Legislator reacts as Ford halts construction of EV plant
State Rep. Dale Zorn (R-Onsted) issued the following statement after Ford confirmed it is pausing construction of its Blue Oval plant in Marshall, a project backed by more than $1.7 billion in state incentives. The company said it is not confident in its ability to run the plant competitively:
“Despite Republican pushback, Gov. Whitmer frivolously spent $1.7 billion of the taxpayer’s money to lure Ford’s new EV plant to Michigan, but even that couldn’t camouflage the challenging business environment she and her Democrat colleagues have created. Their radical policies have introduced additional bureaucratic hurdles and labor costs for job providers.
“Additionally, their proposed energy mandates threaten to increase operating costs and reduce reliability even more, leaving major manufacturers, including Ford, concerned about profitability.
“If Democrats continue to advance these thoughtless policies, our workforce will bear the brunt as job prospects fade when businesses leave Michigan for more competitive states.”
House Bill 4944, would ensure Michigan children’s health insurance covers treatment for hearing loss through age 19, and up to $3,000 in coverage per hearing aid every 36 months. Insurance actuaries and underwriters estimate the increase to policyholders’ premium costs would be just 10 to 17 cents per month but would save the state approximately $650,000 per individual in lifetime support.
“Every Michigan worker needs and deserves to keep more of what they earn, especially now, as families struggle to cover household costs amid widespread inflation and rising utility costs. We needed to hear more from the governor about her plans to reduce basic expenses for Michiganders in 2024.”
Plan would make hearing aids more accessible for families . Rep. Zorn delivered testimony before the House Insurance and Financial Services Committee today in support of his bipartisan plan to make hearing aids more accessible for children who need them. Hearing loss is the third top public health issue in America, and one of the […]