Cut taxes? Nope. Reduce red tape? Nah. How about building prisons instead of factories:
Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced Monday she has signed a bill designed to give more options toward possibly reopening a former youth prison in Baldwin.
The prison now could be used for out-of-state prisoners, a Michigan prison population, county prisoners or federal detainees.
The measure is designed to help the local economy by possibly rejuvenating one of the area’s largest employers.
Now, there’s nothing necessarily wrong with opening prisons – but the state that was once the engine of the world’s auto industry deserves better than aspiring to be America’s Jailer.