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August 26, 2010

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Chao to Headline Jobs Event in Michigan

DETROIT, Aug. 26, 2010—Elaine L. Chao, labor secretary under President George W. Bush, will give a speech on government policies that hurt employers and job creation Wednesday, Sept. 8, at a lunch event in Birmingham held by Michigan supporters of The Heritage Foundation.

Chao , now a distinguished fellow at Washington-based Heritage who concentrates on employment, trade, federal spending and workforce issues, is scheduled to speak on the topic “Anti-Business Government: Has Atlas Shrugged?” at noon at the Townsend Hotel, 100 Townsend St.

“The Democratic Party's governing elite has long believed there is no problem that European-style policies cannot cure,” Chao wrote in a commentary last year. “This is why President Obama's agenda centers on vastly expanding entitlement programs, strengthening unions, and increasing government control over the private sector.”

The event sponsor is the Southeast Michigan Committee for Heritage, a group of regional business and civic leaders who support the leading Washington think tank’s conservative public policy research. Approximately 10,000 of Heritage’s more than 684,000 members live in the greater Detroit area.

Dulce Fuller, owner of the Birmingham boutique Woodward & Maple Inc., is chairwoman of the committee. Serving as honorary chairs are Allison-Fisher Inc. founder Doug Allison, a Heritage trustee, and his wife, Sarah.

Chao’s speech will be preceded at 10 a.m. by a panel discussion on labor and business entitled “Defending Free Markets, What Comes Next?” and featuring three other Heritage experts:

  • Ernest Istook, a distinguished fellow in government relations and former congressman from Oklahoma.
  • James Gattuso, senior research fellow in regulatory policy.
  • Diane Katz, research fellow in regulatory policy.

The Michigan committee is one of 13 Heritage-affiliated groups in metropolitan regions across the nation, including Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco and Naples, Fla.

Tickets are $50 for Heritage members, $75 for non-members, $20 for students. Register online at For details, call Dria Graham at (202) 608-1524 or e-mail

The Heritage Foundation is the nation’s most broadly supported public policy research institute, with more than 684,000 individual, foundation and corporate donors. Founded in February 1973, it has a staff of 255 and an annual expense budget of $75.3 million.

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