Opinion: Leaders in Lansing can make life better for Michigan residents

This column originally appeared in The Detroit News.

Last year confronted Michigan families with incredible challenges, and the new year hasn't been any easier.

How do they pay the bills? Will the governor even let them to go to work tomorrow? Will their kids be back in class a few weeks from now? And is there anyone in government or politics we can still trust?

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Restaurant workers are still out of a job. Despite declining COVID infection and hospitalization rates, Governor Gretchen Whitmer this week announced another extension of her unilateral order, taking cooks out of the kitchen and dropping them onto the unemployment line.

"It's a pause that continues to not have a plan — and we're 75 days in now," Justin Winslow, president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association told Crain’s Detroit Business. "It can't be the data. So what is it?"

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Arms, Not Freezers!

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is misleading the media, and she is misleading you.

Earlier this week, reporters learned that the state had distributed only about 27% of the COVID-19 vaccine it had on hand, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 551,000 doses sitting idly, unused in freezers across the state.

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Merry Christmas!

Thank you for partnering with us on this journey.

We know it hasn’t been an easy year. But our state, and our citizens, are strong.

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INDEPENDENT... It's in the name!

The Redistricting Commission reaffirmed that it works for you – the citizens of Michigan.

Yesterday, the state’s new Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission met to consider a group of candidates to fill the body’s General Counsel position.

One of those candidates, James Lancaster, is a Democrat with a long history of financial support and activism in support of Democratic party candidates and causes.

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Opinion: Michigan's redistricting commission must stay independent

This column originally appeared in The Detroit News.

Two years ago, Michigan voters went to the polls and approved a constitutional amendment to change how our state handles redistricting. Gone now are the days when the legislature drew new district boundaries after every census.

Voters opted instead to give redistricting responsibility to a brand-new entity, something called an "Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission." A genuinely independent body would draw better lines every ten years, and lines absent of partisan interest — voters were told — if it were made up not of elected officeholders but everyday laypeople without a political party's dog in the fight.

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Corporate Welfare Expansion Vanquished!

Earlier this week, you spoke out, and Lansing heard you.

As lawmakers wrestled with their “lame duck” legislative agenda, we got word a major push was underway to resuscitate an obnoxious, tone deaf, and expensive tax dollar giveaway to some of the state’s biggest, best-connected corporations – and everyday taxpayers and small businesses would foot the bill.

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In the Trenches: Hindsight is 2020

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Freedom Alert: A Slap in the Face of Small Business Owners

It has come to our attention that Senate Bill 492 - which seeks to reinstate, extend, and increase the cost to Michigan taxpayers by another $300 million of the so-called “Good Jobs for Michigan” legislation - is being considered in the waning days of session.

This is an unacceptable and outrageous slap in the face to countless small business owners and their employees who have seen their livelihoods crushed by their government’s response to a global pandemic, which has been a tragic combination of incompetence, heavy-handed overreaction, and a pathetic inability to work together. 

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Lancaster Hire would strip the “Independent” from Citizens Redistricting Commission

Two years ago, Michigan voters went to the polls and approved a constitutional amendment to change the way our state handles redistricting.

Voters opted to give redistricting responsibility to something called an “Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.” According to the rules voters agreed to, the commission would be led by Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, and it would be designed to function independently of partisan political interests.

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