After Gov. Gretchen Whitmer praised federal spending for broadband infrastructure, state Rep. Ken Borton today pointed out her earlier rejection of two bipartisan bills to expand internet access in Michigan.
The governor today issued an executive directive instructing officials in her administration to work with the Legislature to implement funding included in the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for broadband.
“The governor’s praise for federal broadband spending conveniently leaves out her own lackluster record at the state level,” said Borton, of Gaylord. “When fiscally responsible, bipartisan legislation to encourage private-sector internet investment came across her desk, she picked up her veto pen and rejected it.
“In the modern economy, people need a dependable internet connection for work and school, but access is poor in many regions of the state — especially rural communities like those in Northern Michigan. Gov. Whitmer blocked a bipartisan proposal to address this need, but now she wants to sing the praises of federal spending she had nothing to do with.”
Whitmer vetoed House Bill 4210 and Senate Bill 46 this spring. The two bills would have authorized tax exemptions for new broadband equipment that increases internet service in areas with insufficient access. Under the bills, eligible equipment installed between the beginning of 2021 and the end of 2025 would be exempt from property tax, as well as a specific tax on utility property. Both bills passed the Legislature with bipartisan support.
State Rep. Ken Borton, R-Gaylord, today issued the following statement criticizing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s dubious call for a sales tax suspension on school supplies after she previously vetoed three bipartisan tax relief plans passed by the Legislature:
State Rep. Ken Borton today touted billions of dollars in savings in the state’s new budget, which was signed into law today and includes funding for Northern Michigan infrastructure and transportation projects.
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