Governor Whitmer Announces Support For Inflation Reduction Act, Citing Lower Prescription Drug & Energy Costs For MichigandersExperts say the new law brings cost of living down for Michigan families by reducing insurance premiums, energy bills and prescription drug costs with a deficit reduction and without a tax increase for family incomes under $400,000.

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

In August 2022, congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act which experts say will bring down cost of living for Michigan families and help the economy recover.

The Act has numerous provisions aimed at lowering costs including allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices, bringing down health insurance premiums, and lowering household energy costs. The law does this while simultaneously reducing the federal deficit and prohibiting any tax increases on families making under $400,000 a year.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has voiced her support for the Inflation Reduction Act citing how it will lower prescription drug and energy costs while boosting the economy because it will bring down costs of living for Michigan families and help continue economic recovery.

“This commonsense legislation will lower the cost of prescription drugs, health care, and energy, and create and protect millions of good-paying manufacturing jobs,” the governor said in a statement. “My administration is working every day to lower costs, and this legislation will provide even more relief to families.”

“This bill will keep more money in people’s pockets. For seniors on Medicare, out-of-pocket prescription drug costs will be capped at $2,000 a year and insulin will cost no more than $35 a month, saving lives. 13 million Americans will save $800 a year on premiums, and 3 million will be able to keep their insurance.”

Conservative commentator Tudor Dixon says she opposes the law, claiming “it will raise taxes on all Michiganders.”

Biden Gets Tough on China, Protects American InnovationThe Biden administration has worked to stymie Chinese access to technologies that would improve the country’s military capabilities.

Biden Gets Tough on China, Protects American Innovation

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

President Biden is getting tough on China. The country that the administration is calling the United States’ “greatest long-term rival,” surpassing even Russia, is now facing significant controls on what kinds of exports it receives.

The White House has been enlisting partner nations to join the United States in identifying a variety of technologies that are considered sensitive and of potential military use, like artificial intelligence, and working to prevent China from obtaining them.

China’s history of human rights abuses, including its extensive network of forced labor camps, are also driving the administration’s efforts.

“As China has become more aggressive, more belligerent, more active in its tech sector, the importance of managing the relationship with China through export controls has risen,” Alan F. Estevez, head of the Bureau of Industry and Security, said.

The aim of the restrictions is not to cripple the Chinese economy, U.S. officials explained, but to prevent China’s access to technologies that would advance their scientific and military capabilities.

Ford Sales Jump in 2022, Including Trucks and E-Vehicles Recovering from pandemic-era shortages, Ford Motor records jump in sales, with nearly 500,000 cars and trucks sold.

Ford Sales Jump in 2022, Including Trucks and E-Vehicles

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Ford Motor sales are up in the second quarter of 2022.

The company reported 483,688 cars and trucks sold this year, rebounding from a drop in 2021 sales caused by pandemic shortages. Sales of Ford’s F-Series pickup trucks have more than doubled since 2021, and sales of the Mustang Mach-E are up 72 percent.

Previously, automakers including Ford were strongly affected by the pandemic shortage of computer chips necessary for car manufacture, and many were forced to close plants.

Since bringing its plants back online, Ford has started production of the electric F-150 Lightings. 2,296 have been sold since April 2022.

Michigan Small Business Revenue Up 24% Under Whitmer AdministrationA new report from Opportunity Insights shows that Michigan’s small business revenue has grown by 24 percent under Gov. Whitmer, beating the national average and earning State Small Business Credit Initiative funding from the U.S. Treasury.

Unemployment Declining in All 83 Michigan Counties

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Small businesses in Michigan are experiencing a boom during the Whitmer administration, according to a new report published by Opportunity Insights’ Economic Tracker. The report noted that in January 2022, small business revenue grew by a staggering 24 percent compared to January 2020, well ahead of the national 6.9 percent increase. Retail revenue enjoyed a particular boost, increasing by 80.3 percent during that time period.

Additionally, the total number of small businesses in Michigan rose, going up 8.5 percent.

Experts are saying these increases are the direct result of actions taken by Gov. Whitmer, including allocating funding for Michigan small business through a variety of initiatives like the Michigan Mainstreet Initiative, which has granted $500 million dollars to help small businesses grow and the Growing MI Business Grants program that ensures “Michigan businesses have the resources they need to build on our economic momentum.”

Additionally, economists are pointing to Whitmer’s small business tax cut that enabled businesses to grow and create jobs.

Whitmer calls small businesses “the backbone of our economy,” and says that future support will lead to “even better numbers in the future.

Whitmer’s Statewide Road-Building Projects Break New Ground, Grow Economy & Create 90,000 Jobs The Governor’s investment in the road infrastructure of 11 different counties across the state has created over 5,400 new jobs.

Another Strong Jobs Report as Companies Hire 455,000 in March, Beating Expectations

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer continues to make good on her promise to “fix the damn roads.” Earlier this month, major road building projects across 11 different counties broke ground, adding to the administration’s already considerable track record. During Whitmer’s tenure, Michigan has seen improvements made to over 16,000 lane miles of road and 1,200 bridges, work that has supported nearly 89,000 jobs.

When this latest batch of projects kicked off, Whitmer said that “investments like these … will support over 5,427 jobs and help drivers go to work, drop their kids off at school, and run errands safely.”

With financing through the governor’s two signature infrastructure bills, the Rebuilding Michigan Plan and the Building Michigan Together Plan, Whitmer’s administration has now invested 70 percent more in the state’s roads than had been spent in the four years prior to her election.

“​​I’m proud of what we have accomplished,” Whitmer said. “Let’s keep moving dirt and getting it done.”

Whitmer Releases Plan for Immediate $500 Rebate Checks to Michigan Families After turning a $3 billion deficit into a $7 billion surplus, the governor says she wants to put the money back in people’s pockets right away to address higher costs.

Whitmer Releases Plan for Immediate $500 Rebate Checks to Michigan Families

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proposed taking advantage of the state’s $7 billion tax surplus by delivering $500 rebate checks to families across the state.

“From Macomb to Marquette, Michiganders are facing rising prices on food, gas, and other everyday expenses,” Governor Whitmer explained. “While the causes are varied…the pain being felt by people is tangible.”

Experts say that the Whitmer Administration oversaw the state through its best economic recovery in its history last year, turning a projected $3 billion deficit into a $7 billion surplus. However, Russia’s war in Ukraine and pandemic-related supply chain issues has put a squeeze on many family budgets throughout Michigan.

In addressing legislative leaders from both parties, Whitmer asked for them to rise to the occasion, saying, “Let’s draw on the grit and determination our working families show every day and let’s get it done.”

Ford Announces New Michigan Manufacturing Jobs Thanks To Key Whitmer InitiativeGovernor Whitmer and Ford work together to invest over $2 billion to create over 3,200 well-paying manufacturing jobs that cannot be shipped overseas.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces that Ford will invest $2 billion in manufacturing plants in Michigan.

This investment is expected to create over 3,200 manufacturing jobs in Michigan and is supported by Governor Whitmer’s Critical Industry Investment Program, which she signed into law December 2021. “With this announcement, Michigan has added nearly 25,000 auto jobs since I took office,” said Whitmer, “and we continue to lead the future of mobility and electrification.”

The investment into five plants in Southeast Michigan will help secure the state’s global competitiveness in internal combustion and electric vehicle manufacturing. In addition, this boost in manufacturing jobs will have a knock-on effect across the entire state adding upwards of 14,000 additional jobs and up to $22.5 billion in new personal income over the next 16 years.

The income generated by these jobs will help individuals and small businesses recover from the economic impact of the COVID pandemic and help spur redevelopment and investment in the state for commercial and residential purposes, Whitmer explained.

Echoing Whitmer’s support, Republican Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth said, “Michigan workers…deserve the good-paying jobs and long-term commitment this project will provide.”

Speaking at the announcement, Governor Whitmer praised Ford’s investment. “We are thrilled that Ford is advancing its long legacy in Michigan…let’s continue in this spirit of collaboration to keep growing our economy, creating jobs,” she urged.

Whitmer Discusses Overcoming Partisan Obstruction to Create Jobs, Lower Rx Drug Costs for Michigan FamiliesAnalysis shows that Whitmer is willing to fight partisan obstructionism to deliver for Michigan families.

Whitmer Discusses Overcoming Partisan Obstruction to Create Jobs, Lower Rx Drug Costs for Michigan Families

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

In the last year, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has overseen the passage of several pieces of legislation to create jobs, improve infrastructure, and crack down on the pharmaceutical industry—many times over the objection of Republican lawmakers in Lansing.

Whitmer successfully advocated for the creation of a $1 billion economic development fund designed to attract business investment to Michigan which, after being signed into law, helped Michigan add 220,000 jobs in 2021.

She fought and beat back critics in her quest to repair or rebuild over 13,000 lane miles of road and 900 bridges, supporting approximately 82,000 jobs. Earlier this year, Whitmer successfully advocated for the enactment of two plans, Building Michigan Together and Rebuilding Michigan Plan, focused on additional infrastructure improvements and job growth.

Despite a Republican majority in the Michigan state legislature, Whitmer was able to push through legislation aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs for Michigan residents and ensuring fair and transparent drug pricing practices. The legislation, which Whitmer signed into law in February 2022, reined in the costs tacked on by licensing pharmacy benefits managers—middlemen who control whether patients can access their prescriptions and how much they pay.

Additionally, under Whitmer’s direction, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel sued major drug companies over their role in the state’s opioid crisis, resulting in a nearly $800 million settlement. Whitmer signed into law two bills directing the money into new investments in treating and preventing opioid abuse, including support for people in recovery and training programs for first responders.

Whitmer Highlights Record of Working With Both Parties to Create Jobs, Cut Taxes, and Lower Rx Drug CostsGovernor Whitmer has a track record of collaboration across party lines. “Since I took office,” Whitmer says, “I have been focused on getting things done and I will work with anyone to deliver on the kitchen-table issues that matter most to Michiganders.”

Whitmer Highlights Record of Working With Both Parties to Create Jobs, Cut Taxes, and Lower Rx Drug Costs

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Since taking office in 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been the head of a divided government, with a Republican-majority state legislature; Republicans currently hold a 58-52 majority in the Michigan State House and a 22-16 majority in the State Senate. Recently, Whitmer touted how she has been able to work with the Republican majority on a variety of issues from infrastructure to prescription drug reform to get things done, citing that she has signed more than 800 bipartisan bills during her term.

Whitmer pointed to the fact that she secured support from both parties for serious investments in infrastructure, including the repair or rebuilding of over 13,000 lane miles of road and 900 bridges, supporting approximately 82,000 jobs.

Earlier this year, Whitmer drew praise from Michigan Republican leaders for spearheading a majorinvestment from General Motors, which is expected to bring 4,000 jobs to the state.

House Speaker Jason Wentworth, the top Republican in the Michigan House, thanked Governor Whitmer for her willingness “to work with anyone from either side of the aisle to find a way to make this work.”

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarkdale, called the news “historic” and noted, “High-quality jobs don’t have a party affiliation.”

In her remarks, Governor Whitmer called the investment “proof of what’s possible when we work together.”

Whitmer has also garnered the support of business leaders like Meijer CEO Rick Keyes, who said the Montcalm County-based company was “proud to support” new legislation designed to lower prescription drug costs for all Michiganders.

Whitmer Takes on China, Cracks Down on Outsourcing to Invest in Michigan Families“The future of mobility and manufacturing ought to be stamped with words that make us all proud: ‘Made in the USA,’ or better yet, ‘Made in Michigan,’” Whitmer said at a White House event; experts say her track record as Michigan Governor already shows a commitment to Michigan’s working families and to driving investment in the state.

Whitmer Takes on China, Cracks Down on Outsourcing to Invest in Michigan Families

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

On March 9, Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined economic leaders at the White House to push for semiconductor manufacturing to move back to the United States.

“We cannot allow China to outcompete us on chip manufacturing and dominate everything from electronics to electric vehicles and countless other future technologies that we all need,” Whitmer said.

Experts say Whitmer already has a track record of creating jobs and driving investment in manufacturing that helps Michigan’s working families compete with China. She spearheaded investments in Michigan’s development fund, which has helped Michigan companies like GM create more than 220,000 jobs in the state that can’t be shipped overseas, part of a key strategy to crack down on corporations that outsource jobs to foreign countries.

Whitmer has also emphasized crucial investments in infrastructure here at home that can help Michigan workers bring goods to a global marketplace, like repairing or rebuilding over 13,000 lane miles of road and 900 bridges while supporting approximately 82,000 jobs.

Whitmer’s 2022 budget also looked to further bolster Michigan’s workforce and keep the state competitive with China, using proceeds from a $7 billion surplus to invest in Michigan Reconnect, a program that helps Michiganders 25 and up on a tuition-free path to higher education or skills training needed in a global economy.

Fox News Criticizes GOP Plan to Raise Taxes, “Sunset” Social Security and MedicareA Fox News host questioned the Senate Republican Leadership plan to “raise taxes on half of Americans and potentially sunset programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.”

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

A Fox News Host criticized the Republican proposal to raise Americans’ taxes and possibly eliminate critical programs like Medicare and Social Security.

In an interview, Fox News host John Roberts asked Republican Senator Rick Scott about aspects of the Senate Republican Leadership’s plan, including a tax hike that would impact working families and a provision “allowing federal programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to sunset or expire within five years.”

Quoting the Republican plan directly, Roberts questioned the effect it would have. “That would raise taxes on half of Americans,” said Roberts.

Scott claimed that the provision is meant to “fix” Medicare and Social Security, and that the tax hike will ensure that Americans “have some skin in the game.”

Senator Scott has previously refused to answer questions about the plan.

New Poll: Voters Disapprove of GOP Plan to Raise Taxes for 100 Million Americans, Slash Social Security and MedicareVoters across the political spectrum oppose Senate Republican Leadership plan to raise taxes while potentially eliminating healthcare programs Americans rely on.

Report: Senate GOP Plan Could ‘Sunset’ Social Security & Medicare In Five Years

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Republicans, Independents and Democrats all agree: they are opposed to the Senate Republican Leadership plan to raise Americans’ taxes and cut back Social Security and Medicare.

The Senate Republican Leadership plan, released by Florida Senator Rick Scott, “would raise taxes on about 100 million working class Americans” and make it possible for “programs like Social Security and Medicare” to be totally eliminated by Congress.

According to Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, the plan would “raise taxes more than $1 trillion over 10 years” for “more than half of Americans.”

Recent polls show that the majority of voters across the political spectrum are united in their opposition to the plan.

The Hill reports that Senator Scott, who serves as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has been “going full steam ahead” with the plan’s promotion.