Whitmer calls for abuse of Reconnect program during state address
State Rep. Andrew Fink (R-Adams Township) issued the following statement after Gov. Whitmer advocated for misusing Reconnect program dollars for taxpayer-funded college tuition for all tonight during her 2023 State of the State address:
“Now more than ever, as Michigan families struggle to afford the inflated costs of everyday items, taxpayers simply cannot afford to foot the bill for Gov. Whitmer’s unrealistic plans to institute taxpayer-funded college for all.
“Michigan’s Reconnect program was never intended to fulfill such heavy-handed promises. It was meant to provide targeted scholarships only to adult learners returning to school to earn their first associate degree or skilled trades certification.
“This is yet another example of the governor’s efforts to score partisan points at the expense of hardworking Michigan taxpayers. The people I represent see through her antics and aren’t interested in footing the bill for her reckless promises.”
“I learned so many important lessons from my time in the Marine Corps that I carry with me to this day,” said Fink, a Marine Corps veteran. “Today and every day, we should honor the veterans who helped maintain the free and safe country we enjoy every day.”
“Rushing headlong into solar and wind energy dependence will be costly – and Michigan residents are the ones who will foot the bill,” Fink said. “Further, it will make our grid even less reliable across Michigan. The power outages we have experienced in our rural areas in recent years will only get worse. Essentially, you’ll be paying more but getting less.”
“Transparency and accountability to the people are crucial parts of our system of government,” said Fink. “We must have systems in place to hold legislators accountable when conflicts of interest arise.”
“I’m pleased to see Democrats have come to their senses and pulled this bill off the committee docket. There’s no need for additional Court of Appeals judges in Michigan. The number of case filings has not increased, and our current judges are more than capable of handling existing cases. This was a clear attempt to pack our courts with Democrat influence and manipulate judgeships to the detriment of our justice system.”