House Republican Leader Matt Hall, R-Richland Township, released a statement today in response to the announcement of the governor’s appointed population commission’s workgroups. These workgroups are set to provide recommendations to the commission. In his statement, Leader Hall called on the commission to resist any potential tax hikes on hardworking families and instead advocate for policies that bolster economic growth and attract high-paying careers, considering Michigan’s competition with other states for population.
“The governor’s population commission will be under a lot of pressure to raise taxes because the democrats enacted a budget that spent our entire state’s surplus and grew government without making big enough investments in roads, bridges, safe communities paying down debt and education,” said Hall. “The commission must reject these pressures. States we are competing with across the country are cutting taxes, and people are moving to states with lower taxes, better education systems, roads and bridges, and safer communities.”
The state budget went into effect last month, and Democrats squandered a nine billion dollar surplus while ignoring the needs of communities across the state, neglecting critical road funding for crumbling roads and bridges. The budget did not include additional funding for police retention and recruitment. The Democrat majority prioritized pork projects instead of helping our students catch up on their learning loss.
“By focusing on economic growth, making critical infrastructure investments, and bringing accountability to our education system, we can position Michigan as a leader among states, attracting families and securing our state’s prosperity for generations to come, reversing the current trend,” added Hall.
“As Michigan struggles to grow, the governor just wants to slap a Band-Aid on our economy while ignoring the deep-seated problems that Democrat policies have exacerbated,” Hall said. “Our state needs to strengthen our economy by lowering our taxes and fostering a fair, reasonable regulatory environment that makes sense for Michigan workers and small businesses.”
“Speaker Tate still refuses to admit that the House is in shared power, but he’s feeling its effects as House Republicans rack up wins each time Democrats move our way. But even as Republicans secure victories, Democrats are blocking progress on the pressing issues facing Michiganders.”