State Rep. Pat Outman today expressed his gratitude to the Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation for selecting him as its legislator of the year.
The organization stated that Rep. Outman was selected because of his efforts to support autism awareness and his commitment to making Michigan a more inclusive environment for those with autism.
“I’m honored to receive this recognition from a foundation that serves such an important purpose,” Rep. Outman said. “The world has come a long way in understanding and accepting autism in recent years, but there’s still further to go. I look forward to continuing my partnership with Xavier DeGroat and his foundation to reduce stigma and increase opportunities for the autism community in Michigan.”
April is Autism Awareness Month, and Rep. Outman said it is an important time for Michigan residents to increase their knowledge about the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S.
The Xavier DeGroat Autism Foundation was created in 2018 to help create and promote opportunities for people with autism through advocacy, education, economic opportunities and humanitarian efforts.
“Michigan families are tired of shelling out for high electric bills and being rewarded with power outages every time it storms. That’s the problem I’m focused on solving,” said Outman, R-Six Lakes, a member of the House Energy, Communications and Technology Committee. “The Democrats in control have another agenda. They’re pushing extreme mandates that cater to the environmental lobby while sticking residents with even higher costs for less reliability.”
The governor plans to give state government the power to permit solar projects by shifting control away from local government.
“Large-scale solar projects could have significant ramifications in some communities. Local officials know what’s best in their unique corners of the state,” Outman said. “The governor should respect their roles and stay out of community-level issues. My Republican colleagues are digging in our heels when it comes to maintaining local control.”