Michigan state Rep. Mike Shirkey has done the following, according to the Michigan Messenger.
- Accepted tax breaks to create jobs
- Accepted government loans (from federal stimulus funding, after attacking President Obama as a "socialist") to create jobs
- Laid off workers
- Supports right-to-work to destroy unions.
Rep. Mike Shirkey (R-Clark Lake) received a tax abatement in 2005 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for his non-union company, Orbitforms. The abatement was part of the creation of a Tool and Die Recovery Zone under the state’s Renaissance Zone program. According to the MEDC Dec. 22, 2005 announcement the abatement would “allow companies to operate free of virtually all state and local taxes for up to 15 years, thus boosting their efforts to compete in the face of global competition.”
City of Jackson Office of the Assessor records show the property on which Orbitforms is located — 1600 Executive Drive — has a state taxable value of $655,400.
As part of the deal, Shirkey told MEDC officials he believed the abatements would allow him to create as many as 12 jobs. Instead, Shirkey’s factory, which manufacturers various industrial fasteners, laid off nine workers, reports the Jackson Citizen Patriot.Sometimes the hypocrisy just takes your breath away.