This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.
In 2003, 2004, and 2005, then state Rep. Gretchen Whitmer voted for budget bills with specific language designed to protect government whistleblowers from punishment and recrimination should they notify lawmakers about waste, fraud, abuse or any other malfeasance inside their state department.
In 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, then state Sen. Whitmer voted for the same language to safeguard government whistleblowers.
The language was straightforward. It was routine. It had been signed into law by a Democratic governor – former Attorney General Jennifer Granholm – and by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.Read more
It was a year ago Saturday, on October 12, 2018 in the heat of the general election campaign when then-candidate Gretchen Whitmer uttered perhaps the biggest whopper of the cycle.
Standing on a debate stage and accused by her opponent of planning to raise Michigan motorists’ gas taxes by as much as 20-cents per gallon, Whitmer condescended and shot back.
This is a bombshell that’s gone almost entirely unreported in all the coverage spilling out of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s use of the veto pen to eliminate $13 million for county sheriffs to patrol local roads, strip $35 million from public charter schools serving minority students and low-income families, and perhaps most ridiculously, reduce road funding by $375 million after spending two years grandstanding about “Fixing the Damn Roads”. Apparently, what she really meant was “Raise the Damn Taxes”!
Buried among the Governor’s 147 line-item vetoes in the state budget was a shocking and appalling move to greatly reduce government transparency and threaten whistleblowers in state Government.
“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
– XIV Amendment to the United States Constitution, Section 1
The United States Constitution is a unique document, written shortly after the American Revolution, to protect the rights that so many Americans fought and died to secure. Not only does it provide the framework under which our Federal government operates, it also delineates rights held by the government, the states, and the people of those states.Read more
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