State Rep. Andrew Fink (R-Adams Township) issued the following statement after the president asked Congress to suspend the federal gas tax, urging Gov. Whitmer to give drivers additional savings at the pump by approving a state gas tax break as proposed by Republican legislators:
“Gas tax savings are long overdue – but the federal tax is just one part of the tax burden on Michigan drivers at the pump, the state tax is the other. Had the governor worked with the Legislature to temporarily suspend the state gas tax weeks ago, Michigan drivers and families would have saved hundreds of dollars when they needed it most.
“The governor isn’t struggling to pay her bills – but residents in communities like ours are. It’s not too late to help Michigan’s struggling families – I urge the governor to follow in the steps of the Biden administration by approving our plan to temporarily pause the state gas tax in addition to the federal tax. The state can more than afford it thanks to federal stimulus dollars sitting in our state bank accounts. It’s time to pass those savings on to taxpayers who are stretched thin amid climbing inflation.”
“I learned so many important lessons from my time in the Marine Corps that I carry with me to this day,” said Fink, a Marine Corps veteran. “Today and every day, we should honor the veterans who helped maintain the free and safe country we enjoy every day.”
“Rushing headlong into solar and wind energy dependence will be costly – and Michigan residents are the ones who will foot the bill,” Fink said. “Further, it will make our grid even less reliable across Michigan. The power outages we have experienced in our rural areas in recent years will only get worse. Essentially, you’ll be paying more but getting less.”
“Transparency and accountability to the people are crucial parts of our system of government,” said Fink. “We must have systems in place to hold legislators accountable when conflicts of interest arise.”
“I’m pleased to see Democrats have come to their senses and pulled this bill off the committee docket. There’s no need for additional Court of Appeals judges in Michigan. The number of case filings has not increased, and our current judges are more than capable of handling existing cases. This was a clear attempt to pack our courts with Democrat influence and manipulate judgeships to the detriment of our justice system.”