MI-Sen: “Job Creator” John James' (R) Business Lost Its Tax Exempt Status For Failing To Create Jobs

From The Detroit Metro Times:

Like Trump, James's company appears to be master dealmakers, at least for themselves. According to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and reviewed by Metro Times, under his tenure James's company took nearly $2 million in tax breaks from the state, a condition of which was that the company had to create 108 jobs. In fact, according to the documents, James's company actually lost more than 30 jobs under his leadership, and the MEDC revoked its tax-exempt status after it failed to create the jobs it promised.  

The John James campaign did not respond to numerous requests for comment by deadline.  

Based on the documents available, the company does not appear to have been subject to a “clawback” clause, or being forced to return the money for violating its agreement. But the facts laid out in documents run counter to another claim that James has made repeatedly on the campaign trail: that he's against “free handouts” from the government.  

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