House Republican Leader Matt Hall, R-Richland Township, on Wednesday issued the following statement after his bill to add seats representing the House and Senate minority caucuses to the Michigan Strategic Fund Board, which approves taxpayer incentives for economic development projects, was signed into law:
“Michiganders deserve a thorough, transparent review of projects before their tax dollars are spent, and my plan will add new voices to the table to help protect Michigan taxpayers and use resources wisely. Adding members appointed by the Republican caucuses to the Michigan Strategic Fund Board will bring a greater level of accountability, transparency, and bipartisan oversight to Michigan’s economic development plans into the future.”
The governor today signed Hall’s House Bill 4219, which adds one MSF Board member appointed from three names submitted by the House minority leader and one appointed from three candidates nominated by the Senate minority leader. The board already includes appointees recommended by the House speaker and Senate majority leader. HB 4219, which passed the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, is one of several bipartisan wins Hall and House Republicans negotiated as part of a deal earlier this year.
“Gov. Whitmer’s heavily-skewed, partisan commission is nothing but a Trojan horse for new taxes,” Hall said. “After four years of failure, the governor has no plan to keep young people in Michigan, no excuse for our crumbling roads, and no vision to improve childhood reading levels.”
“Michiganders want public safety in our communities, but House Democrats are pushing radical, unprecedented plans to let dangerous criminals roam our neighborhoods,” said Hall, R-Richland Township. “The Democrats’ newest, extreme proposal could release the most brutal murderers and rapists from prison and inject them back into our communities.”
“House Democrats’ wasteful spending ignores the priorities of the people of Michigan, shoveling taxpayer dollars to unsustainable new programs, pork, and partisan pet projects instead of investing critical resources into education, infrastructure, and local law enforcement,” Hall said.
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