State Rep. Sarah Lightner today issued the following statement after Ford confirmed it is pausing construction of its forthcoming Blue Oval plant in Marshall, a project receiving more than $1.7 billion in state incentives. The company said it is not confident in its ability to run the plant competitively:
“Gov. Whitmer threw $1.7 billion in taxpayer dollars at Ford to bring its new EV plant to Marshall, but even that wasn’t enough to make the company turn a blind eye toward the anti-business climate the Democrat majority has created. Their far-left policies put more red tape and higher costs on businesses. The extreme energy mandate they’re currently pushing will raise costs even further while leaving large manufacturers like Ford worried about blackouts affecting their bottom line. If this keeps up, Michigan workers will pay the price as industries suffer and opportunities vanish.
“Gov. Whitmer was insistent on paying a premium to land the Ford project. Now that it’s falling through, I hope she’s just as adamant about making sure any tax dollars already paid out are returned to the state. This situation is exactly why claw-back provisions and other safeguards were built into the process when the Legislature set up the SOAR fund in 2021. I will continue to monitor the situation closely and seek answers about the status of state funding allocated to the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance for site prep.”
Heavy-handed policy also strips local control of wind, solar projects State Rep. Sarah Lightner continues to oppose a partisan plan to radically alter Michigan’s energy policy, voicing concerns that the new mandates will burden Michigan families with electricity that is more expensive and less reliable. Lightner, R-Springport, said the plan calls for utilities to have […]
State Reps. Sarah Lightner, Ann Bollin and Angela Witwer this week introduced a bipartisan plan to protect Michiganders from deadly drugs by cracking down on heroin and fentanyl dealers in the state. House Bills 5124-26 would revise sentencing requirements for various narcotic drug crimes. The package includes a reclassification that would allow stricter sentencing recommendations […]
State Rep. Sarah Lightner, R-Springport, today led the House in approving a plan to improve public safety by providing better outcomes for young people who enter Michigan’s criminal justice system. The comprehensive bipartisan and bicameral package implements many of the recommendations brought forward by the Michigan Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform, which Lightner served […]
State Reps. Sarah Lightner and Ann Bollin are spearheading a plan to protect the interests of Michigan taxpayers if Ford doesn’t follow through on plans to build an EV battery plant in the Marshall area.