House Republican Leader Matt Hall, R-Richland Township, on Thursday issued the following statement:
“Gov. Whitmer’s heavily-skewed, partisan commission is nothing but a Trojan horse for new taxes. After four years of failure, the governor has no plan to keep young people in Michigan, no excuse for our crumbling roads, and no vision to improve childhood reading levels. She’s doing what every politician does when they have no real plan — create a commission and kick the can down the road. Gov. Whitmer just wants to raise taxes and throw more money at the problem. This panel of insiders and big spenders will give her political cover to do just that instead of compromising or simply owning her own ideas. The governor’s partisan council is a drastic downgrade from the new co-chair’s previous recommendation for a truly bipartisan effort. If Gov. Whitmer wants a real plan, she should do what governors are supposed to do and work with the people’s elected representatives in the Legislature.”
John Rakolta, a co-chair of the governor’s new commission, last year recommended a truly bipartisan commission with members appointed jointly by the governor and Republican legislative leaders.
“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.”