State Rep. Andrew Fink today expressed his disapproval of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s efforts to bring a Chinese Communist Party-linked company to Michigan.
Whitmer this week issued a statement from Davos, Switzerland – site of the World Economic Forum – declaring her support for wooing a new battery manufacturing plant with ties to Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), a company based in China. Earlier this week Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin withdrew his state from pursuit of the project, given the ties to China.
“Gov. Youngkin has the right idea – involving the Chinese Communist Party in the production of American electric vehicles is a bad move that stands to threaten U.S. economic stability and security,” said Fink, R-Adams Township. “Michigan should follow suit and reject this investment, sending the message that we do not support the CCP’s corrupt trade practices and showing our commitment to protecting our state and national economy and the personal privacy of Michiganders.”
Fink said he will strongly oppose any effort to use state taxpayer dollars to bring the China-affiliated project to Michigan.
“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.”