Mark Schauer has little to show for his 17 years as a career politician. His “do as I say, not as I do” attitude has hurt Michigan families for years.

At a democratic meeting earlier this year, Mark Schauer was asked about his feelings toward voting in another party’s primary in order to undermine the system and elect a ‘weaker’ candidate. Schauer discouraged this ‘cross-ballot voting’ practice, saying, “I don’t recommend it.”

Michigan Democrat Party Chairman Lon Johnson and several other Democrat leaders have also discouraged their ranks from cross-ballot voting on different occasions.

Given Schauer’s comments on the issue, many were confused last week when he admitted he voted in Michigan’s 2012 GOP Presidential Primary. While it is not clear whom he backed, some speculate it was most likely Rick Santorum in an effort to undermine Michigan’s GOP primary voters because, he said, there was “nothing to vote for on the Democrat side.”

This begs the question; will Mark Schauer vote in the GOP primary August 5th because he is running unopposed on the Democrat side? Also, where are the Democrat officials who condemn this type of behavior and why aren’t they admonishing Mark Schauer for his antics?

When pressed, Schauer casually replied that he does not like to miss an opportunity to vote.

Unless it’s his job to vote.

In 2008, during Mark Schauer’s last year as a State Senator, he was criticized for missing more votes than all other lawmakers in his area of the state.

A year earlier Mark Schauer was kicked off the Campaign & Election Oversight Committee for skipping too many meetings.

Schauer’s tendency to skip out on the job he was elected to do didn’t stop in the state legislature. His first year in Congress, Schauer was caught leaving a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing to attend a fundraiser with lobbyists and union bosses.

Schauer’s latest hypocrisy only compounds the credibility problem that has plagued him throughout his career. The few supporters that he’s managed to mislead are now having second thoughts about where he would lead Michigan if given the chance.

Mark Schauer has had ample time to prove himself to Michigan. Yet, he’s squandered that opportunity by dodging questions, refusing to reveal his plan and choosing special interests over Michigan families.

This latest example of Mark Schauer’s “do as I say not as I do” attitude was a hallmark of the Lost Decade, and it’s additional evidence that he would use the same playbook that brought us the Lost Decade if given the chance.

The problem is we don’t know when Mark Schauer is giving us the whole truth, and when he’s trying to undermine something as important as voting. When the full truth is revealed, we don’t know if Mark Schauer is being honest, or if he’s saying something that ‘sounds good’ to try and gloss over his first lie. We can’t afford a politician who treats us this way, and this November Michiganders will make that loud and clear.

The Unlikely Couple: Gary Peters and Elizabeth Warren
By Darren Littell - I was puzzled, along with many others, when Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren endorsed Gary Peters and decided to stump for him based on their polar opposite views of Wall Street.
Gary Peters was an executive for two of Wall Street’s biggest banks – Merrill Lynch and UBS PaineWebber—for over two decades. Those same banks participated in the same high-risk trading practices that led to the last financial crisis. Peters’ last gig before kicking off his political career was as a Vice President of Investments.
Gary Peters has been a member of the Financial Services Committee since arriving in Washington, DC. During his time on the committee, he has attempted to paint himself as a champion for middle-class families against big Wall Street banks. In reality, Gary Peters has failed to represent Michigan families, and has instead focused on taking care of himself by representing his friends on Wall Street.
During Peters’ 2008 Congressional bid, his disclosed assets were valued at $426,000 to $2.5 million. That’s not bad for spending 22 years as a Wall Street banker.
Fast forward to his most recent personal financial disclosure and his assets jumped to $970,000 to $3.9 million – an increase of 55% to 127%.
The Washington Post also listed Peters as one of the “wealthier and more financially aggressive” members of Congress.
Furthermore, his financial records show he invested heavily in financial firms during this period. In fact, a 2007 financial disclosure statement reveals Peters investments in 14 financial banks that received TARP money from the federal government.
Peters claims he was repulsed by the behavior of the Wall Street banks, but omits the fact that’s how he made his living for years. If you look at his investment portfolio, you would never guess that though. While middle-class families were suffering, Gary Peters was growing his personal bank account by cashing in on his investments in the Wall Street banks America was bailing out.
Gary Peters’ campaign account also grew from Wall Street contributions while he demonized their actions. According to FEC records, Peters received campaign contributions from four Wall Street banks which received $10 million or more in bailout money.
Given Peters’ investments and campaign contributions from Wall Street, it’s apparent he had an interest in making sure they continued to be profitable.
Which is why so many are puzzled that Sen. Warren overlooked all these facts and more, and stood side by side with Gary Peters.
In virtually every instance, Peters has failed to represent the interest of Michiganders and has instead opted to side with the interests of big Wall Street banks.
Liberal blog Daily Kos pondered, “…close your eyes, imagine Elizabeth Warren facing down banksters, with subpoena power.”
Gary Peters is that ‘bankster,’ but rather than confront him on his long history as a Wall Street banker, she stood by his side and looked the other way. Fortunately, we know the truth about Gary Peters, and we have a chance to hold him accountable this fall.

The Unlikely Couple: Gary Peters and Elizabeth Warren

By Darren Littell - I was puzzled, along with many others, when Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren endorsed Gary Peters and decided to stump for him based on their polar opposite views of Wall Street.

Gary Peters was an executive for two of Wall Street’s biggest banks – Merrill Lynch and UBS PaineWebber—for over two decades. Those same banks participated in the same high-risk trading practices that led to the last financial crisis. Peters’ last gig before kicking off his political career was as a Vice President of Investments.

Gary Peters has been a member of the Financial Services Committee since arriving in Washington, DC. During his time on the committee, he has attempted to paint himself as a champion for middle-class families against big Wall Street banks. In reality, Gary Peters has failed to represent Michigan families, and has instead focused on taking care of himself by representing his friends on Wall Street.

During Peters’ 2008 Congressional bid, his disclosed assets were valued at $426,000 to $2.5 million. That’s not bad for spending 22 years as a Wall Street banker.

Fast forward to his most recent personal financial disclosure and his assets jumped to $970,000 to $3.9 million – an increase of 55% to 127%.

The Washington Post also listed Peters as one of the “wealthier and more financially aggressive” members of Congress.

Furthermore, his financial records show he invested heavily in financial firms during this period. In fact, a 2007 financial disclosure statement reveals Peters investments in 14 financial banks that received TARP money from the federal government.

Peters claims he was repulsed by the behavior of the Wall Street banks, but omits the fact that’s how he made his living for years. If you look at his investment portfolio, you would never guess that though. While middle-class families were suffering, Gary Peters was growing his personal bank account by cashing in on his investments in the Wall Street banks America was bailing out.

Gary Peters’ campaign account also grew from Wall Street contributions while he demonized their actions. According to FEC records, Peters received campaign contributions from four Wall Street banks which received $10 million or more in bailout money.

Given Peters’ investments and campaign contributions from Wall Street, it’s apparent he had an interest in making sure they continued to be profitable.

Which is why so many are puzzled that Sen. Warren overlooked all these facts and more, and stood side by side with Gary Peters.

In virtually every instance, Peters has failed to represent the interest of Michiganders and has instead opted to side with the interests of big Wall Street banks.

Liberal blog Daily Kos pondered, “…close your eyes, imagine Elizabeth Warren facing down banksters, with subpoena power.”

Gary Peters is that ‘bankster,’ but rather than confront him on his long history as a Wall Street banker, she stood by his side and looked the other way. Fortunately, we know the truth about Gary Peters, and we have a chance to hold him accountable this fall.

Peters, Schauer aid Obama’s wasteful behavior
BY DARREN LITTELL - Last week, the Government Accountability Office released a report estimating that in 2013 over $107 billion dollars were improperly paid out by federal agencies. To make matters worse, auditors say reporting errors by many federal agencies means that number will likely increase.
Since President Barack Obama came into office, the federal government has made nearly $500 billion in improper payments. In order to curb wasteful spending, Congress passed the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 to identify erroneous payments by government agencies and to improve the integrity and efficiency of government programs.
Since its inception, the average dollar amount of improper payments from 2002 to 2008 was approximately $35.69 billion. The average dollar amount of improper payments under the Obama administration is approximately $112.68 billion – over three times the amount from the previous six years.
Gary Peters and Mark Schauer have contributed to the increase in government waste by voting with President Obama over 90% of the time. Both Peters and Schauer championed tax-and-spend legislation such as the Wall Street bailout, the failed stimulus plan, cap-and-trade scheme and this administration’s signature legislation, Obamacare.
One of the most notable examples of waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer money was the 2009 Solyndra scandal that resulted the loss of 1,100 jobs, bankruptcy and the squandering of $527 million of our tax dollars.
Unfortunately, the Solyndra scandal is nickels-and-dimes compared to Obamacare. The glitch-ridden website, along with the costs to fix it, was a whopping $834 million of taxpayer money. Last month former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin testified before Congress that the mismanagement and lack of oversight in Obamacare could result in overpaying insurance subsidies by as much as $152 billion over 10 years. “The administration has failed to build a system that allows for the protection of subsidy beneficiaries or for the taxpayers funding those subsidies,” said Holtz-Eakin.
Peters and Schauer have rubberstamped nearly every piece of tax-and-spend legislation Democratic leaders asked them to, regardless of how it hurt Michigan’s economy. In Peters’ first three years in Congress he supported $5.6 trillion in tax-and-spend legislation while Schauer rubberstamped a stunning $4.9 trillion in just 24 months.
It doesn’t seem that Gary Peters or Mark Schauer have ever been interested in representing the interests of Michigan families. Throughout their political careers, they have been out to further their own interests and those of Washington Democrats when given the opportunity. Their records clearly illustrate that they will continue their tax-and-spend agenda if elected again this November.
Gary Peters and Mark Schauer want your vote this November, but given their record, we can’t afford to do that.

Peters, Schauer aid Obama’s wasteful behavior

BY  - Last week, the Government Accountability Office released a report estimating that in 2013 over $107 billion dollars were improperly paid out by federal agencies. To make matters worse, auditors say reporting errors by many federal agencies means that number will likely increase.

Since President Barack Obama came into office, the federal government has made nearly $500 billion in improper payments. In order to curb wasteful spending, Congress passed the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 to identify erroneous payments by government agencies and to improve the integrity and efficiency of government programs.

Since its inception, the average dollar amount of improper payments from 2002 to 2008 was approximately $35.69 billion. The average dollar amount of improper payments under the Obama administration is approximately $112.68 billion – over three times the amount from the previous six years.

Gary Peters and Mark Schauer have contributed to the increase in government waste by voting with President Obama over 90% of the time. Both Peters and Schauer championed tax-and-spend legislation such as the Wall Street bailout, the failed stimulus plan, cap-and-trade scheme and this administration’s signature legislation, Obamacare.

One of the most notable examples of waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer money was the 2009 Solyndra scandal that resulted the loss of 1,100 jobs, bankruptcy and the squandering of $527 million of our tax dollars.

Unfortunately, the Solyndra scandal is nickels-and-dimes compared to Obamacare. The glitch-ridden website, along with the costs to fix it, was a whopping $834 million of taxpayer money. Last month former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin testified before Congress that the mismanagement and lack of oversight in Obamacare could result in overpaying insurance subsidies by as much as $152 billion over 10 years. “The administration has failed to build a system that allows for the protection of subsidy beneficiaries or for the taxpayers funding those subsidies,” said Holtz-Eakin.

Peters and Schauer have rubberstamped nearly every piece of tax-and-spend legislation Democratic leaders asked them to, regardless of how it hurt Michigan’s economy. In Peters’ first three years in Congress he supported $5.6 trillion in tax-and-spend legislation while Schauer rubberstamped a stunning $4.9 trillion in just 24 months.

It doesn’t seem that Gary Peters or Mark Schauer have ever been interested in representing the interests of Michigan families. Throughout their political careers, they have been out to further their own interests and those of Washington Democrats when given the opportunity. Their records clearly illustrate that they will continue their tax-and-spend agenda if elected again this November.

Gary Peters and Mark Schauer want your vote this November, but given their record, we can’t afford to do that.

Mark Schauer: career politician
Mark Schauer has been a career politician for the better part of 17 years. From a state politician to a one-term Congressman, he has failed Michigan families every step of the way.
During his time as a state representative, Schauer rubber-stamped the failed policies of Gov. Jennifer Granholm, which brought us the Lost Decade. Similarly, during his short stint as a Congressman, Schauer rubber-stamped the policies of President Barack Obama and Washington Democrats – the same policies that cost 225,000 Michigan families their health care.
Schauer is now hoping Michigan families have forgotten his partisan political games and failed voting record as he runs for governor. For over 400 days, Schauer has focused on rhetoric and misinformation to hide the fact that in 17 years as a career politician, he’s still unable to come up with a viable plan to keep Michigan moving forward.
The “go-to-guy” for Granholm, he rubberstamped Granholm-era cuts to K-12, higher education, college scholarships, day care, Corrections, Military & Veterans Affairs, the State Police, and Transportation departments. To supplement these cuts, Schauer also voted over 40 times to raise taxes that further hurt Michigan families and our economy.
Not happy with being a state senator, Schauer ran for Congress.
Democrat’s party brass knew of Schauer’s “follow the leader” style of legislating and quickly backed his candidacy. They understood he would be another puppet for the party and could count on him for votes no matter how much they hurt our families.
For Schauer’s two congressional campaigns, he received $531,897 in donations from liberal PACs and campaign committees of Congressional Democrats. They also opted to raise Schauer’s visibility and sent in top Congressional Democrats to his district. Heavyweights like President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, ex-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Hillary Clinton (who Schauer endorsed over Obama) all campaigned for Schauer.
Once in office, Schauer did exactly what he was expected to do and rubber-stamped the agenda of Washington Democrats. In his short stint as Congressman, Schauer voted with Obama 96% of the time and backed ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s agenda 90% of the time.
He backed every top Democratic proposal, no matter the consequences it would have on Michigan’s economy. From Obamacare to cap-and-trade, Schauer did what he was told, not what was best for Michigan.
Michigan families were fed up with Schauer’s political games and booted him out of Congress in 2010. Schauer blamed Michigan voters for his loss, saying, “It just defies logic, but I don’t think people were really listening to the details.”
Schauer is hoping that Michigan voters aren’t “listening to the details” this year. He doesn’t want them to notice that he is a career politician who doesn’t actually have a plan for Michigan.
Michigan deserves a quality candidate that will stand up for their interest and concerns and not those of Washington Democrats. Michigan simply deserves better than Mark Schauer.

Mark Schauer: career politician

Mark Schauer has been a career politician for the better part of 17 years. From a state politician to a one-term Congressman, he has failed Michigan families every step of the way.

During his time as a state representative, Schauer rubber-stamped the failed policies of Gov. Jennifer Granholm, which brought us the Lost Decade. Similarly, during his short stint as a Congressman, Schauer rubber-stamped the policies of President Barack Obama and Washington Democrats – the same policies that cost 225,000 Michigan families their health care.

Schauer is now hoping Michigan families have forgotten his partisan political games and failed voting record as he runs for governor. For over 400 days, Schauer has focused on rhetoric and misinformation to hide the fact that in 17 years as a career politician, he’s still unable to come up with a viable plan to keep Michigan moving forward.

The “go-to-guy” for Granholm, he rubberstamped Granholm-era cuts to K-12, higher education, college scholarships, day care, Corrections, Military & Veterans Affairs, the State Police, and Transportation departments. To supplement these cuts, Schauer also voted over 40 times to raise taxes that further hurt Michigan families and our economy.

Not happy with being a state senator, Schauer ran for Congress.

Democrat’s party brass knew of Schauer’s “follow the leader” style of legislating and quickly backed his candidacy. They understood he would be another puppet for the party and could count on him for votes no matter how much they hurt our families.

For Schauer’s two congressional campaigns, he received $531,897 in donations from liberal PACs and campaign committees of Congressional Democrats. They also opted to raise Schauer’s visibility and sent in top Congressional Democrats to his district. Heavyweights like President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, ex-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Hillary Clinton (who Schauer endorsed over Obama) all campaigned for Schauer.

Once in office, Schauer did exactly what he was expected to do and rubber-stamped the agenda of Washington Democrats. In his short stint as Congressman, Schauer voted with Obama 96% of the time and backed ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s agenda 90% of the time.

He backed every top Democratic proposal, no matter the consequences it would have on Michigan’s economy. From Obamacare to cap-and-trade, Schauer did what he was told, not what was best for Michigan.

Michigan families were fed up with Schauer’s political games and booted him out of Congress in 2010. Schauer blamed Michigan voters for his loss, saying, “It just defies logic, but I don’t think people were really listening to the details.”

Schauer is hoping that Michigan voters aren’t “listening to the details” this year. He doesn’t want them to notice that he is a career politician who doesn’t actually have a plan for Michigan.

Michigan deserves a quality candidate that will stand up for their interest and concerns and not those of Washington Democrats. Michigan simply deserves better than Mark Schauer.

Gary Peters’ Wall Street flip flop

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By Darren Littell - Congressman Gary Peters is famous for flip-flopping on nearly every issue that crosses his desk. Throughout his career, Peters has been able to capitalize on the issues of the day for both personal and political gain – the moral flexibility required to achieve this is not easily done, but it appears to come with ease for Peters.

Before Peters’ first run for office, he was Vice President for two of Wall Street’s biggest banks that participated in high-risk trading practices, making them millions. It was those same practices that brought our economy to a screeching halt in 2008.

But when Peters saw an opportunity to capitalize on the political environment created by the economic downturn, he began demonizing the same high-risk trading practices he had made a living on for 22 years.

Soon, Peters was trying to convince Michigan families he was the poster child for Wall Street reform.

In order to increase his visibility, Peters joined the 2011 Occupy Detroit rally where he wore a “We are the 99%” button, and proudly claimed he was an Occupy Wall Street supporter “since the get-go.” However, what Peters failed to mention was that one of the financial institutions being protested was also one of his biggest campaign contributors.

Determined to make a name for himself, Peters led the charge to impose a tax on the bonuses of AIG executives after the firm received its cut of the Wall Street bailout, “a time-honored Wall Street practice that the former investment firm executive was no doubt familiar with.” Nonetheless, Peters’ 180 on the industry he thrived in for years “won him a place as the only freshman at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s side when she announced the package.”

Once again, Peters failed to disclose his connection to a Wall Street firm – he was invested in AIG at the time.

Gary Peters’ words and actions never match up when it comes to Wall Street, or anything else, for that matter. Peters’ history of flip-flops on everything from Wall Street to Obamacare leaves middle-class families asking: will the real Gary Peters please stand up?

Peters benefited both personally and politically from Wall Street, but happily hides this truth from Michigan families. Peters didn’t waste any time playing both sides when he entered Congress, and it was in those couple of years that we saw the real Gary Peters.

Michigan can’t afford another career politician whose “do as I say, but not as I do” approach continues hurting the middle-class. We need a Senator who represents our interests and concerns, not someone like Gary ‘Pure Washington’ Peters who’s doing everything he can to cling to power.

Women Lead Michigan’s Comeback

By Darren LittellWomen have been the driving force of our economy for longer than most realize. During the Lost Decade, women lost jobs at a higher rate than men, and today they are making the comeback a reality. Gov. Rick Snyder knows this and wants to make sure that the trend continues in a positive direction.

Women opened the doors to nearly 4,000 new small businesses in Michigan since Snyder took office. More important than the sheer number is that all these individuals are building successful careers and providing for themselves and their families on their own –- and they don’t have to move away in order to make that happen.

They are fulfilling dreams of owning their own businesses and doing so in a state that embraces their entrepreneurial spirit. Michigan currently ranks as the sixth-best entrepreneurial climate in the United States, and Michigan women are key to this success.

In order to keep these businesses thriving, Snyder made the right call to eliminate the Michigan Business Tax, implemented by Gov. Jennifer Granholm and supported by gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer nearly seven years ago when they couldn’t keep Michigan’s fiscal house in order.

Since cutting this and 1,500 other burdensome regulations, Michigan businesses are feeling good. Snyder has restored responsible government by balancing the budget, cutting taxes and eliminating red tape, and it has ultimately created an environment that encourages our innovators to stay in Michigan while attracting new ones from other states.

Snyder also understands Michigan’s success requires more than an economic turnaround, which is why he has been laser-focused on improving education since day one –- and in more ways than just increasing education funding to the highest level in state history.

Because women play a critical role in this area, their workforce preparedness is a priority.

To help more women get into the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, Snyder has been a strong advocate for involvement in FIRST Robotics and STEM Programs. Since the competitiveness to get into these fields is so high, he understands that early, hands-on training and knowledge of the field can make the difference.

Snyder has also actively promoted the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program for community college students like Kelsey Erne, in which high-skill job providers cover a student’s tuition while providing apprenticeship opportunities and a guaranteed job after graduation.

Preparedness of this kind is invaluable, considering the competitiveness of today’s job market.

There’s no doubt the women of Michigan have made a positive and indomitable impact on our comeback. Our success depends on their success.

Leadership vs. Partisanship

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by Darren Littell

Great leaders are forged through their ability to overcome great obstacles and succeed where others failed.

Coming into office in 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder inherited a struggling economy brought on by a decade of mismanagement and partisan rhetoric. Snyder had campaigned on the promise that he would take on the big issues his predecessor ignored.

Three years later, Michigan is moving forward past the Lost Decade because Snyder kept that campaign promise.

On the other end of the spectrum is Mark Schauer. Schauer has been a career politician for over 17 years and embodies the type of behavior that Michiganians have come to associate with Washington. His time in the Michigan Legislature and Washington is stained with championing partisan legislation that killed jobs and increased taxes.

Refusing to play political games, Snyder took a bipartisan approach that brought people together. Leaders from both sides of the aisle soon realized that even though they didn’t see eye to eye on many issues, they did have common ground on others. As more folks began to participate in an open dialogue of ideas, Michigan started implementing policies that give Michigan families more opportunities for success.

We saw just how far we’ve come under Snyder’s leadership in recent weeks.

After decades of mismanagement, Detroit was in bad shape. Industries left because of high taxes, over regulation and a poor economic outlook. Bureaucrats ignored the underlying problems and kept kicking the can down the road.

However, after three years of working with both public and private entities, Chapter 9 bankruptcy, and responsible reforms, Detroit is finally on the right path to reclaim its rightful place as one of the greatest cities in the world.

The bipartisan settlement passed by the Legislature was an example of how both ends of the political spectrum can work together under the right leadership.

As members from both sides of the aisle stood behind Snyder as he applauded the momentous occasion, it sent a powerful message across Michigan that by working together for the benefit of all, we could achieve a longstanding goal.

Snyder said it best, “Today we saw lawmakers from across the state stepping up to approve legislation that helps Detroiters – and all Michiganians.”

Additionally, the Legislature came together last week in a bipartisan manner to pass a responsible budget for Michigan families. The budget includes increases in education spending for the third year in a row, funding increases to vital services and significant revenue sharing increases.

In 17 years as a career politician, Mark Schauer is unable to boast such bipartisan accomplishments. Rather, he has focused his energies supporting partisan policies that continue to hurt Michigan families.

Governor Snyder has proven himself to be a true leader that is willing to work across the aisle to keep Michigan moving forward. Three years later, Michigan is better for it.

Gary Peters stands in the way of American jobs

by Darren Littell - Congressman Gary Peters showed his true colors last week when he stood in support of the latest EPA rules to shut down existing power plants. This comes as a surprise to no one, given Peters’ strong support for actions in Washington that hurt middle class families.

Since going to Washington, Peters has voted along party lines an average of 87.5 percent of the time. He’s been a strong ally of green Democrats by supporting the controversial cap-and-trade and opposing the construction of the Keystone Pipeline.

Now he’s backing the Obama administration’s latest proposal that would create an additional burden on hardworking middle class families trying to earn a living in America’s coal industry.

According to the Energy Information Administration, coal is responsible for the production of about 56 percent of Michigan’s electricity.

A recent report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy highlighted the impact the new rules would have on the economy. If these rules are implemented, families will see an increase in energy bills of $290 billion more for electricity between 2014 and 2030. Additionally, the South and Midcontinent Independent System, which includes Michigan, would feel the biggest impact, with an annual average increase of 3.3 percent.

According to the report, “Higher electricity prices ripple though the economy and reduce discretionary income, which affects consumer behavior, forcing them to delay or forgo some purchases or lower their house savings rates.”

The report further underscores the negative impact the U.S. workforce would face under the new EPA rules. Due to the loss in energy production by existing power plants and a loss in GDP, the U.S. would expect to see a loss of 224,000 jobs from 2014 to 2030.

A recent Detroit News editorial says the new regulations risk making families “hungrier, less prosperous and more likely to be unemployed.”

Gary Peters has consistently supported legislation that increases taxes and kills jobs for middle class families.

In 2009, Peters voted in favor of the Democrat-proposed cap-and-trade plan, which was estimated to raise taxes by nearly $5.7 trillion and cost 2.5 million jobs by 2035. More recently, Peters aligned himself with billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer to fight construction of the Keystone Pipeline – never mind the fact it has been estimated to create thousands of jobs for middle class families who need them.

In an effort to misinform and confuse voters from his record as a career politician, Peters has attempted to paint himself as a centrist on the campaign trail.

This is in strong contrast to his voting record and support of high taxes and job killing legislation. Gary Peters has taken a hard party line stance with Washington Democrats and billionaires like Tom Steyer since he’s been in office. Rather than represent Michigan families, Peters has squandered away every opportunity to help create jobs and help Michigan’s economy.

Darren Littell: Mackinac conference reveals optimism for Michigan’s future
Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber hosted its 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference. The purpose of the annual gathering is for Michigan’s political, regional and business leaders to come together to discuss the direction our state is heading, with a special focus on our economy and Detroit.
This year’s conference, however, differed from years past. Attendees could sense deep-rooted optimism and camaraderie – and for good reason.
As influencers from both in and out of the state spoke with guests from across the mitten, it became evident that folks are feeling positive about our progress since the Lost Decade.
Take the 250,000 new private-sector jobs created under Gov. Rick Snyder’s leadership, coupled with the lowest unemployment rate in six years. Or consider the fact we’re in top 10 rankings in key categories, such as the most competitive states for doing business, corporate site selection and entrepreneurial climate.
These aren’t easy feats, and there’s still more work to do, but we continue making strides in the right direction every year because of regional collaboration and our bold leadership in Lansing.
The optimism was especially apparent when conference discussions turned to Detroit. Just one year ago, conference attendees and Michiganians were unsure of Detroit’s financial future.
But after decades of mismanagement and kicking the can down the road, Snyder had the courage to stand up and do something about it by authorizing Chapter 9 for the city. Now, it’s clearer than ever that Detroit’s resurgence is possible. New doors can open that might have otherwise remained closed.
And people aren’t fearing the opportunity, either. A Detroit News poll released last week shows a majority of likely Michigan voters are confident in Detroit’s turnaround, with confidence surging to nearly 70 percent amongst Metro Detroiters — reaffirming that same sense of optimism and camaraderie that united us at the Mackinac Policy Conference last week.
The optimism is real because there’s so much at stake; Detroit is at a critical point in its history, and the proposal in our Legislature puts hope within reach.
Thanks to the leadership of Snyder and our Republican-led House and Senate, Michigan has come a long way in just three and a half years. If you base today’s situation on what’s already been accomplished, you’re looking at the most capable leaders for the task at hand.
As one key message from this year’s conference rings on, we need to be more vocal about our successes, and keep the optimism going. Detroit needs the support of all Michigan residents now more than ever, because a strong Comeback City will make for a stronger Comeback State.
It’s exciting to think of the conversations we’ll be having at the conference next year.

Darren Littell: Mackinac conference reveals optimism for Michigan’s future

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber hosted its 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference. The purpose of the annual gathering is for Michigan’s political, regional and business leaders to come together to discuss the direction our state is heading, with a special focus on our economy and Detroit.

This year’s conference, however, differed from years past. Attendees could sense deep-rooted optimism and camaraderie – and for good reason.

As influencers from both in and out of the state spoke with guests from across the mitten, it became evident that folks are feeling positive about our progress since the Lost Decade.

Take the 250,000 new private-sector jobs created under Gov. Rick Snyder’s leadership, coupled with the lowest unemployment rate in six years. Or consider the fact we’re in top 10 rankings in key categories, such as the most competitive states for doing business, corporate site selection and entrepreneurial climate.

These aren’t easy feats, and there’s still more work to do, but we continue making strides in the right direction every year because of regional collaboration and our bold leadership in Lansing.

The optimism was especially apparent when conference discussions turned to Detroit. Just one year ago, conference attendees and Michiganians were unsure of Detroit’s financial future.

But after decades of mismanagement and kicking the can down the road, Snyder had the courage to stand up and do something about it by authorizing Chapter 9 for the city. Now, it’s clearer than ever that Detroit’s resurgence is possible. New doors can open that might have otherwise remained closed.

And people aren’t fearing the opportunity, either. A Detroit News poll released last week shows a majority of likely Michigan voters are confident in Detroit’s turnaround, with confidence surging to nearly 70 percent amongst Metro Detroiters — reaffirming that same sense of optimism and camaraderie that united us at the Mackinac Policy Conference last week.

The optimism is real because there’s so much at stake; Detroit is at a critical point in its history, and the proposal in our Legislature puts hope within reach.

Thanks to the leadership of Snyder and our Republican-led House and Senate, Michigan has come a long way in just three and a half years. If you base today’s situation on what’s already been accomplished, you’re looking at the most capable leaders for the task at hand.

As one key message from this year’s conference rings on, we need to be more vocal about our successes, and keep the optimism going. Detroit needs the support of all Michigan residents now more than ever, because a strong Comeback City will make for a stronger Comeback State.

It’s exciting to think of the conversations we’ll be having at the conference next year.

Mark Schauer is an architect of Michigan’s Lost Decade and has no plan to do any better, as evidenced by today’s one-year ‘no planniversary.’ For a solid year, Schauer has offered no solutions, no alternatives, and no path forward – only criticisms and falsehoods about our comeback. Whether it’s Detroit, our roads, the budget, jobs, the economy, our children’s education, or any of the hard-hitting issues that matter to our families, Mark Schauer simply has no plan for Michigan.

Watch the video and learn more at http://www.noplanniversary.com/

Also, check out our Communications Director’s latest blog post for the Detroit News.