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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 >

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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 >

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