Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer unveils his 10-point jobs plan July 29. / Greg DeRuiter, AP
AD SPONSOR: Republican Governors Association
THE RACE: Governor
This ad about Democratic candidate Mark Schauer's blueprint for boosting Michigan's economy doesn't attack specific proposals or even mention any. It just says the plan is a bad one.
Schauer's economic proposal, a 24-page plan he introduced July 29, includes increasing spending on public education, repairing infrastructure, building roads and increasing renewable energy standards - all of which he says would create "tens of thousands of jobs."
Schauer is challenging incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in a race that is considered a toss-up.
The ad cites three different political columnists, speaking on news chat shows, and the quotes are generally representative of their underwhelmed reaction to Schauer's proposals. The ad quotes Detroit Free Press columnist Stephen Henderson calling the plan "pretty thin'' but doesn't include the rest of his comment, in which he went on to say Schauer's proposal is "not any thinner than what Rick Snyder's was four years ago.'' Commentator Bill Ballenger is quoted calling the ad "total fantasy," though in the context of his full remarks, he appears to be referring to its political viability in the state legislature, rather than its policy merits.
The $2.2 billion price tag for Schauer's plan comes from an economic consultant who is a former state legislative budget analyst. Schauer hasn't said specifically how he would pay for his proposals.
The ad also claims that Schauer has a history of raising taxes but offers no evidence. In this campaign, neither Snyder nor Schauer, who spent one term in Congress and 12 years in the state legislature, has taken a "no tax hikes" pledge. Schauer has said that if elected, he would reverse Snyder's tax measures by eliminating a pension tax and reinstating a child tax credit.
By Martha T. Moore, USA TODAY
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