Daley voted for over $400 million in tax subsidies
Lansing, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., is one of only 22 state legislators out of the nearly 500 who've served in Lansing since 2001 who has never voted to give state tax dollars to any individual business or developer, according to a new study by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the nation's largest state-based free market think tank. Glenn was on staff with the Center over 20 years ago.
Glenn Friday said "it's not a proper role of government to take money from taxpayers and redistribute it in payments to any particular business or developer. Instead, we should create a business-friendly economy and tax and regulatory climate in which all businesses have the opportunity to compete and succeed on their merits."
"It's simply not fair to give one business a competitive advantage of being subsidized with money from everyone else's tax dollars, including the taxes paid by that business's own competitors," Glenn said.
Glenn is a candidate in the Aug. 7th Republican primary for the state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.
By comparison, his primary opponent, former state Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, voted during his six years in the state House of Representatives to give $427 million in tax dollars to individual businesses, the study said, providing them the competitive advantage of a government subsidy not given to competing businesses.
See full MCPP study at: http://www.mackinac.org/new-scorecard-ranks-every-michigan-legislator-on-corporate-handouts
"This is just one more issue on which I offer Republican primary voters a clearly more conservative choice," Glenn said.
He cited Daley's support for Proposal 1, a $2 billion roads tax increase in 2014 that was rejected on the May 2015 ballot by over 85 percent of voters in the 31st state Senate district. Daley also voted in favor of imposing the state income tax on senior citizens' pensions. Glenn prominently opposed both.
Glenn also noted that the last time he ran in 2016, he was endorsed by the National Rifle Association, which gave him an A+ grade and, according to VoteSmart.org, scored his voting record as 100 percent supportive of NRA-backed legislation.
The last time Daley ran for office in 2014, he was not endorsed and received a B-minus from the NRA, which scored his voting record at only 57 percent supportive of NRA-backed legislation, according to VoteSmart.