Rep. Elsenheimer, having reserved the right to explain his protest against the passage of the bill, made the following statement:
“Mr. Speaker and members of the House:
Although I support the Wixom project and the jobs it will create, I take issue with the way Democrat lawmakers rammed this bill through the Legislature. Republican lawmakers were not allowed to debate the bill and properly offered amendments were ignored, in violation of the spirit of House rules, violating the basic premise of our democratic system of government. Further, Rep. Hugh Crawford, whose district includes the Wixom property, was never consulted by the majority regarding these bills that will have a dramatic impact on his constituents.
In a larger sense, MEGA credits symbolize exactly what is wrong with our economic strategy here in Michigan. We need to get away from this flawed policy of going after jobs one-at-at-time by giving huge incentives to company ‘A’ but then raising taxes on companies B, C, D and E to pay for it. Instead, we should focus on lowering taxes for everyone so we can create a competitive business environment favorable to job growth.
These tax credits will cost the state of Michigan more than $300,000 per job created.
For these reasons, I cannot support this bill at this time.”