Promoting Economic Innovation
Rebekah knows that Michigan faces daunting financial challenges due to an evolving manufacturing sector and changing global economy, but she believes that if we are to compete in the market of the future, we need to see these current struggles as an opportunity to reinvent and transform our state. Throughout her tenure as a legislator, Rebekah has prioritized efforts to cultivate entrepreneurship, diversify our economy, and grow the creative and high-tech industries that will re-establish Michigan as a center of innovation and prosperity. At the same time, she has fought to preserve the Michigan that invests in its citizenry, valuing quality K-12 and higher education and ensuring an effective safety net for our most vulnerable residents during these extraordinarily difficult times. As we work to re-emerge a stronger state, she is the leader who believes we can build a better tomorrow while protecting our quality of life today.
Rebekah believes that we can no longer afford to wait to prioritize the funding of policies that both help our citizens today and ensure our fiscal health into the future. As a state legislator, she has worked hard to transition Michigan’s economy while putting people first.
- Investing in education and job training programs, and prioritizing job creation.
- Partnering with labor and business to move Michigan forward.
- Protecting workers’ rights to organize, collectively bargain and strike.
- Developing and enforcing work-safety standards and expanding workplace right-to-know laws.
- Penalizing corporations that are repeat offenders of workers’ rights, consumer protections laws, and environmental standards.
- Expanding the Emerging Business Fund, which provides critical assistance to high-tech firms working to turn research conducted at Michigan universities into commercial products.
- Increasing the Small Business Growth Fund to give our small and medium-sized firms—the engines of so much of Michigan’s job growth—access to the capital they need to create new business and employment opportunities.
- Expanding the Venture Michigan Fund to give technology start-ups in the Technology Tri-Corridor access to the venture capital they need to become successful job producing businesses.
- Closing outdated corporate tax loopholes that help a small, elite group of special interests at the expense of individual taxpayers and families.
- Implementing fair and progressive tax policies that recognize the shift in our economy and ensure that Michigan’s working families do not unfairly bear the tax burden.
- Capitalizing on Michigan’s highly talented workforce and world-class universities to bring new and growing industries here.