Weaponizing Corporate Welfare?

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.

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Shocking: Vote Fraud Really Happens!

After years of claims that election fraud never happens in metro Detroit, and that Democratic election officials were above reproach, a funny thing happened.

This week, Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel were forced to go in front of TV cameras and admit that Democratic Southfield City Clerk Sherikia Hawkins was being charged with a staggering 6 felonies related to election fraud in 2018.

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McNeilly: Oppose GOP Corporate Welfare Plan

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.

It’s a plan that harkens back to the Lost Decade, and we all know how well those corporate welfare schemes worked out.

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New GOP tax scheme is crony capitalism

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.

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Whitmer Walks While Legislature Leads

With only weeks before the state’s budget deadline, and a looming government shutdown, voters are clamoring for solutions that keep the lights on, keep their taxes low, and prioritize the cash they send to Lansing to tackle the biggest problems.
 
https://media.giphy.com/media/LkXsWtqzxade8/giphy.gifGovernor Gretchen Whitmer’s response to the looming crisis? She abruptly walked out of budget negotiations to go do the Today Show on NBC, make an end run around the legislature to ban flavored vape, and launch an all-out assault on your 2nd Amendment gun rights.

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STOP Insulting Michigan Taxpayers

Here they go again.
 
Governor Gretchen Whitmer and many in the legislature – including some Republicans – are actively and publicly embracing the idea of raising taxes on motorists, consumers, and Michigan families to pay for big new spending in next year’s state budget, with the threat of an October 1 government shutdown looming overhead.

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This Labor Day, Road Construction Union Remains on Strike

Labor Day; a time to celebrate Michigan workers, to enjoy one last taste of summer, to take that last family outing before the kids head back to school, to navigate orange barrels and never-ending lane closures.
 
This holiday weekend may be more frustrating than ever for motorists as work sites on local roads and highways remain behind schedule amidst a month-long strike by the Operating Engineers union. Worse, there appears to be no end in sight.

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A Supreme Court Slush Fund?

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.

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In Whitmer’s Michigan, Road Forks You!

It’s been said that history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme. Here in Michigan, the debate over road funding is going back to a familiar, off-key chorus.
 
In October, Bill Schuette accused Gretchen Whitmer of supporting a 20-cent gas tax hike to “fix the damn roads.” She called that claim “ridiculous,” “nonsense,” and swore that he was making it up. She won the election and went on to reveal her big, bold plan to fix the roads… which was nothing more than a 45-cent gas tax hike!

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“New” Revenue

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.

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