Fink released the following statement after Democrats in majority backed off their plans to advance House Bill 5131 through the House Government Operations Committee. The bill would create a new Court of Appeals district and pack the courts with six new judgeships:
“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.
“Further, it appears the bill aims to prevent specific judges from retaining their seats – an insult to the idea of an independent judiciary.
“Leadership within the bill sponsor’s own caucus must be realizing that this plan was a mistake and now they’re backing off – a move that’s better for all of Michigan. Now we can get back to the real issues facing our justice system, like the shortage of assistant prosecutors, which has led to a backlog of trials and hearings across the state.”
“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.”
“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.”