“Taxpayer dollars should be used for local road improvements, not corporate handouts.”-Rep. Donni Steele
State Rep. Donni Steele (R-Orion Township) issued the following response after Whitmer’s administration presented a surprise spending proposal to the Legislature on Wednesday. The plan dedicates another $750 million in taxpayer funds to the governor’s previously announced deal helping establish Ford’s EV battery plant, nearing total project incentives to $1.8 billion:
“It’s time to utilize state resources in a capacity that benefits all Michigan residents – such as fixing crumbling roads and bridges in communities throughout our state. These hundreds of millions of dollars should be used to proactively bolster Michigan’s future, instead of continuing to fund reactionary pet projects.
“Let’s concentrate on investing wisely in the safety and functionality of the streets that families, school buses and workers drive on every day, which will attract and retain residents and businesses here for years to come.
“My colleagues and I continue to hear from constituents about their need for dependable roads. They deserve to see their hard-earned tax dollars at work in their own neighborhoods, on the roads that wear on their cars daily. Ford can afford to build its own facilities without help from taxpayers, but Michigan’s municipalities can’t make basic improvements to local roadways without proper funding.”
“The timeline laid out by the governor was clear political manipulation of the election process,” said Steele, R-Orion Township. “Voters in these communities deserved a fair and honest process. Instead, the governor found a new way to operate in the shadows. Potential candidates may have missed the filing opportunity while celebrating Thanksgiving with their families. This political gamesmanship continues to erode our democracy.”
“I’m proud I voted no on the Democrat’s lackluster transparency package. Michigan is tired of secret money influencing its politics. People deserve to know if their lawmaker takes a luxury trip paid for by a nonprofit. Under the plan, elected officials remain exempt from reporting travel and gifts paid for by nonprofit groups.”
State Rep. Donni Steele, R-Orion Township, will soon host a local office hour in Auburn Hills. The meeting will take place at the following time and location: Tuesday, December 5 No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend but would still like to share their thoughts with the representative […]
“I drive to Lansing swerving potholes and hearing from local residents tired of blackouts and failing schools,” said Steele, R-Orion Township. “Those are all issues I’ve been trying to fix since I was elected, but the majority has blocked our plans at every turn. Adjourning nearly two months early instead of working through complex issues and oversight is a complete waste of state resources. We need to stay here and do the people’s work.”