Labor Day visit</strong></p><p>Vice President Joe Biden rallied in Detroit Monday during the Labor Day parade. "He talked about how America is better off today, in part because of the auto industry bailout.&nbsp; That message will be a central theme for Democrats at this week’s national convention," Kate Wells reports.</p><p><strong>Teacher retirement changes</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder will sign legislation today&nbsp; that will change how teachers and other school employees save for their retirement. Most school employees will have to pay more for their retirement benefits. School employees hired after today will no longer have a retirement health plan, but will pay into a medical savings account to purchase coverage when they are no longer working. Snyder says it will shore up the state’s credit rating, and ensure taxpayers won’t be saddled with the costs of a bailout years down the road. Teachers unions say the plan breaks promises made to school employees, and went to court on Friday with a legal challenge," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Voters decide on replacement for US Rep McCotter tomorrow</strong></p><p>Some voters in Souteast Michigan are heading to the polls Wednesday to vote for a temporary replacement for Republican U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter. "McCotter quit in July after it was discovered that petition signatures were forged or copied in at least two of his campaigns. Five Republicans are vying for the seat. They'll face a Democrat, a Libertarian and a U.S. Taxpayers Party Candidate in the November 6th general election. The taxpayer tab for the special election will be at least $650,000 thousand dollars. Low voter turnout is predicted. Four of McCotter's former staff&nbsp; members have been charged in the petition scandal. McCotter has not been charged," Rina Miller reports.</p><p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 11:09:33 +0000 Emily Fox 8923 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Biden rallies labor workers in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/biden-rallies-labor-workers-detroit <p></p><p>Vice President Joe Biden took the spotlight at Detroit’s Labor Day parade. It's one more sign that the auto bailout is shaping up as a central theme of the Obama-Biden campaign.</p><p>Last week Republican nominee Mitt Romney asked Americans if they were better off today than four years ago. Now comes part of the Democrats’ response: you sure are if you’re an auto worker.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 20:16:41 +0000 Kate Wells 8920 at http://michiganradio.org Biden rallies labor workers in Detroit Red state? Blue state? Taking a look at Michigan's (political) identity crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/red-state-blue-state-taking-look-michigans-political-identity-crisis <p>It's a "swing-state" edition of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/topic/its-just-politics"><em>It's Just Politics</em></a> this week. The big political question in the mitten-state currently seems to be "Is Michigan a true battleground - a swing state - in this year's presidential race?" You certainly would not be blamed for thinking so considering all of the campaign love that Michigan got this week.</p><p>Vice President Joe Biden was in Detroit on Wednesday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was in West Michigan yesterday campaigning on behalf of fellow Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and, just today, Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan visited Commerce Township.</p><p><strong>Are we a (politically) fickle state?</strong></p><p>This level of attention would seem to suggest that Michigan is a battleground state alongside&nbsp; those perpetual swingers: Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Colorado. There are certainly reasons to believe why this could be the case, even though Michigan has gone for the Democratic nominee in the last five presidential cycles. But, if you look back even further, the five cycles before that, Michigan voted for the Republican presidential candidate every time.</p><p>It would appear that we are a fickle state. Michigan may be blue, but it elects Republicans in statewide races all the time: Governor Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson – just to name a few. And, even while Democrat Jennifer Granholn was governor, Attorney General Mike Cox and Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land were both Republicans.</p><p>Interestingly enough, Michigan’s record tilts more heavily toward sending Democrats to Washington D.C.. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow are, of course, Democrats. And, in this election cycle, Republican Senate nominee Pete Hoekstra hopes to alter that trend, like Spence Abraham did –albeit for just one term – in 1994.</p><p><strong>What do the polls say?</strong></p><p>In this year's race, President Obama’s generally been given the edge in most polls in the state, even though Mitt Romney was born in Michigan and his father was governor here. But, just because he can claim "native-son" status, the Romney name does not always equal ballot magic. Romney's brother, Scott Romney, lost his reelection bid to the Michigan State University and his mother Lenore Romney failed in her U.S. Senate bid back in 1970. A former sister in law, Ronna, who ran with the Romney name also lost a Senate race.</p><p>A poll was released this week by Foster McCollum White and Associates for the Fox TV station in Detroit that gave Romney a four point lead over President Obama; and a slight lead for Pete Hoesktra over Senator Debbie Stabenow.</p><p>But, then, another poll was released this week that put President Obama and Senator Stabenow in the lead. So, it begs the question - which poll is right? The reality is there’s no objective measure for regular folks to use to judge the credibility of a poll. The only reality to compare it to is… <em>other </em>polls.</p><p><strong>Is Michigan a swinging state?</strong></p><p>So, aside from the polls - the question remains: are we a swing state or not? It would seem if the presidential campaigns didn’t think Michigan was relevant to them in November then they wouldn't be spending so much time here. But, one can argue that there are a whole lot of other reasons why candidates visit a place. Certainly, persuading voters is a big one. Keeping the base energized is another - especially in a year like this when it seems like most people have made up their minds who they want, or who they don’t want in the White House. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 18:36:32 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 8803 at http://michiganradio.org Red state? Blue state? Taking a look at Michigan's (political) identity crisis Biden in Detroit: 'General Motors is alive, Osama bin Laden is dead' http://michiganradio.org/post/biden-detroit-general-motors-alive-osama-bin-laden-dead <p>Vice President Joe Biden warns that if Mitt Romney is elected President, the country will return to the “failed policies” that caused a near-economic collapse in 2008.</p><p>Biden <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120822/POLITICS01/208220384/Biden-tells-Detroit-rally-GOP-favors-rich-over-middle-class?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">rallied supporters at Detroit’s Renaissance High School </a>Wednesday. It was a stop on a brief campaign swing through Michigan that also included a fundraiser in West Bloomfield.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 23:21:04 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8774 at http://michiganradio.org Biden in Detroit: 'General Motors is alive, Osama bin Laden is dead' Biden, Romney, Ryan campaign in Michigan this week http://michiganradio.org/post/biden-romney-ryan-campaign-michigan-week <p>Vice President Joe Biden, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, will all make campaign stops in southeast <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/mi/michigan_romney_vs_obama-1811.html">Michigan</a> this week.</p><p>Vice President Joe Biden made an afternoon stop in Detroit today, where he held what the Obama Campaign called a grassroots event at Renaissance High School.</p><p>Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields introduced Biden to a packed crown in the school's atrium.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 20:28:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8770 at http://michiganradio.org Biden, Romney, Ryan campaign in Michigan this week Biden: Republicans no longer believe in public education http://michiganradio.org/post/biden-republicans-no-longer-believe-public-education <p>Vice President Joe Biden says Republicans have stopped believing in the concept of public education.</p><p>Biden made those comments as he rallied thousands of educators at the American Federation of Teachers&rsquo; annual convention in Detroit Sunday.</p><p>AFT union leaders strongly back President Obama. And Biden took repeated shots at Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.</p><p>Biden says Romney and fellow his Republicans now &ldquo;have a totally different perspective&rdquo; from most Americans about education&mdash;and pretty much everything else.</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 17:22:23 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8484 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's state news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-state-news-headlines-0 <p><strong>Bolger and Schmidt answer to complaints about breaking campaign finance laws</strong></p><p>State House Speaker Jase Bolger and state Representative Roy Schmidt have a little less than three weeks to answer complaints they broke campaign finance laws. A complaint by the Kent County prosecutor filed with the Secretary of State names just Schmidt. One filed by Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer names both of them. The two plotted to keep a serious Democratic challenger off the ballot after Schmidt jumped from the Democrats to the Republicans. House Republican spokesman Ari Adler says no laws were broken, but the speaker will back legislation to stop what they tried to do from happening in the future.&nbsp; The Secretary of State sent letters last week to Bolger and Schmidt informing them there is an official inquiry underway.</p><p><strong>Biden in Detroit</strong></p><p>Vice President Joe Biden has been out on the campaign trail. He rallied teachers in Detroit Sunday. That&rsquo;s where the American Federation of Teachers is holding its annual convention. &quot;Biden went after Mitt Romney and Republicans in Congress for budget plans that would slash federal education spending. He said Republicans have consistently opposed proposals to keep teachers and other public employees on the job through the economic downturn,&quot; Sarah Cwiek reports.</p><p><strong>Detroit Institute of Arts vote</strong></p><p>Voters in three counties will soon decide the fate of a tax millage for the Detroit Institute of Arts. Museum officials say the DIA could shut down if a 10 year property tax doesn&#39;t pass. Voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties will decide August 7th. The museum no longer receives state funding. But Critics say the DIA&#39;s campaign exaggerates the museum&#39;s financial struggles. The property tax would bring in roughly 230 million dollars over 10 years. Residents in counties that approve it will get free admission to the museum.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:00:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8479 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's state news headlines. . . VP Joe Biden: America "will lead the world in the 21st century in manufacturing" http://michiganradio.org/post/vp-joe-biden-america-will-lead-world-21st-century-manufacturing <p>Vice President Joe&nbsp;Biden says good paying <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/manufacturing">manufacturing </a>jobs are vital to the U.S. economy and the American Dream of home ownership and upward mobility.</p><p>Biden made his comments following a tour of&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/american-seating-company">American Seating&nbsp;Company</a> in Grand Rapids. The company has been making seats for busses, trains and stadiums in West Michigan for more than a century.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not the only source of good paying jobs but I see no way in which we can meet that American commitment to that dream unless we once again reestablish ourselves as the manufacturing hub of the world with high end products,&rdquo; Biden said. Wed, 01 Feb 2012 19:01:03 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6047 at http://michiganradio.org VP Joe Biden: America "will lead the world in the 21st century in manufacturing" Vice Pres. Joe Biden visits Grand Rapids this morning http://michiganradio.org/post/vice-pres-joe-biden-visits-grand-rapids-morning <p>Vice President <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/joe-biden">Joe Biden</a> will visit an <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/american-seating-company">American Seating Company factory</a> in <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/grand-rapids">Grand Rapids</a> today. Biden is here to, &quot;pitch the administration&#39;s plan to reward businesses that bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.,&quot; the Associated Press reports. Michigan Radio&#39;s Lindsey Smith <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/vice-pres-joe-biden-return-grand-rapids-promote-obama-agenda">reported</a> earlier this week:</p><blockquote><p>American Seating Company has been making seats for tour busses, trains, and big stadiums for about 125 years. Dave McLaughlin is Vice President and General Sales Manager of Transportation Products Group at American Seating. He&rsquo;s been working there for 27 years. He says the&nbsp;company&nbsp;is trying not to view Biden&rsquo;s visit as simply a political event.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m sure there are people that are looking at it as a political event,&rdquo; McLaughlin said, &ldquo;We really need help as a nation in rebuilding our manufacturing infrastructure.&rdquo;</p><p>The company employs 500, mostly unionized workers. Most are in Grand Rapids, but all in the United States. McLaughlin says about 75-percent of the company&rsquo;s goods and services are sourced from companies based in Michigan, Ohio or Indiana.</p></blockquote><p>The Vice President&#39;s visit follows <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/watch-listen-obamas-speech-um-ann-arbor?nopop=1">President Obama&#39;s stop in Ann Arbor last week</a>. The President spoke about the need for college affordability at the University of Michigan on Friday. Wed, 01 Feb 2012 11:32:56 +0000 Zoe Clark 6036 at http://michiganradio.org Vice Pres. Joe Biden visits Grand Rapids this morning Vice Pres. Joe Biden to return to Grand Rapids to promote Obama agenda http://michiganradio.org/post/vice-pres-joe-biden-return-grand-rapids-promote-obama-agenda <p>Biden visited a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/vice-president-biden-says-students-would-gain-%E2%80%9Cjobs-act">Grand Rapids Public High School back in October</a> to promote the President&rsquo;s jobs bill. Biden returns this week, this time he&rsquo;s expected to talk to workers at a manufacturing plant about the administration&rsquo;s tax plan that&rsquo;s supposed to boost American manufacturing.</p><p>Biden will visit <a href="http://www.americanseating.com/">American Seating Company </a>in Grand Rapids on Wednesday. American Seating Company has been making seats for tour busses, trains, and big stadiums for about 125 years. Dave McLaughlin is Vice President and General Sales Manager of Transportation Products Group at American Seating. He&rsquo;s been working there for 27 years. He says the&nbsp;company&nbsp;is trying not to view Biden&rsquo;s visit as simply a political event.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m sure there are people that are looking at it as a political event,&rdquo; McLaughlin said, &ldquo;We really need help as a nation in rebuilding our manufacturing infrastructure.&rdquo;</p><p>The company employs 500, mostly unionized workers. Most are in Grand Rapids, but all in the United States. McLaughlin says about 75-percent of the company&rsquo;s goods and services are sourced from companies based in Michigan, Ohio or Indiana.</p><p>&ldquo;We just like to do things here,&rdquo; McLaughlin said simply. &ldquo;Now having said that we clearly are in the minority.&rdquo; He says labor costs are the biggest challenge in staying in the U.S.</p><p><strong>So if labor costs are the challenge, what can the U.S. government help manufacturers out with?</strong></p><ol><li>Tax incentives: &ldquo;Certainly a way of mitigating that fact of life could be through tax breaks of one sort or another,&rdquo; McLaughlin said.</li><li>Strengthening the Buy America content provisions: &ldquo;They could raise that threshold to the point where it&rsquo;s more difficult for offshore organizations to meet,&rdquo; McLaughlin said.</li><li>Have local, state, national projects buy American made products: &ldquo;It seems ridiculous to me to see those dollars go offshore when quite often they don&rsquo;t get reinvested back into the United States,&rdquo; McLaughlin said. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 23:26:32 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6012 at http://michiganradio.org Vice Pres. Joe Biden to return to Grand Rapids to promote Obama agenda “Occupy Grand Rapids” group protests at Biden fundraiser http://michiganradio.org/post/%E2%80%9Coccupy-grand-rapids%E2%80%9D-group-protests-biden-fundraiser <p>People inspired by the &ldquo;Occupy Wall Street&rdquo; protests in New York showed up at a Democratic fundraiser hosted by Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday evening.</p><p>Biden made stops in Flint and Grand Rapids to promote President Obama&rsquo;s American Jobs Act before switching to campaign mode.</p><p>At least 50 protesters marched on the sidewalk outside the $500 per dinner private event. The event raised money for the 2012 presidential election.</p><p>&ldquo;We can get Mr. Biden&rsquo;s attention,&rdquo; Richard Ertl said. He&rsquo;s wearing a sticker on the back of his head that reads &ldquo;we are the 99%&rdquo;. &ldquo;We can get them to listen to us and know that we&rsquo;re starting to gel up and become cohesive as a people,&rdquo; Ertl said.</p><p>Ertl and other say they&rsquo;re not protesting Biden but want to send a message. He says protestors want politicians to listen to one another and work together to solve the nation&rsquo;s financial problems.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/#!/OccupyGrandRapids">&ldquo;Occupy Grand Rapids&quot;</a> held its first big meeting over the weekend. They&rsquo;re now camping out in a church parking lot (private property) downtown after spending several days in a public park near the Grand River.</p><p>He says they meet for general assemblies everyday at noon and 6 p.m. Thu, 13 Oct 2011 00:37:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4570 at http://michiganradio.org “Occupy Grand Rapids” group protests at Biden fundraiser Vice President Biden says students would gain from “Jobs Act" http://michiganradio.org/post/vice-president-biden-says-students-would-gain-%E2%80%9Cjobs-act <p>Vice President Joe Biden says he&rsquo;ll work to get President Obama&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.americanjobsact.com/">American Jobs Act </a>through Congress piece by piece if lawmakers won&rsquo;t take up the entire stimulus bill.</p><p>Biden says the bill would invest $25 billion to fix 35,000 schools across the country, including buildings like the one visited in Grand Rapids Wednesday.</p><p>Junior and seniors at Grand Rapids&rsquo; Central High School showed Biden around their science classroom, listened, and asked questions. He also saw a classroom they can&rsquo;t use because of health concerns over chipping and peeling paint.</p><p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re in a laboratory where they can&rsquo;t turn on a burner because there&rsquo;s no ventilation system,&rdquo; Biden said. &ldquo;They have microscopes that use mirrors &ndash; I mean it&rsquo;s just totally out of date.&rdquo; The science classroom is part of Grand Rapids Public Schools district&rsquo;s School of Health Science and Technology; a &ldquo;hub&rdquo; school students can opt into. &ldquo;Come on man,&rdquo; Biden told reporters after the visits, &ldquo;these are talented kids - they chose to come here to learn more.&rdquo;</p><p>Biden says some GOP leaders would rather &ldquo;do nothing&rdquo; than pass parts of the bill he says they agree with. Thu, 13 Oct 2011 00:19:48 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4569 at http://michiganradio.org Vice President Biden says students would gain from “Jobs Act" In Flint, Vice President Biden blasts Congressional Republicans for stalling jobs bill http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-vice-president-biden-blasts-congressional-republicans-stalling-jobs-bill <p>&nbsp;Vice President Joe Biden used a speech in Flint to chastise Congressional Republicans for stalling the President&rsquo;s jobs bill.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Senate Republicans blocked a procedural vote on the $447 billion&nbsp;bill last night.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The bill&rsquo;s tax hike on millionaires was a major reason cited.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The bill contains money for hiring firefighters and police officers.&nbsp;Biden talked about how budget cuts in recent years have slashed the number of police officers and firefighters on Flint streets.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 16:18:21 +0000 Steve Carmody 4561 at http://michiganradio.org In Flint, Vice President Biden blasts Congressional Republicans for stalling jobs bill Michigan Congressman is no fan of President Obama's jobs bill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-no-fan-president-obamas-jobs-bill <p>Vice President <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/joe-biden">Joe Biden</a> will be in Michigan today&nbsp;to tout <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_jobs_act">the President&rsquo;s Jobs Bill.</a> But Michigan Congressman <a href="http://walberg.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=66&amp;parentid=2&amp;sectiontree=2,66&amp;itemid=231&amp;gclid=CNrZurni4asCFcQKKgodkmArOA">Tim Walberg </a>says the $447 billion&nbsp;bill will hurt, not help the nation&rsquo;s economy.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Walberg is a Republican. He says the bill would increase spending and raise taxes. And he says that&rsquo;s not what the economy needs to create jobs. Walberg says the nation may be better off&nbsp; if Congress doesn&rsquo;t pass a jobs bill this year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>&quot;At the very least, if we hold some things back that would be hurtful to our economy, that&rsquo;s getting something done.&nbsp; Maybe that&rsquo;s the process right now&hellip;if there isn&rsquo;t a willingness to negotiate,&quot; </em>says Walberg.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Walberg says he hopes a compromise can be reached which will reduce payroll taxes and spur job growth. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 4550 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Congressman is no fan of President Obama's jobs bill Vice President Joe Biden coming to Michigan on Wednesday http://michiganradio.org/post/vice-president-joe-biden-coming-michigan-wednesday <p>Vice President Joe Biden will visit Flint and Grand Rapids on Wednesday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He&rsquo;ll promote the Obama administration&rsquo;s efforts to spur jobs growth.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 21:24:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 4519 at http://michiganradio.org Vice President Joe Biden coming to Michigan on Wednesday Vice President Biden to visit Flint on Wednesday http://michiganradio.org/post/vice-president-biden-visit-flint-wednesday <p>Vice President Joe Biden will visit <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/flint">Flint </a>on Wednesday. Biden will use the trip to promote <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/10/06/141128532/obama-pushes-jobs-bill-from-white-house">President Obama&#39;s jobs plan</a>, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>Biden is scheduled to speak midday Wednesday at a fire department building in downtown Flint. The Obama administration says its American Jobs Act would pump $5 billion into supporting jobs for police and firefighters. Flint has laid off over 100 of its first responders over the past three years to deal with budget cuts. The city&#39;s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in August was 11.4 percent, higher than the state rate of 11.2 percent.</p></blockquote><p>Late last month, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Governor Snyder</a> appointed an eight member panel to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-calls-review-flints-finances-emergency-manager-next">review the city&#39;s finances</a>. &quot;The financial review is the first step in a process created under the state&#39;s emergency manager law. Governor Snyder has said he hopes an emergency manager is not needed in Flint,&quot; Mark Brush <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-calls-review-flints-finances-emergency-manager-next">reports</a>. The Governor asked the review team to report their findings within 30 days which means we should find out what they have to say by late October. Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:47:50 +0000 Zoe Clark 4513 at http://michiganradio.org Vice President Biden to visit Flint on Wednesday