Thursday, April 27, 2023, Lansing.
State Sen. Jonathan Lindsey, R-Allen, minced no words after Thursday's vote in the Democratic-led Senate Committee on Appropriations to approve a $175 million in state taxpayer funds for a $2.36 billion, Chinese-based electric vehicle battery factory.
“To say I am disappointed doesn’t truly depict the feeling I have for the Senate Appropriations Committee’s vote this afternoon. The Democratic majority continues to push Michigan backward and does so without any regard for the future of this state.
“Again and again, residents, lawmakers, former federal intelligence officials, among others, voiced their concerns with this proposal and the lack of transparent answers from Gotion officials. National security concerns were scoffed at and questions about the environmental impact went unanswered, while the answers the company did provide were often misleading and left out crucial information. Gotion Inc. and its representatives offered little to establish trust in the Big Rapids community and the state as a whole.
“This is not the recipe for a successful relationship and the company’s lack of transparency certainly doesn’t justify hundreds of millions in tax dollar investment.
“Our national relations with China continue to deteriorate, and the Chinese government has become more and more hostile to American companies and the American government. Despite this, and despite uncertainty about the future relationship between the two nations, Senate Democrats voted to send a Chinese Community Party-affiliated company hundreds of millions of dollars that could be invested elsewhere like our power grid, our infrastructure or American companies doing the same work that Gotion is doing."
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has called the Gotion Inc. project “the biggest ever economic development project in northern Michigan.”
But the project has drawn concerns from Democrats over salaries for the subsidized jobs and criticism from Republican legislators irate over its connections to China.
#Gotion’s official Articles of Association demand that they carry out activities “in accordance with the Constitution of the Communist Party of China.”
Think that statement sounds too bizarre to be true? Check out page four of the company’s own Articles of Association found at https://en.gotion.com.cn/uploads/file/20220728/1658971015278139.pdf… (2/g)
Senator Lana Theis, cosigner of the McBroom report that quashed efforts to audit Michigan's highly controversial 2020 election, is circulating the petition below.
MFE member J.D. Small urges all to sign and contact him if you'd like to do more to oppose the proposed Gotion plants. Call or Text J.D. at 517 281-5633.