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Whitmer Budget Built on Broken Promises LANSING, Mich., March 5, 2019 The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Governor Whitmer’s Proposed budget. “Governor Whitmer pledged to ‘Build a Better Michigan’. Apparently, that construction is being done with broken promises. Last November, Michigan voters took the Governor at her word when she said that a 20-cent gas increase was ‘ridiculous’. Today, she has proposed a 45-cent increase. This would make Michigan’s gas tax the highest in U.S. history and cripple our economy. This, along with the Governor's 41% tax increase on over 100,000 small businesses, would massively affect the cost of living in the state. While our roads may improve, they would simply end up as well paved pathways for jobs and people to leave Michigan.  More >

Cox response to Whitmer Road Tax Hike LANSING, Mich., March 4, 2019 The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox on Governor Whitmer’s proposed 45 cent per gallon gas tax.  “Governor Whitmer promised that she would ‘fix the damn roads’ instead she is proposing a $2 billion tax increase that will break many Michiganders budgets. This comes just 4 years after Michiganders rejected a similar proposal by an 80/20 vote.  The people of Michigan deserve real solutions on this critical issue, not a tax and spend solution which places the burden on the states overtaxed families.”     More >

Radical Rashida Strikes Again LANSING, Mich., February 28, 2019–  The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox regarding yesterday’s incident in which Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib broke with long-standing house decorum by insinuating that fellow Congressman Mark Meadows was a racist during public congressional hearings. This is not the first time Tlaib has gotten herself into hot water during her short tenure. On her first day in the House, Tlaib drew criticism for calling the President a “Mother***er” and her support of anti-Semitic groups has stirred controversy regarding her fitness for office. “Yesterday in a blatant attempt to silence a political opponent, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib made baseless accusations of racism against a fellow member of Congress. This shameful and slanderous act is sadly another example of how Congresswoman Tlaib would rather impress democratic socialist radicals with inflammatory rhetoric, rather than get something done for the people of Michigan. It’s time that Rashida Tlaib realize that she is now servant of the people and no longer a professional progressive bomb thrower.”    More >

In Case You Missed It: Peters & Stabenow vote against saving lives of newborns In case you missed it, earlier this week Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined with the most extreme elements of their Democratic party to deny a vote on the "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act". This bill would have required abortion clinics to provide medical care to infants who are born during the abortion procedure. This recent position from the Democratic party is truly terrifying. The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox on this vital issue. “By voting to kill the ‘Born-Alive Abortions Survivors Protection Act’, Senators Peters and Stabenow have sided with extremists over common sense. This radical position does not represent the values of the people of Michigan in the U.S. Senate and I will work to elect a Senator in 2020 who will.” More >

4.5 Billion More Reasons to Oppose Dems Green New DealFiat-Chrysler Announces Major Investment in Michigan Manufacturing LANSING, Mich., February 28, 2019–  The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox regarding Fiat-Chrysler’s announcement that the company will be investing $4.5 billion in manufacturing within Michigan. It is estimated that this investment will lead to 6,500 new jobs within the state.  “Fiat Chrysler’s announcement that they will be investing $4.5 billion in Michigan is proof that under President Trump’s leadership American manufacturing is back. Thanks to the President’s economic vision 6,500 Michiganders will soon be working again, building full-size SUVs and electric hybrids that will move our state and nation forward. However, if Democrats get their way many of these new jobs will not exist.  Under the Democrats “Green New Deal” the production of nearly all these vehicles would be eliminated. Clearly, this announcement provides 4.5 billion more reasons why Michiganders should oppose the Democrats extremist agenda. While the coastal elites and environmental extremists who run the Democrat Party continue to be focused on destroying our economy, President Trump and Republicans are fighting to create high paying manufacturing jobs here in Michigan and across our nation.  We are proud that Fiat-Chrysler shares our vision to make American manufacturing great again.”  More >

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Whitmer Budget Built on Broken Promises LANSING, Mich., March 5, 2019 The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Governor Whitmer’s Proposed budget. “Governor Whitmer pledged to ‘Build a Better Michigan’. Apparently, that construction is being done with broken promises. Last November, Michigan voters took the Governor at her word when she said that a 20-cent gas increase was ‘ridiculous’. Today, she has proposed a 45-cent increase. This would make Michigan’s gas tax the highest in U.S. history and cripple our economy. This, along with the Governor's 41% tax increase on over 100,000 small businesses, would massively affect the cost of living in the state. While our roads may improve, they would simply end up as well paved pathways for jobs and people to leave Michigan.  More >

Cox response to Whitmer Road Tax Hike LANSING, Mich., March 4, 2019 The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox on Governor Whitmer’s proposed 45 cent per gallon gas tax.  “Governor Whitmer promised that she would ‘fix the damn roads’ instead she is proposing a $2 billion tax increase that will break many Michiganders budgets. This comes just 4 years after Michiganders rejected a similar proposal by an 80/20 vote.  The people of Michigan deserve real solutions on this critical issue, not a tax and spend solution which places the burden on the states overtaxed families.”     More >

Radical Rashida Strikes Again LANSING, Mich., February 28, 2019–  The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox regarding yesterday’s incident in which Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib broke with long-standing house decorum by insinuating that fellow Congressman Mark Meadows was a racist during public congressional hearings. This is not the first time Tlaib has gotten herself into hot water during her short tenure. On her first day in the House, Tlaib drew criticism for calling the President a “Mother***er” and her support of anti-Semitic groups has stirred controversy regarding her fitness for office. “Yesterday in a blatant attempt to silence a political opponent, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib made baseless accusations of racism against a fellow member of Congress. This shameful and slanderous act is sadly another example of how Congresswoman Tlaib would rather impress democratic socialist radicals with inflammatory rhetoric, rather than get something done for the people of Michigan. It’s time that Rashida Tlaib realize that she is now servant of the people and no longer a professional progressive bomb thrower.”    More >

In Case You Missed It: Peters & Stabenow vote against saving lives of newborns In case you missed it, earlier this week Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow joined with the most extreme elements of their Democratic party to deny a vote on the "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act". This bill would have required abortion clinics to provide medical care to infants who are born during the abortion procedure. This recent position from the Democratic party is truly terrifying. The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox on this vital issue. “By voting to kill the ‘Born-Alive Abortions Survivors Protection Act’, Senators Peters and Stabenow have sided with extremists over common sense. This radical position does not represent the values of the people of Michigan in the U.S. Senate and I will work to elect a Senator in 2020 who will.” More >

4.5 Billion More Reasons to Oppose Dems Green New DealFiat-Chrysler Announces Major Investment in Michigan Manufacturing LANSING, Mich., February 28, 2019–  The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox regarding Fiat-Chrysler’s announcement that the company will be investing $4.5 billion in manufacturing within Michigan. It is estimated that this investment will lead to 6,500 new jobs within the state.  “Fiat Chrysler’s announcement that they will be investing $4.5 billion in Michigan is proof that under President Trump’s leadership American manufacturing is back. Thanks to the President’s economic vision 6,500 Michiganders will soon be working again, building full-size SUVs and electric hybrids that will move our state and nation forward. However, if Democrats get their way many of these new jobs will not exist.  Under the Democrats “Green New Deal” the production of nearly all these vehicles would be eliminated. Clearly, this announcement provides 4.5 billion more reasons why Michiganders should oppose the Democrats extremist agenda. While the coastal elites and environmental extremists who run the Democrat Party continue to be focused on destroying our economy, President Trump and Republicans are fighting to create high paying manufacturing jobs here in Michigan and across our nation.  We are proud that Fiat-Chrysler shares our vision to make American manufacturing great again.”  More >

The Big Green StealDemocrat Plan Could Cost Taxpayers $93 Trillion Yesterday, the American Action Forum released its estimate for the total cost for the Democrats proposed “Green New Deal,” will apparently take mountains of green to fund. According to the non-profit group, led by former Congressional Budget office Chief Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the proposal which is cosponsored by Michigan Democrats Andy Levin and Rashida Tlaib could cost American taxpayers $93 trillion or $600,000 per household over its first ten years. While Republicans do not support the plan, Republican Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell has pledged to give the bill a fair vote up or down vote in the Senate. “The Green new deal is the latest example of the extremism of the Democrat Party,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman. Cox continued, “This $93 trillion boondoggle would bankrupt our economy and put a bullseye on Michigan’s two largest industries, manufacturing and agriculture, all in the name of environmental and economic extremism. This ‘big green steal’ would kill countless Michigan jobs, raise our taxes and cripple our state’s economy. The coastal elites who run the Democrat Party have clearly stopped listening to or caring about American workers if they work in a factory or on a farm.  Democrats are smoking something green if they think that the American people or the people of Michigan will support this insanity.” Much of the plan’s $93 trillion cost reads as a Progressive wish list, including massive subsidies for green energy, universal health care, and for... More >

Democrat Andy Levin Supports Job Killing ‘Green New Deal’Where do Slotkin and Stevens Stand? LANSING, Mich., February 07, 2019–  Today, Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI 09) stood with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY 14) as she announced her proposal for a “Green New Deal.” The resolution would commit the United States to reducing Green House gas emissions to net zero by 2029, require the retrofitting or rebuilding of every building in the nation, radically alter American travel, and ban forms of energy which make up 83% of our electrical grid. Additionally, the “Green New Deal” promises, in the FAQs section, “economic security for those who are…unwilling to work.” These proposals would cripple the US economy and destroy Michigan’s manufacturing and agriculture industries.  With Levin’s unexpected support, many Michiganders are wondering: where do the rest of the Michigan Democrats stand on the “Green New Deal,” especially fellow freshmen Congresswomen Haley Stevens and Elissa Slotkin? “For people who are supposedly fighting Global Climate Change, Levin and Ocasio-Cortez offered nothing today but hot air,” said Tony Zammit, Michigan Republican Party Spokesperson. “Make no mistake, you can’t support the ‘Green New Deal’ and Michigan jobs. Stevens and Slotkin need to make clear who they stand with.  Do Slotkin and Stevens stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her radical agenda, or the people of Michigan?”   More >

Illegal Contributions, Campaign Collusion, and Criminal ImmunityHow Gretchen Whitmer Broke Michigan Campaign Finance Law and Got Away With it LANSING, Mich., February 12, 2019–  The following is a research briefing from the Michigan Republican Party outlining the knowing and intentional violation of Michigan campaign finance law by Gretchen Whitmer, her campaign “Whitmer for Governor,” and her dark money special interest group “Build A Better Michigan.”  These violations could have resulted in a multi-million dollar fine and possible jail time for many involved. In addition, our research shows that there was not only collusion between the organizations, but that they shared the same paid staff. In a backroom settlement, Whitmer and her co-conspirators were fined less than 2 percent of their illegal political expenditures and granted immunity from criminal prosecution.    Whitmer cheated, and despite her campaign promises to be “more open, transparent and accountable to Michigan taxpayers” in order to “infuse integrity in governance and earn back public confidence,” Whitmer has started her service as Michigan’s governor under a cloud of corruption.   WHITMER BROKE THE LAW Secretary Of State Benson Ruled That Governor Whitmer And Build A Better Michigan Violated Michigan Campaign Finance Law. Secretary Of State Benson Ruled That Gretchen Whitmer And Build A Better Michigan Violated Michigan Campaign Finance Law By Coordinating Political Ads That Expressly Advocate Her Candidacy. (Jocelyn Benson, Letter To Build A Better Michigan And Whitmer For Governor, 2/5/19) SOS Benson Signed A Conciliation Agreement Allowing Build a Better Michigan To Pay A Insignificant Fine And Absolving Whitmer... More >

Whitmer WhiffsGovernor light on Details, Heavy on Spending LANSING, Mich., February 12, 2019–  The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser on Governor Whitmer’s State of the State address delivered tonight before a joint session of the state legislature: “During the ‘Lost Decade,’ Michigan learned the hard way that we can’t spend our way to prosperity. Due to the poor economic decisions of a previous Democrat Governor, Michigan’s unemployment rate led the nation and tens of thousands fled our state to find opportunity elsewhere. Tonight, Governor Whitmer pledged her administration to the same failed agenda: laying out billions in new government spending without any plan to pay for it. These pie in the sky ideas will result in higher taxes, smaller paychecks, and cost of living increases for Michigan families. “As for details on her plan to fix the “damn roads,” the Governor was silent, proving there is no real plan behind the catchphrase.  New Democrat Governor, same failed Democrat agenda.” More >

Benson’s Sweetheart Settlement Grants Governor Criminal Immunity LANSING, Mich., February 14, 2019–  The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Legal Counsel Michael J. Pattwell explaining the legal ramifications of Jocelyn Benson’s sweetheart settlement with Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The settlement has come under fire for allowing Whitmer and her allies to pay a 2% fine on campaign violations which amounted to millions of dollars in illegal spending. In addition to fines, Whitmer and her allies also faced possible criminal charges for which they have been granted legal immunity from by Benson.  “Build a Better Michigan illegally expended over $2,000,000 of corporate and union funds to expressly advocate for Gretchen Whitmer’s candidacy. The coordinated effort marked one of the largest illegal political expenditures observed in Michigan history. Under Michigan campaign finance law, making illegal corporate/union contributions and/or evading contribution limits subjects violators to criminal prosecution and potentially millions in fines. “For violations such as this, the past practice of the SOS’s office was to levy a fine equal to the amount of the illegal expenditure. However, in this case, Benson elected to impose a fine of less than 2% of the illegal expenditure and grant immunity from criminal prosecution to Whitmer and the special interest group. “Benson’s sweetheart settlement marks such a drastic departure from established precedent so as to undermine the efficacy of the campaign finance requirements she swore an oath to uphold.” More >

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