Bolger: “The political ‘climate change’ our state Capitol is experiencing right now is directly responsible for raising people’s taxes, decimating our state’s population, and putting a chill on future job growth.”
GRAND RAPIDS – (Nov. 9, 2023) The West Michigan Policy Forum today urged Governor Gretchen Whitmer to veto a draconian energy plan that will raise costs on the people of Michigan at a time when they are struggling to make ends meet.
Michigan power providers would be forced to reach an unsustainable standard by 2040 under the bills, regardless of what China or the rest of the world is doing. Jase Bolger noted, “Actually, since this will make Michigan an outlier in costs we can count on this leading to the loss of current and future manufacturers to other states and indeed other countries.”
“These ill-advised energy bills were rushed through the Legislature with very little deliberation and even less transparency,” said Bolger, policy advisor for the West Michigan Policy Forum. “It’s just one more example of our elected officials taking the absolute wrong approach. The political ‘climate change’ our state Capitol is experiencing right now is directly responsible for raising people’s taxes, decimating our state’s population, and putting a chill on future job growth.”
Bolger noted that Michigan residents are currently struggling with higher grocery bills and increased mortgage payments. The Democrat energy plan also would raise electricity rates up to thousands of dollars annually for the typical ratepayer, according to an analysis by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. The plan also would decrease energy reliability, according to the analysis.
“It’s ironic that the state House pushed these partisan bills forward in the dark of night last week, because the people of Michigan could literally be in the dark more often if these bills are signed into law,” Bolger said. “Our elected officials should have done their due diligence and studied how these bills are going to negatively impact their constituents, and worked in a bipartisan manner to come back with better solutions. For our environment, and for Michigan’s people.”
Bolger urged Michigan residents to contact Gov. Whitmer to urge her to veto the energy plan.
For more information on the WMPF, please visit wmpolicyforum.com.