Thanks to all those who worked so hard on my behalf -- who invested themselves physically, financially, and emotionally -- in my unsuccessful primary campaign.
Let me be clear. I have no regrets. No thought has or will enter my mind that if I'd only been quieter or less confrontational about the free market principles that I believe should apply throughout our economy, maybe the big bad utility monopolies wouldn't have come gunning for me.
In fact, in spending over $1 million in a single primary election to defeat me, they've provided a clear and very public demonstration of one of the evils of monopoly power, comparable to compulsory union dues:
The ability to take money from individuals who are forced by law to accept their product or service at an inflated price, then spend that money to advance political objectives with which the millions of individuals forced to pay may disagree -- in this case, maintenance of their government-privileged monopoly scheme of guaranteed market shares and guaranteed annual profits.
Two things come to mind politically:
1. The state of Nevada will have on the ballot this November a state constitutional amendment eliminating that state's government-privileged utility monopoly, guaranteeing citizens the freedom to choose instead where they buy their electricity. (Nevada requires such amendments to appear on two successive statewide ballots; Electricity Choice won 72 percent of the popular vote the first time around in 2016.)
Notably, one of the major proponents of that Nevada ballot measure is the high tech Internet company Switch, which just opened a major new facility in Grand Rapids.
Over the past 40 years, I've played leadership roles in successful statewide ballot campaigns on Right to Work, term limits, and defining marriage as only between one man and one woman.
Now that monopoly utility bosses have succeeded in relieving me of further legislative duties as of January 1st, I stand ready -- and just a touch committed -- to apply my communication and strategic skills to a statewide ballot measure in Michigan for the same purpose, bypassing the legislative process comprised of individuals who, in the wake of my defeat, will now be even more intimidated than they already were from acting to give electricity customers the reforms necessary to bring down the price of electricity and make Michigan more competitive for new industry and jobs.
(Salute to an exception, Rep. Tom Barrett, another fearless champion of Electricity Choice who withstood the second largest amount of cash expended by utility monopolists during this primary and crushed his opposition. Presumably, utility bosses will now spend a million or more of the money they force from electricity customers' pockets trying to defeat Tom in the general election. We must all rally to his defense. Volunteer or make a contribution today at http://tomformichigan.com )
2. Michigan law currently prohibits state-licensed casinos from making campaign contributions to candidates for governor, attorney general, or the state House and Senate. Why?
According to an attorney general's opinion by former Attorney General Frank Kelley, because a "public perception that improper influence has infiltrated the (regulatory and judicial) processes, however slightly, would undermine the trust that is essential to continued confidence in the industry and, what is more important, in state government.”
With utility bosses free to spend millions of ratepayer dollars on "dark money" front groups or direct campaign contributions to elect or defeat the very legislators who'll decide whether the utilities get to keep their 90 percent guarantee of market share and 10 percent guaranteed annual profit -- compounded by a Public Service Commission whose three members currently include a former Consumers Energy executive -- I assert from my interaction with citizens as chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee that there is more than a "slightly" held public perception that improper influence by utility lobbyists has infiltrated our regulatory process, thus undermining the trust essential to confidence in the industry and in state government itself on this issue.
If Michigan prohibits involvement in electing or defeating legislators by government-licensed casinos, should the state continue to allow government-granted and privileged utility monopolies to do the same? That's a question that will be debated in Lansing in coming months, I suspect.
All that said, a few comments about my just completed primary campaign in particular:
Congratulations to former Rep. Kevin Daley, who won the campaign lottery when he drew me as an opponent, benefiting from a $1 million independent expenditure campaign that promoted his candidacy and attacked me.
All's fair in love and war, and to his credit, Kevin's personal campaign messaging did not pile on by echoing the messaging of the Consumers Energy cartel.
Kevin may have benefited from utility bosses' successful character assassination, but he was not the cause of it. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
I called Kevin directly Tuesday evening to congratulate him and offer my help in his fall campaign to hold the seat for Republicans.
There's been some Facebook chatter about writing in my name or in same other way attempting to hinder Kevin's election in November. Let me be clear. I'll have none of that and will publicly disavow any hint of it of which I become aware.
As the Republican nominee, Kevin will have my full support. He is unquestionably pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-Right to Work, and I trust him far more on protecting our 2nd Amendment rights than the Democratic nominee, Cynthia Luczak, who received an "F" grade from the NRA.
Ms. Luczak, by the way, on a liberal podcast interview in Lapeer County, expressed enthusiasm for legalizing recreational marijuana and stated her support -- in her role as Bay County clerk -- for issuing marriage licenses that contradict our state Marriage Protection Amendment defining marriage as only between one man and one woman.
Ours is considered a swing district, so there's no margin for playing games. It's our duty as conservatives to support the more conservative candidate. Anyone who supported me in the primary, I strongly urge to join me in voting for Kevin Daley this November.
But more than that, truly committed conservatives have a mature adult duty and responsibility to set aside our personal feelings and disappointments and not just vote for Kevin, but actively work to help ensure his election over the nominee of an increasingly Socialist party that's intent on destroying the founding values and principles of our country and further implementing Barack Obama's promise of "fundamentally transforming the United States of America."
Do not allow anything -- I repeat, anything, and especially not any feelings you have for me -- to tempt you to give aid or assistance in any way to giving that party even one additional seat of influence and power in any jurisdiction in which you have a vote.
In the race for District 31 state senator on our November ballot, conservatives have a clear duty, one I will fulfill without hesitation:
Vote once, and vote Daley.
And may God bless and keep us strong for the fight!
Springfield, VA – The National Right to Work PAC announced Friday its endorsement of state Rep. Gary Glenn in his Republican primary for Michigan's 31st state Senate district.
“Rep. Glenn is a life-long champion of the freedom principle that individuals should be free to join a labor union if they choose but should not be forced to join or financially support a union under threat of being fired,” said Greg Mourad, Treasurer of the National Right to Work Committee PAC. “Gary was a leader in the passage of Michigan's Right to Work law even before he was elected to the state House of Representatives.”
“Gary is looked to as a leader by Right to Work supporters nationwide,” Mourad continued. “That's why we were proud to present Gary the 'Senator Everett B. Dirksen Award' in 2015, the National Right to Work Committee's highest honor and why we're proud to endorse him for the Michigan state Senate. We urge all Right to Work supporters in Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties to vote for Rep. Gary Glenn in the Republican primary on Aug. 7th.”
Glenn served as executive director of the Idaho Freedom to Work Committee from 1980 to 1986, where he led the successful effort to win legislative approval of a state Right to Work law, overriding a Democratic governor's veto in 1985, and defend the new law as a referendum on the 1986 general election ballot despite being outspent 3-to-1 by organized labor.
For his leadership in that effort, Glenn was named co-recipient -- with former Oscar-winning actor and Screen Actors Guild (AFL-CIO) president Charlton Heston, who appeared in a TV ad supporting the law -- of the 1987 "Freedom Fighter of the Year Award" by the Center for the Study of Market Alternatives. CSMA's director was Larry Reed, who later returned to Michigan to become the first president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and who recruited Glenn to follow him to Michigan in 1998 to work with the Center on education reform issues.
Glenn in 2011 was also a founding board member of the Michigan Freedom to Work coalition, which launched the successful grassroots drive that resulted in enactment of a Right to Work law in Michigan in 2012.
Ann Arbor, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., said doctors at the University of Michigan advised him Wednesday that his prostate cancer is once again in a "controlled state," or in layman's terms, remission.
"I continue to give praise to the healing power of Jesus' name, and thanks to the physicians at Mid-Michigan Medical Center and University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center who serve as effective instruments in His hand," Glenn said. "As other cancer survivors know, this on-again, off-again experience is something that will be monitored for the rest of my life, and once again, I ask even those I may never meet to pray for me and my family."
Glenn was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer in January 2016, which after radiation and hormone treatments went into remission five weeks later and remained in remission for over two years.
Bone scans in April of this year, however, discovered small new tumors on his vertebrae and hip, and by June, he was experiencing severe pain in his lower back.
Glenn over the last three months has undergone three immunotherapy treatments, ten radiation treatments, and begun taking a new hormone therapy drug.
The results have been dramatic. The lower back pain is completely gone, and his PSA score -- a blood test that measures the level of cancerous activity for prostate cancer victims, and which peaked at 170 five weeks ago -- was measured Wednesday at UM at only 15.
Doctors at UM advised Glenn to resume normal physical activity and exercise. Glenn said he has recovered from the extreme fatigue caused by the radiation treatments that had limited his campaign activities in recent weeks. He is a candidate in a hotly contested Aug. 7th primary campaign for the open state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.
Throughout his treatments over the last two and a half years, Glenn has maintained a perfect attendance record n Lansing, never missing a legislative committee meeting or vote on the House floor, even when undergoing five months of chemotherapy in 2016. The two-term lawmaker serves as Associate Speaker of the House Pro Tem and chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee.
Auburn, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., received two major endorsements this week in his bid for the Republican nomination for the state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.
The second term lawmaker who serves as Associate Speaker of the House Pro Tem and chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, Monday was endorsed by Michigan Trump Republicans, organized by conservatives, TEA Party leaders, and veterans of President Trump's successful 2016 campaign in Michigan.
"Our endorsement of Gary Glenn recognizes his fearless legislative leadership while he's served in the Michigan House. Gary Glenn is the best candidate to represent voters in 31st Senate District," said Meshawn Maddock, co-founder of MTR. "Trump voters need to get to the polls in the Michigan primary on Aug. 7th. Electing Gary Glenn will mean that a great conservative voice will stay strong in Lansing."
“I'm grateful to Michigan Trump Republicans for their endorsement of my candidacy for state Senate,” Glenn said. “Ever since election night 2016, I've thanked God that Donald Trump --- and not Hillary Clinton --- is President of the United States. My campaign slogan since 2014 has been to 'make Michigan great again,' and with Michigan Trump Republicans' support, I hope to have the opportunity to continue my commitment to that cause in the state Senate.”
Tuesday, the National Rifle Association announced that Glenn is the only District 31 candidate for state Senate of either party to receive its endorsement.
"The NRA Political Victory Fund is non-partisan in issuing its candidate grades and endorsements," according to its website. "Our decisions are not based on a candidate's party affiliation, but rather on his or her record on Second Amendment issues."
Glenn received an A+ grade from the gun rights group, which says that grade goes to "a legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment."
"Former NRA President Charlton Heston used to say that the Second Amendment is the first freedom, since it's the final protection against a suppressive government, foreign or domestic, taking away all our other Constitutionally-guaranteed rights and freedoms," Glenn said. "I'm passionately committed to continuing his legacy and ensuring we protect our God-given right to defend ourselves, our families, and our property."
Glenn noted that his Republican primary opponent, former state Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, voted against state Sen. Mike Green's bill, now law, requiring that county clerks "shall issue" a Concealed Pistol License to any law-abiding citizen who completes the required training and passes a state police background check. Green has also endorsed Glenn's candidacy.
The anticipated Democratic nominee, Bay County Clerk Cindy Luczak, received an F grade from NRA, which Glenn, a Bay County resident, says will put even that traditionally Democratic-voting but socially conservative county in play this November. He noted that President Trump carried Bay County in the 2016 general election.
Glenn's campaign has also been endorsed by other organizations: Right to Life of Michigan, Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan, Campaign for Michigan Families, Citizens for Traditional Values, County Road Association of Michigan, Great Lakes Gun Rights PAC, Home Builders Association of Michigan, and the Michigan Freedom Fund.
In addition to those organizations, Glenn is endorsed by former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair, former Sen. Joel Gougeon, R-Bay City, former state Rep. John Stahl, R-North Branch, Michigan's Republican National Committeewoman Kathleen Berden, and dozens of other community leaders, elected officials and area residents
Glenn says ruling is major blow to utility monopolies' hopes of eliminating Electricity Choice market, and that MPSC's attempted abuse of authority would have cost public schools and manufacturers hundreds of millions in higher energy costs each year, taking money out of the classroom and making Michigan less competitive for new jobs
Lansing, Mich. — House Energy Policy Committee chairman Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., Friday welcomed a unanimous decision Thursday by a three-member panel of the state Court of Appeals slapping down the Michigan Public Service Commission's attempt to violate state and federal energy law and drive up electricity rates — already highest in the Midwest — for thousands of public schools and major employers. The move would have taken tens of millions of dollars out of the classroom each year, Glenn said, and made Michigan’s economy less competitive for new business, industry, and jobs.
The Court ruled 3-to-0 in Association of Businesses Advocating Tariff Equity (ABATE) vs. Michigan Public Service Commission, Consumers Energy et al that Michigan's newly-revised energy law "does not provide the MPSC the authority to impose a local clearing requirement on individual alternative electric suppliers."
ABATE is a group of major manufacturers whose combined electricity and gas bills exceed $1 billion a year in Michigan alone: its membership includes Dow Chemical Company, the largest employer in Glenn’s legislative district, for whom electricity is the single biggest cost of doing business, and nearby Hemlock Semiconductor, the largest consumer of electricity in Michigan. The group also includes General Motors, Marathon Petroleum, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and U.S. Steel.
“The Court rightly and unanimously rejected what was clearly a back door attempt by unelected bureaucrats to eliminate Michigan’s Electricity Choice program by bureaucratic regulation, reviving a protectionist scheme pushed by the state’s two monopoly utilities in the last legislative session but expressly rejected by the people’s elected representatives,” Glenn said. "Lawmakers next session, under a new governor, should eliminate Consumers' and DTE's government-privileged monopoly status monopoly altogether and return to a competitive free market system in which all customers are free to choose where they buy their electricity."
"The Court's ruling also validated the opinion of three deputy attorneys general assigned to the MPSC," Glenn said, "who had publicly warned commissioners not to impose the requirement because it would contradict federal rules and regulations, harm electrical reliability for some customers, and force cheaper electricity suppliers out of business, forcing their customers to buy from Consumers or DTE instead at higher cost. MPSC commissioners appeared so intent on serving the financial interests of monopoly utility bosses that they ignored the counsel of their own lawyers."
But judges Thursday unanimously agreed with Glenn's contention last summer that the Public Service Commission “has no legal authority to just make it up as they go along to serve the financial interests of the state’s two monopoly utilities, in direct violation of the plain language, spirit, and intent of state and federal law, and at the cost of hundreds of millions in higher electricity costs each year to Michigan schools and businesses.”
Glenn pointed to the MPSC order last summer that imposed a "local clearing requirement" that threatened to eventually require electricity choice providers who compete with the state’s two regional electricity monopolies — Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison — to prove they can supply their customers using only electricity that’s generated in Michigan.
The MPSC had issued a final order just last week in which it delayed imposing such a requirement, but asserted its authority and intention to eventually "phase in" such a requirement over time.
“That’s like passing a law telling Michigan families, businesses, and schools we can only buy food or products that are grown or made in Michigan, no matter how much higher the price may be out of our family or business or local school budgets,” Glenn said. “Our objective should be just the opposite — to save electricity users as much money as possible, and make Michigan as competitive for new business, industry, and jobs as possible, by providing customers the cheapest electricity possible, regardless of whether it comes from a wind farm in North Dakota or an oil well in Texas.”
The MPSC’s “local clearing requirement” had threatened to eventually force competing electricity providers to buy more expensive energy generated exclusively in Michigan -- in practical terms, meaning competitors to Consumers and DTE would have been forced to buy from Consumers and DTE at higher cost -- which in turn would have threatened tens of millions in higher costs each year to public schools alone.
For example, in a letter last summer to the PSC. the Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative said it "has saved Michigan schools over $140 million — or $35 per student per year — through the (Electricity Choice) program, dollars that are returned directly back into the classroom.”
The cooperative’s membership includes Michigan Association of Independent School Administrators, Michigan Association of School Administrators, Michigan Association of School Boards, Michigan School Business Officials, and Middle Cities Education Association.
“We are certain that the Commission understands that many of the original legislative drafts…included a ‘local clearing requirement’ (later eliminated from the legislation) that would require alternative electric suppliers (AESs) to buy all or mostly all of their capacity locally in Michigan,” wrote cooperative Secretary-Treasurer Raymond Telman. “As you know, that language would have effectively eliminated the Electric Choice program, as DTE and Consumers own or have purchased virtually all local capacity and could and would either refuse to sell to AESs or sell to AESs at an above market price.”
Glenn also cited a July 25, 2017 letter to the PSC by House Majority Whip Rep. Rob Verheulen, R-Walker, and Rep. Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Twp., the primary sponsors of the compromise energy package approved by the Legislature in December 2016 and signed into law.
The legislation “deliberately removed this contentious (‘local clearing requirement’) language and in doing so, a compromise was reached,” Verheulen and Afendoulis wrote. “The final language clearly allows Alternative Energy Suppliers to use any resource allowed by (the Midwest’s federally-regulated regional electricity grid manager, Midcontinent Independent System Operator) to meet capacity obligations without reference to local resources.”
“We have strong concerns that the imposition by the Commission of any requirements on AESs in excess of those MISO requires…violates the legislative intent of (the new state energy law) and will place a significant additional burden on schools and businesses in our districts and all across Michigan,” they wrote. “It will also threaten the sustainability of the (Electricity Choice) program, the viability and continuation of which was a primary goal of the legislation.”
The proposed local generation requirement would have directly violated not only the new state energy law, but federal regulations as well, Glenn said, both of which expressly state — as Reps. Afendoulis and Verheulen referenced — that a competing electricity provider “can meet its capacity obligations through owned or contractual rights to any resource that the appropriate independent system operator allows to meet the capacity obligation of the electric provider.” MISO does not require competing energy suppliers that sell to Michigan customers to sell only electricity that’s generated in Michigan.
But the PSC ignored clear statements of legislative intent and state and federal law, declaring exactly the opposite of the legislative record and text: “The Commission found that a locational requirement is required under (the new state law) and that a locational requirement applicable to individual (competing energy suppliers) is allowed as part of the capacity obligations set forth by the Commission.”
If competing energy suppliers, eventually, are no longer allowed to sell cheaper electricity generated out of state and imported into Michigan, Kalamazoo Public Schools, as just one example, could be forced to spend $1 million more each year for electricity, taking that same amount out of the classroom, Glenn said.
Glenn said last summer that such a move would violate not only state and federal laws and regulations and give monopoly utilities the ability to squeeze their cheaper competitors out of business, but would constitute an unauthorized assumption of law-making power by Public Service Commissioners that simply does not exist in state law.
He cited at the time a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling in a 1993 lawsuit against the PSC by Midland Cogeneration Venture, the largest gas-fueled electricity and steam producing facility in North America, which is located in the legislative district Glenn represents.
The Court in 1993 had ruled that the PSC “possesses no common law powers but is a creature of the Legislature, and all of its authority must be conferred by clear and unmistakable language in specific statutory enactments, because doubtful power does not exist.” Midland Cogeneration Venture v. Public Service Commission, 199 Mich App 286, 295–96 (1993)
The Court of Appeals also ruled in 1999 that “where the Legislature has considered certain language and rejected it in favor of other language, the resulting statutory language should not be held to explicitly authorize what the Legislature explicitly rejected.” MCI Telecom Complaint, 460 Mich 396, 415 (1999).
The following major manufacturing organizations, among others, also sent letters last summer to the Public Service Commission sharing Glenn’s view that the PSC should not attempt to impose a local generation requirement for electricity sold in Michigan, a move they all said would be harmful to electricity users and Michigan’s economy:
* Association of Businesses Advocating Tariff Equity, a group of major manufacturers whose combined electricity and gas bills exceed $1 billion a year in Michigan alone: ABATE’s membership includes Dow Chemical Company, the largest employer in Glenn’s legislative district, for whom electricity is the single biggest cost of doing business, and nearby Hemlock Semiconductor, the largest consumer of electricity in Michigan. The group also includes General Motors, Marathon Petroleum, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and U.S. Steel.
* Michigan Chemistry Council, of which The Dow Chemical Company is also a member.
* The Michigan Chamber of Commerce.
* The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
* Spartan Stores
Lapeer, Mich. -- Two lawmakers who formerly represented Lapeer County in the state legislature in Lansing have endorsed state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., in the Republican primary election for the state Senate seat comprised of Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Twp., said in an endorsement statement Monday that "there is one candidate on the ballot who will always put his constituents above the Lansing power brokers, regardless of the political cost. That man is Rep. Gary Glenn."
"Gary has spent a lifetime fighting for conservative principals and the policies that define liberty and freedom for all," Pavlov wrote. "He helped lead the charge and build the coalition that resulted in Michigan becoming a Right to Work state. He continues to fight for lower energy bills for each and every family, business and farm in our state. He is working to repeal the Common Core State Standards that are having a devastating effect on our students and parents."
"These are long and difficult political battles that need to fought and won," Pavlov wrote. "Gary knows first hand just how difficult it can be when putting people ahead of the Lansing insiders, but he’ll gladly pay the price to ensure that the people of Michigan’s 31st Senate District have their voices heard at the state Capitol."
Pavlov, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, represented Lapeer County from 2011 to 2014 in the state Senate before district lines were redrawn following the 2010 census.
Pavlov joins former state Rep. John Stahl, R-North Branch, who represented Lapeer County in the state House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008, in endorsing Glenn's campaign.
"Gary has represented the voice of the people while not being dictated by special interests," Stahl wrote in an endorsement statement. "For example, Gary championed preserving the Electricity Choice Program that has already saved the schools of Lapeer County over $2.2. million. The money saved from this program can now be kept in the classroom to encourage the best possible education for each child."
"Gary has continually sought to cut taxes and make our tax dollars go further while remaining fiscally responsible. Actions such as these helped Gary to receive the Most Conservative Legislator of the Year Award," Stahl wrote. "He is also a faith-based person who shares our values of strong family, marriage and morals which he was able to represent as president of the Michigan chapter of the American Family Association."
Pavlov and Stahl join current state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, and former state Sen. Joel Gougeon, R-Bay City, in supporting Glenn's candidacy. In Lapeer County, Lapeer City Commissioner A. Wayne Bennett, Deerfield Twp. Trustee Marc Stover, and North Branch School Board Trustee Brenden Miller have also endorsed Glenn's candidacy.
Glenn has also been endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan and is the only Republican candidate endorsed by Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan, County Road Association of Michigan, and the Michigan Freedom Fund.
Glenn faces former state Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, in the Aug. 7th Republican primary. Daley's campaign is benefiting from an estimated $1 million independent expenditure campaign against Glenn by "dark money" front groups funded by Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison, who are unhappy with Glenn's opposition to the state's current electricity monopoly system.
Glenn strong on the 2nd Amendment: Endorsed by the NRA in 2016, rated A+, Daley not endorsed in 2014
June 19, 2018
Tuscola County Advertiser
By Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp.
Chairman, House Energy Policy Committee
When the campaign began for the state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties, I was honored to receive Sen. Mike Green’s support and thought there’d be three major issues:
- My opposition to the retiree pension tax, and Rep. Daley’s vote in favor of that tax.
- My leadership in the campaign against Proposal 1, the $2 billion roads tax increase rejected by 85 percent of voters in May 2015, and Daley’s vote and public comments in favor of that tax.
- My A+ grade and endorsement by the National Rifle Association in 2016, and the B-minus Daley received from NRA, without endorsement, when he ran against Sen. Green.
A new issue has emerged that’s maybe more important: is our state Senate seat for sale to monopoly utility bosses?
All those ads praising Daley or attacking me are paid for by Consumers Energy and/or DTE using corporate funds they take from our electricity bills to finance multiple “dark money” front groups located at the same street address near Lansing.
I serve as chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee. During my first term, monopoly utility bosses tried to eliminate the Electricity Choice program that allows a scant 10 percent of the electricity generated in Michigan to be bought from providers other than Consumers or DTE, who get the remaining 90 percent of the electricity market in their service areas by law, meaning most people are forced to buy from them at higher cost.
But 90 percent wasn’t enough. They demanded 100 percent, and I led the fight that stopped them.
What were the stakes?
Public schools alone have saved tens of millions of dollars under the Electricity Choice program – over $560,000 in Bay County, $1.5 million in Tuscola County, and $2.2 million in Lapeer County.
Those savings would have ended had I rolled over to monopoly utility bosses. Instead, I led the opposition. If elected to the state Senate, I’ll continue to lead.
That’s why they’ve spent $500,000 so far – money they take from our electricity bills – on ads propping up Daley’s campaign or falsely attacking me.
Under our current monopoly system, Consumers and DTE are also guaranteed a 10 percent annual profit by law, meaning they have tens of millions of dollars to spend trying to handpick and elect legislators who won’t threaten their monopoly control over electricity customers.
According to Crain’s Business Detroit, Consumers Energy’s PAC admitted it gave $2,500 to Kevin Daley’s campaign, but Consumers also gave $43.5 million since 2014 to “Citizens for Energizing Michigan’s Economy” – a “dark money” front group run from a law office at 2145 Commons Parkway, Okemos – which ran ads opposing Electricity Choice and is now running ads attacking me for supporting Electricity Choice, which they falsely characterize as “outsourcing” Michigan jobs.
Utility bosses are funding another “dark money” front group, the so-called “Faithful Conservatives for Michigan,” also located at 2145 Commons Parkway. Its deceptive ads don’t mention energy, instead promoting Kevin Daley or falsely attacking me.
Notably, two other “dark money” front groups operated out of that same street address: “Save Michigan Roads,” which promoted the massive Proposal 1 roads tax that Daley supported, and “Michigan’s Voice,” which attacked Rep. Gary Howell’s campaign in 2016.
Because these most recent ads don’t expressly say “vote for” Daley, they’re legally paid for with corporate funds, the money that monopoly utility bosses take from our ever-rising electricity bills. And you wondered why your electricity bill went up this past winter.
I believe all electricity customers should be free to choose where we buy electricity, and that customer choice and competition will bring down prices for all of us.
Utility bosses don’t like that, since it threatens their big take. And they’re spending big bucks because, based on my track record, they’re afraid I might get it done.
Obviously, they’d prefer a state senator instead they know won’t threaten their monopoly.
When the smoke clears, the choice really is this clear: Kevin Daley and big money from utility bosses scheming to protect their monopoly power, or Gary Glenn and big savings for our public schools, savings I’ll keep working to extend to all electricity customers. I’d appreciate your vote Aug. 7th.
Lawmaker joins elite group of only six honorees in 25 years
MIDLAND, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., is the first elected official and one of only six recipients over the last 25 years to be named a "Champion of Free Enterprise" by the Greater Michigan chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, headquartered in Midland.
Rep. Gary Glenn points to a plaque featuring the six individuals -- including himself -- who over the last quarter-century have been named "Champions of Free Enterprise" by the Greater Michigan chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.
Glenn Monday said he "has been honored to stand with the Associated Builders and Contractors for the last four decades in promoting the principles of free enterprise and competition that create jobs, grow our economy, and give society the best products and services at the best price."
Jimmy Greene, president and CEO of the contractors' organization, said "since the organization was formed in 1977, we have championed free enterprise and acknowledged those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to furthering that principle."
"In that time, we have previously awarded this honor to only five individuals," Greene said. "This year, based on his continued and outstanding advocacy of eliminating the state of Michigan’s 'prevailing wage' law, we have overwhelmingly supported naming our sixth recipient, state Rep. Gary Glenn."
Glenn two weeks ago was the lead speaker during floor debate in the state House of Representatives in favor of legislation to repeal the state "prevailing wage" law, which required that union scale wages and benefits be paid on all government construction projects including schools, other government buildings, and state roadways. The half century old state mandate is estimated to have added 20 percent or more to the cost to taxpayers of such projects.
The five individuals who preceded Glenn in the distinction include:
* Three prominent members and/or founders of the Greater Michigan chapter of ABC -- Jim Johnson of J.E. Johnson Co., Gary Elza of G.E. Insulation Co., and Brian Stadler of Wolgast Corp.
* Two prominent executives of The Dow Chemical Company -- former Michigan Operations Manager Rich Wells, and outgoing CEO Andrew Liveris.
"It is humbling to be listed among such a distinguished group of men who've made such dramatically positive contributions to the economic success of our communities in mid-Michigan," Glenn said.
On the House floor, Rep. Gary Glenn led the successful repeal of Michigan's so-called "prevailing wage" law, a government price-fixing scheme that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars more on government construction projects such as public roads and schools.