Bad ideas are everywhere in Lansing this week, and the stakes are only getting higher. Here are the top stories we’re watching on the Frontlines.
- Budget Deal Reigns in Unelected Health Bureaucracy, but Whitmer Says No Way
- Meet Gov. Whitmer’s New Chief Medical Extremist
- Chaos Continues at the Redistricting Commission
- Zombie Corporate Welfare Bill Back in Time for Halloween
Budget Deal Reigns in Unelected Health Bureaucracy, but Whitmer Says No Way
Just days ago, the House and the Senate came together on a budget deal that included critical new language implementing transparency and accountability for local health orders. It was a good step in the right direction to pull back the unchecked power being wielded by unthinking, unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats.
Not content to give up any of the authoritarian control over our lives, Whitmer is fighting the language, calling it “unenforceable” and “unconstitutional.” Thankfully, she’s not the final arbiter of what is and is not Constitutional – and some health departments have already rescinded their mask orders for schools.
Meet Gov. Whitmer’s New Chief Medical Extremist
Chief medical executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun quietly announced her departure last Friday and Gov. Whitmer quickly announced she would be replaced by Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian. The state's chief doctor advises the governor and the health department director on potential health mandates and restrictions.
It is concerning to learn that Dr. Bagdasarian has “liked” the idea of placing bounties on the unmasked, is opposed to religious exemptions, and supports mandatory vaccines for teachers.
Whitmer and Health Director Hertel should immediately denounce the radical ideas that the newly appointed chief medical executive has supported.
The Detroit News: Jacques: Are new top doc's views too extreme?
Chaos Continues at the Redistricting Commission
Meanwhile, the state’s Democrat-dominated “Independent” redistricting commission was caught this week deleting critical public comments, has been fighting with reporters over their coverage of the process, and is debating whether or not to hand off the map making process to its Democratic staff.
The “Independent” Chair of the commission – recently outed as a closet Democrat – even tried to move the commission’s business offline to avoid the prying eyes of the public.
Zombie Corporate Welfare Bill Back in Time for Halloween
If that’s not bad enough, a state senate committee took up Senate Bill 615, the latest taxpayer-funded handout to well-connected big businesses.
Only 10% of the language is new – the rest is borrowed from “Good Jobs for Michigan,” the failed corporate welfare law that expired at the end of 2019.
The conditions that attract new businesses are the same conditions that help businesses grow: low taxes, a strong workforce, low energy costs and a small regulatory burden. If we want to see Michigan job creators succeed, we should fix these problems before looking to incentives.
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Through it all, Michigan families have found themselves on an island of their own, separated from needed educational opportunities, even as they try to keep their children connected with teachers and friends. And when their local schools let them down, they sacrificed to find new healthy and helpful learning environments for their students.
Some conservatives were critical of the proposal. Tori Sachs, executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund, called the plan “disastrous,” saying in a statement that it would “make issues voters care about irrelevant while centering political power and decision-making in the nation’s biggest cities where liberal elites have assembled en masse.”
“Liberals are obsessed with forcing Americans to conform to their radical agenda, and this is just another attempt to do just that by using large states like California and New York to impose their will on the rest of the country — in this case, a Democrat President," said Tori Sachs, executive director for the Michigan Freedom Fund.
It’s all enough to make taxpayers and families throw up their hands. But it’s why we’re here. We’re fighting back. Would you consider joining us?
Michigan Freedom Fund