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Nessel Turns Back on Michigan Farmers LANSING, Mich., March 15, 2019 –  The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Attorney General Dana Nessel’s decision to withdraw Michigan from a Multi-State lawsuit filed against over-burdensome EPA regulations. The regulations were opposed by Nessel’s Republican predecessor due to the adverse effects they will have on Michigan farmers. “Attorney General Dana Nessel’s decision to withdraw Michigan from the lawsuit seeking to limit federal overregulation, under the Waters of the United States rules, threatens our state’s second leading industry, and is a slap in the face to Michigan farmers. Nessel hides behind the cloak of the Great Lakes, but this lawsuit isn’t about the Great Lakes.  This lawsuit was designed to stop environmental extremists from regulating every mud puddle, on every farm in the state, which would drive up the cost to farm, eliminate jobs and raise food prices for everyone in our state.  This is Nessel’s own ‘Green New Deal’ for Michigan, and it is just as much a disaster as the one put forward by environmental extremists in Washington.” More >

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 >

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Nessel Turns Back on Michigan Farmers LANSING, Mich., March 15, 2019 –  The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Attorney General Dana Nessel’s decision to withdraw Michigan from a Multi-State lawsuit filed against over-burdensome EPA regulations. The regulations were opposed by Nessel’s Republican predecessor due to the adverse effects they will have on Michigan farmers. “Attorney General Dana Nessel’s decision to withdraw Michigan from the lawsuit seeking to limit federal overregulation, under the Waters of the United States rules, threatens our state’s second leading industry, and is a slap in the face to Michigan farmers. Nessel hides behind the cloak of the Great Lakes, but this lawsuit isn’t about the Great Lakes.  This lawsuit was designed to stop environmental extremists from regulating every mud puddle, on every farm in the state, which would drive up the cost to farm, eliminate jobs and raise food prices for everyone in our state.  This is Nessel’s own ‘Green New Deal’ for Michigan, and it is just as much a disaster as the one put forward by environmental extremists in Washington.” More >

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 >

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