My fellow Michiganders, due to my recent ankle injury, I've had a little more time to sit and contemplate this State of the State address.
I now realize that the last thing the state should be doing is reaching into your pockets for another $1.7 billion annually. That's not the way to grow our state's economy, nor help our families and it's certainly not the way to encourage job growth and businesses to relocate to our state. I therefore ask you all to vote "no" on the May 5th tax hike vote.
Speaking of encouraging job growth and businesses to relocate to Michigan, I now realize that taking money from all businesses and doling it out to certain select businesses is not something government should do. Within 90 days, I will shut down the corporate welfare arm of the state, the MEDC, and ask the legislature to use the $300 million to go for tax relief for all job providers.
And about roads - I have asked Speaker Cotter to dust off the initial House proposal from late last year, that raised the amount needed for roads without raising taxes and pass it over to the senate, where I will make sure this time they will not reject it and try to push higher taxes on our citizens.
And I am excited that both the House and Senate Republicans want to repeal Prevailing Wage. Once they get that to my desk, I will sign it and our taxpayer money for roads and school projects and other construction will go even further, saving hundreds of millions of tax dollars every year.