Rep. Ken Borton, R-Gaylord, released the following statement Thursday regarding a recent announcement from the City of Gaylord that an Amazon distribution center will be built in their Industrial Park. Amazon plans to build a 42,500 square foot facility on nearly eight acres.
“When Amazon comes to town, it means a lot of new jobs and a lot of new money going into our local economy,” Borton said. “We’re talking about a huge facility employing lots of people. But it isn’t just the jobs. The folks working there will have to buy homes. Then they’ll send their kids to our schools. They’ll shop at our grocery stores and dine at local restaurants. The more you think about how much projects like this add to our community, the more excited you get.”
“If we transition the passport program from opt-in to opt-out we are effectively creating a tax on people who don’t pay attention. We shouldn’t be forcing people to pay for a park pass they don’t even know they’re receiving and may never use. The governor is trying to bankroll her liberal agenda on the backs of working-class folks who won’t see the hit coming.”
“The governor is like that friend who wants to catch up over a pricey dinner but conveniently leaves right before the bill comes. The steak and potatoes look good on the menu, but the cost makes it a lot harder to swallow. I hope the public recognizes the governor won’t be sitting at the dinner table next to us when it comes time to pay for all her proposals.”
“Sometimes in this job I really have to remind myself that it’s impossible to help people who don’t want to help themselves. Democrats have zero interest in helping themselves, or the people of Michigan right now. All they have to do is walk across the aisle and negotiate if they’re truly interested in putting people first and making things better. But instead, they’re still grasping to the convoluted idea that they have complete control.”
“It’s great to see MDOT recognize both the poor condition of the I-75 interchange in Gaylord and the growing congestion motorists see during tourism seasons,” Borton said. “This project is a great investment in our community. I’m really looking forward to using the new interchange myself.”