In the nine months since Governor Whitmer unveiled her 45-cents per gallon gas tax hike, the legislature has done a tremendous job holding the line. They recognized the damage this wildly unpopular proposal would do to the pocketbooks of Michigan taxpayers and protected them from this pathetically unserious idea.

When she walked away from budget negotiations, they again did their job, passing a budget that funded Michigan’s priorities – including more money for our damn roads and bridges – all without raising taxes. Which, of course, Governor Whitmer vetoed.
That’s why it’s so disappointing that now, mere days before the legislature breaks for the holidays, some in the legislature have moved to make it easier for others to raise taxes.

It’s time to decorate for the holidays, to gather with family and friends, to cook the turkey, watch some football, and complain about the weather.
In spite of the gray gloom outside and the usual unpredictable temperatures (and the very predictable Detroit Lions), we have a lot to be thankful for in Michigan:

This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.

Thanksgiving is nearly here. This most nationalist of traditions predates even our nation’s founding. It remains a core value we share: a time of pause and reflection to thrive in gratitude.

Politics, which always lags behind a free-peoples’ culture, took nearly 200 years before it published a proclamation on our “thanksgiving” practice. Eventually, politicians tend to appropriate everything. Amidst the Civil War, the first Thanksgiving proclamation focused on “the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.”

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