State Rep. Jamie Thompson, of Brownstown, today issued the following statement after the Whitmer administration presented its Marshall-based Ford project plan to the House Appropriations Committee. The plan includes a potential $15 million in taxpayer dollars to help Norfolk Southern Railway Company expand its operations in Michigan. The idea was presented just weeks after a Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed in Ohio, causing toxic chemicals to be released. Recently, another Norfolk Southern train derailed in Van Buren Township, just outside of Detroit:
“Norfolk Southern needs to be clear about what happened and why this is happening. There needs to be accountability. The company needs to be transparent about what it’s doing to protect the public, address these issues and prevent future incidents before a single cent of our hard-earned tax dollars is handed over to help it grow its business in Michigan.
“These derailments have impacted communities and families. The Ohio crisis has uprooted people’s lives while leaving them wondering if the air they are breathing and the water they are drinking is safe. The recent derailment outside of Detroit provided a similar scare for people in surrounding areas initially because of the attention the Ohio derailment has been rightfully getting.
“I was under the impression Gov. Whitmer’s administration was focused on environmental issues, but her willingness to cut this company a check in the midst of these problems says otherwise.”
State Rep. Jamie Thompson today said Democrat abortion plans moving through the Legislature undermine the health and safety of women and push far beyond what voters approved through a 2022 ballot initiative. House Bills 4949-59, tabbed the “Reproductive Health Act,” were considered this past week by the House Health Policy Committee, which Thompson serves on. […]
PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jamie Thompson is joined by Brownstown Deputy Chief of Police Andrew Starzec on Thursday, Sept. 7 during a special ceremony at the state Capitol commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The ceremony honors first responders and members of the military from Michigan, including those who died in the line of duty […]
State Rep. Jamie Thompson has introduced legislation that will give police officers an extra asset to keep themselves safe on the job while serving their communities. House Bill 5014 would require licensed law enforcement officials to achieve a blue belt in jiujitsu or certification of equivalent grappling training. Other acceptable training would include mixed martial […]
State Rep. Jamie Thompson today said multiple elements of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s announced agenda work against families, consumers and small business owners in Michigan. Whitmer and Democrat leaders went through several initiatives on Wednesday that ultimately will ramp up regulation and costs while not addressing problems and priorities many in the state feel are more […]