Jennifer Granholm was the governor of Michigan from 2002 to 2010. Those eight years were some of the most turbulent in the history of the state. Governor Granholm led Michigan through a number of factory shut-downs, a serious recession with skyrocketing unemployment, and, of course, the auto bailout in 2008. Governor Granolm and her husband, Dan Mulhern, describe these challenges and much more in their new book, "A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America's Economic Future."
Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan served two terms during the financial crisis that caused America’s major car companies to teeter on the brink of bankruptcy. Her plans for education reform, economic revitalization, clean energy, and infrastructure development were sidelined by a perfect economic storm. In A Governor’s Story, she tells how she managed the economic crisis in Michigan, and shares the ideas helping American industry recover nationwide.
President Obama met with a group of U.S. state governors yesterday to talk about health care reform. Among those who spoke with the president was Michigan Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm. She’s been working to reform health care in Michigan. The state is struggling with an unemployment rate that reached 14.1 percent in May. The Governor joins The Takeaway this morning to talk about how the meeting went and what the most pressing concerns are in her state.
"We have a saying that the auto companies are really health care companies who make cars to pay for it. We don’t want to see other companies or other states go through what Michigan is going through."
— Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm