IRS Will Keep 90 Jobs in Detroit, Lawrence says
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence said Friday that the IRS has decided not to move some 90 jobs from a computing center in Detroit to Tennessee, after all.
Lawrence, D-Southfield, said that Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen sent a letter to her and other members of the state’s delegation on Friday saying the department and its employees will remain at their location downtown at 985 Michigan Ave.
In his letter, Koskinen said his agency worked with the General Services Administration over several months to identify alternative locations but in the end “jointly determined the best and most cost-effective option for the federal government was to remain in the current location.”
Last October, the Free Press reported that Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and members of the state delegation had secured an agreement from the IRS to look into ways of keeping the jobs in the city rather than moving them to Memphis.
Lawrence, who represents Detroit, said she worked with U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both D-Mich., as well as Reps. Sandy Levin, D-Royal Oak, and Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, to keep the jobs in southeastern Michigan.
“I am deeply gratified by the outcome of this effort to save not only the jobs of hard-working Detroiters, but the very community that these people call home,” Lawrence said. “Uprooting these workers, and their families, to move 750 miles from their homes, schools, churches, relatives, and friends would have had a devastating impact for all involved.”
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