Whitmer's Corporate Cronies Come First

Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants to raise your gas tax by 45 cents per gallon. Depending on what you drive, that could be nearly $10 per fill-up, and depending how much you drive, it could be $20 a week – or more.
 
It’s a galling attack on the Michigan residents who can afford it least – low income and working families living paycheck to paycheck.  The Whitmer tax is all the more appalling given the fact that only a few months ago the Governor told every voter in the state that she wouldn’t raise their gas taxes.  She called the idea “ridiculous… nonsense.”

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Whitmer's record of corporate tax giveaways

This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.

Imagine a politician who lacked the courage to be honest with voters during an election about her intention to push massive taxes on the working class. Imagine she springs the scheme on voters within weeks of being sworn in. Now imagine this politician simultaneously had a track record of supporting corporations pilfering the public treasury for their own gain.

It’s the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer story.

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Benson's Sunshine Weak

It’s Sunshine Week, the big week each year when good government advocates stand together to demand transparency and accountability from their government.

What does Sunshine Week look like in Michigan? Well, if you’re dealing with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office, it looks like heavy rain clouds. That’s because Benson, since taking office, has repeatedly delayed and denied voters access to public records under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.
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This is Not What Transparency Looks Like

It’s Sunshine Week! What does transparency look like under Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson? Long delays with lots of denials.

On Friday, March 8, Jocelyn Benson FINALLY fulfilled our FOIA request, a mere eleven days after the Department had indicated we would have the results. And as you can see, Jocelyn Benson’s idea of transparency is, well… underwhelming.

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TRIPLING the Gas Tax? Ridiculous!

Governor Gretchen Whitmer earlier this week unveiled a destructive new plan to triple the gas tax on Michigan workers and families – raising the tax by 45 cents per gallon!
 
If the scheme took you by surprise, you’re not the only one.  That’s because just a few months ago, Whitmer stood on a debate stage accused of planning to raise the gas tax by a comparatively small (but still substantial) 20 cents per gallon and she called the charge “ridiculous.”  She called it “nonsense.”  And the press reported her promise to voters who soon elected her.
 
But don’t take my word for it.  You can watch the shocking debate moment yourself!
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Radicals Run Rampant!

Scandals. Corruption. Conflicts of interest. For Gretchen Whitmer, Jocelyn Benson and Dana Nessel, that’s just the first two months in office.
 
Lansing’s new Democratic leaders are off to staggeringly controversial starts at the helm of state government.

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Whoops, there goes their integrity!

That didn’t take long.
 
In less than 2 months, Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson have fully abandoned those early-year bipartisanship vibes.
 
Not surprising. What is surprising is how thoroughly they’ve also abandoned their integrity.

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Democrats abandon their integrity

This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.

Bipartisanship from Whitmer, Nessel, and Benson? It didn’t last long.

We’re not even two months into their terms, and Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, and Attorney General Dana Nessel have already shed bipartisan problem-solving.

Instead of focusing on issues that matter to Michigan families — roads, jobs, schools —  Whitmer, Benson and Nessel have focused on scoring political points for their campaign contributors and radical special interests.

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