By: Rep. Pauline Wendzel
Just recently, Bridge Magazine published an article showing that the number of jobs in Michigan is not expected to grow between now and 2030. The article cited data presented at the state’s annual Occupational Outlook Conference.
Our state has seen a pattern of new laws and bills in the Legislature that strap unnecessary regulations on hard-working business owners and raise costs for working families. These actions absolutely have consequences and should serve as a real wake-up call. It’s well past time to prioritize issues that are going to help our state compete and ensure Michiganders can live, work, and raise their families here.
For example, the Democratic majority passed a prevailing wage law, which raises costs of projects for schools, local governments, and the state. This is an indirect tax on Michigan residents and ensures we get less bang for our buck when completing projects. Another example is the “green dream” proposed energy mandates that will increase costs for Michigan families while decreasing reliability. When a business wants to locate in our state, a top concern is whether there is enough energy to power their facility and meet their needs. If we rely on intermittent renewable sources, that answer quickly becomes no.
Michigan ranks 49th in population growth since 1990, according to data released earlier this year. If we want to grow our state, we need to follow the example of states that have succeeded over the last 30 years. Partisan policies like these, which make life more difficult for Michiganders, take us in the wrong direction and make way for further population loss.
By: State Rep. Pauline Wendzel Last week, the Michigan Public Service Commission voted to approve a $368 million rate increase for DTE Energy to pay for clean energy infrastructure. This comes on the heels of Governor Whitmer signing the most partisan energy package in Michigan history that mandates a 100% “clean” energy portfolio by 2040. […]
State Rep. Pauline Wendzel issued the following statement after Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Democrats’ partisan energy package that raises rates while decreasing reliability for Michigan families: “With the stroke of her pen, Governor Whitmer has locked in a future of higher rates and less reliable service for hardworking Michigan families. Energy has never been a […]
By: State Rep. Pauline Wendzel In the aftermath of Michigan Democrats passing the most dangerous energy policy in the nation that will drive utility bills up for struggling Michigan families, I joined several colleagues in introducing legislation to address the ethical concerns regarding the sourcing of products used to power forms of renewable and green […]
By: State Rep. Pauline Wendzel In early November, two Democratic state representatives from Southeast Michigan ran to become the mayors of their respective cities. The representatives both won their races, causing them to resign from the Michigan House of Representatives and moving the chamber into an even split – 54 Republican members and 54 Democratic […]