State Rep. Andrew Fink is urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to appoint state Sen. Jonathan Lindsey to the Growing Michigan Together Council, a 28-member commission created to make recommendations on how Michigan can grow its population by 2050.
The governor’s order requires a Republican member of the state Senate to be appointed to the council, and Sen. Lindsey was Senate Minority Leader Aric Nesbitt’s nominee for the position.
Rep. Fink said Lindsey is more than qualified for the appointment.
“Sen. Lindsey is a Yale graduate and decorated soldier who chose to return to Michigan rather than pursuing a career anywhere else in the world, as he certainly could have,” Fink said. “Further, as a representative for the people of several of Michigan’s border communities, he knows better than anyone the toll that bad policies take on our population as our young people leave for neighboring states.”
Fink also said he believes Whitmer will not appoint the senator because of past policy disagreements.
“Diverse voices on the council are necessary for its success,” Fink said. “The governor is undoubtably afraid to appoint him because she fears he will push back on tax increases recommended by her liberal friends on the council. Refusing to appoint him because of their differing philosophies is superficial, foolish and a disservice to our state.”
Lindsey represents the people of Michigan’s 17th Senate District, which includes Cass, St. Joseph and Branch counties and parts of Berrien, Calhoun, Jackson, and Hillsdale counties.
“I learned so many important lessons from my time in the Marine Corps that I carry with me to this day,” said Fink, a Marine Corps veteran. “Today and every day, we should honor the veterans who helped maintain the free and safe country we enjoy every day.”
“Rushing headlong into solar and wind energy dependence will be costly – and Michigan residents are the ones who will foot the bill,” Fink said. “Further, it will make our grid even less reliable across Michigan. The power outages we have experienced in our rural areas in recent years will only get worse. Essentially, you’ll be paying more but getting less.”
“Transparency and accountability to the people are crucial parts of our system of government,” said Fink. “We must have systems in place to hold legislators accountable when conflicts of interest arise.”
“I’m pleased to see Democrats have come to their senses and pulled this bill off the committee docket. There’s no need for additional Court of Appeals judges in Michigan. The number of case filings has not increased, and our current judges are more than capable of handling existing cases. This was a clear attempt to pack our courts with Democrat influence and manipulate judgeships to the detriment of our justice system.”