My plan supports trade agreements that put Michigan businesses and workers on a level playing field with other countries.

— Terri Lynn Land

Michigan First: Why I Oppose Common Core

By on August 29, 2014 |

Back to school season is already upon us. I’m a mom, and the thing that was always on top of my mind this time of year was making sure my kids were getting a good education.

As moms, dads, grandparents and loved ones across Michigan send their kids off for their first days of school, it’s important to discuss how we can put Michigan students first, better serve them and ensure they have the high-quality education they deserve.

A bedrock principle of America’s education system is local funding and local control of schools, that means putting Michigan first, not Washington. I support ending the Washington-imposed standards on local schools in Common Core and returning the power to our teachers, local communities and parents.

I believe Michigan moms, dads and teachers know what’s best for our kids, not Washington insiders. We need more state and local control of education, rather than the one-size-fits-all, top-down approach of the Obama Administration.

What’s best for Chicago is not what’s best for Cheboygan. By returning control to local communities, we will put Michigan First and ensure a stronger education for our children that will prepare them for the future.

- Terri Lynn Land

What They Are Saying About…Terri Lynn Land’s Michigan First Plan for Roads, Bridges and Highways

By on August 27, 2014 |

“Land hits Rep. Gary Peters over ‘Michigan’s crumbling roads.’” – National Journal

 “Land proposed…letting states like Michigan decide” – Detroit News

 “Land on Tuesday unveiled a plan she said would give Michigan more flexibility to determine its own road funding future by reducing federal gas taxes.” – MLive

 “I applaud Terri Lynn Land for putting forth an innovative approach that will produce better results for Michigan roads without raising taxes.” Congressman Dave Camp

 “Land’s plan will keep Michigan tax dollars in Michigan.” – State Rep. Kevin Cotter

Yesterday, Terri Lynn Land released her Michigan First Plan for Roads, Bridges and Highways and a related television advertisement. Statewide coverage and praise of Land’s plan and advertisement follow.

What the Press is Saying

 Detroit News

“Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land proposed Tuesday slashing federal gas taxes by 78 percent to four cents a gallon and letting states like Michigan decide whether to replace the revenue for highway and bridge construction.” (David Shepardson, “Land proposes cutting 75 percent of federal gas tax,” Detroit News, 8/27/14)

  • “Land argues that lifting federal requirements would allow more money to be spent directly on roads and bridges.”
  • “She attacked rival U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, in a new 30-second TV ad released Tuesday for saying Congress ‘siphons’ off gas tax revenue when Michigan gets more highway funding from the federal government than it sends to Washington. “


Washington Free Beacon: Peters Profits from Detroit Water

By on August 27, 2014 |

Michigan Democrat Gary Peters has earned thousands of dollars from the Detroit water system that has been attacked by many on the left for cutting off water to struggling residents.

Peters, a three-term congressman, has invested between $15,001 and $50,000 in Detroit Water Supply bonds through a trust fund. Those bonds netted him between $1,001 and $2,500 in 2013, according to his most recent campaign finance disclosure, and will earn him thousands more by the time the bonds mature in 2029.

The utility began shutting down water to residents who were behind on their bills in the midst of the record-setting municipal bankruptcy. The city instituted a brief moratorium on shutoffs that kept the water on for all residents. That moratorium ended Monday night, meaning that the city could begin shutting down service to homes that failed to pay 10 percent on their outstanding balance, though some have received an extension until Thursday.

Activists fighting the shutoff have condemned statewide politicians for failing to take the lead on the water showdown. Demeeko Williams, political director of the Detroit Water Brigade, which hands out water to cut off residents, said Peters could send a message by returning his profits to aid needy residents.

“There’s been no leadership, but that would be a start in the right direction,” he said.  “These politicians are not being responsible when it comes to Detroit and its citizens.