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. “

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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.

MLive: Terri Lynn Land pitches plan to keep federal gas taxes in Michigan for road projects

By on August 26, 2014 |

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land on Tuesday unveiled a plan she said would improve Michigan roads by allowing the state to keep most federal gas taxes rather than await return appropriations.

The plan is similar to a rejected Senate proposal that would have reduced reliance on the federal Highway Trust Fund, which is used for highway and mass transit projects around the country but has been running on fumes.

Land’s proposal would allow states to keep 15 cents of the 18.4-cent per-gallon federal gas tax, which is in addition to Michigan’s own 19-cent gas tax. Federal block grants would be used to fund transportation projects during a multi-year transition period.

The concept, which some call “devolution,” would cut out the “the Washington middleman,” giving Michigan and other states greater flexibility to design their own transportation funding mechanisms, according to a description on Land’s website.

“We know how to fix our roads and bridges, and what solutions work to reduce traffic congestion and keep Michigan roads safe,” Land said in a statement. “We do not need D.C. telling us what to do or how to do it.”

Various conservative groups, including The Heritage Foundation and the Club for Growth, have backed similar plans. But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has run television ads supporting Land in Michigan, opposes the approach.

“Devolving responsibility to the states means we’d lose national connectivity essential to moving American goods, economic growth, and global competitiveness,” Chamber President and CEO Thomas Donahue said in February.

Along with the road plan, the Land campaign on Tuesday also released a new television ad attempting to link her Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, to Michigan potholes and other local transportation woes.

“Under Congressman Peters’ watch, Michigan gas taxes are siphoned off by Washington,” according to the ad. The critique arguably could be levied against most any lawmaker, including Michigan Republicans who serve with Peters in the GOP-controlled House.

Michigan Lawmakers, Small Biz Support Terri Lynn Land’s Michigan First Plan for Roads, Bridges and Highways

By on August 26, 2014 |

Today civic and business leaders across Michigan signed on to support Terri Lynn Land’s Michigan First Plan for Roads, Bridges and Highways.

Congressman Dave Camp, Michigan’s 4th U.S. Congressional District

“In Congress, I have fought hard to find ways to properly maintain and improve our nation’s infrastructure priorities without raising prices at the pump for hard-working American families.  At every step of the way, I have faced Democratic opposition that simply wants to raise the gas tax on those who can least afford it to continue a status quo on highway funding.  Our highway system funding is badly in need of reform.  I applaud Terri Lynn Land for putting forth an innovative approach that will produce better results for Michigan roads without raising taxes.  Washington needs more people like her who can look beyond politics as usual and find solutions that actually work for Michigan families.”  


State Representative Kevin Cotter, 99th District (Isabella County, & 10 townships in Midland County)

“We continue to work hard to find a solution to add to the hundreds of millions that we have invested in Michigan’s infrastructure this year, but it is time for the federal government to get out of the way. Terri Lynn Land’s plan will keep Michigan tax dollars in Michigan, not let Washington politicians siphon them off to other states, and let us decide how we can best fix our roads.”

State Representative Kurt Heise, 20th District (City of Northville, Northville Township, the City of Plymouth, Plymouth Township, and the eastern area of Canton Township)

“As a member of the House Transportation Committee, I applaud Terri Land’s road funding plan. Eliminating the Washington DC middleman and empowering state and local governments to make road funding decisions is something I can support.”

David Quinton Worthams, MSLS Commissioner, Kalamazoo County Road Commission 

“The time has come for Michigan’s road tax dollars to be spent on Michigan roads.  Terri Lynn Land’s plan will empower MDOT and local road commission, like the Kalamazoo County road commission, to invest money into our crumbling infrastructure where we know it is needed.  Too many times, Congressional earmarks send Michigan’s taxes to other states, who in turn build transit systems that don’t raise enough funds in fares to operate efficiently.  This plan keeps our money here at home and will give us the road system that Michigan needs and deserves.”

Charlie Owens, State Director, National Federation of Independent Business 

“When it comes to funding roads and bridges, Washington is the problem not the solution. Terri Lynn Land’s proposal would keep Michigan taxpayer money here where it belongs and where it can be used to fix our roads.”

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On Women’s Equality Day, Gary Peters Must End Wage Discrimination, Raise Female Staffers’ Wages

By on August 26, 2014 |

On the anniversary of Women’s Equality Day, Terri Lynn Land called on Congressman Gary Peters end the wage discrimination in his office.

“Today I call on Congressman Gary Peters to stand up for Michigan women, end the wage discrimination in his own office and give his female staffers a raise so they no longer make only 67 cents on the dollar compared to his male staffers,” said Terri Lynn Land. “I support equal pay for equal work, that’s why I support the Equal Pay Act, and that is why I call on Congressman Peters to end his own wage discrimination. As Kent County Clerk and Michigan’s Secretary of State, I always worked hard to ensure fair pay and flexible time so that working moms and dads could have the good wages and flexible hours they needed to make a good living.”

According to Congressman Peters’ own math and the math used by the White House to push the Paycheck Fairness Act, the women in his office make only 67 cents for every dollar a male staff member makes.

 

Terri Lynn Land’s Michigan First Plan for Roads, Bridges and Highways

By on August 26, 2014 |

Today, Terri Lynn Land, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate and former Michigan Secretary of State, released her Michigan First Plan to improve Michigan’s roads, bridges and highways and a related television advertisement.

“Michigan’s roads have been in horrible shape for years,” said Terri Lynn Land. “It’s time to get D.C. out of the way and put Michigan First so we can finally fix our roads. My plan is simple: let’s keep about 15 cents per gallon of what Michigan’s motorists and truckers pay in federal gas taxes when we fill up our tanks. We know how to fix our roads and bridges, and what solutions work to reduce traffic congestion and keep Michigan roads safe. We do not need D.C. telling us what to do or how to do it.”

Under Congressman Peters’ watch, Michigan roads have crumbled and Michigan motorists have been getting shortchanged when it comes to road repairs. Michigan sends tax dollars to Washington, D.C., but thanks to lobbyists and bureaucrats, Michigan doesn’t get our fair share back.

Terri’s Michigan First Plan for Roads, Bridges and Highways Includes:

  • Gradually Reduce the Federal Gas Tax: Over several years, Congress should reduce the 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax to around 4 cents and allow states to decide how they can best pay for the transportation infrastructure they need. During this transition, Michigan’s transportation infrastructure projects would be funded through federal block grants.
  • Eliminate Federal Bureaucratic Red Tape: States lose up to 20% of our gas tax dollars complying with Washington’s rules and regulations. Cutting out the federal government will save billions of dollars over the long term. That means more money spent on asphalt and steel, and less on red tape.
  • Let States Decide: Empowering states to make decisions about how to maintain, build, and upgrade their transportation infrastructure will produce better, more locally oriented decisions. I want people from Michigan, not bureaucrats, deciding how to run our transportation infrastructure.

 

What They’re Saying About… Terri Lynn Land’s 2014 Michigan Republican Convention Speech

By on August 25, 2014 |

 Detroit Free Press: “[Peters] is a hypocrite, flip-flopper and beholden to President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid”

“Detroit News: She also hammered [Peters] for his positions on immigration, road funding and outsourcing a contract to China”

Associated Press: “Terri Lynn Land railed on the record of her Democratic opponent”

On Saturday, Terri Lynn Land spoke to a crowd of 5,000 people at the Michigan Republican Convention in Novi. The following is coverage of her convention address.

“Former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, R-Byron Center, went first slamming U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, claiming he is a hypocrite, flip-flopper and beholden to President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. ‘Whenever men tell me about a war on women, I’m suspicious,’ she said to a packed house at the Suburban Collection Showplace convention center in Novi. ‘Can you say hypocrisy? I’m not going to be lectured to by a man who pays the women in his office .67 cents on the dollar.’” (Kathleen Gray, “Conventions in Michigan mark official kick-off of U.S. Senate race,” Detroit Free Press, 8/23/14) (more…)

Detroit Free Press: Conventions mark official kick-off of U.S. Senate race

By on August 23, 2014 |

Former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, R-Byron Center, went first slamming U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, claiming he is a hypocrite, flip-flopper and beholden to President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “Whenever men tell me about a war on women, I’m suspicious,” she said to a packed house at the Suburban Collection Showplace convention center in Novi. “Can you say hypocrisy? I’m not going to be lectured to by a man who pays the women in his office .67 cents on the dollar.”


She also hammered him for his positions on immigration, road funding and outsourcing a contract to China when he was director of the state Lottery. “As a mom, it hurts to see all these children here alone. We need to get these children back to their parents,” she said about the thousands of children crossing the border from Central America. “But we’re not going to fix until we secure the border.”

Excerpts of Terri Lynn Land’s Remarks at the 2014 Michigan Republican Convention

By on August 23, 2014 |

The following are excerpts of Terri Lynn Land’s remarks at the 2014 Michigan Republican Convention, which drew a standing ovation from the crowd of 5,000 people.

“I’m Terri Lynn Land, and I’m running for the United States Senate to represent the great state of Michigan because Washington is broken, and now it’s breaking Michigan.  We need a Senator who will put Michigan First!


“I have had plenty of men try to boss me around. They tried to tell me what to do, what jobs I could have, what to think and that I could never win an elective office in Michigan as a woman.  But you know what?  I never backed down.  I was not only leaning in before it was cool – I was winning elections.


“Congressman Peters on the other hand, while holding himself out as a champion of women, pays 67 cents on the dollar to women for every dollar he pays men.  Can you say hypocrisy?  So I’ve got a message for Congressman Peters today: I’m not going to be lectured about equal pay by a man who pays women in his office 67 cents on the dollar!


“We must repeal and replace ObamaCare with a patient-focused system that puts Michigan men and women first.


“It’s time to stop letting Washington decide how our gas tax dollars get spent.  We know how to fix our own roads.  We don’t need Washington telling us what to do. So let’s stop playing politics and finally fix our roads! (more…)