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In Case You Missed it: No-fault relief in sight. Will Whitmer grab it?

In case you missed it, Nolan Finley detailed in the Detroit News how Michigan Republicans have passed an auto Insurance relief package that will slash Michiganders highest in the nation auto insurance bills. However, as Finley points out, Whitmer wants to tie those savings to her scheme to raise the states gas tax by 45-Cents. As Republicans have pointed out trading the highest auto insurance in the nation for the highest gas tax in the nation is not an option. House and Senate Republicans are standing strong but they need your help. Call Governor Whitmer (517-335-7858 ) and tell her to stop playing politics with Auto Insurance Relief.

No-fault relief in sight. Will Whitmer grab it?

By Nolan Finley, The Detroit News

For Michigan motorists hopeful the fast-moving legislation to reform the state's no-fault law will soon give them relief from the nation's most expensive auto insurance premiums, here's a reality check: 

No amount of capitulation by Republicans to Democratic concerns is likely to win the signature of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The governor first pledged to veto the reform passed by the Senate last week unless it provided a mandate on insurance companies to lower premiums, removed non-driving considerations such as credit scores and ZIP codes from the rate-setting calculation, and included an option for consumers to continue purchasing policies with unlimited personal injury protection.

So when the bill got to the House, Republicans added the premium reduction mandate, banned non-driving risk factors and expanded the policy choices to include lifetime, uncapped medical benefits for consumers willing to pay for the coverage.

"We added every single thing the Democrats had been asking for," said House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, who appeared on my radio show Friday with Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake.

And still all but three House Democrats voted no. Most of the Democratic support the bills received came from Detroit lawmakers backed by Mayor Mike Duggan, who said the House version "would be enormously beneficial. For Detroiters, it's real money."

Real money, as in $1,200 per policy, or more. That would surely help tear down one of the major barriers to repopulating Detroit's neighborhoods.

But Whitmer has other priorities. Backed strongly in her gubernatorial race last fall by the health insurance industry, she's not enthusiastic about ending the lifetime medical benefits, which are unique to Michigan and are the primary driver of the exorbitant auto insurance premiums here.

She's tried to keep the focus instead on redlining and the insurance industry's byzantine risk assessments. Those may add unfair costs to certain policies, but they're used as well in other states where premiums are much cheaper.

The real issue is that the governor hopes to leverage no-fault reform to win passage of the 45-cent per gallon fuel tax hike she's requested for fixing roads. 

She wants the measures tied together, under the theory that relief from insurance rates will make the higher gasoline prices easier to swallow for Michigan residents, who overwhelmingly oppose the fuel tax hike.

It's not a bad strategy, and one I've supported, as have some of the state's business groups. But the Legislature wants no part of it.

"I’m sorry, but that just is not going to happen," Shirkey said. "This is going to stand alone on its own merits.”

The calculation for the governor, then, is whether to reject a bill that Republicans have gone to extraordinary lengths to give bipartisan appeal, and provides the relief the public is clamoring for, on the bet she can cram through an unpopular tax hike.

Michigan has watched past hopeful efforts to reform no-fault die in the Legislature. There's finally a bill on the table that represents true compromise and bows to most of the governor's demands.

Whitmer would be smart to grab a victory here, and fight for the fuel tax hike on its own field.

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MRP Statement on Republican Auto Insurance Reform Victories

LANSING, Mich., May 9, 2019–  The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding the passage of Auto Insurance reform bills by both the Michigan State Senate and State House. The bills, which received overwhelming Republican support, are expected to result in massive savings for Michigan residents once reconciled. Currently, Michiganders pay the highest auto insurance rates in the nation.

“Today is a huge victory for the people of Michigan. After years of hard work, Republicans in the State legislature have found a solution which will deliver badly needed financial relief to residents across Michigan and drastically slash our highest in the nation auto insurance rates. Governor Whitmer seems determined to keep costs high for drivers whether it's with the highest auto insurance rates in the nation or the highest gas tax in the nation. It's time Governor Whitmer work with the Michigan legislature to make sensible reforms to fix our roads and our auto insurance system."

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Slotkin’s Hollow Pledge
How Slotkin Shuffles Corporate Money into Campaign

LANSING, Mich., May 2, 2019 – Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin pledged that she would not take donations from corporations. However, according to last month’s Federal Election Committee (FEC) disclosure, that pledge rings hollow. Since taking office, Slotkin has received thousands of dollars in corporate cash funneled through Democrat Political Action Committees allowing the Congresswoman to sidestep her pledge.   

One such group funding Slotkin, through backdoor channels, is the New Democrat Coalition Action Fund which donated over $12,000 to the Congresswoman in 2019. The group is largely funded through corporate donations, and counts amongst its donors a who’s who of America’s largest corporate interests. This includes big banks, insurance companies, telecom interests, and major Hollywood studios.

"I think we have a new game; two degrees of Elissa Slotkin. First, you pick a corporation, then see which Democrat PAC it supports, then see when they donated to Slotkin,” said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Congresswoman Slotkin may say she doesn’t take corporate dollars but when you follow the money it’s clear that’s a lie. Her constituents deserve to know the truth about their representative’s hypocrisy, and how she is being funded by the very corporate interests she publicly disavows. When you play two degrees of Elissa Slotkin you find its Michigan voters who lose every time.”

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In case you missed it, yesterday the Detroit News ran a piece detailing how Dana Nessel has threatened religous freedom during her short tenure as Michigan's Attorney General. Nessel has attacked various religious organizations for exercising their freedom of conscience, and undermined the credibility of her office by refusing to apologize for bigoted remarks aimed at one of the states largest faith groups. It's time that Nessel do her job and stand up for the rights of all Michiganders, including those of faith. 

Opinion: Nessel threatens religious freedom

The socio-political discourse in society has descended to a point where elected officials are implored to lead by example and use language that helps set the tone for civility and respect for differing beliefs and opinions.

Simply stated – words are important. They can inform or inspire, but, conversely, they can also disrupt or instigate.

As leaders within our organizations which are informed by sacred principles and values, we share the common concern that those who hold office in Michigan refrain from tearing down or disrespecting others in executing the trusts given to them by residents of the state. Moreover, we hold that in the pursuit of liberty, justice and inclusion no person should be compelled to accept moral standards in their private lives that contravene the faith values to which they subscribe.

Relating to these two issues, our mutual constituents hold concerns regarding recent words – and actions –of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

On Feb. 21, Nessel provided an update regarding her office’s examination of allegations of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. While we support the necessity to ensure the safety of children and investigation into abuse regardless of where in society it occurs, we found Nessel’s comments (“if an investigator comes to your door and asks to speak to you, please ask to see a badge and not their rosary”) to be offensive and beneath her office.

Her comment would have been just as troubling if she would have deployed similar language invoking a hijab which is worn by Muslim women or a yarmulke which is worn by Jewish men.

Articles of faith and sacred symbols of Michiganians should not be disrespected or denigrated by any elected official in our state irrespective of political party, much less the person who has been entrusted to uphold justice and fairness for everyone regardless of their religious affiliation. Regrettably, Nessel has yet to apologize for her statement about the rosary beads.

While we urge the attorney general and all elected officials to refrain from insulting religious devotions and articles, we similarly express unyielding support for the right of individual and institutional conscience in the public square.

Freedom of conscience is inherent within the fabric of American history and policy.

In recent years, however, adversarial and litigious organizations have sought to shutter religious organizations based solely on their faith-based mission. Nessel has played an active role in this regard, having referred to those who support policies that protect religious agencies as “hate-mongers.”

Religious child placement agencies, which receive nominal state funds to maintain administrative realities, are now mandated by Nessel to place children within same-sex adult relationships, even when such is contrary to their bona fide religious beliefs and mission.

Two lawsuits have recently been filed in state and federal court in response to Nessel’s ultimatum that forces faith-based child placement agencies to choose between their religious identity and their humanitarian service to vulnerable persons.

Though it would be inappropriate for tax dollars to be used to promote any single religious domination to the exclusion of others, agencies should be free to place children with families of shared religious backgrounds and faith values. To this end, we express mutual concern that the state attorney general refuses to defend state laws that uphold conscience rights.

As we support those calling on Attorney General Nessel to apologize for her rosary comments, we further hope that Nessel pledges to respect and protect the sincerely held beliefs of all in Michigan even when they disagree with her moral perspective.

These issues are not only the concern of Muslims and Catholics in our state, but also those of different faith affiliations who seek a return to civility and renewed respect for what fellow citizens hold to be sacred.

Dawud Walid is the executive director of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI).

Paul Long is president and CEO of Michigan Catholic Conference, the official public policy voice of the Catholic Church in this state.

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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.”

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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 budget
The 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 the governor's plan to raise fuel taxes 171 percent to 71.3 cents a gallon, which would give Michigan the highest rate in the nation. But they plan to develop an alternative long-term road funding solution independently of the budget.

“I don’t think there’s any credible government or association or business that plans a budget with money they don’t have,” said Sen. Pete MacGregor, R-Rockford. “I think this budget is a sound budget, right now, with the revenue we have coming in.”

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, has acknowledged the need for some new revenue to support Michigan roads, which are projected to continue deteriorating despite the plan signed by Snyder four years ago that included a 7-cent gas tax hike and registration increases. 

The Senate GOP hopes to unveil its own long-term road funding plan this summer, but the budget bill advanced Tuesday in a party-line vote is “cowardly,” said Sen. Rosemary Bayer, D-Beverly Hills.
“I think they’re being chicken, I really do,” Bayer said. “They are taking the cowardly way out and trying to avoid this, that fact that we need to raise money.”

Democratic lawmakers have not introduced any gas tax legislation to complement Whitmer’s budget proposal, but Bayer said she would “vote for a tax increase that gets us to where we have enough money to fix the roads.”

Lawmakers hope to complete their 2020 spending plan this summer. But Whitmer has said she will not sign a budget that doesn't include “real” plan to fix the roads, setting up a potential standoff ahead of the Oct. 1 balanced budget deadline required by the Michigan Constitution.

Michigan's deteriorating roads "are hurting business, tourism and motorists, and the public is demanding action," Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown said in a statement.
"The governor stands ready to work with the Legislature, but the Senate budget passed today won't do anything to actually fix the roads and could actually make things worse. If this plan reaches her desk, the governor will veto it."

Shirkey downplayed the Senate budget move in an afternoon interview on WJR-AM 760, emphasizing the reality that talks will continue. He agreed the state needs to “find and spend more money” on roads on a perpetual basis.

“People should be just comfortable and calm,” Shirkey said. “This is the first step of a multi-step process to prosecute a budget. There’s a lot of negotiations that take place.”
But it's clear that Whitmer's gas tax proposal is not going over well with the public despite her statewide promotional tour, Shirkey said. 

“The appetite for the citizens of Michigan to embrace that kind of change in gas tax is just non-existent,” he said, “and I believe over time, through the budget process and beyond, we’ll prove it unnecessary.”

The Senate transportation budget, now heading to the full appropriations committee for additional consideration, moves the process along and “actually moves forward a little bit from the $1.2 billion funding plan we did in 2015,” said subcommittee chairman Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City.

“The discussion of future road funding and additional dollars – that’s a separate issue,” Schmidt said, noting any final plan will be negotiated between Whitmer, Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering.

“We all have different ideas on how we should fund additional road projects. My job today was to pass a balanced budget and make sure our current revenues are spent properly, and that’s what I did," he said.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Jeff Cranson said Whitmer’s road funding proposal remains “the best plan” to “get the pavement where it needs to be in the shortest amount of time and give contractors some sense of a sustainable future they can plan for.”

The Michigan House is expected to craft its own budget proposal and is working to develop an alternative road funding plan. Negotiations are expected to continue through summer.
A handful of business, education and agriculture groups that have backed Whitmer’s call for a major road funding bump criticized Tuesday's move by the Senate panel.

“While we are open to other solutions to resolving Michigan’s road condition crisis, we are not sure how the Senate budget advances that critical goal,” Brad Williams of the Detroit Regional Chamber said in a statement.  

“The governor has presented a bold plan to address the crisis. We look forward to legislative leadership’s proposal that will generate the revenue necessary to fix the roads and reconcile their plan with the governor’s.” 

But Annie Patnaude of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan praised the Senate decision, saying the upper chamber “did the right thing” by stripping the unpopular gas tax proposal from the transportation budget.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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Whitmer Threatens Veto Of Senate GOP Transportation Budget

Senate Republican members of the Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee stripped out Governor Gretchen Whitmer's proposed 45-cents per gallon gasoline tax proposal on Tuesday, opting instead to accelerate the final portion of funding from the 2015 roads plan, which promptly received a veto threat from the governor.

In reporting the S-1 substitute of SB 149 along party lines 5-2 with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed, the Republican-controlled Senate confirmed it is sticking with Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey's plan to develop a long-term road funding plan by early summer to consider separately from the Transportation budget.

"Michigan has the worst roads in the country. Our deteriorating roads are hurting business, tourism and motorists, and the public is demanding action. That's why the governor put forward a real plan that will actually fix the damn roads, improve education and skills training, and clean up our drinking water," Tiffany Brown, spokesperson for Ms. Whitmer, said in a statement. "The governor stands ready to work with the Legislature, but the Senate budget passed today won't do anything to actually fix the roads, and could actually make things worse. If this plan reaches her desk, the governor will veto it."

The Senate Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee's budget contained $5.13 billion for the Department of Transportation.

Rather than take Ms. Whitmer's gas tax proposal, it was jettisoned in favor of providing the final $132 million General Fund dedicated to the 2015 road plan a year early to reach the full $1.2 billion additional funding for roads that was to be fully implemented by 2021.

Subcommittee chair Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) told reporters finding a long-term funding solution to fix the state's crumbling road infrastructure is "a separate conversation" among leadership and the governor at this time.

"My job today was to pass a balanced budget," Mr. Schmidt said, adding that the subcommittee had accomplished that with SB 149.

He said the budget as reported would provide the department and local communities with certainty on what to expect for roads and other infrastructure with the money that is available.

Mr. Schmidt added there are still questions as to how much more is needed to improve the state's roads and of how much of an increase in miles or repairs per construction season could be handled by industry.

Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills), minced no words with reporters as to her displeasure with the changes made to the budget.

"I think they're being chicken," Ms. Bayer said. "They're taking the cowardly way out."

While not committing to a full 45-cents gas tax hike, she said she would be on board with a gas tax increase large enough to actually fix the state's roads.

As SB 149 was reported by the subcommittee, total MDOT funding is $647.5 million gross below the governor's recommendation and $132 million General Fund above the governor's recommendation.

The key change the Senate made in SB 149 was eliminating Ms. Whitmer's proposed Fixing Michigan Roads Program, the gas tax increase. The Senate Fiscal Agency had estimated $834.9 million in new revenue for Fiscal Year 2019-20 going to roads under the plan, with most going toward trunklines.

A $143 million earmark from the U.S. Supreme Court's South Dakota v. Wayfairdecision is also added back into the budget to the Michigan Transportation Fund as outlined under current law. Of these funds $55.9 million would go to state trunklines, $55.9 million to counties and $31.7 million to cities and villages.

Road and bridge revenue adjustments recommended by the governor of more than $205.9 million were concurred with by the subcommittee.

The changes in the Transportation budget vary sharply from the governor's proposed budget.

The governor last month called for phasing in a 45-cents per gallon gasoline tax by October 1, 2020 to raise $2.137 billion more for roads. Under the plan the $325 million General Fund now going to roads would be returned to the General Fund and subtracted from the $2.5 billion the governor is looking to raise for new road revenue.

Through the governor's proposal she has called for taking the new $2.137 billion and creating a new Fixing Michigan Roads fund to split the money between interstates, freeways, highly traveled roads, lesser traveled arterial roads, local bridges, local rural economic corridors and other locations. The primary focus would be the most heavily traveled roads. Existing road funding outside of the proposed new funding would continue to go through the PA 51 road funding formula for the state.

Groups who have voiced some support for the governor's proposal lamented the Senate subcommittee's vote in statements.

"While we are open to other solutions to resolving Michigan's road condition crisis, we are not sure how the Senate budget advances that critical goal," said Brad Williams with Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, which has come out in strong support of Ms. Whitmer's road funding goals.

Michigan Agri-Business Association President Jim Byrum was also unimpressed.

"We urge the Legislature to work with the administration to develop a plan to fix Michigan's infrastructure and roads, and reject gimmicks, short-term fixes and shell games that will only punt the problem down the road, and cause further harm to Michigan's agricultural industry," Mr. Byrum said.

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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 first
Vice 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 200 Big Three facilities in America that are building that future. But to secure American leadership in the auto industry well into the 21st century, we need to make sure American autoworkers compete on a level playing field. That begins by forging free, fair and reciprocal trade deals that put American workers and American jobs first — and we can start by passing the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement into law.

Last year, the president negotiated the USMCA with two of our biggest trading partners because, as he’s said time and again, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is extremely out of date. It was negotiated more than a quarter of a century ago — before the age of the internet — and now several of its provisions function as a loophole that works against American interests.

For instance, under NAFTA, a car assembled in Canada or Mexico can enter the United States duty free, so long as at least 62.5 percent of its parts are built in North America. This provision did not do much to help U.S. auto production, and has since become a threat to maintaining American leadership in the auto sector. The original NAFTA listed specific parts that must be built on this continent to meet the 62.5 percent threshold, but any parts not on that list were assumed to have been built in North America.

As technology has advanced and the components of our modern cars and trucks have changed, this antiquated model has failed to keep up. Many of the auto parts that today we take for granted — like advanced batteries or computerized navigation systems — are deemed to be made in North America, when in reality they may be anything but. And because these auto parts add so much value to the car or truck, they go a long way toward helping companies meet the NAFTA’s 62.5 percent threshold. An advanced battery alone can be worth more than 30 percent of a vehicle’s value.

In other words, companies can buy a significant share of auto parts from China or Europe, assemble them into a vehicle in Mexico, and sell them into the United States duty free.

This loophole threatens to undercut American workers, their wages and the auto industry that built our middle class. And that’s why under the president's leadership, we’re going to stop it.

Under the USMCA, we will eliminate the ability to deem auto parts as North American and require at least 75 percent of a car to be built with parts genuinely made on this continent for it to be sold duty free in the United States. We also will require at least 70 percent of a vehicle producer’s purchases of steel and aluminum to originate in North America, and for the first time in our history, we will require at least 40 percent of a duty-free car to be made by workers earning at least an average of $16 an hour.

These “rules of origin” requirements 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.

The USMCA will put in place the strongest labor protections for American workers in our history. The agreement’s labor chapter prohibits trade in goods produced by forced labor, requires Mexico to overhaul its system of labor justice and allow its workers to engage in collective bargaining, and includes strong provisions to address any violence against workers who exercise their rights. No longer will we allow our competitors to cut corners and undermine the good-paying jobs that put the American Dream within reach of millions of our citizens. From now on, we will insist on a level playing field — because on a level playing field, American workers can compete — and win.

The USMCA is a huge victory for America’s auto industry, but now that the agreement has been signed by the president, it’s got to be approved by Congress.

We’ve negotiated a deal that puts American jobs and American workers first. And now it’s time for Congress to do its job.

So I’m here today in the great state of Michigan to ask all America’s autoworkers to join us and urge your members of Congress to approve the USMCA — and approve it this year. It’s vital to ensure we continue a century of American automotive leadership, and the hardworking people of Michigan deserve nothing less.

Mike Pence is vice president of the United States of America.

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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.”    

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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.”   

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Stevens Sells Out for $2000
Also receives support from Controversial Congresswoman Omar

LANSING, Mich., April 15, 2019 – Congresswoman Haley Stevens has released her first Federal Election Commission (FEC) report as a member of Congress and apparently, the cost of her vote for entrenched Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi was a mere $2,000. During her 2018 Congressional campaign, Stevens tried to distance herself form Pelosi whose polarizing progressive policies would be damaging. Stevens even told voters that she would vote for a new generation of leadership. In direct reference to Pelosi, who has led Congressional Democrats since 2003. However, in January Stevens cast her vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker, and on March 31st received a $2,000 donation from Pelosi as her reward. 

In addition to her donation from Nancy Pelosi, Stevens also received a $1000 donation from Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar who has received intense criticism for repeatedly making Anti-Semitic remarks. Last week, a video also surfaced of Omar downplaying the September 11th terrorist attacks as “somebody did something”.

"Congresswoman Haley Steven’s is for sale. First, she sold out and became Pelosi’s puppet for a mere $2,000. Then she sold out her own principles to progressive extremist Ilhan Omar for $1,000," said Laura Cox Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, "It's clear that Congresswoman Stevens is more concerned about playing ball in Washington and trying to get reelected, than she is about her promises to the people of Michigan."  

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