September 2, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Land slams over-regulation of businesses as she campaigns in Livonia

GOP Senate hopeful Terri Lynn Land toured Jacobsen Industries, a Livonia-based small manufacturer that supplies products to the auto industry, to talk with owners Lee and Karen Jacobsen on Tuesday. (Oralandar Brand-Williams / The Detroit News)

Livonia — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land highlighted Tuesday what she considers federal over-regulation of Michigan companies that helps kill jobs.

To make the point Tuesday, the former two-time secretary of state toured Jacobsen Industries, a small Livonia-based auto supplier, to talk with owners Lee and Karen Jacobsen, who say they are concerned that over-regulation of businesses like theirs will stunt job growth.

“We can make the money. We can make the jobs,” Karen Jacobsen said Tuesday. “We need the federal government to stop the interference and let us do our job.”

The Jacobsens met with Land prior to the candidate’s tour of their 75-employee company. Land, who is opposed by U.S. Rep. Peters of Bloomfield Township, said too much regulation could harm business growth.

“We need to make sure we grow jobs,” Land said. “Heavy-handed regulation is going to hurt business.”

The stop comes as Land’s campaign anticipates a multimillion-dollar ad campaign against Land by Tom Steyer, the California-based environmental activist who has reportedly committed to spend $50 million of his own money and raise another $50 million to reward candidates like Peters who argue climate change is man-made and needs policy remedies.

Steyer’s Next Generation super political action committee has scheduled ad buys that include $123,125 on Lansing’s WILX and $76,164 worth on Flint’s WJRT, according to filings.

The Land campaign attacks Peters support of a cap-and-trade bill that was passed in the House but didn’t receive a Senate floor vote — which the Land campaign said would kill 100,000 Michigan jobs.

Earlier this year, Peters attended a fundraiser for Democrats in Steyer’s San Francisco home. He has said “climate change is real, it is a threat and we need to deal with it now.”

Peters spokeswoman Haley Morris said Tuesday: “Terri Lynn Land opposed the auto rescue and is running to eliminate Buy America requirements, which would cost Michigan thousands of jobs and hurt our middle class.”

The requirements are part of federal highway tax money that Land said she wants to eliminate, instead allowing state governments to decide how much of the 14.4 cents in the federal 18.4-cents-per-gallon gas tax should be restored at the state level or raised in a different way.

“Michigan small businesses and middle-class families trust Gary Peters because he has a proven independent record of fighting to save the auto industry and expanding access to capital for small businesses so they can grow and succeed,” Morris said.