Know Who Loves Right to Work? Teachers!

Turns out Michigan’s public school teachers are big fans of personal freedom, and they’re pretty good at exercising their constitutional rights, too.

That’s according to eye-popping new numbers from the Michigan Department of Education.
 
As Michigan this week commemorates the 7th anniversary of the passage of the state’s Right to Work law, labor numbers indicate tens of thousands of Michigan teachers jumped at the chance to rid themselves of the MEA.

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Not Mad, Just Disappointed.

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.

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Give Thanks for What Unites Us

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:
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We get by with a little help from our friends

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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As Seen on TV

We’re working hard to hold Governor Whitmer accountable for her broken promises, and it’s getting lots of attention.

Our billboard featuring the governor’s road funding veto was covered by WLNS, Fox2 and WXYZ, with stories airing ELEVEN TIMES on local TV over the weekend. In addition to television audiences, hundreds of thousands of motorists have seen the billboards, and many more have seen news articles online at the Detroit News, Fox47, WDIV and others, and through our social media channels.

 

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Gov. Whitmer, Here's Your Sign!

The Michigan Freedom Fund today launched a major new public awareness campaign, unveiling billboards on major Michigan highways reminding Governor Gretchen Whitmer of her campaign promise to “fix the damn roads.”
 
Instead of fixing the roads, Whitmer just weeks ago took her veto pen to huge new funding items in the state budget, slashing $375 million in funding earmarked to repair the state’s crumbling roads and bridges, including 4 bridges she personally toured, claiming their condition ‘keeps me up at night’ and are ‘a catastrophe in the making.’
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If a Democrat Destroys Public Records and Dana Nessel is AG, Did it Ever Really Happen?

Last week, three of Democratic Mayor Mike Duggan’s top lieutenants, including Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s husband Ryan Friedrichs, were blistered by the city’s Inspector General for destroying public records.
 
https://media.giphy.com/media/vohOR29F78sGk/giphy.gifThe Democratic administration’s rush to the virtual shredder came after reporters with the Detroit Free Press began asking questions about the Mayor’s use of city resources to benefit a woman with whom he is having an illicit affair. Allegedly.
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Frontlines: Is Whitmer Worried about Whistleblowers?

Is Governor Gretchen Whitmer worried about whistleblowers?
 
That’s the only conclusion one can draw after the Governor quietly and without fanfare vetoed legal protections for government whistleblowers not once, not twice, but 13 times in recent bills.
 
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There's nothing "good" about corporate welfare!

Unfortunately, some Senate Republicans have reignited their push for the foolish corporate welfare scheme known as “Good Jobs for Michigan.”  And while the legislators pushing for this scheme may have good intentions, there’s nothing “good” about it for Michigan taxpayers.
 
That’s why the Michigan Freedom Fund, other good-government groups and lawmakers from both political parties attended the Senate Economic and Small Business Development Committee to defend workers and taxpayers by testifying against SB 492 and asking tough questions of its supporters.
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