Republican House Floor Leader Bryan Posthumus issued a statement today following news that the Ford Motor company has immediately halted progress on a multi-billion electric vehicle battery plant in Marshall, Michigan.
A Ford spokesman told the Detroit Free Press on Monday that the company is “pausing work and limiting spending on construction on the Marshall site,” citing a loss of confidence in their ability to “competitively operate the plant.”
“This is just another example of the Democrat’s failed leadership in Lansing,” Posthumus said. “Democrats rushed to spend 1.7 billion in taxpayer dollars on this project with little oversight and then pushed policies that drive employers away. If this project ultimately falls through, what happens to those dollars?”
Earlier this year Governor Whitmer and Ford jointly announced a plan to invest over $3.5 billion into South Central Michigan. As part of the deal, Whitmer and Democratic lawmakers agreed to provide a combined $1.7 billion in public subsidies towards the project.
“Once again this all leads us back to the same place,” Posthumus said. ” When Democrats are running our government on their own, when they have the ability to unilaterally implement policies that increase the cost to do business in Michigan, our state economy suffers at the expense of the taxpayers. No amount of subsidies will ever be enough for job providers to overlook that threat to their future.”
House Republican Floor Leader Bryan Posthumus on Friday issued the following statement after the Michigan Public Service Commission authorized DTE Energy to raise rates on customers by $368 million — a 6.4% increase. “We tried to warn everyone this would happen, and it sure didn’t take long: the beginning of an era of unprecedented expenses […]
Rep. Bryan Posthumus spoke out strongly today following a marathon House session in Lansing that saw dozens of bills come to the floor for votes. One of those bills that passed was HB 5122 sponsored by Democrat member Phill Skaggs. This bill elaborates and expands the potential zoning rights of solar companies — a relatively […]
State Representative and Republican Floor Leader Bryan Posthumus spoke out today after Governor Gretchen Whitmer officially signed a controversial energy package into law. The house-and-senate-passed package includes a 2040 wind and solar energy mandate for Michigan’s utility providers and vehicle manufacturers. Now a fully-fledged law, the governor’s energy plan must be implemented – a process […]
State Rep. Bryan Posthumus, of Cannon Towsnhip, this morning sent a letter to Rep. Tulio Liberati demanding a hearing and a vote on a resolution to stand with Israel and call for the release of hostages in Gaza. Liberati is the chair of the House Government Operations committee, where the resolution was buried by House […]