This week, State Rep. Ken Borton watched with disdain as House Democrats jammed legislation through committee, stripping local control and handing additional power to unelected bureaucrats. House Bills 5120-5123 passed through the House Energy, Communication and Technology committee Wednesday.
“These bills are a complete disgrace to the people of our district,” said Borton, R-Gaylord. “The people elected me to come to Lansing and protect our northern way of life. These bills go against everything I stand for. Lansing bureaucrats don’t know what’s best for the people in my district. You know who does? The local officials who were elected to make important decisions on issues just like this.”
HBs 5120-5123, introduced by House Democrats earlier last week, would give the unelected Michigan Public Service Commission the authority to permit large solar and wind construction, taking control away from local governments. The three-member board is made of governor appointees, and the governor is publicly supporting a plan to add thousands of square miles of new wind and solar farms in rural communities.
“It amazes me the new ways that Lansing Democrats find to drown out the voices of hard-working Northern Michiganders,” Borton said. “This is another example of Governor Whitmer putting her radical green energy initiative onto the backs of our rural friends and neighbors.”
Despite Republican opposition, HBs 5120-23 will now move on to the full Michigan House for further consideration.
“If we transition the passport program from opt-in to opt-out we are effectively creating a tax on people who don’t pay attention. We shouldn’t be forcing people to pay for a park pass they don’t even know they’re receiving and may never use. The governor is trying to bankroll her liberal agenda on the backs of working-class folks who won’t see the hit coming.”
“The governor is like that friend who wants to catch up over a pricey dinner but conveniently leaves right before the bill comes. The steak and potatoes look good on the menu, but the cost makes it a lot harder to swallow. I hope the public recognizes the governor won’t be sitting at the dinner table next to us when it comes time to pay for all her proposals.”
“Sometimes in this job I really have to remind myself that it’s impossible to help people who don’t want to help themselves. Democrats have zero interest in helping themselves, or the people of Michigan right now. All they have to do is walk across the aisle and negotiate if they’re truly interested in putting people first and making things better. But instead, they’re still grasping to the convoluted idea that they have complete control.”
“It’s great to see MDOT recognize both the poor condition of the I-75 interchange in Gaylord and the growing congestion motorists see during tourism seasons,” Borton said. “This project is a great investment in our community. I’m really looking forward to using the new interchange myself.”