Tudor Dixon, a Republican running for the governor’s seat in Michigan, discussed her concerns that people and businesses “aren’t choosing Michigan,” and put forward her plans to fix the problems her state is facing during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”
According to Dixon, Michigan is struggling with overregulation and an “education crisis,” two of the main reasons why the state is having trouble attracting new businesses and new people.
Speaking with Fox News host Bret Baier ahead of the statewide primary election on August 2, Dixon detailed her plans to cut back on regulations in order to better serve industries.
“We want to be very careful about how we spend money to bring business into the state,” she said. “I think there’s an opportunity to cut some of that corporate welfare by also cutting regulations.”
Dixon pointed out the fact that many businesses have expressed concerns over strict regulations in the state, saying that they made it too difficult for them to actually conduct business, and therefore they had decided to take their companies elsewhere.
“We have big industries like the auto industry that are telling me, ‘It’s hard for us to come to the state of Michigan because it’s too over regulated. We can’t break ground. We can’t find a shovel-ready spot. We can’t get through the permitting process to make sure we’re in the race with our neighbors, who are also trying to create EV vehicles. So we’re going to states that are easier to do business in,’” Dixon noted.
The GOP candidate went on to argue that Michigan can “cut corporate welfare” through “offering better incentives” to start a business in the state, adding that Michigan needed to be “more business friendly.”
“But right now, people aren’t choosing Michigan and that’s hurting us,” Dixon stated.
Baier then asked the gubernatorial candidate what she considered to be the most important challenge Michigan was currently facing.
“We’re in a serious education crisis right now,” Dixon responded. “When you add in inflation and education, those two things are hitting the state very hard. But we’ve been in a steady decline in education for many years. We’re 38th in the nation.”
“Our literacy exams came back and 3rd graders failed at 50%,” she added. “In Detroit, it was nearly 90%. We also had kids out of school longer than almost any other state.”
“So, we need to look at how we can get education back on track because that’s really the foundation,” Dixon asserted. “That’s how we get businesses here. That’s how we get families here. They have to look at our schools and say, ‘my family is gonna get a great education in Michigan,’ and we’re gonna make sure that’s possible.”