Dixon vows tax cut, Whitmer touts population growth plan at Economic Club forum

Leandro Mortenegro

Detroit — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican challenger Tudor Dixon laid out clashing visions for Michigan’s economy during a forum Friday in Detroit with the incumbent emphasizing population growth and abortion rights and Dixon focusing on slashing taxes and regulations.

Less than three weeks before the Nov. 8 election, Whitmer and Dixon separately addressed the Detroit Economic Club during an hour-long event at the MotorCity Casino. Each candidate made promises about how they would use the next four years if chosen to serve in the state’s top office.

Whitmer said “reproductive rights” are an economic issue and vowed to organize a panel of stakeholders to develop a long-term strategy for population growth.

“The place to be in North America is the Great Lakes,” Whitmer said as she discussed the repercussions of climate change.

“The whole world is going to want to come here or take our water,” she added. “We cannot let that happen. But what we can do is have a strategic plan for population growth and management of our natural resources.”

If elected, Dixon, a political commentator and businesswoman from Norton Shores, said she would pursue a “responsible reduction” in the state’s 4.25% individual income tax “right away.”

“I want to make sure that we get as much money back into the pockets of the people as we can, especially as we’re seeing inflation rise in the country and definitely the state of Michigan,” Dixon said.

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