In the Trenches: COVID-19

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An offer you CAN refuse!

We could all use a little good news these days, right? Well buckle up!

COVID-19 and the state’s reaction might be dominating the news, but it’s not all that’s happening in Lansing.
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Good News!

We’ve heard this Fred Rogers quote so often, it’s almost become a cliché: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

There’s a lot of depressing news out there, and it would be easy to feel overwhelmed and isolated. But we are not alone – we’re in this fight together. In the midst of this crisis, we see and hear so many stories of good people who are helping.

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Putting Others First

An interesting thing happened on the road to a global pandemic. Normal, everyday, regular people across Michigan – and the United States – stopped what they were doing, sacrificed their own paychecks and livelihoods and schedules, and made a lot of tough choices to protect their friends and neighbors.

News coverage is dominated with updates and discussions and breaking news surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic. We’ve all seen the stories about toilet paper hoarders and diminishing medical supplies.

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Michiganians prioritize their neighbors' needs

This column originally appeared in the Detroit News.

For the next few weeks at least, Michiganians are going to experience a very new kind of normal. Schools are closed. Parishioners are gathering for Sunday morning worship on the internet. Businesses are encouraging their team members to work remotely. Sports are canceled. So are vacations.

Business-as-usual doesn’t fly when a global pandemic comes knocking.

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Now is not the time for political gamesmanship

As you know, we at the Michigan Freedom Fund have very strong beliefs regarding our First Principles – that the power of our government is derived from the consent of the governed, and that our Constitution guarantees these inalienable rights.

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The Next Generation of the Conservative Movement

Presidential candidate, former Senator and Vice-President Joe Biden enthusiastically takes endorsements from Leftists like Beto O’Rourke, who unforgettably said, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15”, and continues to announce he’ll be the VP’s gun czar. Meanwhile, his main competitor and self-proclaimed socialist, Bernie Sanders, has run on a platform to make college and healthcare “free.”  The Democratic Party isn’t offering anyone who entirely supports the fundamental principles of individualism and federalism. Instead, there’s a dangerous trend towards Big Government and “free” everything, a cynical appeal to younger voters.

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Gretchen Whitmer's Executive Disorder

It was only a few weeks ago that Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered a State of the State speech telling lawmakers (and viewers at home) that ‘I don’t need you.’ She spent her primetime address telling the legislature she’d avoid the hard work of leadership in 2020, ignore consensus building, and simply act by executive order.

So, it felt more than a little ironic barely days later when she sent her budget director to a panel of those same lawmakers to make the case for preferred budget – and to ask them to fund her priorities.

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HB 5229 is Defeated!

The Michigan Freedom Fund would like to offer a sincere thank you to Speaker Lee Chatfield, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and legislative leadership for listening to the concerns of taxpayers and stopping House Bill 5229. This is a great development for taxpayers throughout the state. 

As we have repeatedly stated, we strongly oppose any efforts that make it easier for government to raise taxes on its residents and the dangerous expansion of the Municipal Partnership Act found in HB 5229 would have done just that. The language that strikes the applicability of the constitutional and statutory tax caps to each participating unit of government was particularly egregious and we appreciate the efforts by grassroots activists and lawmakers who took the time to express those concerns.

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In the Trenches: Taxes!

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