State Rep. Cam Cavitt on Wednesday voted against Legislative Transfer Requests 2023-1 and 2023-2, which give $535 Million in taxpayer funding to large corporations for various battery plant projects in southern Michigan.
“Our state’s resources should be used to support our citizens, not Chinese corporations,” said Cavitt, of Cheboygan. “I cannot in good conscience support a proposal that would provide blatant corporate welfare while our schools and infrastructure are in dire need of funding.”
The legislative transfers in question take money out of the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve (SOAR) Fund to give $210 million to Ford Motor Company for a new electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility in the City of Marshall, $200 million to Our Next Energy for a battery plant in Wayne County and $125 million to Gotion Inc. for a battery plant in Mecosta County. Ford plans to partner with CATL, a Chinese battery company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
“I understand the desire to attract businesses to our state, but we should be prioritizing local businesses – not just the largest and most powerful,” Cavitt said. “We must invest in our own workforce and communities here in Michigan, rather than provide handouts to foreign corporations that are already making record profits.”
Rep. Cavitt urged his colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to focus on investing in education, infrastructure, and job training programs that will benefit all citizens and help build a strong and vibrant economy in the state.
“I will continue to advocate for policies that put the needs of Michigan’s citizens first, and promote sustainable and equitable economic growth,” Cavitt said.
Cavitt is a member on the House Appropriations Committee, where he serves on the subcommittee on Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.
“This move by the feds is effectively spitting in the faces of all the sportsmen and wildlife experts that have been working diligently to preserve sturgeon populations and fishing seasons for decades,” Cavitt said. “Sturgeon fishing is a cultural staple in Northeast Michigan that the Black Lake community hosts an annual festival in conjunction with the season.”
“Please encourage anyone affected by the plant closing to contact my office. We can help guide them through the unemployment process and be a resource as they navigate this difficult time,” Cavitt said. “People are waking up to difficult news this morning. Please know that you do not have to go through this alone. There is a whole community behind you. We’re ready to help.”
State Rep. Cam Cavitt, R-Cheboygan, is hosting an art contest for local high school students. The winner will be invited to Lansing to be a legislator for a day. Students are tasked with creating an art piece that captures the essence of Northeast Michigan. All entries are due April 1. The competition is open to all […]
“People harvest deer year-round. Whether it’s farmers with nuisance licenses or a surplus of deer during hunting season, there are always extra deer that need to be processed,” said Cavitt, R-Cheboygan. “MSAH gets the deer to processors and ensures all resulting venison gets to the dinner tables of people who need it.”