By CHARLES CRUMM | The Oakland Press | March 10, 2009
A proposed movie studio in Pontiac is projected to create some 3,500 jobs and state House Democrats want those jobs to go to Michigan residents.
Democratic lawmakers on Monday used GM’s shuttered Truck Product Central Center in Pontiac as the backdrop for proposed Hire Michigan First legislation.
The Democratic-controlled state House wants to pass the measure this week that would give companies state economic incentives to hire 100 percent Michigan workers.
They said the Republican-controlled Senate should move quickly to pass it, too.
“Pontiac is one of the communities that have been devastated by job losses,” said state Rep. Tim Melton, D-Auburn Hills, whose district includes Pontiac. “We want to make sure Michigan workers get hired first.