Whitmer calls for abuse of Reconnect program during state address
State Rep. Andrew Fink (R-Adams Township) issued the following statement after Gov. Whitmer advocated for misusing Reconnect program dollars for taxpayer-funded college tuition for all tonight during her 2023 State of the State address:
“Now more than ever, as Michigan families struggle to afford the inflated costs of everyday items, taxpayers simply cannot afford to foot the bill for Gov. Whitmer’s unrealistic plans to institute taxpayer-funded college for all.
“Michigan’s Reconnect program was never intended to fulfill such heavy-handed promises. It was meant to provide targeted scholarships only to adult learners returning to school to earn their first associate degree or skilled trades certification.
“This is yet another example of the governor’s efforts to score partisan points at the expense of hardworking Michigan taxpayers. The people I represent see through her antics and aren’t interested in footing the bill for her reckless promises.”
“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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