A new report from the Pew Charitable Trust states that Michigan’s average personal income has dropped 9.5% – the most severe drop in the entire nation. This means the consequences of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s policies are still taking a drastic toll on the pocketbooks of Michigan workers.
Governor Whitmer shut down the state economy TWICE. Whitmer closed “non-essential” stores. Her unscientific orders roped off garden centers, banned the sales of paint, and restricted what items people could buy. Whitmer quietly extended restaurant closures. Whitmer closed schools to in-person learning. Whitmer vetoed support for small businesses who were trying to jumpstart the economy.
Under Governor Whitmer, Michigan was one of the last states in the nation to reopen. And even then, Whitmer continued to incentivize workers to stay home by continuing federally boosted unemployment payments until this past September. (And her Unemployment Insurance Agency issued billions in fraudulent payments!) It’s no wonder that thousands of restaurants and small businesses have closed their doors forever, taking thousands more jobs with them.
Inflation in President Biden’s economy is at a 31-year high. The drop in personal incomes under Governor Whitmer means the average Michigan family has less money to spend, and those dollars won’t go nearly as far. The Biden-Whitmer agenda has left Michigan with one of the worst economic recoveries in the nation.