State Rep. Andrew Fink, R-Adams Township, today blasted Gov. Whitmer for continuing her efforts to bring a Chinese-Community Party-linked company to Michigan:
“Michigan taxpayers should not be forced to foot the bill as the Chinese Communist Party expands its damaging influence into the United States. The Chinese government applies dictatorial authority over every business in its country, and we should not be welcoming this oligarchy into Michigan, let alone gifting them our taxpayer dollars.
“The governor’s lobbyists and allies are calling around town, and only giving legislators half the story on what’s truly needed for this deal to go through. This is too reminiscent of last week’s ploy by Lansing Democrats, which resulted in higher taxes for working families and small businesses.
“There’s a real likelihood that the administration could add even more in additional SOAR funding, reportedly at least $800 million, as Gov. Whitmer did not disclose the total size of the incentive package that brought CATL to Marshall. This is only going to cost Michigan taxpayers more money, and lead to a worsened return on investment for the reportedly promised jobs. The public deserves full transparency behind this project.
“Current law, if left alone, would result in an income tax cut to help folks now and well into the future. This comes at a time when far too many people are struggling to make ends meet due to rampant inflation, and high costs of essentials. However, the governor is actively working to upend the 2015 law that would trigger the tax rollback. This is slap in the face to all Michigan residents, especially considering the rollback was tied to the governor’s original ask for $800 million in SOAR funding.”
“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.”