Strong Schools a Key Part of Snyder’s Comeback Plan

Education will be an important topic in this year’s election because it speaks to a candidate’s plan for Michigan’s future. Gov. Rick Snyder has laid out a clear, sensible plan to continue and expand upon the progress our education system has made these past three years – which is a stark contrast from what his challenger, Mark Schauer, has offered.

Starting with childhood education, Snyder made a $65 million investment in 2013 that allowed 16,000 new kids to attend preschool. Not stopping there, his 2015 budget includes an additional $65 million for early childhood education.

In K-12, Michigan is continuing to set a high bar for innovation and investment. Spending has increased every year for the last three years, increasing per-pupil spending by more than $660 per student. What’s more, K-12 education funding has increased by $1 billion since Granholm let us down for one final year in 2010.

In fact, education spending is at its highest point in Michigan’s history at $13.36 billion, according to the non-partisan Senate Fiscal Agency.

This unprecedented investment in education has had tangible results. Since 2011, the number of Michigan students graduating high school has risen 2.63 percent.

Snyder has developed and implemented education policies that effectively utilizes our existing resources and create new and exciting opportunities for our children’s future.

The reason it’s so critical to have a comprehensive plan is to ensure we are educating our children for the world they will inherit, not the one that exists today.

Throughout the years America’s economy has changed dramatically, and Michigan was no different – career options became more demanding and started requiring more technical training.

With Snyder’s background, he understood this changing relationship and found new ways to bridge the gap between employers and job seekers.

In 2012, the Pure Michigan Talent Connect was launched to connect individuals to good-paying careers in a variety of growing industries – including careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

By collaborating with innovators, we’ve recognized the type of jobs and skills employers are looking for. These relationships have allowed Michigan to build a strong foundation that addresses the future educational needs of our children.

Snyder’s proposal for the future encourages voluntary programs to extend classes year-round to help ensure students are making continual progress, teacher evaluation effectiveness reforms that ensure we have the best teachers teaching our kids, and the list goes on.

Snyder promised to reform our education system and that’s what he’s done. By looking at long-term solutions, rather than short-term political gimmicks, Michigan is creating an environment of opportunity for this generation and future generations of Comeback State kids.

Michigan has come a long way from the failed policies of Mark Schauer, a chief architect of the Lost Decade. On the other end of that decade, Schauer’s inability to provide a detailed plan for our children is not what Michigan needs or deserves.

We need to keep moving Michigan forward, and it’s clear Gov. Rick Snyder is the only candidate in the race with a clear plan to continue Michigan’s comeback.

Sebelius Resignation Puts Pressure on Gary Peters, Mark Schauer
From the Detroit News - Last week marked yet another hiccup for Democrats as the head of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, resigned from her post not only as Secretary but also as the overseer of Obamacare. This changing of guards brings with it added pressure for those Democrats, including Gary Peters and Mark Schauer, who voted for Obamacare and whose names remain associated with it amidst recent polls showing support at an all-time low.
Since President Barack Obama and Democrats rammed through the largest tax increase in U.S. history, Obamacare has been plagued with problems. There has not been a single instance of the law’s implementation that has been glitch-free.
Given the countless inconsistencies and problems during its enactment, Sebelius’ abrupt departure is a direct reflection of the failed polices and leadership of Washington. Gary Peters and Mark Schauer are part of the team that passed the unpopular legislation straight down party lines.
In 2009, the Jackson Citizen Patriot called out Schauer’s lack of knowledge on Obamacare saying, “Schauer says he believes that the rise in health costs would be contained; he couldn’t provide any facts to back that up. We were deeply disappointed in his failure to explain…”
With a perpetually-faulty website and at least 28 delays that have added chaos to an already disastrous law, Obamacare has been anything but caring to Michiganians. To date, more than 225,000 Michigan families have lost their health care plans after being promised they would be able to keep their plan and doctor.
President Obama insisted over 30 times that his claim was true and Michiganians are now seeing why this assertion was declared the ‘Lie of the Year’ in 2013.
Peters’ and Schauer’s voting records show they would rather double down on their party’s failed policies than stick up for the interests of the people they promised to represent.
Furthermore, they have adopted the Democrats’ partisan model of attacking and misrepresentation in order to generate confusion and deflect from their failures.
While Democrats like Gary Peters and Mark Schauer remain focused on deflecting and saving face in the midst of Obamacare’s struggles, Terri Lynn Land and Gov. Rick Snyder continue their pursuit of solutions for Michigan and its citizens.
Michigan Republican Party chairman Bobby Schostak said it best, “Secretary Sebelius’ resignation is a sign that even the biggest Obamacare advocates are not willing to see this through — which is why Republicans will continue to create solutions that work for everyone.”

Sebelius Resignation Puts Pressure on Gary Peters, Mark Schauer

From the Detroit NewsLast week marked yet another hiccup for Democrats as the head of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, resigned from her post not only as Secretary but also as the overseer of Obamacare. This changing of guards brings with it added pressure for those Democrats, including Gary Peters and Mark Schauer, who voted for Obamacare and whose names remain associated with it amidst recent polls showing support at an all-time low.

Since President Barack Obama and Democrats rammed through the largest tax increase in U.S. history, Obamacare has been plagued with problems. There has not been a single instance of the law’s implementation that has been glitch-free.

Given the countless inconsistencies and problems during its enactment, Sebelius’ abrupt departure is a direct reflection of the failed polices and leadership of Washington. Gary Peters and Mark Schauer are part of the team that passed the unpopular legislation straight down party lines.

In 2009, the Jackson Citizen Patriot called out Schauer’s lack of knowledge on Obamacare saying, “Schauer says he believes that the rise in health costs would be contained; he couldn’t provide any facts to back that up. We were deeply disappointed in his failure to explain…”

With a perpetually-faulty website and at least 28 delays that have added chaos to an already disastrous law, Obamacare has been anything but caring to Michiganians. To date, more than 225,000 Michigan families have lost their health care plans after being promised they would be able to keep their plan and doctor.

President Obama insisted over 30 times that his claim was true and Michiganians are now seeing why this assertion was declared the ‘Lie of the Year’ in 2013.

Peters’ and Schauer’s voting records show they would rather double down on their party’s failed policies than stick up for the interests of the people they promised to represent.

Furthermore, they have adopted the Democrats’ partisan model of attacking and misrepresentation in order to generate confusion and deflect from their failures.

While Democrats like Gary Peters and Mark Schauer remain focused on deflecting and saving face in the midst of Obamacare’s struggles, Terri Lynn Land and Gov. Rick Snyder continue their pursuit of solutions for Michigan and its citizens.

Michigan Republican Party chairman Bobby Schostak said it best, “Secretary Sebelius’ resignation is a sign that even the biggest Obamacare advocates are not willing to see this through — which is why Republicans will continue to create solutions that work for everyone.”

Brace yourselves, America. Today is April 15.

Wait, April 15th…

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That’s right: It’s Tax Day!

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But have no fear! Whether you owe the IRS…

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… you’re getting a refund… image

 

… or haven’t quite finished this year’s taxes, we have a few “fun facts” to help you ease the pain.

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1. Three years ago, Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-led legislature eliminated the burdensome Michigan Business Tax! (Mlive.com, May 25, 2011)

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2. His opponent, Democrat Mark Schauer, sponsored legislation that would have raised the personal income tax from 3.9 to 4.6 percent. (SB 605 of 2007)

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3. He also voted for a new 6 percent sales tax on services. (HB 5198, Roll Call 398, October 1, 2007)

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Fortunately, the bill was stopped.

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4. While in Congress, both Mark Schauer and Democrat Senate candidate Gary Peters vote for Cap and Trade, which the Wall Street Journal called “the biggest tax in American history.” (The Wall Street Journal, Editorial, June 26, 2009)

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5. Peters and Schauer voted for Obamacare, which included $400 billion-plus in tax hikes. (HR 4872, Roll Call Vote 167, March 21, 2010, Overall vote: 220-211)

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6. Schauer and Peters also voted for the so-called Stimulus bill, which was anything but. Michigan faced another 33 months of double-digit unemployment after this bill was passed and saw companies like LG Chem spend millions of taxpayer dollars to create few or no jobs. (HR 1, Roll Call 70, February 13, 2009; Michigan Labor Market Information, Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget; LG Chem Michigan has little to show after spending most of $150M federal grant, Detroit Free Press, February 13, 2013)

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7. More recently, Gary Peters voted for a Democrat budget resolution to raise taxes by $1.2 trillion. (The Hill, March 20, 2013; H Con Res 25, Roll Call Vote 87, March 20, 2013, Overall vote: 165-253, Peters vote: Yes)

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Mark Schauer and Gary Peters never met a tax they didn’t like.

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So, this Tax Day, the difference is clear. We can continue Michigan’s Comeback under Republican leadership…

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Or, we can return to the tax and spend policies of Michigan’s Lost Decade. Remember:

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Click here to read our official statement statement regarding Tax Day 2014.

Gary Peters is Pure Washington

Gary Peters is Pure Washington

By Darren Littell

From the Detroit News - It’s no secret that Democrats are struggling due to the failures of policies like Obamacare. In order to mitigate and pivot away from these failures, the Left has implemented a strategy that wholly consists of misleading Michigan families.

Following in the footsteps of Democratic leadership in Washington, Peters has attempted to rewrite history by distributing fundraising emails that deceive Michigan families.

Peters has devoted a significant amount of attention on attacking conservative organizations in order to pull the wool over the fact that he is Pure Washington, the only candidate in this race beholden to special interest groups – the same special interest groups that have hurt Michigan by advocating for intrusive regulations that led to high taxes and the Lost Decade.

A recent column by Detroit News editorial page editor Nolan Finley highlights Peters’ hypocrisy on the issue noting, “The Democrat and U.S. Senate hopeful [Gary Peters] is benefiting from $400,000 in campaign ads attacking his rival, Republican Terri Lynn Land.” The article goes on to say that Gary Peters continuously ignores the fact these ads are being bought and paid for Reid’s Senate Majority PAC.

“Donors to Reid’s fund make up a rogue’s gallery of well endowed influence buyers […] the biggest big money big dog of them all, George Soros […] he’s the guy who spent a reported half-billion to get Barack Obama elected and, along with his son Jonathan, continues to bankroll far-left causes.”

When examining his campaign contributions, Gary Peters’ accusations about money in politics are exposed as hollow partisan attacks from a desperate candidate. This election cycle Peters has raked in a total of $1,068,402, meaning some 31 percent of his total contributions are from PACs.

The deceptiveness of these tactics is reinforced by a recent report from the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics that examines the top all-time PAC contributions from 1989 to 2012.

Of the ten most active PACs, none are conservative-aligned groups. Six of the top ten are liberal special interest groups controlled by union bosses.

In fact, seven of the top ten largest political donor groups are identified as Democrat organizations – many of which you can find on Gary Peters’ campaign finance report.

It’s appalling and hypocritical that Gary Peters is willing to single out and attack particular donors in elections with a straight face as his own liberal special interest groups spend millions supporting Democrats, including Peters’ own flailing campaign.

Gary Peters’ “Pure Washington” style of politics disregards the facts and represents the opposite of what Michigan families look for in a leader. Who is the real Gary Peters? Day by day, it’s becoming clear that Peters is a politician who will do and say anything to maintain his Washington lifestyle.

Michigan families deserve a Senator like Terri Lynn Land who will stand up for Michigan families and will be a fresh voice that has their best interests in mind.

Mark Schauer, the Man Without a Plan

From the Detroit News - Michigan continues to move in the right direction through the efforts of Republicans across the state. Just a week ago, we saw Michigan’s unemployment rate drop to 7.7 percent, a drop of 6.5 percent since August 2009 under Democratic leadership.

To contrast that, Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer has now gone over 300 days without a plan of any kind for Michigan.

We often hear that the best predictor of the future is the past. When you look at Mark Schauer’s career as a state legislator and one-term Congressman, folks see a record of failure as well as someone whose ideas would hurt Michigan’s comeback.

Since May 2013, Schauer has failed to produce a plan on the important issues that resonate with Michigan families. Instead, his campaign strategy has consisted of dodging tough questions and criticizing Gov. Rick Snyder’s accomplishments.

During his 14-year career as a politician, Mark Schauer has presided over one of Michigan’s toughest economic periods as well as one of Washington’s biggest spending sprees.

As Senate Minority Leader, Schauer supported policies that led to higher unemployment, tax increases and more regulations that spiraled Michigan into the Lost Decade. As a Congressman, he supported trillions of dollars in failed legislation that increased the debt and expanded the size of the federal government — including President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

In 2009, the Jackson Citizen Patriot described Schauer’s partisan ideologyby saying, “Schauer somehow lost centrist voters as a Congressman. He voted for Obamacare, cap-and-trade legislation and the stimulus, and his rhetoric tacked hard to the left.”

In 2007 he was kicked off the Campaign & Election Oversight Committee for skipping 4 of 9 meetings that year.

Now he’s at it again. In a recent interview, Mark Schauer demonstrated his ability to avoid answering questions by falling back on abstract rhetoric.

Gov. Snyder has made extensive progress repairing the damage of Mark Schauer’s Lost Decade in just a matter of three years.

Just last week, Michigan families received great news as the state’s unemployment rate for February fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since May 2008.

Gov. Snyder has eliminated a $1 billion structural deficit, created over 250,000 private sectors jobs, brought businesses back to Michigan, increased funding for education by over $1 billion, created a transparent and accountable state government, and the list goes on.

Michiganians can see Gov. Snyder’s accomplishments on paper, but more importantly they can feel them. Personal income is on the rise, more and better opportunities are available to the point that Michiganians no longer have to split up or move out of state to thrive.

Michigan families deserve a leader with a proven record, credibility and conviction. Schauer has had ample time to make his case – Gov. Snyder released his plan in February of 2010. Where is Mark Schauer’s plan?

If the past is any indication, we can be sure of one thing: Mark Schauer does not have a plan to move Michigan forward.

As Obamacare turns 4, nothing to celebrate

From the Detroit News - This past weekend, Democrats celebrated the fourth anniversary of Obamacare. As they tried their best to paint a rosy picture of the failed health care law, Michigan families couldn’t help but reflect on all the unfortunate consequences.

In March of 2010, when Obamacare was signed into law, Democrats made outlandish promises. They promised our premiums would not go up. They promised we would not see a change in the quality of our healthcare. They promised we could keep our doctors. They promised it would help the economy. They promised if we liked our healthcare plans, we could keep them. Period.

Michigan families were skeptical if all this was really possible, so naturally, it was alarming when we asked for more information and were either ignored or misled. We now know today that all those promises, supported by Gary Peters and Mark Schauer, just weren’t true.

In 2009, the Jackson Citizen Patriot pointed out Schauer’s lack of knowledge on Obamacare, writng, “Schauer says he believes that the rise in health costs would be contained; he couldn’t provide any facts to back that up. We were deeply disappointed in his failure to explain…”

Fast forward to today, and 225,000 Michigan families have lost their healthcare plans. Premiums went up. The quality of healthcare is diminishing. Seniors are losing their access to their doctors. And our economy is projected to suffer over the next several years.

Every promise made by President Barack Obama, Gary Peters and Mark Schauer simply failed to deliver.

Folks see the negative impacts of Obamacare because they are being forced to deal with them, yet Gary Peters and Mark Schauer refuse to take accountability and apologize for their failures.

What’s more, they continue to ignore the problems or offer responsible solutions.

Democrats know that Obamacare is failing and are trying to mitigate the political repercussions through deceptive alterations. To date, the Obama administration has issued over 38 delays and changes to help Democrats in the midterm elections. They are also altering their message to distract folks from its problems and uncertainty.

This, coupled with the fact they continue to refuse to work with Republicans to fix the law, puts Democrats in a tough position. Republicans have introduced a number of proposals to fix Obamacare. Democrats have rejected them all.

Gary Peters and Mark Schauer have been playing politics with Michigan’s healthcare for far too long. They have misrepresented and exposed us to health and financial uncertainty solely for political gain.

Michigan Republicans do not rely on empty speeches, broken promises or misinformation to get people on board with a plan. Families can see our $1 billion dollar budget surplus and our increase to education three years running. Your word only matters if you can back it up with results. So far, the results of Obamacare are dismal at best.

Gary Peters and Mark Schauer do not have a plan to keep Michigan moving forward. They have, however, sold Michigan families the “Lie of the Year” and refuse to own up to what they knew about Obamacare and when they knew it.

Four Years Later: Obamacare is Hurting our Families

Go to http://www.migop.org/news/four-years-later-obamacare-is-hurting-our-families to read how Obamacare has hurt Melissa Davert’s family.

Have You Been to Your SoS Lately?

From the Detroit News - I went to my local Secretary of State’s office to get a new driver’s license last week and drove away shocked at how easy, convenient and enjoyable the experience was.

I can imagine the skepticism running through your mind right now, unless you work at the Secretary of State‘s office, in which case you’re likely thinking, “that’s what I’ve been telling everyone, but no one believes me!” But Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson, has contributed to the reinvention of Michigan by modernizing and streamlining her office, and the results are impressive.

Visiting the Secretary of State’s office to get a new license was a positive experience in its own right, but it was on the heels of a visit to my cable provider’s local office, and the contrast between the two visits opened my eyes to the innovative way Secretary Johnson and her team have used technology.

At my cable provider’s office, I arrived, grabbed a paper ticket, and waited nearly three hours before the ‘now serving’ sign at the front of the room called my number. Those three hours were as enjoyable as one would imagine.

Last Saturday, I used the MI-TIME Line feature Secretary Johnson announced earlier this year at the Auto Show. MI-TIME Line is a new technology that allows people to check-in online or by phone and holds their place in line. It dramatically cut my wait time at the office.

MI-TIME Line is simple and intuitive: the user selects the reason they’re going to the Secretary of State’s office and the office that’s closest to them. The system then gives the user a real time assessment of how many people are ahead of them and how long until it’s their turn to be helped.

My wait time was 45 minutes, so I reserved my place in line. I received a text message notifying me it was 20 minutes until my turn and that I should head to the office location I selected. If I needed more time, I could reply to the text and I would be moved back in line.

I arrived a few minutes after that text message, sat down and waited. My wait was so short that I only lost two of my five lives on Candy Crush between the time I sat down and the time my number was called.

Once I was at the counter, the service was fast and friendly. After I returned home, it hit me how swift the entire process seemed, so I checked my text messages to confirm. 45 minutes from when I checked in to when it was my turn, just as the system predicted, but I had only spent 10 minutes waiting at the office itself.

We shouldn’t expect government to develop the latest and greatest technology, but we should expect them to utilize existing technology to make government work better. Secretary Johnson and her team deserve tremendous credit for thinking outside the box and making government work better.

President Obama’s Bad News Budget

From the Detroit News - Presiding over any budget is a crucial responsibility. The budget of the United States government is no different. Last week, President Barack Obama unveiled his $3.9 trillion budget that aims to help Democrats in the 2014 mid-term elections. Once again, we’re seeing more of the same irresponsible, partisan policies that fail to uplift our nation’s growth.

Since entering office, Obama has presided over five of the six-largest annual budget deficits in U.S. history; the number of long-term unemployed has nearly doubled; wages remain stagnant, barely keeping up with inflation, and “home ownership rate has declined by 2.4 percent points to 65.1 percent in the July-September quarter.”

His failed strategy has caused discord in both the public and private sectors. Obama’s vision is solely aimed at helping his political party, rather than the entire country.

During Michigan’s Lost Decade, our families experienced a similar situation due to irresponsible leadership. Rep. Gary Peters and one-term Rep. Mark Schauer pushed the same policies of big spending and higher taxes.

Gary Peters has consistently received failing grades from business and fiscal watch watchdogs. In 2012, the National Federation of Independent Business gave Peters a rating of 8 percent and a 17 percent rating from the National Taxpayers Union.

Mark Schauer, architect of Michigan’s Lost Decade, also has a record that speaks for itself. While serving his one term in Congress, Schauer voted with Democratic leadership 95 percent of the time, including a “yes” vote on the costly disaster we’ve all come to know as Obamacare. He also received failing rating of 9 percent from the National Taxpayers Union in 2010.

President Obama should take a page from Michigan Republicans’ playbook and implement proposals that build a stronger, more vibrant economy.

Gov. Rick Snyder and our Republican-led Legislature have made many tough but necessary decisions needed to put the Democrats’ Lost Decade behind us.

Since December of 2010, 255,000 new private sector jobs have been added. Our economy is no longer forcing families to split up in order to find work. After 60 years of mismanagement, Detroit is seeing a resurgence. Republicans are focused on creating more and better opportunities, and that’s what Michigan is seeing today.

We support leaders who have our families’ best interests in mind. President Obama, Gary Peters and Mark Schauer have failed to do that by promoting more of the same irresponsible, partisan policies that drag us down.

President Obama’s budget reflects his unwillingness to listen and work with everyone, including those on the other side of the aisle. As president, that’s his job, but he’s unfortunately letting Democrats’ election year blues cloud his judgment.

The Comeback State is a shining example of what can be accomplished through responsible leadership. The rest of the country should take note.

In honor of Black History Month, the Michigan Republican Party hosted its first annual Black History Month Celebration and Awards Banquet last night. Details at http://www.migop.org/news/migop-hosts-successful-black-history-month-celebration-and-awards-banquet

In honor of Black History Month, the Michigan Republican Party hosted its first annual Black History Month Celebration and Awards Banquet last night. Details at http://www.migop.org/news/migop-hosts-successful-black-history-month-celebration-and-awards-banquet