House budget chair’s business affiliates received funds from state
State Rep. Andrew Fink (R-Adams Township) has introduced House Resolution 141 to form a select committee to investigate the conduct of House Appropriations Chair Angela Witwer.
Fink said the people deserve full transparency from Witwer after The Detroit News reported that a public relations firm she founded has multiple clients that lobbied for policy changes or funding in the state budget. State documents filed by the firm, Edge Partnerships, show that as recently as 2022, Witwer was still the resident agent and a member of the business even while serving as a legislator.
Edge Partnerships’ clients appear to have benefitted greatly from the historic $82 billion state budget that Witwer crafted with fellow Democrat lawmakers earlier this year.
“Legislators have a duty to work on behalf of the people of Michigan in obedience to our oaths of office and a certain code of ethics,” Fink said. “When concerns are raised about a legislator’s ethical behaviors, they should be open to a comprehensive look into their actions. Those who have nothing to hide would not shirk such transparency measures.”
The resolution Fink introduced today would form a six-member select committee, evenly split with Democrats and Republicans. The Speaker of the House and House Republican Leader would each designate a co-chair. The committee would report its findings to the full House of Representatives.
HR 141 was referred to the House Government Operations Committee, a committee known for shelving legislation that a majority caucus has no intention of advancing.
“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.”