State Rep. Jamie Thompson, of Brownstown, today issued the following statement after the Whitmer administration presented its Marshall-based Ford project plan to the House Appropriations Committee. The plan includes a potential $15 million in taxpayer dollars to help Norfolk Southern Railway Company expand its operations in Michigan. The idea was presented just weeks after a Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed in Ohio, causing toxic chemicals to be released. Recently, another Norfolk Southern train derailed in Van Buren Township, just outside of Detroit:
“Norfolk Southern needs to be clear about what happened and why this is happening. There needs to be accountability. The company needs to be transparent about what it’s doing to protect the public, address these issues and prevent future incidents before a single cent of our hard-earned tax dollars is handed over to help it grow its business in Michigan.
“These derailments have impacted communities and families. The Ohio crisis has uprooted people’s lives while leaving them wondering if the air they are breathing and the water they are drinking is safe. The recent derailment outside of Detroit provided a similar scare for people in surrounding areas initially because of the attention the Ohio derailment has been rightfully getting.
“I was under the impression Gov. Whitmer’s administration was focused on environmental issues, but her willingness to cut this company a check in the midst of these problems says otherwise.”
State Rep. Jamie Thompson, of Brownstown, today issued the following statement after plans to demolish the 112-year-old Reading Building in Flat Rock were finalized and the building’s demolition is imminent. Thompson represents Flat Rock in the Michigan House: “I am disappointed in this outcome. This building has had generations of people pass through its doors […]
State Rep. Jamie Thompson today voted in favor of a plan that provides a new way to sign up for the state’s organ donor registry and supply people with life-saving treatment. Currently, people may choose to be organ donors through their driver’s license or state ID card, a will, a formal donor card or verbally […]
State Rep. Jamie Thompson today expressed concerns with recently advanced budget plans – outlining wasteful spending and the removal of critical transparency measures for taxpayers and their families. “At a time when workers and families across Michigan are struggling with their own budgets, state government is spending over $80 billion and continuing to grow theirs,” […]
A plan spearheaded by state Rep. Jamie Thompson that will provide crucial tax cuts for small businesses throughout the state was signed into law today by the governor. Senate Bill 97, now Public Act 27 of 2023, mirrored Thompson’s House Bill 4055 by offering clarity so that equipment used for industrial processing to produce aggregate […]
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