LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Aric Nesbitt on Thursday introduced a resolution formally opposing the federal “Green New Deal.”
“The socialist Green New Deal would wreck our economy by imposing crippling new regulations and giving a taxpayer-funded income to able-bodied individuals who refuse to work,” said Nesbitt, R-Lawton. “As President Trump said, the United States will never be a socialist country, because American values are rooted in personal responsibility, hard work, free markets and caring for our fellow citizens who are truly in need.”
Senate Resolution 21 would formally oppose the Green New Deal as outlined in U.S. House Resolution 109 and U.S. Senate Resolution 59. Nesbitt said the Green New Deal initiatives are a radical approach that would impose massive regulatory burdens and costly federal government programs on the hardworking taxpayers of Michigan and the entire country.
Nesbitt joined national leaders in opposing the program and suggested pursuing more evidence-based practices. He also warned people about the plan’s price tag — which has been estimated to be as high as $93 trillion over 10 years.
“It took years of hard work to get Michigan back on the right track, and we did that by expanding economic freedom and opportunity,” Nesbitt said. “This Green New Deal utopian effort pushed by radical liberal elites would wipe entire Michigan industries off the map and put countless people out of work. Michigan has experienced a stagnant economy, massive unemployment and a seemingly bleak future, and there is no way Michigan families would want to return to those conditions.”