Michigan’s greatest strength not being used to combat COVID-19

By state Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain The greatest strength our nation has is its diversity. Diversity of ideas, culture, religion, political ideology, heritage, age, and population density has led to technological innovations and economic upward mobility that never happens in hegemonic regimes. Radical ideas sometimes work, and repressive top-down regimes aren’t where innovation…

LaFave: Police shut down potential U.P. PPE supplier over lack of clarity in governor’s ‘stay-home’ order

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today released the following statement calling out Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ‘stay-home’ order for lacking much-needed clarity after Michigan State Police shut down a small, family-owned business in Escanaba. Bark River Knives was willing to stay open to produce face masks, ventilators and face shields and donate them to…

Rep. LaFave urges governor to address unemployment filing system inconsistencies

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today released the following statement urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to prioritize addressing the inconsistencies of the Unemployment Insurance Agency’s website to accommodate for the sharp increase in unemployment claims brought on by coronavirus: “As Michigan continues to see an upsurge in COVID-19 cases, the top priority of state…

Rep. LaFave: Michigan House approves $125M more for COVID-19 response

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today voted in favor of a new emergency budget plan providing an additional $125 million to help the state of Michigan and local communities respond to COVID-19. The measure brings the total state funding approved to $150 million, including the $25 million approved by the Legislature last week….

Rep. LaFave: Attorney General needs to stop getting in the way, Line 5 construction is the answer for Michigan families

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today applauded Enbridge for hiring two companies for construction of the Line 5 tunnel, but said it’s a shame environmental extremists continue creating obstacles for the much-needed development. “This is no longer theoretical,” LaFave said. “One of these companies is a Michigan based firm, and workers with good-paying…

Rep. LaFave: Federal judge’s ruling on Medicaid work requirements is ‘court-sanctioned robbery’ of Michigan taxpayers

Rep. Beau LaFave criticized last week’s ruling by a federal judge in Washington, D.C. invalidating Michigan’s requirements that able-bodied adults be working or on the path toward employment to continue receiving taxpayer-funded Medicaid benefits. “Here’s what this boils down to…would-be socialists will go to great lengths to undermine good laws that protect taxpayers,” said LaFave,…

Rep. LaFave: Taxpayers must not be forced to subsidize gun buyback programs

State Rep. Beau LaFave today voted to approve a plan to protect Michigan’s hardworking taxpayers from being forced to fund ineffective gun buyback programs. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said research shows gun buyback programs are among the least effective ways to reduce gun violence, and it would be irresponsible to allow public resources to be…

Rep. LaFave: Heartwell rejection necessary; proves governor’s ‘sexism’ claims were baseless

Rep. Beau LaFave today applauded the Michigan Senate for rejecting the appointment of anti-gun activist George Heartwell to the Natural Resources Commission while condemning Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s initial claim that Senate Republicans were sexist for voting against the governor’s previous female appointee to the NRC. With the Senate vote, Heartwell is immediately thrown off the…

Upper Peninsula lawmaker introduces plan to protect private property rights

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today introduced a plan that would shield private property rights for Michiganders by keeping DNR officers off their property without a warrant, permission from the property owner or lessee, reasonable belief evidence of a crime will be destroyed before a warrant is issued, or the employee is in…