Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle says GM's announcement is like hearing about a death in the family. He added the state will work with the city and other local governments to make sure good jobs are brought to the area.
Illinois Senator Barack Obama also put out a statement about the Janesville plant that he visited back in February. Today he said his heart is going out to the workers and families affected by the closings. He also talked about how President Bush's economic policies have failed the US and now it's time for a change. He's proposed a plan to invest 150 billion over ten years in green energy and create up to five million new green jobs. this will help fund automakers so they can make fuel efficient and alternative cars. Obama says the fight for American manufacturing is the fight for American's future.
This isn't a new message for Obama when he was in Janesville in February he urged the federal government to enact policies that would encourage American businesses to stay competitive.
"We need to maintain our competitive edge in a global economy by ensuring that plants like this one stay open for another hundred years."