State Rep. Cam Cavitt, of Cheboygan, today issued the following statement regarding taxpayer-funded economic development projects currently underway in Michigan that have ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP):
“It deeply concerns me to witness how the Lansing Democrats in majority have abused, and plan to continue misusing the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve (SOAR) Fund for their own agenda. I firmly oppose any attempts to utilize the SOAR fund as a gateway for inviting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) into our state. That is why I voted against SOAR funding for both the Gotion, and BlueOval projects in the Appropriations committee process.
“Our state’s resources should be used to support our citizens, not Chinese corporations. While I acknowledge the importance of attracting businesses to Michigan, our focus should primarily be on supporting and prioritizing local businesses – not solely the largest and most powerful. It’s imperative that we invest in our own workforce and communities right here in Michigan, rather than provide unwarranted handouts to foreign corporations that are already reaping record-high profits. Let us protect our homegrown businesses, empower our local communities, and ensure a prosperous future for all Michiganders.
“I will continue to urge my colleagues to focus on investing in education, infrastructure, and job training programs that will benefit all citizens and help build a strong and vibrant economy in the state.”
The projects referred take money out of the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve (SOAR) Fund to give $210 million to Ford Motor Company for a new electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility, BlueOval Battery Park, in the City of Marshall, $200 million to Our Next Energy for a battery plant in Wayne County and $175 million to Gotion Inc. for a battery plant in Mecosta County. Ford plans to partner with CATL, a Chinese battery company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party. Gotion is based in Hefei, China, where the Chinese government exerts totalitarian rule over every business in the country.
Cavitt is serving his first term in the Michigan House. He represents the 106th House District, which includes the Northern Michigan counties of Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, Presque Isle, and portions of both Oscoda and Cheboygan. He serves on the House Appropriations Committee.
“When they’re in the freezer, all deer look the same,” said Cavitt, R-Cheboygan. “Hunting is about more than finding the biggest buck. Michigan has too many deer. We hunters need to step up and look past trophy bucks to help manage the population.”
“Parental rights are key to a successful education system,” said Cavitt, R-Cheboygan. “Families should have complete access to the materials taught in school. Transparency guarantees our kids aren’t hit with radical ideas outside the scope of a normal education.”
“Michigan residents deserve more than what Democrats delivered in their financial disclosure package. I voted yes because the legislation is a step in the right direction. I’m just disappointed the step had to be so small. Transparency is important to me and every other Michigan resident. Forcing a 3 a.m. vote was irresponsible and exactly what we’re trying to get rid of.”
State Rep. Cam Cavitt, R-Cheboygan, will soon host local office hours in Mio and Wolverine. The meetings will take place at the following times and locations: Monday, November 13 Elmer Township Hall, Noon to 1 p.m., 863 W. Kittle Road in Mio Monday, November 27 Wolverine Community Center, Noon to 1 p.m., 5716 Main St. […]