Lansing -- Rep. Gary Glenn and Sen. Patrick Colbeck are drafting alternative plans to fund the state's infrastructure to have ready if Proposal 15-1 does not get voter approval in May.
A statement released by Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan, which opposes the proposal, said that Mr. Glenn (R-Midland) and Mr. Colbeck (R-Canton Township) are looking to re-introduce various proposals that were floated last year, including the House proposal that would have phased out the sales tax on fuel and relied on the economy rebounding to keep schools and communities whole.
On WCMU's "Capitol Report," Mr. Glenn said he is "seriously considering" reintroducing two plans the House passed last year, saying the outlook for passage of Proposal 1 does not look good.
Former Rep. Tom McMillin, chair of Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan, praised the legislators. "It will be clear to voters that we can fix our roads in Michigan with or without Proposal 1. This exposes the false choice peddled by special interests pushing for the massive tax and spending increases, saying it's either higher taxes or bad roads," Mr. McMillin said. "The fact is, the House passed a plan to fix Michigan's roads without raising taxes last year. The legislature can act now to fix our roads, without waiting until May 5, and they can fix our roads without raising taxes."
"Rep. Gary GLENN (R-Midland), the vice chair of House Energy, said he isn't going to presume the two incumbent utilities (Consumers Energy and DTE) have the exclusive right to address the upcoming energy capacity shortfall. Rather, he asked about a competitive bidding process for all electric providers and let the market decide what is a 'competitive' electric rate, not what is an 'affordable' rate, which is determined by what (the utilities) 'believe it costs them to do business.'
'Both utilities insist they would win these competitive bid processes,' Glenn said. 'If that's true, then why would they not support an open competitive bid process?'
As it stands, Michigan has the highest residential electric rates in the Midwest and the country's 11th highest, Glenn said. That's why he'd like to explore opening up the market to multiple providers to compete and whether that process would be better for ratepayers.
'You cannot fault the utilities for wanting to maintain the system or go to a completely regulated market,' he said. 'Who can blame a business for wanting to have the government guarantee them a customer base for the next half century?'"
LANSING — Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, joined the bipartisan Michigan Legislative Hispanic Caucus at the invitation of newly-elected caucus chairman Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit and vice-chairman Rep. Bruce Rendon, R-Lake City.
Glenn is not Hispanic, but the caucus by-laws state that “MLHC is committed to diversity and actively seeks to elect and recruit individuals from all segments of the population as officers, committee chairs and members.”
Santana said Friday he is “very excited and encouraged to have Rep. Glenn as a member. His experience will add tremendous value to the overall discussion of Hispanic economic prosperity. I look forward to listening to his views on the economy and how we can all participate in the American dream.”
Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, left, with Michigan Legislative Hispanic Caucus chairman Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit. Both men share the bond of being veterans. Glenn served in the U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard, and Santana was a U.S. Navy rescue swimmer.
"This frivolous waste of union members' hard-earned dues money was a futile attempt to turn back the clock to the now-discredited practice of discriminating against and firing employees who choose not to join or financially support a private labor organization,” said Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, in a press release. “Hopefully, the judge's dismissal puts an end to union officials' misguided attempt to strip employees of their individual freedom and rights of conscience on the job."
First-term lawmaker will also serve on Commerce and Trade,
Tax Policy, and Military and Veterans Affairs committees
Lansing, Mich. -- First-term state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, will serve as vice chairman of the House Energy Committee, newly-elected Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, announced late last week.
The committee is expected to be the focus this legislative session of key reform legislation critical to the future competitiveness and profitability of major area employers such as Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, Hemlock Semiconductor Group, and Midland Cogeneration Venture. House Majority Floor Leader Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, who is serving his last term in the House, will remain as chairman of the committee.
Glenn pledged he will "make the most of the trust and opportunity Speaker Cotter's given me to promote free market policies that help reduce electricity rates and other energy costs, not just for major employers -- which is critical to keeping the jobs they provide located here in Bay and Midland counties -- but for individual homeowners and their families as well."
"Who are the House freshmen to watch in the 2015-16 term?"
Lansing political pundit Kyle Melinn of the Michigan Information and Research Service, a state Capitol newsletter, offers the following response at the 4:45 mark in the podcast linked below:
"I know that this next one here gets kind of grouped in with this whole Tea Party group, but Gary Glenn I think is somebody that we've got to keep an eye on. Gary Glenn has a wide, diverse background on various policy issues, and I think he's going to surprise some people here. ...I don't know what particular policies we're going to see maybe different than what we would expect, but I think we're going to see some different things out of Gary Glenn."
Click to listen: http://mirsnews.podbean.com/e/mirs-monday-jan-5-2015/
From the Midland Daily News:
LANSING — State representative-elect Gary Glenn, R-Midland, after meeting at the state capital in Lansing with three Midland young people who are cadets with the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy, is urging parents of at-risk teens to consider the program administered by the Michigan National Guard.
The Academy is currently taking applications for its next class starting Jan. 18, 2015.
'I’m proud of Sousha, Andrew, and Lujuan for overcoming past challenges and committing themselves to learning the self-discipline and job skills necessary to succeed in life,' Glenn stated in a media release. 'They need our encouragement and support, and the Michigan National Guard deserves our gratitude for helping these Midland youth and others like them across the state turn their lives around.'
Andrew Carter, of Midland, was among those who graduated from the Academy last Saturday. Andrew’s mother, Kay Carter, also of Midland, called MYCA, 'an amazing military-type academic program that has changed the course of his life through very hard work and determination.'"