Former Governor Jennifer Granholm on America's Economic Future

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Jennifer Granholm was the governor of Michigan from 2002 to 2010. Those eight years were some of the most turbulent in the history of the state. Governor Granholm led Michigan through a number of factory shut-downs, a serious recession with skyrocketing unemployment, and, of course, the auto bailout in 2008. Governor Granolm and her husband, Dan Mulhern, describe these challenges and much more in their new book, "A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America's Economic Future."

"A Governor's Story" describes all aspects of Governor Granholm's tenure: from economic uncertainty to politics' impact on her family life. Gov. Granholm talks about personal life in the governor's mansion, as well as the lessons the authors believe the U.S. should learn from Michigan's economic troubles.


Governor Jennifer Granholm and Dan Mulhern

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [14]

ace from Coldwater

Granholm ruined our state, we lost 100's of jobs and people I knew had to pay 1000's of dollars in responsibility fees, etc,etc, what a loser, we hired a stupid foreigner to run our state.

Dec. 14 2015 08:17 PM
bates from Flint.

oh and yes,

the reason why Michigan sucks so bad is because of the PEOPLE in the state of Michigan tend to suck. Right now the only people that have not left Michigan are people sittin in this state with OLD MONEY. Yes thats right..people here are the ones with the old money that can afford to stay. Most of the young and people that are wealthier with new money or new business's tend to leave or stay away from Michigan.

perfect enviroment for SNyder and his greedy Corperate Plutocrate drones.

Oct. 20 2014 03:17 PM
bates from Flint.

I find it interested that most MEN complain about the females in top positions in office. Especially the GOPers. not surprised.

She wasnt as bad and people are saying. Michigan has a bunch of Tea party GOP'ers trying to keep hold of power. To be honest, there have not been any surplus of jobs under snyder. Snyder is all big business and sent most of the jobs out of Michigan. Granholm did alot for michigan. She was for small business, and while no one is perfect..i never saw a single politican not make mistakes...she admited the mistakes and tried to correct them. Men will always hate on women in politics..

she tried to used less public funds on herself. she increased per student budget in pubilc schools..public schools did well with her in office. She wansnt focused on destroying big three...she supported it..she had really good jobs coming in with the film incentive..which the Repubilcans didnt like so they came in and destroied it - they didnt want to give any female dem any good credit whast so ever..the plutocrats are selfish and greedy. they disquise themselves in GOP or tea party jargon..but they arent even that..they are just faces of greed.

Oct. 20 2014 03:12 PM
tim sims from michigan

Jenny granholm is not loved in michigan by ANYONE! Beware this bafoons "intellect".

Aug. 26 2014 08:04 PM

I find it very difficult to not hold Granholm partly responsible for losing so many jobs in Michigan. I remember the campaigns about how businesses should pay their fair share in taxes. I remember seeing jobs closing up shortly afterwards. I remember watching the news and hearing about 100s of jobs leaving Michigan and workers being laid off. Homes were going up for sale faster than you could imagine. People having no choice but to leave the state because there just were not any jobs. I remember seeing people lose hope while she was govenor of Michigan and for that I can not say she her job to the best of her abilities. She wanted to balance the budget and she did it at the cost of so many jobs. She was not campaigning for jobs she was campaigning for businesses to pay their fare share.

Apr. 06 2012 02:59 AM

Governor Granholm did not run GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy. She didn't close factories and ship operations to Mexico. She inherited a decreasing tax base as her predecessor had cut taxes and less personal income results in reduced revenue.

Granholm advocated for the Federal loans to the auto industry and for improved education to ready Michigan's children for the Global Economy.

Finally, most corporate heads are Republicans. They ruined Michigan's economy, not the Democratic Governor.

Oct. 03 2011 02:56 PM
alan from michigan

so my comment was removed because i called her a piece of crap ...only speaking the truth

Sep. 23 2011 01:25 PM

Thanks to all the Michigan listeners commenting about the former governor. This thread is more informative than the interview.

Sep. 22 2011 05:11 PM
mike from Michigan

Stop covering this woman. She demolished the State of Michigan's economy. She was the worst governor in the history of the State. Under her reign more jobs were lost than in any other US state. Michigan has the highest unemployment and the worst housing market and the highest crime rate in the US. Yeah, follow her advice. What an absolute joke that you publish without research. Journalism is dead in America.

Sep. 22 2011 12:27 PM

Since The Takeaway is heard on the Detroit NPR affiliate, I expected that there would be at least a few locals who would call in to jeer at former Governor Jennifer Granholm Mulhearn and her husband Dan Granhlom Mulhearn. Because hers was one of the least productive and most depressing governorships in Michigan history. Even among Michigan Democrats, she was regarded as a dazzling failure.

She is now doing what she had done in Michigan for about ten years before; she is capitalizing on her good looks and her Harvard Law degree, and her ability to say absolutely nothing that is controversial or important. All the while climbing the ladders of personal success in the business of professional politics. She wouldn't be on MSNBC now, if she hadn't been Miss San Carlos (California) and cute enough to have been a contestant on The Dating Game.

In 2010, Michigan elected Republican Rick Snyder. Snyder, a former corporate CEO of Gateway, among other private sector experience, is far from a Tea Party politician. He had never run for political office. He is one of the least conservative Republican governors in America; certainly he is one of the least socially conservative Republicans to hold any statewide office. Snyder got the nomination when two true social and legal conservatives split the primary vote.

But now, through sheer competence in office, Rick Snyder has accomplished more as a Michigan governor in less than a year, than Jennifer Granholm ever accomplished in two terms.

Finally -- about this interview. It is almost embarassing, the way that Celeste Headlee fawns over political figures that she aligns herself with (liberal / minority / women Democrats), while she sputters hostile questions at those she disagrees with (any conservative / Republican / Doubter of Obama).

Sep. 22 2011 12:14 PM

I listened to the entire segment and I lived through the Granholm years here in Michigan, her 8 years were a complete failure to lead properly in our state, and perhaps, even more recriminating, is that what she did in the state worked in direct opposition to helping our state with the globalization of the economy or even within the USA. It's a tossup for me as to which Michigan politician has been the worst for our state in my lifetime between Granholm and Senator Stabenow, but currently I give the edge to Jen, and let the FACTS speak for themselves as to why.

You may not recall during her 2006 State of the State address, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm predicted that within five years Michigan residents would be "blown away" by the success of the economic plans she was unveiling that night.

Here is a great set of facts gathered when Gov. Jennifer Granholm made her final State of the State address and written by Michael LaFaive who is director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich.

Since Granholm took office, Michigan experienced:

* Since January 2003, Michigan's per-capita personal income rank among the states has dropped from 23rd to 37th.

* A large decline in economic output as measured by state Gross Domestic Product, dropping from 26th at the start of the Granholm administration to 41st through 2008.

* Michigan's unemployment rate leapt from 6.7 percent in January 2003 to 14.6 percent through December 2009.

* Michigan was the only state to lose population between the 2000 and 2010 census.

Remarkably, Michigan suffered economic decline even during the last national expansion, from 2002 through 2007.

Despite extreme budget pressures, the state has been able to maintain a fairly high level of total spending thanks to policy changes such as a) a 75 cent cigarette tax hike; b) a shift in property tax payment dates; c) new and higher fees; and d) the October 2007 $1.4 billion tax hike.

Four full years later after the "Blown Away" speach, the economy was a mess. Unemployment peaked at over 15.3 percent, the state lost 552,200 jobs from 2005 through 2008 alone, and economic output has declined by 4 percent statewide. Worse, Lansing's careerist political class — led by Gov. Granholm — is giving serious consideration to another tax hike, protecting the very government that has contributed to Michigan's malaise.

As the former governor gives writes her book, I hope she realizes that there is no amount of soaring (or dramatic) rhetoric that will wash away the damage she and the Legislature have done to Michigan by choosing the wrong policy path at almost every juncture.

Sep. 22 2011 11:42 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

@ listener - Based on your comment, it seems that you weren't "listening" to the interview.

As for what Granholm was saying, globalization and positioning the US with a global outlook are the keys economic success going forward.

It's not simply about spending cuts, tax increases, and the same old drivel, but understanding that a 40 year transformational process is driving information, capital and work around the world in new configurations. Therefore, a new paradigm that builds and adapts new structures and relationships for the dawning global Information/Network economy is the only way that the US will be able to contend in more competitive world.

Sep. 22 2011 10:02 AM

Granholm still has no clue. Even with all the cutting, Michigan was still quite a bit above a number of other states when it came to taxes and cumbersome regulation. It's not about the amount of cuts, it is about what you actually cut down to, and it also is a huge recrimination against the huge tax burden Michigan did have upon the business community, that they did have room to make such huge cuts and still couldn't bring the rate down to a level that made Michigan attractive.

Sep. 22 2011 09:58 AM

"Pointing the finger" and assigning blame to others seems all she is doing which is not leadership yet she teaches a course on leadership, not in Michigan but California.
If the former Governor flees the state why shouldn't other do the same?

Sep. 22 2011 09:29 AM

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