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MRP Response to Federal Redistricting Decision LANSING, Mich., April 25, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today’s Federal court decision invalidating the 2011 Michigan apportionment plan.  “The Michigan Republican Party disagrees with the Federal courts decision regarding redistricting, and will support an appeal to uphold the will of Michigan voters.” More >

In case you missed it, on Tuesday Senate Republicans presented their transportation budget proposal which completely removes Governor Whitmer’s 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase, while finding more money for Michigan roads. However, instead of embracing the plan Governor Whitmer has decided to double down on hypocrisy. Whitmer often says that, "doing nothing is not an option." However, Whitmer spokesperson Tiffany Brown said in a statement, "If this plan reaches her desk, the governor will veto it." So, doing nothing is not an option, but the Governor will veto the additional road funding in the Senate roads budget?  It’s time for the Governor to stop with the veto threats and to work with Republicans to find a way to fix Michigan roads without her job killing 45-cent gas tax increase. More info in the articles below. Whitmer threatens veto as Senate GOP strips gas tax hike from roads budgetThe Detroit News By: Jonathan Oosting Lansing — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday threatened to veto a Michigan Senate budget bill after Republicans stripped all potential revenue from a 45-cent-per-gallon fuel tax increase she is proposing to "fix the damn roads." The transportation budget advanced by a Senate appropriations subcommittee would instead “accelerate” $132 million in future road repair spending by completing implementation of a 2015 funding law signed by former Gov. Rick Snyder. The proposed budget bump is a far cry from Whitmer’s $2.5 billion gas tax plan, which would generate $1.9 billion a year in new road funding revenue and free up other money for K-12 schools. Senate Republicans oppose... More >

Michiganders Win With USCMA In case you missed it, Vice President Mike Pence is in Dearborn today, at the Ford Rouge facility, discussing the benefits of the United States - Mexico - Canada Agreement. This new trade deal fulfills President Trump's promise to replace NAFTA with a deal that puts American workers first. Vice President Pence outlined the agreement's benefits in an Op-ed, published by The Detroit News. Included are “rules of origin” requirements that will significantly increase demand for American auto parts. According to a study by the Office of the United States Trade Representative, if the USMCA goes into effect, over a five-year period automakers will invest $34 billion more in our country, U.S. auto suppliers will sell $23 billion more each year in auto parts, and the agreement will support 76,000 new jobs in the U.S. auto sector. Read the entire article below: Opinion: New trade agreement puts auto industry firstVice President Mike Pence Today, I’m going to Dearborn to visit the Ford Rouge complex, which has built cars, trucks and tractors nonstop for more than one hundred years. Ford Rouge has produced some of the most iconic American brands in history, from the Model A to the Mustang to the F-150. Even now, its 7,500 employees are developing the next generation of American cars using robotics, 3D printing and virtual reality. From the earliest days of our administration, President Donald J. Trump has pledged to pursue “a new future of American automotive leadership,” and Ford Rouge is one of the more than... More >

Cox Statement on Mueller Report Release LANSING, Mich., April 18, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today’s release of the Mueller report.   “After a two-year investigation in which over $35 million in taxpayer dollars was spent, today’s release once again shows that there was no collusion by the President or members of his staff. These baseless accusations were nothing more than partisan lies used by the Democrats and their media allies to try and discredit the President and his agenda.  It’s time for Democrats to give up this witch hunt, and start focusing on the real issues our nation faces.”     More >

75% of Michiganders Oppose Whitmer Gas Tax LANSING, Mich., April 17, 2019 – New polling released by the Marketing Resource Group shows that Governor Whitmer’s 45-Cent Gas Tax has stalled with Michigan voters.  According to the poll, 75-percent of likely voters oppose the Governor’s tax hike. That staggering number also includes a majority of Whitmer’s fellow Democrats (58-percent oppose).  The poll, which was conducted from April 9-13, surveyed 600 likely voters and also showed strong opposition to Whitmer’s plan amongst Republican (89 percent oppose) and Independent (78-percent oppose) voters. Despite widespread outrage to the plan and Whitmer’s struggle to find support for it within the Democrat House and Senate caucuses, the Governor is threatening to shut down the State government if her plan is not passed. The Governor has also publicly stated that she is unwilling to negotiate on an alternative proposal unless her preconditions are met, including a massive $2.5 billion revenue increase.  "Gas Tax Gretchen’s 45-Cent fuel tax is so ‘ridiculous’ that it has unified 75-percent of Michigan voters in opposition.” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued "Instead of saying ‘it’s my way, or no highways’ the Governor should abandon her ‘ridiculous’ highest in the nation tax plan. It’s time to sit down with Republicans to find a real way to ‘fix the damn roads’ without building them on the backs of Michigan families.”    More >

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MRP Response to Federal Redistricting Decision LANSING, Mich., April 25, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today’s Federal court decision invalidating the 2011 Michigan apportionment plan.  “The Michigan Republican Party disagrees with the Federal courts decision regarding redistricting, and will support an appeal to uphold the will of Michigan voters.” More >

In case you missed it, on Tuesday Senate Republicans presented their transportation budget proposal which completely removes Governor Whitmer’s 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase, while finding more money for Michigan roads. However, instead of embracing the plan Governor Whitmer has decided to double down on hypocrisy. Whitmer often says that, "doing nothing is not an option." However, Whitmer spokesperson Tiffany Brown said in a statement, "If this plan reaches her desk, the governor will veto it." So, doing nothing is not an option, but the Governor will veto the additional road funding in the Senate roads budget?  It’s time for the Governor to stop with the veto threats and to work with Republicans to find a way to fix Michigan roads without her job killing 45-cent gas tax increase. More info in the articles below. Whitmer threatens veto as Senate GOP strips gas tax hike from roads budgetThe Detroit News By: Jonathan Oosting Lansing — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday threatened to veto a Michigan Senate budget bill after Republicans stripped all potential revenue from a 45-cent-per-gallon fuel tax increase she is proposing to "fix the damn roads." The transportation budget advanced by a Senate appropriations subcommittee would instead “accelerate” $132 million in future road repair spending by completing implementation of a 2015 funding law signed by former Gov. Rick Snyder. The proposed budget bump is a far cry from Whitmer’s $2.5 billion gas tax plan, which would generate $1.9 billion a year in new road funding revenue and free up other money for K-12 schools. Senate Republicans oppose... More >

Michiganders Win With USCMA In case you missed it, Vice President Mike Pence is in Dearborn today, at the Ford Rouge facility, discussing the benefits of the United States - Mexico - Canada Agreement. This new trade deal fulfills President Trump's promise to replace NAFTA with a deal that puts American workers first. Vice President Pence outlined the agreement's benefits in an Op-ed, published by The Detroit News. Included are “rules of origin” requirements that will significantly increase demand for American auto parts. According to a study by the Office of the United States Trade Representative, if the USMCA goes into effect, over a five-year period automakers will invest $34 billion more in our country, U.S. auto suppliers will sell $23 billion more each year in auto parts, and the agreement will support 76,000 new jobs in the U.S. auto sector. Read the entire article below: Opinion: New trade agreement puts auto industry firstVice President Mike Pence Today, I’m going to Dearborn to visit the Ford Rouge complex, which has built cars, trucks and tractors nonstop for more than one hundred years. Ford Rouge has produced some of the most iconic American brands in history, from the Model A to the Mustang to the F-150. Even now, its 7,500 employees are developing the next generation of American cars using robotics, 3D printing and virtual reality. From the earliest days of our administration, President Donald J. Trump has pledged to pursue “a new future of American automotive leadership,” and Ford Rouge is one of the more than... More >

Cox Statement on Mueller Report Release LANSING, Mich., April 18, 2019 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding today’s release of the Mueller report.   “After a two-year investigation in which over $35 million in taxpayer dollars was spent, today’s release once again shows that there was no collusion by the President or members of his staff. These baseless accusations were nothing more than partisan lies used by the Democrats and their media allies to try and discredit the President and his agenda.  It’s time for Democrats to give up this witch hunt, and start focusing on the real issues our nation faces.”     More >

75% of Michiganders Oppose Whitmer Gas Tax LANSING, Mich., April 17, 2019 – New polling released by the Marketing Resource Group shows that Governor Whitmer’s 45-Cent Gas Tax has stalled with Michigan voters.  According to the poll, 75-percent of likely voters oppose the Governor’s tax hike. That staggering number also includes a majority of Whitmer’s fellow Democrats (58-percent oppose).  The poll, which was conducted from April 9-13, surveyed 600 likely voters and also showed strong opposition to Whitmer’s plan amongst Republican (89 percent oppose) and Independent (78-percent oppose) voters. Despite widespread outrage to the plan and Whitmer’s struggle to find support for it within the Democrat House and Senate caucuses, the Governor is threatening to shut down the State government if her plan is not passed. The Governor has also publicly stated that she is unwilling to negotiate on an alternative proposal unless her preconditions are met, including a massive $2.5 billion revenue increase.  "Gas Tax Gretchen’s 45-Cent fuel tax is so ‘ridiculous’ that it has unified 75-percent of Michigan voters in opposition.” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued "Instead of saying ‘it’s my way, or no highways’ the Governor should abandon her ‘ridiculous’ highest in the nation tax plan. It’s time to sit down with Republicans to find a real way to ‘fix the damn roads’ without building them on the backs of Michigan families.”    More >

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