State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer withdrew a federal lawsuit against Enbridge. The lawsuit sought to revoke a 1953 easement agreement allowing for the Line 5 pipeline to exist. A separate lawsuit in state court still is attempting to shut down Line 5:
“This was a frivolous lawsuit hatched from a campaign promise, and existing suits are no different. The governor hoped the Biden administration would put its foot down and end Line 5, but it has indicated it isn’t planning to do so.
“People across northern Michigan are worried about what the governor’s continued attempts to shut down Line 5 would mean for their homes, families and small businesses. That anxiety is not going away as long as these lawsuits continue. There are viable alternatives to shutting the pipeline down altogether, such as a tunnel project, that would ensure the safety of our Great Lakes while delivering resources that people need. The governor has balked at such a common-sense solution, and desperately went to Washington, D.C. for help.
“I am hopeful other lawsuits meet the same fate as this one. We need practicality as we approach this challenge, not pointless litigation and partisan stubbornness.”
State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, today issued the following statement after the Whitmer-Gilchrist administration highlighted 2021 accomplishments on early learning and child care. Markkanen has spearheaded needed reforms to Michigan’s child-care system during the current legislative term: “Part of solving our child-care challenges in Michigan is making sure all corners of the state have […]
State Rep. Greg Markkanen today said the Legislature will continue to review the rampant fraud discovered at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Unemployment Insurance Agency to better protect Michigan taxpayers.