This Week on America’s Business

By September 29, 2006General

Americas Business with Mike HambrickOn America’s Business this week, host Mike Hambrick covers the NAM’s newly released “cost study” demonstrating that manufacturers in the United States face a 31.7 percent structural cost disadvantage compared to our major global competitors. The culprits? Wrong-headed government policies on taxes, energy, legal reforms, benefit mandates and regulation.

Mike’s weekly discussion with Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership focuses on major cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and outrageous lawsuits from around the country.

“America’s Business” follows up with a profile of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council’s new program to certify manufacturing production workers. The initiative was launched this week at the NAM.

Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana calls in to talk about government efficiency and economic development, emphases that are helping to bring thousands of new jobs to the state.

And our regular segments feature “Factory Floor” — a first-person report from Sandra Westlund-Deenihan, president of Quality Float Works, Inc., of Schaumburg, Illinois. There’s a Soap Box, and NAM President John Engler closes with his “Last Word” commentary.

For a full line-up of the program and to listen on-line, please click here.

UPDATE: The Associated Press picked up the interview with Governor Daniels. (Story here.

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels says he will never seek a different political office.

“This is the first office I ever sought or ever will,” Daniels said in an interview for this week’s “America’s Business,” a radio program of the National Association of Manufacturers.

There has been talk that Daniels might use his current office as a springboard for a U.S. Senate seat or even the presidency.

However, Daniels, who served as President Bush’s budget director, said he ran for governor only “because we saw our state slipping behind in way too many ways – economically, educationally and in terms of its future potential.”

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