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Whitmer Says Numbers Don’t Tell Real Economic Story

Feb 5, 2020

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered the official Democratic Party response to the State of the Union address.  Rick Pluta reports. 


Governor Whitmer delivered her 10-minute rebuttal from a high school auditorium packed with invited guests.  She took issue with President Trump’s claim of a “blue collar boom.”  

“Americans are hurting.  In my own state.  Our neighbors in Wisconsin, and Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  All over the country wages have stagnated while CEO pay has skyrocketed.”

It’s true employment in Michigan is very high, but wage growth has slowed.  Hiring in manufacturing, construction, and mining has leveled off.  Economic security is expected to be hotly debated in the industrial Midwest during the 2020 campaign.  Trump won Michigan in 2016 by a fraction of a percentage point. 

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org