Mich. gov pitches job creation to Obama officials

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Posted: Dec 03, 2009 1:39 PM

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is in Washington making the case for a series of job creation initiatives under discussion by the Obama administration and Congress.

Granholm met with Obama officials and members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Michigan Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow.

The governor wants the administration to provide additional funding for shovel-ready road, bridge and infrastructure projects, and an extension of unemployment benefits. Nearly 500,000 people in Michigan are unemployed and about 70,000 unemployed workers in the state are scheduled to lose jobless benefits in mid-February.

Granholm also urged lawmakers and the administration to provide tax incentives for small businesses and access to capital for small and medium-size businesses, including auto suppliers.