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Whitmer Backtracks Will Cost Rural Communities Jobs LANSING, Mich., March 13, 2019 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has halted the construction of a new $115 Million psychiatric facility in Caro. That facility would have replaced the current hospital which has been operating since 1914, and is the second largest employer in Tuscola county with 300 employees. The hospital, which is just one of five state psychiatric hospitals, serves over 150 patients and their families. The replacement plan had been previously approved by the legislature and Governor Snyder in 2017. The Governor's office had no immediate comment on her actions that could kill hundreds of jobs. Republicans in the State legislature are looking into the legality of Whitmer’s actions, as the new hospital and its site location were drafted into last session’s state budget. This action comes just weeks after Governor Whitmer overturned a different existing agreement that will have a devastating impact on another Michigan community. In February, Governor Whitmer torpedoed the sale of the former Deerfield Correctional Center to Immigration Centers of America--a move that will cost Ionia County 250 jobs. "Yet again, Governor Whitmer is draining the economic lifeblood out of a rural Michigan Community,” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Chairman. "Governor Whitmer campaigned on better jobs for Michigan families. Apparently, that promise doesn’t apply if you live in rural counties like Tuscola or Ionia. My heart goes out to the families and communities that will be affected by the Governor’s reckless backtrack on these existing agreements.” More >

In Case You Missed it: Promises Made, Promises Kept In case you missed it, a great op-ed was published today in The Detroit News, written by the Michigan Republican Party Chairman, Laura Cox. The op-ed highlights the enormous impact President Trump’s leadership has had on the state of Michigan, and how Michigan’s citizens have benefitted. The entire op-ed is below: No surprise if Trump wins Michigan again Laura Cox – Michigan Republican Party Chairman When President Donald Trump makes a promise, he keeps it — and his pledge to restore jobs and vitality in Michigan has been no exception. Just two weeks ago, Chrysler announced $4.5 billion in new investment in our state, an investment that brings with it a new assembly plant in Detroit and the creation of 6,500 new jobs. It’s results like these that have led to the president’s popularity within our state and across the Midwest. In fact, The Wall Street Journal recently reported that President Trump currently holds a healthy lead in key battleground states over a generic Democrat opponent — a clear testament to the economic renaissance his policies have brought about.   “(President) Trump cumulatively leads a generic Democratic opponent, 46 percent to 40 percent, in four Midwestern states he carried in 2016 — Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin — along with Pennsylvania, which borders the Midwest,” the publication noted in a recent report. Those who doubt Donald Trump’s chances of winning re-election in 2020 are missing the bigger picture. For more than two years,... More >

Michigan House Republicans Say, “No Deal” to Green New Deal LANSING, Mich., March 13, 2019 –  Today, Republicans in the House Energy Committee voted unanimously to approve a resolution introduced by State Representative Matt Hall, that opposes the Democrat, ‘Green New Deal’. The federal resolution has come under increasing criticism due to the fact it would add an estimated $93 trillion in federal spending over 10 years, and would add new Federal regulations that would be devastating to both Michigan’s agricultural and manufacturing industries. All seven Democrats on the committee opposed Hall’s resolution.    “The ‘Green New Deal’ is a raw deal for Michigan families,” said Representative Matt Hall (R-HD-63). Hall continued, “Michigan families cannot afford the $600,000 per household in taxes the Green New Deal is expected to cost. Worse, they can’t afford the job-killing regulations that this bill imposes on Michigan’s manufacturing and agricultural industries. The job of the Michigan legislature is to stand up for Michigan families, not partisan progressive promises.” Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox added, “Michigan families work too hard to have their money taken to fund the progressive fantasyland that is the ‘Green New Deal’. I am proud that today Republicans in the State House showed that they are fighting for Michigan families by saying ‘No Deal’ to the ‘Green New Deal’.” The House Energy Committee voted as follows: Yea Joseph Bellino (R) Committee Chair, 17th DistrictPauline Wendzel (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 79th DistrictJulie Alexander (R) 64th DistrictBen Frederick (R) 85th DistrictJames Lower (R) 70th... More >

Hoadley to West Michigan Small Businesses “Pay Up!” LANSING, Mich., March 08, 2019 –  Last night on Fox 2’s “Let it Rip” State Representative Jon Hoadley gave an impassioned full-throated defense of Governor Whitmer’s 41% Small Business tax hike. This defense came despite the fact that similar policies under the Granholm Administration led to massive job loses, and small business closures during Michigan’s lost decade. In the interview, Hoadley pointed to two of the nation’s largest S-corporations to make his point; however, these businesses are the exception and not the rule. According to IRS data, S-Corporations in the United States average just $53,846 in profits per year. In Michigan, over 150,000 small businesses classify themselves as S-Corporations or as limited liability corporations, which are also effected by the increase. “Jon Hoadley knows that this 41% tax increase will hurt over 150,000 small businesses, thousands of which are located in Southwest Michigan.” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “He knows that the average S-Corporation makes just $55,000 a year in profits. Worse, he knows that this 41% small business tax increase is simply a gift from Democrats to supporters who are government retirees. Jon Hoadley should be ashamed.”   More >

Whitmer Defends Lie with Another Lie LANSING, Mich., March 07, 2019 –  Since announcing her highly controversial 45-cent gas tax hike, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has repeatedly told the people of Michigan that she was not aware of the severity of Michigan’s road issues; thus, necessitating the tax hike. She has also claimed that her lack of knowledge on the issue is the reason why she called Bill Schuette’s allegation that she would raise the fuel tax by 20-cents “ridiculous”. However, throughout the 2018 campaign, Whitmer repeatedly alluded to the fact that fixing Michigan’s roads would take at least $2 billion in state funding, and often claimed that with federal funding she would spend $3 billion in her first year on roads. “Governor Whitmer’s defense that she didn’t know the severity of Michigan’s road issues is ridiculous,” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Clearly by her past statements Whitmer knew the price tag for her plan. She either lied about raising the gas taxes 20-cents plus, or lied about having a plan to fund ‘fixing the damn roads’. Either way, it’s Governor Whitmer’s record on telling the truth that is truly damning.” The following are examples of when Governor Whitmer outlined her road spending proposals prior to becoming Governor: Video of Whitmer talking about her $3 Billion Infrastructure Planhttps://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2437846646229288 April 4, 2018: Whitmer pledged to ask the legislature to come up with $3 billion dollars  and put it in a State Infrastructure Bank.https://www.michiganradio.org/post/whitmers-plan-rebuild-michigan May 31, 2018: Whitmer said... More >

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Whitmer Backtracks Will Cost Rural Communities Jobs LANSING, Mich., March 13, 2019 – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has halted the construction of a new $115 Million psychiatric facility in Caro. That facility would have replaced the current hospital which has been operating since 1914, and is the second largest employer in Tuscola county with 300 employees. The hospital, which is just one of five state psychiatric hospitals, serves over 150 patients and their families. The replacement plan had been previously approved by the legislature and Governor Snyder in 2017. The Governor's office had no immediate comment on her actions that could kill hundreds of jobs. Republicans in the State legislature are looking into the legality of Whitmer’s actions, as the new hospital and its site location were drafted into last session’s state budget. This action comes just weeks after Governor Whitmer overturned a different existing agreement that will have a devastating impact on another Michigan community. In February, Governor Whitmer torpedoed the sale of the former Deerfield Correctional Center to Immigration Centers of America--a move that will cost Ionia County 250 jobs. "Yet again, Governor Whitmer is draining the economic lifeblood out of a rural Michigan Community,” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Chairman. "Governor Whitmer campaigned on better jobs for Michigan families. Apparently, that promise doesn’t apply if you live in rural counties like Tuscola or Ionia. My heart goes out to the families and communities that will be affected by the Governor’s reckless backtrack on these existing agreements.” More >

In Case You Missed it: Promises Made, Promises Kept In case you missed it, a great op-ed was published today in The Detroit News, written by the Michigan Republican Party Chairman, Laura Cox. The op-ed highlights the enormous impact President Trump’s leadership has had on the state of Michigan, and how Michigan’s citizens have benefitted. The entire op-ed is below: No surprise if Trump wins Michigan again Laura Cox – Michigan Republican Party Chairman When President Donald Trump makes a promise, he keeps it — and his pledge to restore jobs and vitality in Michigan has been no exception. Just two weeks ago, Chrysler announced $4.5 billion in new investment in our state, an investment that brings with it a new assembly plant in Detroit and the creation of 6,500 new jobs. It’s results like these that have led to the president’s popularity within our state and across the Midwest. In fact, The Wall Street Journal recently reported that President Trump currently holds a healthy lead in key battleground states over a generic Democrat opponent — a clear testament to the economic renaissance his policies have brought about.   “(President) Trump cumulatively leads a generic Democratic opponent, 46 percent to 40 percent, in four Midwestern states he carried in 2016 — Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin — along with Pennsylvania, which borders the Midwest,” the publication noted in a recent report. Those who doubt Donald Trump’s chances of winning re-election in 2020 are missing the bigger picture. For more than two years,... More >

Michigan House Republicans Say, “No Deal” to Green New Deal LANSING, Mich., March 13, 2019 –  Today, Republicans in the House Energy Committee voted unanimously to approve a resolution introduced by State Representative Matt Hall, that opposes the Democrat, ‘Green New Deal’. The federal resolution has come under increasing criticism due to the fact it would add an estimated $93 trillion in federal spending over 10 years, and would add new Federal regulations that would be devastating to both Michigan’s agricultural and manufacturing industries. All seven Democrats on the committee opposed Hall’s resolution.    “The ‘Green New Deal’ is a raw deal for Michigan families,” said Representative Matt Hall (R-HD-63). Hall continued, “Michigan families cannot afford the $600,000 per household in taxes the Green New Deal is expected to cost. Worse, they can’t afford the job-killing regulations that this bill imposes on Michigan’s manufacturing and agricultural industries. The job of the Michigan legislature is to stand up for Michigan families, not partisan progressive promises.” Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox added, “Michigan families work too hard to have their money taken to fund the progressive fantasyland that is the ‘Green New Deal’. I am proud that today Republicans in the State House showed that they are fighting for Michigan families by saying ‘No Deal’ to the ‘Green New Deal’.” The House Energy Committee voted as follows: Yea Joseph Bellino (R) Committee Chair, 17th DistrictPauline Wendzel (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 79th DistrictJulie Alexander (R) 64th DistrictBen Frederick (R) 85th DistrictJames Lower (R) 70th... More >

Hoadley to West Michigan Small Businesses “Pay Up!” LANSING, Mich., March 08, 2019 –  Last night on Fox 2’s “Let it Rip” State Representative Jon Hoadley gave an impassioned full-throated defense of Governor Whitmer’s 41% Small Business tax hike. This defense came despite the fact that similar policies under the Granholm Administration led to massive job loses, and small business closures during Michigan’s lost decade. In the interview, Hoadley pointed to two of the nation’s largest S-corporations to make his point; however, these businesses are the exception and not the rule. According to IRS data, S-Corporations in the United States average just $53,846 in profits per year. In Michigan, over 150,000 small businesses classify themselves as S-Corporations or as limited liability corporations, which are also effected by the increase. “Jon Hoadley knows that this 41% tax increase will hurt over 150,000 small businesses, thousands of which are located in Southwest Michigan.” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “He knows that the average S-Corporation makes just $55,000 a year in profits. Worse, he knows that this 41% small business tax increase is simply a gift from Democrats to supporters who are government retirees. Jon Hoadley should be ashamed.”   More >

Whitmer Defends Lie with Another Lie LANSING, Mich., March 07, 2019 –  Since announcing her highly controversial 45-cent gas tax hike, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has repeatedly told the people of Michigan that she was not aware of the severity of Michigan’s road issues; thus, necessitating the tax hike. She has also claimed that her lack of knowledge on the issue is the reason why she called Bill Schuette’s allegation that she would raise the fuel tax by 20-cents “ridiculous”. However, throughout the 2018 campaign, Whitmer repeatedly alluded to the fact that fixing Michigan’s roads would take at least $2 billion in state funding, and often claimed that with federal funding she would spend $3 billion in her first year on roads. “Governor Whitmer’s defense that she didn’t know the severity of Michigan’s road issues is ridiculous,” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Clearly by her past statements Whitmer knew the price tag for her plan. She either lied about raising the gas taxes 20-cents plus, or lied about having a plan to fund ‘fixing the damn roads’. Either way, it’s Governor Whitmer’s record on telling the truth that is truly damning.” The following are examples of when Governor Whitmer outlined her road spending proposals prior to becoming Governor: Video of Whitmer talking about her $3 Billion Infrastructure Planhttps://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2437846646229288 April 4, 2018: Whitmer pledged to ask the legislature to come up with $3 billion dollars  and put it in a State Infrastructure Bank.https://www.michiganradio.org/post/whitmers-plan-rebuild-michigan May 31, 2018: Whitmer said... More >

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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