State Rep. Andrew Fink, R-Adams Township, today blasted Gov. Whitmer for continuing her efforts to bring a Chinese-Community Party-linked company to Michigan:
“Michigan taxpayers should not be forced to foot the bill as the Chinese Communist Party expands its damaging influence into the United States. The Chinese government applies dictatorial authority over every business in its country, and we should not be welcoming this oligarchy into Michigan, let alone gifting them our taxpayer dollars.
“The governor’s lobbyists and allies are calling around town, and only giving legislators half the story on what’s truly needed for this deal to go through. This is too reminiscent of last week’s ploy by Lansing Democrats, which resulted in higher taxes for working families and small businesses.
“There’s a real likelihood that the administration could add even more in additional SOAR funding, reportedly at least $800 million, as Gov. Whitmer did not disclose the total size of the incentive package that brought CATL to Marshall. This is only going to cost Michigan taxpayers more money, and lead to a worsened return on investment for the reportedly promised jobs. The public deserves full transparency behind this project.
“Current law, if left alone, would result in an income tax cut to help folks now and well into the future. This comes at a time when far too many people are struggling to make ends meet due to rampant inflation, and high costs of essentials. However, the governor is actively working to upend the 2015 law that would trigger the tax rollback. This is slap in the face to all Michigan residents, especially considering the rollback was tied to the governor’s original ask for $800 million in SOAR funding.”
“Legislators are sent to Lansing to be a good steward of the people’s tax dollars – money they worked hard to earn – but this plan is focused on the wrong priorities, and spends those dollars inefficiently and irresponsibly,” Fink said. “Carelessly funneling public funds to further bloat state departments and bankroll pet projects is the last thing Michigan needs right now as families continue to struggle at the hands of inflation and young Michiganians continue to leave the state in droves.”
Rep. Fink continues to be concerned about inviting Chinese companies and hundreds of Chinese nationals to Michigan. The legislator is calling for more oversight ahead of the projects.
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