In response to the governor’s annual State of the State, Rep. John Roth (R-Interlochen) issued the following statement:
“The governor’s speech touched on numerous issues that I have been working on, because those are the issues local people care about. Immediate tax relief for hardworking families, individuals and seniors is critical, as folks statewide are continuously burdened by rising inflation costs, and the ever-increasing prices in essentials such as gas and groceries. I hear it from my constituents on a daily basis, and have been for far too long. Too many Michiganders are struggling to make ends meet, and it’s our duty as legislators to return some of their hard-earned money back into their wallets. With a state surplus of over $9 billion, we must work together to deliver instantaneous tax relief solutions. Retirees who are living on fixed incomes need more help than ever, and it’s time for us to deliver.
“The governor’s plan to create an uneven playing field for seniors based on their type of retirement income is plain wrong. Furthermore, her reckless spending proposals are not fair for the Michigan taxpayers who would be footing the bill.
“While we differ on many issues, the governor must work in tandem with the Legislature to find common ground for the sake of Michigan residents.”
“House Democrats have officially killed the lights on Northern Michigan families,” said Roth, R-Interlochen. “This plan makes us more reliant on energy sources that have already proven completely unreliable. My district came out hard against these bills, and Democrats fully ignored them. They chose to give in to far-left environmental activists with no regard for rural Michigan.”
“Democrats can scream ‘local control’ from the rooftops; it doesn’t mean they do anything to support it. You can call stripping zoning power away from communities whatever you want, but ‘local control’ would be my last choice.”
“There have been far too many lapses in judgment made by my Democrat colleagues recently,” said Roth, R-Interlochen. “Transparency legislation is essential to ensure the public is aware of conflicts of interest well before the media reports them.”