Michigan Freedom Fund is a nonprofit organization run by Michiganders for Michiganders. From our capital city, we strive to catalyze a grassroots movement in favor of our Constitutional rights.
We create educational initiatives, promote issue advocacy and support policies that believe in the following:
- Civil liberties - protecting individual rights
- Less government equals more freedom - putting people first
- Budget & debt - being conscientious about local, state and federal spending
- Taxes - safeguarding families pocketbooks
- Energy & the environment - guarding the rights of families and job providers
Michigan Freedom Fund C3, C4, 527 nonprofit groups
CIVIL LIBERTIES | Protecting individual rights
We believe in protecting the civil liberties of all Americans, in the broadest sense. When in doubt, we go with freedom.
Free & Open Speech
We believe in the right of every citizen to speak openly and freely on matters of public policy and will work to strengthen and protect this right.
Regressive radicals in both Lansing and Washington, D.C., seek a regime of intimidation and limits on our most basic civil liberty. In the guise of so-called “campaign finance reforms,” big-government liberals seek the creation of government-sponsored enemy hit lists and the greater use of your tax-dollars to promote their political agenda.
We stand against them and in defense of every citizen’s free-speech rights.
"A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
—James Madison, U.S. President, 1824
We believe in the fundamental civil right to keep and bear arms and will work to protect that right from those who seek to restrict it. We support the right to carry firearms—both openly and concealed.
We are constantly on-guard, knowing that the vast majority of attempted restrictions to Second Amendment freedoms originate at the state and local level.
"Every person has a right to bear arms for the defense of himself and the state."
—Michigan Constitution, 1963
We believe every child should have equal access to opportunity in education regardless of their race or their zip code.
We also believe that governments that collect billions of tax dollars annually for schools and education programs have a fundamental responsibility to provide students—and parents—a high-quality return for that investment at both the state and local level.
When our government leaders fail our children they fail us all, and we are on guard to hold them accountable.
"Detroit Public Schools are 'ground zero' for education in this country."
—Arne Duncan, U.S. Education Secretary, 2011
Workplace Equality & Social Justice
We believe everyone has the inalienable right and freedom to work. Because we believe every Michigan worker should have the right to get and keep a job based upon their performance, not their politics, we will fight to protect the state’s common-sense Freedom to Work laws.
We were honored to be pivotal leaders in the battle to enact Michigan’s Workplace & Equality law, also known as Freedom to Work. Unfortunately, the Big Union bosses and their political allies who are opposed to social justice for workers, are constantly seeking ways to roll back these freedoms through legislation or bureaucratic dirty tricks.
"[Freedom-to-work legislation is important for union members] because it represents a return to a worker being able to exercise their First Amendment rights of Freedom of Association. [...] To force someone into a relationship with an outside third party, simply as a condition of employment, is a violation of their First Amendment rights."
—Terry Bowman, UAW Member, 2012
LESS GOVERNMENT MEANS MORE FREEDOM | Putting People First
We believe that the big, intrusive, one-size-fits-all government of the past is inadequate for the challenges of the 21st century world.
The United States Constitution—and the Michigan Constitution—maximize freedom by limiting the power of government. We believe in the Constitution and the importance of upholding each of its Amendments.
When we allow big-government to enforce our values, we legitimize it to enforce values we may not share, as well. Instead of focusing on government solutions, we believe government should focus on getting out of the way, maximizing personal freedom and empowering Michigan residents to build the state’s future.
"[Man] is not free unless government is limited. [...] As government expands, liberty contracts."
—Ronald Reagan, U.S. President, 1989
BUDGETS & DEBT | Local, State & National Spending
We believe in leaving a legacy of opportunity—not debt. It is profoundly immoral, unfair and uncaring to steal from our children’s future to finance our present. Yet that is what too many politicians are doing.
State and local spending in Michigan in 2014 is expected to top $97 billion and those dollars do not grow on trees. In order to support its spending habits, Michigan state and local government alone this year will, on average, have to tax every man, woman, child and infant in the state roughly $10,000.
The good news is that in the last three years, state government in Lansing has undergone a dramatic transformation. Gone are the days of multi-billion dollar budget deficits and unfettered tax hikes.
Michigan’s financial house sits on a solid foundation and taxpayers are keeping more of their hard-earned dollars.
But the same can’t be said for Washington, D.C. The National Debt has doubled in just the past 5 years. It is projected to triple over the next 10 years. Washington is now borrowing 40 cents of every dollar it spends. All public debt in America is now at 105% of GDP.
We believe in reversing this trend as rapidly as possible and respecting future generations’ pocketbooks as much as politicians respect their own.
"We balance our budget at home. We balance our budget at work. Why can't the federal government balance theirs?"
—Governor Rick Snyder, 2014
TAXES | Protecting families pocketbooks
We believe that families and job providers know how to spend their hard-earned money much better than politicians and bureaucrats in Lansing or Washington, D.C. ever could and they should be allowed to keep more of it.
Ten years ago, the United States government collected $1.8 trillion in tax dollars from American citizens. Only a decade later, that number has ballooned to nearly $2.5 trillion, an increase of roughly $600 billion.
On the flip side, over the last three years, Michigan’s economy has led the nation, ranking as the top state in the country in terms of economic comebacks. That comeback has led to a massive budget surplus spurred on by billions in additional income tax collections by the state Treasury.
We support efforts by lawmakers and Governor Snyder to use this surplus wisely and reduce the tax burden faced by Michigan families.
We fundamentally believe that civic institutions, including our churches, businesses, families and charities are more important to the fabric of our state and nation than our governments ever could be. Forcing others to do our caring for us through the tax code cheapens our humanity.
We believe in bottom-up, person-to-person caring, not the top-down, artificial “compassion” of big government.
"When you allow [the people] to associate freely in everything, they end up seeing in association the universal and, so to speak, unique means that men can use to attain the various ends that they propose."
—Alexis de Tocqueville, French political thinker, 1840
ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT | Protecting the rights of families and job providers
We believe empowering families and job providers with the freedom to make their own decisions when it comes to how they power their homes, vehicles and lives—and empowering them to make their own decisions on where to purchase that energy—will both protect the environment and strengthen Michigan’s economy.
We believe in open systems that encourage a diversity of choices, not closed systems that protect monopoly-style systems or limit people’s choices to those favored by the political elite.
We support reforms that empower families and job providers to make their own decisions when it comes to energy, understanding that choice and competition creates cost savings and new jobs.
Unlike big-government liberals in Lansing and Washington, D.C., we believe Michiganders can think for themselves and solve problems without the “help” of the old fashioned, command-and-control, government sector.
"The great danger to the consumer is monopoly—whether private or governmental. His most effective protection is free competition at home and free trade throughout the world. The consumer is protected from being exploited by one seller by the existence of another seller from whom he can buy and who is eager to sell to him."
—Milton Friedman, U.S. Economist, 1990