Michigan has come a long way, baby!

It’s hard to believe how far Michigan has come these last 7 years. Jennifer Granholm’s “lost decade” saw double digit unemployment, massive tax hikes and young people fleeing the state.

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Michigan’s comeback took work

This article originally appeared in The Detroit News.

Next week, Gov. Rick Snyder will deliver his eighth and final State of the State address. By every measure, the state of the state is stronger than it was during the governor’s first address in 2011. Michigan’s turnaround has been seven years in the making, and it didn’t come easy.

The speech comes at a critical time – at the beginning of an election year. This November, voters will go to the polls to select Snyder’s successor, a new state House of Representatives and a new state Senate. As Michiganians listen to the governor and reflect on how far we’ve come, they’d be wise to consider for more than a moment just what’s at stake this fall.

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That Tax Cut Fever is Spreading

Michigan’s tax code is intrinsically linked to the Federal tax code. So, when the Congress passed its landmark tax reform late last year, they inadvertently created a $1.5 billion tax increase for families and workers here in Michigan. Legislators in Michigan could easily have implemented a quick fix to restore personal exemptions and returned to the status quo.

Thankfully, they chose to go further!

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I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more tax cuts!

Last December, Congress enacted sweeping tax reform that promises to increase take home pay for millions of workers, and has already led to huge bonuses for working men and women across the country.
 
Hardly a day goes by without big breaking news about another employer sending thousands of dollars home with each of their employees. AT&T. Boeing. Wells Fargo. Fifth Third Bank. Yesterday it was Waste Management promising a $2,000 give-back to most of their staff nationwide.
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Just a Drop in the Bucket: Gretchen Whitmer Underwhelms

Gretchen Whitmer proudly touted her fundraising numbers last week, proclaiming she had raised three million dollars for her campaign.

Sixteen years ago, with stricter campaign finance limits, the LAST Democrat to torpedo Michigan’s economy, Jennifer Granholm, had raised $2.8 million by this time in her campaign. Adjusted for inflation, that’s around $3.9 million. With contribution limits double the size they were sixteen years ago and the supposed “Resistance” at full froth, that’s not nearly as impressive as her press release would have you believe. 

But it gets worse: $3,400 of that came from former Rep. Brian Banks.

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Gretchen Whitmer's Missing Backbone

Gretchen Whitmer’s New Year couldn’t have gotten off to a more disappointing start.

According to a new bombshell report from the Detroit News, a growing federal corruption probe in metro Detroit has the FBI looking into a number of prominent area Democrats.  The FBI’s “target subjects” include disgraced former lawmaker, felon, sexual harasser and Whitmer money-man Brian Banks, and perhaps her most prominent Detroit backer, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. 

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Embrace this freedom agenda

This article originally appeared in The Detroit News.

‘Twas the Thursday before Christmas, and all through the House, not a creature was stirring – because the state Legislature adjourned and went home to recharge for a big 2018.

(Sorry, if you were expecting verse, this space is more for polemics than poetry.)

Good thing, too, because taxpayers, workers, and families across the state yearning for more freedom (and more cash in their pockets come next Christmas) have a pretty important policy wish list.

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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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