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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Trump cancelling 'job killing restrictions' on American energy on day 1

President-Elect Donald Trump released a video (found below) as part of his 2017 Presidential Transition where he said he will "cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy" in a series of executive orders he will issue upon taking office. 

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House should pull plug on bad energy package

Last week, the Michigan Senate voted to subject Michigan ratepayers to an Obama/Granholm vision of energy policy that strengthens monopolies and increases government mandates while strangling customer choice and competition. Coming just two days after Donald Trump shocked the world with his victory over Hillary Clinton, their vote to approve Senate Bills 437 and 438 were a tone-deaf response to voters who loudly voiced their opposition to insider establishment deals that put government interests ahead of the people. Voters are tired of business as usual by their elected leaders and will surely be ready to repeat this message in 2018 for those who didn’t get it the first time.

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Michigan Senate votes for 50% increase in government mandate for environmental left AND to kill free market

Last week, the Michigan Senate passed an energy package that requires utilities to increase their percentage of renewable energy sources by 50% by 2021 and strangle the last remaining remnants of competition! 

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Back to the Drawing Board on Energy Policy

Tuesday's results could mean a different future for electricity

While most of the world was following election results, another key issue that will heavily affect Michiganders was moving in the state Legislature. Regulations covering energy and electricity choice have been ramped up, but national events should put a halt to Republicans fast-tracking this issue. The election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States and the GOP maintaining control of the U.S. House and Senate means the key reason for pushing forward with Senate Bill 437, a bill that will revise utility regulations in Michigan, has effectively gone away.

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Michigan Considers Freeing Up Uber and Taxis

Ridesharing companies, taxis and limos would compete on level playing field under bills

A package of bills that would establish statewide, uniform regulations and an open market for transportation companies has been introduced in the Michigan Legislature. Importantly, it would also restrict local governments’ ability to manipulate this market.

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What is 'Electricity Choice?'

11,000 customers are waiting for it

A recent email sums up the public’s concept of the electricity choice debate quite well.

I have never understood anything about the “choice” question on electricity. What choice? I have lived in Michigan since 1996 and paid my electricity bill every month for the past 20 years. I’ve never had “choice.” I get a bill and it’s always Consumers Energy. I get that other people get Detroit Edison. But you don’t get a “choice.”

That is real life for the vast majority of people and businesses in Michigan. A monthly electric bill arrives from one of the two big utilities and you pay it — wash, rinse, repeat. Simple. Right?

Actually, there is a good deal more to the issue of “electricity choice.”

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Freedom Fund Chair Greg McNeilly accuses Free Press Editorial Board of Bigotry

Greg McNeilly, the chair of the Michigan Freedom Fund, lays into Progress Michigan and the Detroit Free Press for insinuating Dick DeVos and his family are using high-dollar influence to get the education policy they want out of the Michigan Legislature. 

Interview starts at 12:32.

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Utility pushed energy legislation is pure corporate cronyism

Freedom Fund executive director Tony Daunt was a guest on the Steve Gruber radio program. He and Steve discuss the current utility-pushed energy legislation.

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