While the Michigan Democratic Party player-hate the Republicans and use fear tactics on Black people take a look of what Michigan Republicans have been doing:
Balancing the budget without raising taxes
Stopped almost $600 million in tax increases proposed by Gov. Granholm and House Democrats.
Limited state spending increases to less than the rate of inflation in 2005 and 2006.
(HB 4831, now PA 154 of 2005; 2006 House budget)
Voted to eliminate pay raises for state bureaucrats in favor of more job training for Michigan
workers. (2006 House budget)
Passed new drug testing policies for welfare recipients to ensure tax dollars are not subsidizing substance abuse. (HB 4309)
Continue to fight for a plan to limit welfare for able-bodied adults to four years, saving $40 million per year. (HBs 5438-5446 and HB 4121)
Opposed the governor’s tax increase on gasoline, movie tickets, vending machine food and other loopholes.
Opposed $200 million tax on trash imposed only on Michigan residents.
Protected state aid for local police and fire and increased funding for local schools.
Preserved three State Police posts that Granholm recommended for closure. (HB 4307, now PA 200 of 2005)
Safeguarding our environment and banning Canadian trash
Voted to ban Canadian trash from Michigan landfills. (HBs 5176-5178, now PAs 57-59).
Passed landmark water withdrawal legislation to ensure our lakes and streams are protected for generations to come. (PAs 33-37)
Created agricultural districts as an incentive to preserve farmland in high-development areas. (HB 4257, now PA 337)
Established an Invasive Species Advisory Council to help protect against environmental threats to our land, trees and Great Lakes. (HB 4714 now PA 74 of 2005)
Fought the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer by increasing public awareness and providing tougher fines for removing wood out of quarantined areas. (HBs 4560 and 4613, now PAs 51-52)
Improving the quality of health care in Michigan
Passed legislation to eliminate the state tax on employer health care coverage. (HB 4342, vetoed by Governor Granholm)
Cracked down on Medicaid fraud by offering whistle-blower protections. (HB 4577, now pending in the Senate)
Allowed in-state pharmacies to participate in mail order. (HB 4434 now PA 72 of 2005)
Protecting kids and preparing students for the future
Passed record increase in school funding– an additional $730 million for Michigan public schools. (HB 4831, now PA 154 of 2005)
Passed new curriculum standards to ensure high school students are better prepared for college and the work force. (HB 5606, now PA 123)
Continue to fight to preserve the Merit Award Scholarship.
Passed a law to keep sex offenders away from our children by requiring background checks on school and day-care employees. (Student Safety Initiative – Now PAs 127-136)
Worked to protect student-athletes from the dangers of steroid use in high school sports. (HBs 4594-4596, now PAs 216-217)
Passed Jessica's Law to provide lifetime monitoring of sex offenders to keep predators away from our kids. (HBs 5531-32, now PAs 171-72)
Passed a plan to reduce the gap between the richest and poorest school districts by providing an additional $16 million to districts receiving less than $7,200 per pupil. (2006 House School Aid budget)
Banned the selling of sexually explicit video games to minors. (HBs 4702-4703, now PAs 104-105)
Passed an extra $20 million to be used to enhance math at all middle schools– a time when kids are impacted the most to prepare for new economy fields such as engineering, technology and health. (2006 House School Aid budget)
Fighting outsourcing, creating jobs
Fought outsourcing and protected Michigan jobs by increasing the number of Michigan businesses able to compete for state contracts. (HB 6258)
Provided a $1 billion tax cut for Michigan job providers to help jump-start Michigan’s economy. (Get Michigan Working plan, tie-bar veto by governor)
Passed a $600 million tax cut for Michigan’s struggling manufacturers. (Signed into law)
Developed an innovative means to invest $1 billion for jobs in emerging technologies like life sciences, advanced automotive, homeland security, alternative energy and forestry without going into debt. (21st Century Jobs Plan, signed into law)
Cut taxes for small businesses in half. (SB 957, vetoed by the governor)
Passed new incentives to make Michigan a leader in the development of alternative fuels,
creating new manufacturing jobs and new opportunities for Michigan farmers.
(HBs 5752, 5754, 5181, SBs 1074, 1078-79)
Proposed new initiative to give every community in Michigan, not just a select few, the same tools to promote economic development and job creation. (Our Communities, Our Jobs, HBs 5988-5992)
Invested $5 million in a new statewide umbilical cord bank to use adult stem cells and
move Michigan to the forefront of national research in life sciences to create high paying
Allowed local units of government to offer tax breaks to attract job providers—legislation designed specifically to help Michigan compete for jobs with neighboring states. (SB 175, was vetoed by the governor)
Helped inject $100 million into the state’s tourism economy by starting school after
Labor Day. (HB 4803, now PA 144 of 2005)
Passed a plan to promote more jobs in the timber industry by creating new forest product renaissance zones. (HB 5456)
Protecting our neighborhoods and senior citizens
Fought to boost funding for local communities by $20 million- protecting critical local services
like police and fire protection. (2006 House budget)
Passed new parole reforms to prevent dangerous felons from being released to ensure that
there is never a repeat of the Patrick Selepak case. (HBs 5967-71)
Cracked down on meth production by limiting the sale of ephedrine -- a key ingredient -- over
the counter. (HB 4322 and SB 189, now PAs 86-87 of 2005)
Approved funding for the training of new state police troopers whose expertise is invaluable to
solving crimes like identity theft and tracking Internet sexual predators. (2006 House budget)
Passed legislation to ensure that law-abiding citizens have the right to defend their home and family. (HB 5548, Castle Doctrine)
Developed new emergency response procedures to better prepare Michigan for a natural disaster or flu epidemic. (HB 5631, now PA 157)
Allowed financially strapped seniors to defer their property taxes until the next year.
(HB 4188, now PA 24 of 2005)
Worked to provide greater protection to seniors by requiring criminal background
checks of employees at nursing homes, foster care facilities, hospice centers and homes
for the aged. (HBs 5166-5168 and HB 5448)
Announced proposal to make it easier for low-income seniors to heat their homes
this winter by providing home heating tax credits. (HEAT Michigan package).
Provided more peace of mind to seniors and their loved ones by offering greater access
to nursing home inspection results. (HB 4792, now pending in the Senate)
Defending our culture by making English our official language and protecting “Under God”
in the pledge of allegiance. (HB 5633 and HRC 21-22)
Now you have it. The Michigan Democrats cannot touch this. Republicans have always stood for life and liberty while the Democrats want to raise your taxes, keep you in hellish schools and play on your emotions.