Detroit, MI—Standing in the Detroit neighborhood where his family business was founded a generation ago, U.S. Senate candidate John James today kicked off a statewide “Neglected Neighborhoods and Forgotten Farms” tour to share his ideas for putting more Michiganders on the path to prosperity. This announcement follows James’ endorsement by Michigan’s largest farm organization.
“COVID and the death of George Floyd have exposed what Michiganders have known for decades: Poverty is tightening its grip where politicians have failed. Today, we are home to 17 of the 25 counties around the country with the highest unemployment rate,” James said. “Our state is home to the county with the highest unemployment rate in the nation—Cheboygan County. And Detroit, once the nation’s most prosperous city, is the 5th poorest in the country and the most segregated. This is unacceptable. That is why I have put forward a prosperity agenda based upon my personal experiences and the experiences of those closest to me. It is neither perfect, nor complete, but a living framework for beginning to address generational financial anxiety, socio-economic immobility and trauma. I am looking forward to working with Michiganders to start putting these plans into action so we can put everyone in this state on the path to the American Dream.”
James’ prosperity plan includes:
- Improving skilled workforce training and college education
- Investing in education opportunities, including an “all of the above” education policy for children; Literacy, numeracy and soft skills education for adults
- Expanding opportunity zones and entrepreneurial opportunities for farms and small businesses
- Delivering quality, affordable health care and investing in mental health and overall wellness
- Safeguarding seniors by protecting pensions and Social Security and Medicare
- Overhauling infrastructure including broadband access and public transit
- “Career politicians have failed to look out for these areas, while they have profited for themselves,” said James. “It’s time we had battle-tested leaders who truly look out for everyone. It’s time we restore the American Dream.”
Based on April numbers from the US Department of Labor and Statistics, Cheboygan County has the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 41.2%, while Wayne County sits at 25.9% unemployed. The other 16 Michigan counties counted among those 25 with the highest unemployment include: Mackinac, Roscommon, Montmorency, Oscoda, Clare, Arenac, Charlevoix, Tuscola, Manistee Wexford, Sanilac, Lapeer, Emmet, Lake, St. Joseph and Genesee.