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Skubick: Business Tax Cut Could Be Campaign Issue

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(WLNS) - With reports that the race for governor is now a dead heat between incumbent Gov. Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer, the state's economy looms large as a major campaign issue that could decide the outcome.

6 News Capitol correspondent Tim Skubick reports the governor's $1.8 billion tax cut for business is at the center of the that issue.

Democratic challenger Mark Schauer is making a big deal out of the Snyder administration's big tax cut for business during the governor's first year in office as Democrats claim it did not work.

Three years ago, the governor was asked how many jobs the tax cut would create. He steadfastly declined to attach a number. Now in the midst of his own re-election bid, the governor was asked again about job creation visa vie the business tax cut.

Gov. Snyder:"Over a quarter of a billion private sector jobs have been created in the last three and one half years. That's a lot of progress going on in the state of Michigan."

Reporter: "Can you link that to your business tax cut?"

Gov. Snyder: "If you talk to business people they will tell you they have hired people."

This former state treasurer under the Granholm administration who now does private economic consulting explains that business tax cuts take time to show results.

But three years into the mission Dr. Klein feels something better show up pretty soon or else.

"This year would have been the year to see something." Dr. Robert Kleine adds, "If we don't see improvement in six months, one could conclude that the business tax cut isn't working very well."

Even though the governor says his cut is working, Democrats complain the governor does not have the data on his dash board.

Reporter: "Do you have this on your dash board as to how many jobs have been created by your business tax cut?"

Gov. Snyder: "No, not in terms of specific numbers for that. that would be difficult but its clear its been very helpful and it does create jobs."

Mr. Schauer is not buying that as he credits President Obama's rescue package for GM and Chrysler as the reason more jobs were created in the state, not the governor's business tax cut.

Get use to this back and forth, it will be center stage in the unfolding race for governor until November.

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