LETTER: Like other states, Michigan’s business is business

TO THE EDITOR:

Michigan’s business, and that of every other state, is business.

A recent letter to the editor in the Pioneer attempted to discredit the centrality of that fundamental truth.

Michigan has had a grand history with income production from natural resources in the 1800s and manufacturing in the 1900s.

From 1920 to 2000, Michigan held a virtual monopoly on in the manufacturing age, and we reaped a giant boom to the state coffers for use in the official Michigan budget. This extra income, that gave us a great standard of living, allowed us to make unwise monetary policies but now with an economic collapse, our unwise policies have surfaced.

I am glad we have a governor who loves business verses the prior governor who was loathe toward business.

The truth is that all governments are in fact a business! Every government, from the USSR, to the USA, and to Big Rapids Township, must have enough income to support their existence. Some governments have a flawed business model.

In the USSR, the commissars just ‘took’ the money they wanted and tried to steer the economy by expansive central planning. That didn’t work.

The state of California has created a giant central government with massive benefits, like the city of Bell, Calif. with city salaries nearing $1 million, which cannot sustain themselves. Michigan citizens, in the last election voted to return the management of the state to a sustainable model that can sustain itself.

The prior letter writer correctly accounts that “demand for products … creates jobs”. Two points of note are 1) that cars and manufacturing are no longer the singular purview of Michigan and we are not reaping the massive tax revenues from that industry and 2) that the common purchases of citizens are coming from not only all over the nation, but all over the world.

Michigan has become a place where business has not been welcomed in a meaningful way. We have taxes, regulation and rules that have pushed business out of Michigan. The new tax law is an attempt to create a more level playing field for business and not the selected winner model (film, ethanol) of the last eight years.

The core point that most critics miss is that the money that determines the size of the state budget relies solely on the health of the overall economy.

A short-sighted view of “my” benefits misses the point that the budget is a complete document and not just the check or services that I get. To regain our sanity we must look at the “whole” and not “my share.”

We will have a lot more money for education when we have more companies offering more jobs to more people!

Ormand Hook
Big Rapids

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