LANSING, Mich. — Senate Republican Leader Aric Nesbitt, R-Porter Township, made the following statement Thursday after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a special council to address the state’s slow population growth:
“Just as we saw with her disastrous unilateral policies during the COVID crisis, Gov. Whitmer is again seeking to go-it-alone and usurp the Legislature — now controlled by members of her own party for the first time in 40 years. Anyone can see her self-spun “bipartisan” council — appointed solely by her — is actually a far cry from bipartisan. It is simply more smoke and mirrors to distract from the Democrats pushing to raise taxes, cater to corrupt union bosses, remove education accountability, and empower Lansing bureaucracy instead of the people of Michigan.
“If anything, this council is an indictment of the governor’s failed leadership that continues to hurt Michiganders and drive people and businesses away from our great state. Sadly, I fear it is those same people who will continue to struggle as she leverages this hand-picked council to circumvent the Legislature and continue funneling millions of taxpayer dollars to multinational corporations. The people of Michigan shouldn’t be forced to pay the price of their governor’s short-sighted political ambitions.
“Michigan’s slowed population growth is a serious concern for the future of our state. It should inspire all sides of government to come together and compromise to find real solutions. Instead, we are seeing more self-centered division pushed by our very partisan governor.”