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.
“The CCP’s authoritarian governance, human rights abuses, unfair economic practices, national security threats, disinformation campaigns, and lack of reciprocity all warrant caution,” Fink said. “Every legislator in this group of bill sponsors offers a unique professional experience related to the issues at hand: veterans, a farmer, a health care worker, a teacher, and more.”
“Sen. Lindsey is a Yale graduate and decorated soldier who chose to return to Michigan rather than pursuing a career anywhere else in the world, as he certainly could have,” Fink said. “Further, as a representative for the people of several of Michigan’s border communities, he knows better than anyone the toll that bad policies take on our population as our young people leave for neighboring states.”
State Rep. Andrew Fink (R-Adams Township) demanded stronger accountability measures for the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC). The representative criticized the Commission because of its recent controversy surrounding ethics violations, as well as the fundamental lack of accountability measures built into the Commission itself. The MICRC is composed of 13 commissioners appointed by the […]
“This budget plan will lead to lasting consequences in future years when we won’t have surplus dollars in the billions,” Fink said. “What’s worse is that this irresponsible plan doesn’t even include appropriations to fulfill the basic needs of communities like ours. Given the governor’s supposed commitment to roads, I was hopeful her friends in the legislature would prioritize local road and bridge improvements, but that’s not the case.”