Good Jobs Robs Michigan

Corporate handouts are bad for business.

But don’t take my word for it. Just look at the numbers.  Just two years ago, state lawmakers and then-Governor Rick Snyder enacted the so-called “Good Jobs for Michigan” program to hand out millions in tax dollars to companies that promise to create hundreds or thousands of jobs.
 
Two years later, the program has awarded $57.4 million to just 3 participating companies, all to the tune of a staggering $42,000 per promised job.

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Sheriff Admits To Breaking Law, Yet Jocelyn Benson Refuses To Find Wrongdoing

You would think this would make for an open and shut campaign finance complaint for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, but you would be wrong.

This past January, Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wrigglesworth knowingly used public resources to announce his re-election campaign. Wrigglesworth, a first term Democrat, admitted he “made the mistake of using a county owned platform [to announce his re-election], which I should not have done.''

If the admission of the accused wasn’t enough to persuade Secretary Benson to find a violation, you’d think fellow Democrat and Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum admonishing the law breaking lawman for his “clear intent to use County resources to further [his] election to office” would do the trick. 

Again, you would be wrong.

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Celebrate our Independence – Fight for Our Freedom

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Cookouts. Beaches. Fireworks.
 
Freedom. Liberty. A government created to protect our individual rights.
 
This week we celebrate our nation’s Independence.  We also remember this week that freedom doesn’t come cheap and it doesn’t come easy.  It requires effort, it requires vigilance, and it requires hard work.

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A $231 Million Mistake

What could Michigan do with an extra $231 million? Nearly a quarter of a million dollars would fill a LOT of potholes. At $42,887 per mile, you could pave over 5,386 miles of new road. At an average cost of $10,209 per child, you could educate 22,627 kids. But instead, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is going to flush it down the drain.

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Defending Public School Teachers’ Constitutional Rights

One year ago yesterday, the United States Supreme Court struck a monumental blow for the rights of public workers and public school teachers here in Michigan and across the country.
 
The Court last June handed down their famous “Janus” ruling, declaring that public workers could not be compelled against their will to join a union or to pay representation fees to prop up a union they don’t belong to.

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Big Government Builds Barriers to Employment

Politicians talk about incentives to increase employment all the time – often at the expense of taxpayers. But there’s one thing they could do right now to make it easier for Michigan workers to find good jobs and it wouldn’t cost taxpayers a dime:
 
Lansing should eliminate arbitrary and expensive occupational licensing requirements.

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Licensing hamstrings state workforce

This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.

Earlier this month, lawmakers in Connecticut took to social media to congratulate themselves on passage of a bill setting up a new licensure requirement for men and women who apply eyelash extensions at beauty salons. Those kooky East Coast liberals. 

It was a comical example of big government run wild, but the reality is, in Michigan, onerous, arbitrary and costly licensure requirements are no laughing matter. 

We’re the state where a license to work as an auto mechanic costs $6 for a standard test, but a makeup artist is forced to graduate from a 400-hour course, pass practical and written exams, and pay the state $200. 

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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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