We have a few more reasons to celebrate with passion and
verve this holiday weekend. Michigan is a little bit freer, because the Snyder
administration, the Legislature and other policymakers have adopted measures or
taken steps long recommended by the Mackinac Center.
First, legislation prohibiting project labor agreements was
sent to the governor yesterday. We’ve seen nothing to indicate that he won’t
sign it, so this longtime Center
recommendation will probably become law.
Second, the DEQ yesterday approved a permit for a Rogers
City coal-fired power plant. This is significant, because the previous
administration had unilaterally and arbitrarily placed a moratorium on such
plants. We made the case that this
policy was dangerous and economically destructive. The Snyder administration,
with an assist from a principled judge, abandoned the moratorium.
Add these to the fact that a bogus government employee union was
eliminated, the Michigan Business
Tax was abolished, the economic development regime has had its wings
clipped, an alleged rip-off using
the Michigan film incentive was thwarted, emergency financial managers have more
effective tools for dealing with recalcitrant unions, probably half of the
school districts in the state have privatized
at least one service, revenue sharing
the item pricing
requirement was eliminated, and many other Center policy recommendations have been adopted, and you have to
conclude that Michiganders are a bit more free this Independence Day than they
were last July 4.
no mistake — Center supporters like many of you played a role in this. And
while the day-to-day accomplishments and sacrifices of freedom fighters often
go unheralded, you can take pride this weekend knowing that everyone you
encounter at the beach, at the park or in northbound traffic has benefitted from
our concerted dissemination of liberty-based ideas that helped birth a nation.
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