Granholm Mulhern Associates

AP Interview: Ex-Mich. First Couple staying busy

By: KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN | 09/19/11 12:01 AM
Associated Press

Jennifer Granholm and husband Dan Mulhern thought their lives would change tremendously when she stepped down as Michigan’s first female governor at the end of last year.

But the former First Couple is finding that while their day jobs are different, they’re still fighting for the same cause — trying to get Michigan and the nation to avoid cutting taxes and worker pay and benefits to the bone and instead focusing on investing in education and a national industrial policy that can keep the U.S. competitive in a global economy.

“If people think that cutting taxes and shrinking government by themselves are going to improve their economy, they should look at what happened to Michigan over the (past) decade,” Granholm told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

“The tea party and others who are focused on 20th century solutions” just don’t get that those strategies “may have worked in the last century, but they’re no longer valid in a global economy when our economic competitors are being much more aggressive,” the Democrat said. “You must cut where you can, but that’s so you can invest where you must.”

Granholm and Mulhern, who also spoke on the call, have co-written a 320-page book in which they talk about the eight years they were Michigan’s First Couple and the direction they think the state and nation need to go.

They plan to promote “A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future” (PublicAffairs, $27.99) in Michigan during a Sept. 27 evening conversation and book signing at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Tickets to the event are $10 or $25 for admission and a copy of the book.

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