ICYMI: Rick Haglund: With a Troubling Economic Agenda, Dixon is Stunningly Unqualified to Lead Michigan 

“If voters decide Dixon is the best candidate to steer Michigan’s economy through turbulent times, they’re likely to suffer a severe case of buyer’s remorse.” – Rick Haglund

Michigan Advance columnist and longtime economic reporter Rick Haglund is the latest to warn working families of the “buyer’s remorse” they would experience if DeVos sellout Tudor Dixon gets to enact her backwards vision for our state. 

From running a “failed” steel company into the ground, to operating another company that exists for the sole purpose of “distribut[ing] foundry products imported from manufacturers” in foreign countries, everything about Dixon’s background indicates she is “stunningly unqualified” to manage Michigan’s $76 billion annual budget.

Like her business record, Haglund notes in his piece that Dixon’s solutions for the issues Michiganders care about are equally “thin and troubling.” Dixon still refuses to explain “how she would cut spending or replace” revenue lost from her budget plan that would slash $12 billion annually from critical services like law enforcement, infrastructure, and public education.

Particularly damning is her “seeming ambivalence to the state’s signature auto industry” just as Governor Whitmer has shepherded Michigan to a “historic conversion to battery-electric-powered vehicles.” Dixon has not recognized the importance of “attracting and retaining talent” to strengthen Michigan’s workforce in all industries and stay competitive with other states.

See excerpts below from Haglund’s analysis on Dixon as she remains “far more interested in promoting far-right causes and fueling the culture wars” at the expense of “developing realistic solutions to complex state economic issues” and read the full op-ed here.

Michigan Advance (OPINION): Rick Haglund: With a Troubling Economic Agenda, Dixon is Stunningly Unqualified To Lead Michigan

By Rick Haglund

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling in June, abortion has been the top issue in the Michigan governor’s race.

Incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who strongly favors women’s reproductive rights, has enjoyed a substantial lead over Republican challenger Tudor Dixon, who is opposed to abortion in nearly all cases. […]

If voters decide Dixon is the best candidate to steer Michigan’s economy through turbulent times, they’re likely to suffer a severe case of buyer’s remorse. She is stunningly unqualified to become chief executive of a sprawling state government with a $76 billion annual budget.

Voters these days are enamored with “outsider” candidates like Dixon who vow to shake up entrenched government bureaucracies.

Former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder swept into office by portraying himself as an anti-politician “nerd” who would lead the state to prosperity by measuring the performance of various state functions and routinely updating the results on data dashboards.

But Dixon is no Snyder. Although Snyder never sought elective office before becoming governor, he was president of a large personal computer manufacturing company, built a successful career as an Ann Arbor venture capitalist and was the first chairman of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Dixon touts her experience as an executive at her father’s steel company, which failed a few years after she left. And she claims small business cred for starting her own company.

That business, Cornerstone Foundry Supply, is owned by Dixon and her husband, and appears to have just one other employee. 

And while Dixon touts the importance of Michigan-made products, Cornerstone merely distributes foundry products imported from manufacturers in the Czech Republic and Italy.

Dixon has been far more interested in promoting far-right causes and fueling the culture wars than in developing realistic solutions to complex state economic issues.

Her main activities over the past few years were founding a news service for schools that promoted American exceptionalism and working as a talk show host on a right-wing streaming service. 

She said she decided to jump into the governor’s race after hearing about the struggles of business owners whose businesses were ordered closed by Whitmer during the deadly COVID outbreak, the worst public health crisis in a century.

Dixon’s economic agenda is thin and troubling. She wants to phase out the state’s 4.25% personal income tax, saying it would make Michigan more competitive with fast-growing states like Florida, Tennessee and Texas that don’t have an income tax.

But Dixon has not offered any details on how she would cut spending or replace the tax, which raises about $12 billion a year and pays for most state government services outside of K-12 schools and higher education. […]

Perhaps most disturbing is Dixon’s seeming ambivalence to the state’s signature auto industry, which is making a historic conversion to battery-electric-powered vehicles. […]

She has said little about what she would do to make Michigan a welcoming place for automakers and other companies to prosper and grow, except to recite tired Republican talking points about cutting taxes and regulations.

Michigan’s biggest economic challenge is attracting and retaining talent in the auto industry and others that are increasingly becoming more knowledge based. Dixon seems not to understand that. […]

Whitmer hasn’t been a perfect governor, of course. But she navigated the state through one of the most perilous periods in its history and worked with an often hostile Republican-controlled Legislature to balance budgets and make crucial investments for the state’s economic future.

Dixon’s greatest political skill is firing off caustic tweets, just about the last thing Michigan needs in a leader.

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