ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER REPORT OF GARY PETERS’ OUTSOURCING
Washington Examiner: Michigan Democratic Senate
Candidate Backed Company That Outsourced
(GRAND RAPIDS, MI) July 31, 2014 – It has been more than a week since the Detroit News exposed Democrat Gary Peters for allowing a state contract to be outsourced to China under his watch. Today, the Washington Examiner published a report detailing Peters’ role in lobbying for an earmark and tax credit on behalf of a company that outsourced Michigan jobs to Mexico and then went bankrupt. So far Gary Peters has been silent, refusing to answer questions about his role in outsourcing.
“What does Gary Peters have to hide? If he in fact did not outsource, he would want to set the record straight, but the fact that he won’t speak up raises even more questions about his role in outsourcing Michigan jobs,” said Heather Swift, Land campaign spokeswoman.
The Washington Examiner
Michigan Democratic Senate candidate backed company that outsourced
“Rep. Gary Peters’ role in securing an earmark and a tax credit for a now-bankrupt solar panel company could become a point of contention in Michigan’s hard-fought Senate race. In 2009, Peters, the presumptive Democratic nominee, worked with fellow Michiganders Sen. Carl Levin and Rep. Mark Schauer to secure a $1.2 million earmark for United Solar Ovonic, a now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer. Peters also supported the company’s successful efforts to secure a $13.3 million tax credit from the stimulus program.
“The backers of that loan might have meant to support Michigan jobs. But United Solar Ovonic, after getting the earmark and the loan, proceeded to furlough 400 workers and eventually went bankrupt. Meanwhile, Green World Investor reported that Energy Conversion Devices was ‘joining the rest of its peers as it cuts down jobs in the USA and increases production in Mexico’ — in other words, outsourcing.”