State Rep. Brian BeGole this week voted against a plan that doesn’t prioritize a return on taxpayer investment, limits needed oversight and transparency, and raises serious questions about foreign involvement in Michigan business.
House Bill 4016 offers additional corporate incentives for a planned project in Marshall, bringing the public’s price tag for the new battery plant to a massive $1.8 billion. The spending equates to an astronomical cost of nearly $700,000 per estimated job created. The project also relies on collaboration with a Chinese supplier, despite tensions between the United States and China that featured the latter flying a suspected spy balloon over sensitive U.S. military sites in February.
“This is a bad deal for taxpayers across our area and the state,” said BeGole, of Antrim Township. “It concerns me that a company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party is part of this project given recent events. I have heard this supplier is the only one that can accommodate a project like this which makes me wonder – why is that? We should be investing in U.S. resources and technology and building out our domestic capabilities instead of bringing it in from other places where sensitive information could be at risk.”
Amendments to the proposal that would have provided needed transparency for the spending measure were not adopted by the Democrat majority in the House. One amendment would have required a regular report presented by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to both the House and Senate Appropriations committees. These reports would have included information and benchmarks for jobs created and their pay rates, no-bid contracts, involvement from foreign nations within this project, and other pertinent information to maximize return on investment.
“As written, this bill asks taxpayers to write a big check for this project without any accountability,” BeGole said. “My vote sends a clear message that this is not how Michigan should be going about things. Taxpayer money afforded to state government must be held to a higher standard. That wasn’t done here.”
State Rep. Brian BeGole today criticized continued attempts by Democrats in Lansing to block the full implementation of a permanent income tax cut that will soon help Michigan workers and small business owners keep more of what they earn. Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a formal opinion on Tuesday declaring that an automatic income tax […]
State Rep. Brian BeGole this week voted to protect the rights of Michigan workers by standing against the repeal of the state’s right-to-work law. BeGole also voted against reenacting an anti-competitive prevailing wage requirement that hikes cost for taxpayers and shortchanges them on local projects. Current law prohibits labor contracts that require union dues or […]
State Rep. Brian BeGole today voted to secure tax cuts for hard-working small business owners in Shiawassee, Genesee and Saginaw counties, as well as throughout Michigan. “Small businesses have been through a lot these past few years, with government shutdown orders and inflation ramping up costs,” said BeGole, of Antrim Township. “I want to make […]
PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brian BeGole, of Antrim Township, met with FFA students from schools in Byron, Chesaning, Corunna, Durand, New Lothrop, Ovid-Elsie, Owosso and Perry on Thursday, March 9 at the state Capitol in Lansing. FFA is a youth career and tech organization that promotes and supports agriculture education for middle and high school […]
© 2009 - 2023 Michigan House Republicans. All Rights Reserved.