House Republican Leader Matt Hall, R-Richland Township, on Tuesday issued the following statement after the House Elections Committee passed House Bill 4156, legislation that would join Michigan to the National Popular Vote Compact and undermine the state’s role as a key swing state:
“House Democrats are actively working to diminish Michigan’s influence in presidential elections. Instead of working across the aisle to help make Michigan a more attractive place to live and work, Democrats are pushing the National Popular Vote Compact that would further undermine Michiganders and let coastal elites take our voices away. Just days after creating a partisan commission because they’re too afraid of making tough decisions and crafting real solutions on their own, Democrats have decided to spend their time eliminating even more of Michigan’s advantages.”
“Democrats are yet again forcing a tax hike on the people and small businesses of Michigan,” said Hall, R-Richland Township. “They already jacked up all kinds of burdensome state fees. Now this confusing tax increase on food and drink will increase costs on businesses like coffee shops and movie theaters and cause higher prices for customers.
“After failing to land other high-profile Ford deals, Gov. Whitmer gave away the store to bring Ford to Marshall,” Hall said. “But with Democrats pushing policies that make Michigan less competitive, the $1.7 billion in subsidies and tax incentives still fell short.”
“Even with $1.8 billion in taxpayer support, Ford doesn’t know if this plant can be competitive in Michigan, and it doesn’t make sense to throw millions more taxpayer dollars at a stalled project. Another $65 million isn’t going to make up for the uncompetitive agenda Democrats are pushing to ban natural gas and raise energy prices, add a new tax on workers, and raise even more taxes next year to pay for their $82 billion budget.”