By: State Rep. Pauline Wendzel
One of the big motivating factors behind my first run for office was wanting to keep more young people in Michigan and get them engaged in our political process. I graduated at a time when most of my friends and classmates fled our state to seek new and better opportunities in other states, and what I’m seeing now is history repeating itself from the lost decade.
When I was appointed to this council, I was optimistic that there would be new and innovative ideas presented that could stem the tide of our population loss. After the final recommendations, I couldn’t be more disappointed.
The council tried to solve fifty-years’ worth of problems in a few months and came up short by proposing weak, vague, and undefined proposals. The governor spent $2 million and six months to get told by a blue-ribbon panel she doesn’t have a strategy five years into her term. This has been a common theme since Democrats took over Lansing, rushing to solve complex issues on an artificially short timeline, which is probably why council members didn’t get the final report until shortly before the 9 a.m. scheduled vote.
Essentially, the council played activist for a day. They put forward multiple ideas, some of which have been kicked around by the legislature and study groups for years, without a way to execute them. Many of the recommendations are creating new task forces, new committees, and new study groups. The council didn’t want to hang the governor out to dry by outright proposing tax increases to pay for their ideas, so they passed the buck.
To grow our state, we need to focus on personal and economic freedom that creates an environment where job creators from any industry can thrive. It’s the opposite of what Democrats have done this year, so I’m hopeful that after reviewing these weak proposals, Democrats in a 54-54 House will work with Republicans to move forward pro-growth, commonsense policies and re-evaluate the damage their policies have done to our state. To achieve success, we need to mimic the actions of high-growth states like Florida, Texas, Indiana, and Georgia. Taking the playbook from California, New York, and Illinois has been a disaster, and it’s time to hit the brakes.
By: State Rep. Pauline Wendzel In early December, I wrote an op-ed titled “The First of Many” regarding the first rate case after Democrats passed their “clean energy” mandates at the end of the last legislative session. That rate case was a $368 million increase in monthly utility bills for hardworking Michiganders. As we’ve started […]
By: State Rep. Pauline Wendzel Recently, Michigan’s nonpartisan Office of the Auditor General uncovered failures by the Unemployment Insurance Agency. The report found the UIA neglected to investigate improper payments made during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. If an individual broke into my home and stole from me, I’d be incredibly upset. I’d expect that […]
Lansing, MI – State Rep. Pauline Wendzel issued the following response after Governor Whitmer’s State of the State address: “You’d think after serving in the majority for the past year, Democrats would figure out that governing is more than just reciting poll-tested talking points that resonate with national Democrat primary voters. The governor’s entire speech was […]
By: State Rep. Pauline Wendzel When the House returns from the Democrats prolonged Christmas break, we’ll return with an even 54-54 split. Two Democrat representatives decided to run for local office, which means that until their seats are filled in a special election, their party will be down two members. This also means that there […]