As if we needed more reasons to oppose corporate welfare, the state of Michigan decided to give us two more ridiculous stories involving these wasteful handouts this week.
Some in the legislature are still desperately trying to breathe new life into the “Good Jobs for Michigan” program before it phases out at the end of this year. The insurance company Acrisure – currently based out of Caledonia Township – was awarded $7 million in tax subsidies from “Good Jobs” to move their headquarters 17 MILES to Grand Rapids.Read more
After years of claims that election fraud never happens in metro Detroit, and that Democratic election officials were above reproach, a funny thing happened.
Lansing seems hell bent on sticking it to Michigan workers. If it’s not Governor Whitmer pushing a disastrous 45 cent-per-gallon gas tax hike on the folks who can afford it least, it’s a handful of well-connected politicians in the state Senate now backing a tax plan that would force workers to pay their employers tens-of-thousands of dollars per year just for punching the clock.
This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.
Does anyone in Lansing care about taxpayers and working families?
Politicians like Gov. Gretchen Whitmer want a massive $2.5 billion tax hike to fix roads and fund other special interests. Democrats want working stiffs to foot the bill with a $0.45 per gallon gas increase.Read more
The purpose of the class action process is to compensate specific victims of misconduct. However, there is a proposal before the court that would amend the Michigan Court Rules and redirect class action settlement funds from class action members to fund public and civic programs of third parties who may not have even been injured by the defendant’s conduct.
Because this proposal would allow the court to redirect funds to third parties – often advocacy groups – chosen by class counsel and approved by the judge, it raises serious First Amendment concerns. Similar to the recent Janus case before the United States Supreme Court, it is possible that class action plaintiffs and defendants could be compelled by the court to support speech through organizations with which they disagree.Read more
Governor Whitmer remains insistent that she cannot “fix the damn roads” without raising taxes on Michigan citizens, or as she likes to call it, “new revenue.”
Unfortunately, it seems some in the legislature are starting to agree. While they balked at her proposed 45-cent gas tax hike, they’re entertaining the notion of a smaller, 20-cent gas tax hike.Read more