MLIVE | Gary Glenn submits argument for same-sex marriage ban to Supreme Court

"State Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Larkin Township, co-authored the same-sex marriage ban passed by Michigan voters as an amendment to the state's Constitution in 2004. Glenn's brief (to the U.S. Supreme Court), filed on April 2, argues in favor of 'memorializing the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman in the Michigan Constitution.'

...Glenn explained Monday why his group submitted the argument to the high court. 'As coauthor of the Marriage Protection Amendment, I know Michigan voters joined me in rationally choosing to preserve what's best for society and future generations of children, consistent with over a century of Supreme Court precedent and on the right side of history as far back as recorded time,' he said."

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Voters overwhelmingly agree with Rep. Gary Glenn in opposing Proposal 1

Voters overwhelmingly agree with Rep. Gary Glenn that we should vote NO on the upcoming $2 billion-a-year tax increase that will appear on our May 5th statewide ballot. If approved, it would be the largest tax increase in Michigan in 50 years.

WWJ RADIO -- "The (Michigan Information and Research Service) poll shows 36 percent of likely voters support Proposal One, and 55 percent oppose it. But when all the information about the proposal is given — support falls to just 29 percent, with 65 percent against."

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MLIVE | First gay couple married in Michigan join Democrats proposing 'marriage equality' bills

"Democratic lawmakers (announced) new 'marriage equality' legislation that seeks to overturn Michigan's same-sex ban, which was reinstated upon appeal but will go before the U.S. Supreme Court this summer. State Sen. Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor and Rep. Jeremy Moss of Southfield are introducing resolutions that would amend the Michigan constitution by repealing the gay marriage ban approved by 58 percent of voters in 2004.

'Introduction will be the last element in the legislative process that (the proposals) will see,' said Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, who co-authored the 2004 amendment. 'It obviously flies in the face of the vote of the people of Michigan.'

Glenn said he hopes that the Supreme Court will uphold the marriage definition approved by voters in 2004... 'Marriage has been the role model relationship for how our society has been structured, and if it's redefined to mean anything any individual or group of individuals defines it to be, it means nothing,' he said."

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DETROIT NEWS | I-94/75 bridge repairs spur a political quarrel

"The (state transportation) department's highlighting of the deteriorating bridge and need for 'new investment' is drawing the ire of some lawmakers and critics as the May 5 statewide vote looms on the fate of Proposal 1 and $1.2 billion in new funding for road and bridge repairs.

'The timing seems suspiciously coincidental and clearly coordinated in messaging with the first television ad urging a yes vote on a $2-billion-a-year tax increase,' said state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland.

The Safe Roads Yes campaign, a group largely bankrolled by the road-building industry, began this week a statewide television ad campaign. One ad features a Lansing-area mother who says the roads are 'dangerous' because of plywood holding up the concrete underbelly of some bridges."

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Rep. Gary Glenn talks MEGA tax credits

Click to hear Rep. Glenn's comments on his legislation to limit the dollar amount and length of liability to Michigan taxpayers resulting from Granholm-era tax credits for jobs retention.



MLIVE | Option B for roads? 'Bolger plan' returns in Michigan House, but former speaker backing Proposal 1

"State Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, said Tuesday he is reintroducing the 'Bolger plan, a three-bill package that seeks to dedicate $1.2 billion a year to roads without raising new revenue. 'It illustrates that not only is there a Plan B, but Plan B in this case would provide what the governor says he needs every year for road repairs, and it would do it without raising taxes,' said Glenn.

...Glenn noted that his legislation, like last year's House plan, includes a 'hold harmless' clause which would roll back any changes if funding for schools or cities ever dropped year-to-year. Economic and revenue projections suggest natural revenue growth in both areas, he said. 'It's kind of like Washington D.C. math where if you get $1 billion this year and you ask for $2 billion next year but you only get $1.5 billion, you describe that as a half billion cut,' Glenn said.

...Glenn, who plans to vote against the (Proposal 1) 'concoction' because it contains too many 'sweeteners' beyond road funding, said the Legislature should be ready with multiple alternatives should Proposal 1 fail, as he expects. 'It has people in positions of responsibility saying the best thing to do is sit around and do nothing for two months to wait and see what happens on May 5th,' said Glenn. 'I think it would be irresponsible for us not to have a Plan B, C, D, E and F.'"

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MICHIGAN HOUSE REPUBLICANS | House bills protect Michigan taxpayers by prohibiting tax credit extensions

Reps. Glenn, Chatfield ensure state can’t extend costly MEGA credits

Michigan taxpayers are protected from additional financial liability due to budget-busting Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax credits under common-sense legislation introduced today that prohibits the state from extending the costly credits, state Reps. Gary Glenn and Lee Chatfield announced.

Since the MEGA credits were greatly expanded in 2008, the program has accumulated a projected taxpayer liability of $9.38 billion. The Republican-led Legislature and newly elected Gov. Rick Snyder ended MEGA in 2011, but even with the irresponsible program’s demise, state law still allows the existing credits to be increased and extended. Legislation introduced today by state Reps. Glenn and Chatfield prevents this from happening.

“No governor should be allowed to extend or increase these tax credits, not next year and not 15 years from now,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering. “Although the current governor has no intention of extending these harmful tax credits, the reality is that a less fiscally responsible administration could come into office and put our state in greater financial jeopardy. We simply can’t allow that to happen – the stakes are too high. It’s up to us to make sure the mess created during the Lost Decade is cleaned up not only for current Michigan taxpayers, but for future generations.”

The $9.38 billion estimated liability is projected to be incurred over the next 17 years. This year, the credits created a $325 million state budget shortfall.

Rep. Glenn, R-Midland, said major employers who took advantage of the offer of tax credits in return for creating new jobs or retaining existing jobs are not to blame.

“The fact that the tax credits are being claimed by employers who upheld their contractual obligation to create or retain jobs is, on the one hand, good news for our economy and working families. Those employers aren’t at fault; they did what they agreed to do,” Rep. Glenn said. “The question is, was it a good policy in the first place, and certainly we must change the lack of transparency from the Department of Treasury about the supposedly unpredictable timing of the existing credits’ impact on our state budget, plus take steps now to ensure that taxpayers’ current $9 billion financial liability, and the length of that liability, is not increased even further.

“It’s important to do what we can to protect Michigan taxpayers now. It’s well past time for us to put a stop to the state’s ability to hand out blank checks and put future generations on the hook for billions of dollars. These important reforms will give us all a clearer picture about how to deal with and eliminate these looming financial obligations.”

House Bill 4333, sponsored by Rep. Chatfield, prohibits MEGA tax credit extensions as currently allowed in the Michigan Economic Growth Authority Act. HB 4334, sponsored by Rep. Glenn, prohibits MEGA tax credit extensions as currently allowed in the Michigan Business Tax Act.

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MLIVE | Planet Fitness transgender-friendly policy 'threatens women's safety,' Midland lawmaker says

"State Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Larkin Township, called the company's stance an 'in-your-face policy' that threatens the safety of its female customers. 'Planet Fitness obviously should rethink its anti-woman, anti-reality policy,' Glenn said. 'If they don't, they shouldn't be surprised in a conservative family-friendly community such as Midland if they lose more female members.'

...He predicted that Planet Fitness' decision to cancel Cormier's membership will backfire on the company. 'My wife has been a member at the Planet Fitness in Midland,' Glenn said. 'As she characterized the situation, Planet Fitness has made clear it does not offer a family friendly environment, and she said she will not be going back, and I imagine they'll lose other customers as well.' He said Planet Fitness should give clear advance notice of the policy regarding transgender members to all female members, saying the policy 'violates the privacy, comfort and peace of mind of women.'"

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MIDLAND DAILY NEWS | Midland pastor offers opening prayer at State House of Representatives

Pastor Jim Payne of Midland, who has served as senior pastor of Midland Baptist Church on Jefferson Avenue for 23 years, recently offered the opening prayer for the state House of Representatives in Lansing.

Payne was invited to pray by state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, who is a member of Midland Baptist.

Glenn said that afterwards, the chief Sergeant at Arms told Payne that the prayer was the best he’d ever heard in the state Capitol.

“It was an honor to hear my pastor present the full gospel of Jesus Christ, the timeless values of America’s founding and seek blessings on our state and nation and elected officials, all in one powerful prayer,” Glenn said.


Pictured, from left, are Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, Pastor Jim Payne of Midland Baptist Church, and Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, a member of Midland Baptist Church. Recently, Payne offered the opening prayer for the Michigan State House of Representatives.

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Rep. Gary Glenn educational choice and opportunity for all children in Michigan

Rep. Glenn talks about the need for educational choice.