Tackle looming liability crisis

This article originally appeared in The Detroit News.

There’s a liability crisis threatening public workers, taxpayers, and the stability of local governments across the state of Michigan, and unless leaders get serious, it’s going to devastate our communities.

A task force created by Gov. Rick Snyder studied unfunded liabilities at the local level and the data is shocking. Local governments have promised municipal employees and retirees massive post-employment health care benefits but failed to properly fund them, in excess of $10 billion of your (eventual) tax dollars. At the same time, these local governments are facing unfunded pension liabilities of an additional $7.5 billion.

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Standing Up for Your Second Amendment Rights

The Second Amendment is an important part of our mission at the Michigan Freedom Fund. We strongly believe in the fundamental right to keep and bear arms. Today, the Senate Government Operations Committee voted to protect your Second Amendment Rights, enabling specially licensed individuals to conceal carry in schools, churches, and other “Gun Free Zones.”

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UM’s intolerant environment

This article originally appeared in The Detroit News.

The day after last November’s election, University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel took to campus to address students, express his shock at Donald Trump’s win and comfort them with the reminder that the university was a safe space where they were surrounded by like-minded liberals.

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Where's Gretchen?

Last week, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar released an “education” plan that directly assaults school choice by banning for-profit schools[1]. Under his plan, the four best public schools in the state would be forced to close.

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Protect workers’ rights

This article originally appeared in The Detroit News.

Imagine being coerced to join a club you don’t like, pay for a service you don’t want, or accept representation from someone you never had the opportunity to vote for. Doesn’t sound fair, does it?

It’s not fair, but that’s what happens to blue-collar workers and hardworking state employees every single day in Michigan.

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Detroit News: Banks may run for Senate District

The Detroit News reports:

Democratic former Rep. Brian Banks of Harper Woods has formed a campaign committee to start raising money for a potential state Senate run in the 2nd District – a seat held by embattled Sen. Bert Johnson, who has been federally indicted over an alleged “ghost employee.”

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Campaigns should eschew predators

This article originally appeared in The Detroit News.

Free campaign advice to candidates across the state: If you’re approached by an alleged sexual predator who offers you a giant bag full of money as an “in” to your campaign, say no. Better yet, tell him to go jump off a bridge.

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Has Governor Snyder Given Up on Trying to Help Michigan Kids?

This article originally appeared in The Detroit News.

Gov. Rick Snyder appears done trying to help the kids of Michigan.

It’s hard to draw any other conclusion, following his handling this spring of the state’s worst performing schools, and news just this month that he’s giving up control of the state’s School Reform Office and passing it off to an education department that’s been failing Michigan kids for generations.

Things haven’t always looked so bleak.

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All I want for Christmas are bolder conservatives

This article originally appeared in The Detroit News.

All voters want for Christmas is a bolder conservative legislature in 2017. Don’t believe me? Go back and look at November’s election results. When the next legislature arrives in Lansing, it’ll be among the most conservative in the state’s history.

Legislators will find critical reform possibilities, and the opportunity to make a real difference for Michigan families and communities for generations.

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Chatfield: Energy Legislation Wrong for Northern Michigan

The following blog post comes from a Facebook post by Representative Lee Chatfield on December 11, 2016.

Over the past several weeks, many of you have reached out to my office and have inquired of my position regarding the current energy legislation that’s making its way through the House of Representatives. I do not support the bills (SB 437 & 438) in their current form, because I do not believe they are the best solution for Michigan’s taxpayers, families or schools. Below are five reasons why I believe that SB’s 437 & 438 are not the solution we need:

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