Citizen-initiated law is a win for taxpayers

Happy First Anniversary to Michigan taxpayers and skilled tradespeople!
 
A little more than one year ago, state lawmakers repealed Michigan’s prevailing wage mandate, setting the table to save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year, on school and other construction projects.
 
And what a year it’s been. A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Michigan added 7,000 construction jobs since the law was repealed.

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Whitmer, Nessel Tell UP to Jump in the Lake over Line 5

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel are in a dangerous competition to become Lansing’s most extreme politician when it comes to Line 5 and the energy needs of residents in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
 
Over the last few weeks, the Governor and the AG have staked out different and potentially disastrous positions against common sense solutions that would protect the Great Lakes, prevent oil spills and accidental leaks, and keep the lights on and the homes fueled north of the Mackinac Bridge.

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Whitmer’s Gas Tax Bad for Taxpayers, Bad for Michigan

Gas prices are set to rise by as much as 19 cents per gallon, according to petroleum analysts at GasBuddy, and that’s before Governor Whitmer gets her hands on them.  According to a report this morning, motorists will soon see sticker shock at the pump, with prices expected to reach an average of $2.99 per gallon.
 
Business leaders, policymakers and legislators attending this week’s Detroit Regional Chamber Annual Mackinac Policy Conference will return home to Wayne County, for instance, to a nearly quarter-per-gallon jump in their fuel costs.
 
The news couldn’t come at a worse time, as Governor Whitmer made the rounds yesterday at the conference, pushing lawmakers to pass her 45-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase by the end of June.
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Video: Gretchen's Gas Tax

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Freedom and the Ultimate Sacrifice

For many, this Monday is the unofficial start of summer. A time when Michiganders head outdoors and head north – to camp, to put their boats in the water for the first time, or to simply enjoy a clear night with a bonfire in their backyard.
 
But we know it is so much more.
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MI Dems Need Better Candidates, Not Better Maps

Just weeks ago, activist judges on the U.S. District Court sided with a liberal political group and Democratic attorneys, ordering state lawmakers to draw new legislative and Congressional maps before the summer is out, for new elections in 2020.  Of course, following the 2020 elections, a new “commission” will almost immediately begin drawing another set of maps for use in 2022 – the result of last year’s Proposal 2.

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Good candidates, not maps, decide election results

This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.

Late last month, a trio of activist judges on the U.S. District Court handed down a decision that sent shockwaves through Lansing’s political class and may soon deprive you of the right to be represented by the man or woman you recently elected.

The judges sided with a liberal political group and Democratic attorneys, declaring Michigan’s current legislative boundary maps unconstitutionally gerrymandered and ordered lawmakers to draw new maps before the summer is out, for new elections in 2020. Of course, a new “commission” will almost immediately after that election begin drawing another set of maps for use in 2022 – the result of last year’s Proposal 2.

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Dana Nessel Juggles Busy Schedule of Hate, Ethics Violations

Attorney General Dana Nessel has spent the bulk of her first four months in office traveling the state as a professional anti-Catholic bigot, but she’s branching out to serious ethics violations.
 
According to the Detroit News, legal experts are sounding the alarm over Nessel’s decision to publicly release a private and dismissed complaint against a retired judge who happens to be Catholic. Worse, Nessel released the complaint to the press without admitting that it had been dismissed – attempting to smear the innocent and retired judge, Michael Talbot, because of his faith.

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Whitmer Breaks Another Promise

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Civil Liberties Get Bipartisan Protection

Lawmakers’ most important job is protecting our Constitutional rights.  They took that job seriously last week when they voted to require local governments to obtain a conviction before seizing property or money from individuals they arrest – citizens who are innocent until proven guilty.

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