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Americans for Prosperity Launches Six-Figure Digital and Mail Campaign
Arlington, Va. – Americans for Prosperity today announced a six-figure digital and direct mail ad campaign in Michigan informing citizens about former State Senator Gretchen Whitmer’s long record of support for higher taxes and Governor Granholm’s failed economic agenda. The ad campaign asks voters to oppose Gretchen Whitmer for governor because her policies would relegate Michigan’s economy back to the days of the “lost decade” when economic stagnation plagued businesses and communities across the state.
AFP Spokesman Bill Riggs issued the following statement:
“As a state senator, Gretchen Whitmer voted to raise income taxes, taxes on everyday services, business taxes and even the gas tax. And as Michigan was losing more than half a million jobs, Whitmer stood by Governor Granholm and supported her failed agenda. After years of an economy beaten down by harmful policies, Michiganders can’t afford Whitmer’s tax-and-spend agenda that would swiftly undercut any promise of growth.”
As the nation’s largest grassroots advocate for economic freedom and free societies, AFP strives to advance pro-growth policies that reduce the tax burden on individuals and businesses, rein in corporate welfare and out-of-control government spending and remove barriers to opportunity. In doing so, AFP and the Michigan state chapter aim to help the state and the nation reach its full economic potential. As part of this mission, AFP Michigan will be encouraging lawmakers to embrace policies at the state and federal level that help improve the lives of all Americans, especially the least fortunate.
Whitmer Stood With Granholm On Pushing For Higher Taxes
Granholm’s Legacy Included Threatening To Shut Down The State Government Unless She Received A Budget That Included Massive Tax Increases. “Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm ordered government offices to shut on Monday if the state’s divided legislature cannot come to terms on a budget that would include higher taxes. … Granholm said she would not sign a budget that relied on spending cuts alone to close the estimated $1.75 billion budget deficit facing the economically distressed state.” (Kevin Krolicki, “Michigan Governor Threatens Shutdown Amid Budget Talks,” Reuters, 9/27/07)
As A State Legislator, Whitmer Voted To Raise Income Taxes, Taxes On Everyday Services, Business Taxes, And The Gas Tax
In October 2007, Whitmer Voted In Favor Of House Bill No. 5194. (House Bill 5194, Roll Call Vote #397: Conference Report Adopted 19-19, 10/1/07, Whitmer Voted Yea)
In October 2007, Whitmer Voted In Favor Of House Bill 5198. (House Bill 5198, Roll Call Vote #398: Conference Report Adopted 19-19, 10/1/07, Whitmer Voted Yea)
In December 2007, Whitmer Voted In Favor Of House Bill 5408. (House Bill 5408, Roll Call Vote #515: Passed 33-4, 12/1/07, Whitmer Voted Yea)
In November 2014, Whitmer Voted In Favor Of House Bill 5477. (House Bill 5477, Roll Call Vote #662: Passed 23-14, 11/13/14, Whitmer Voted Yea)
In December 2014, Whitmer Voted In Favor Of Another Version Of House Bill 5477. (House Bill 5477, Roll Call Vote #921: Passed 23-15, 12/19/14, Whitmer Voted Yea)
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Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 36 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org
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