Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Governor Jennifer Granhom ordered criminal and credit background checks for all business tax break recipients in the state of Michigan.
Last Tuesday, one such individual was scheduled to receive $9.1 million abatement, that person was a convicted embezzler.
The program called for is a "business integrity verification program." It calls for requiring tax credit applicants to answer an integrity questionnaire and agree to a civil, criminal, and credit background check in order to receive tax credits.
"We are fighting hard for every company investment that help us diversify our economy and create jobs for Michigan citizens, and this incident is wholly inconsistent with the work we're doing and the integrity of our whole process," Granholm stated.