State Rep. Jason Sheppard, of Temperance, today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s comments on the progress of ongoing budget negotiations:
“The governor’s 45-cent gas tax is an unworkable solution for any Michigan family, but it’s an especially disastrous proposal for border communities like mine. Do you know what a 45-cent gas tax will do in my hometown? It will shutter small businesses, like gas stations, as drivers head to Ohio to fill up their tanks.
“There are other ways to fund our road repairs besides hitting drivers with the highest gas taxes in the nation. This Legislature has been committed to researching and exploring those options and shared them with the governor, who has dismissed every option in favor of her $2.5 billion tax hike.
“Michigan drivers can’t afford her plan, and—to be honest—it won’t last for the long haul. Over time, as cars become more and more fuel efficient, gas taxes won’t be worth as much. Our roads are the backbone of our economy. We need to pursue solutions that will stand the test of time.”
State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance today paid tribute to a late Monroe Township firefighter during the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.
The plan will allow school districts to work with local health experts and determine the best course of action for students, teachers and families in their communities. In-person attendance is not required at any grade level, but it’s strongly encouraged for grades K-5 when it can be done safely.
Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance today said that a safe, complete reopening of Michigan’s economy is necessary to preserve funding for schools and other essential public services over the long term.
State Rep. Jason Sheppard today said the executive orders issued by the governor on Wednesday placing greater restrictions on Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula lack logic and are inconsistent with the COVID-19 data being reported. Sheppard, of Temperance, said the orders limit indoor gatherings to 10 people and shut down indoor bar service in […]