Governor Whitmer has spent the week rolling out the major components of her proposed Michigan budget for 2023 – a strong display of the competent and principled leadership our working families and economy need to keep Michigan moving forward.
These proposals come in sharp contrast to the complete lack of solutions and extreme agendas offered by all 13 of the Republicans currently running for governor:
- Tudor Dixon called the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act “fake” while James Craig said that the ongoing task to repair and replace Michigan’s roads and bridges was not “one of my priorities.”
- Kevin Rinke voiced his disapproval of GM’s decision to invest in Michigan, claiming that the massive job-creating deal was somehow reflective of the state not having a “properly constructed business climate” and Garrett Soldano likened it to “crony capitalism at its worst.”
- All have made full-throated commitments to force pregnancy on victims of rape and incest, especially Soldano who said women who survive this trauma should not be able to have abortions because “God put them in this moment” and it would make them “heroic.”
- All have remained fixated on the 2020 election by stoking distrust around our democratic processes or committing to support legislation that will make it harder for all Michiganders to vote. They continue to press their baseless crusade to conduct an Arizona-style “audit” in Michigan, despite the multi-million taxpayer dollar sham exercise reinforcing the fact that there was no evidence of fraud.
Despite the fact that many of the Republican gubernatorial candidates have been campaigning for months now, none have managed to offer concrete solutions to address any issues of importance for Michiganders, including expanding our economy, attracting good-paying jobs to the state, making public education more equitable, or making continued critical repairs and improvements to our roads and bridges.
MDP spokesperson Rodericka Applewhaite issued the following statement:
“We’re not sure if contrast is the right word when Michiganders are at the point left to choose between Governor Whitmer’s sustained, competent leadership and an entire Republican gubernatorial slate that features more candidates than answers for what they plan to do to keep working families first. This budget is a clear display of Whitmer’s continued commitment to fixing our damn roads, attracting good-paying jobs to Michigan and honoring frontline workers for bringing us through this pandemic.”