Around the same time a Republican majority in the Michigan House failed to pass a 0.2 percent income tax cut, all but six Republicans in the Michigan Senate voted to give $1.8 billion taxpayer dollars to a handful of developers over the next 20 years. There were 20 Republicans and seven Democrats who voted “yes.” No Democrats opposed the handouts, but six did not vote, along with one Republican who did not vote.

Six Republicans voted ‘no’: Pat Colbeck (Canton), Judy Emmons (Sheridan), Joe Hune (Fowlerville), Phil Pavlov (St. Clair Township), Tori Rocca (Sterling Heights) and Tonya Schuitmaker (Lawton).

Here’s a list of the Republicans who voted "Yes."

Darwin Booher, Evart

Tom Casperson, Escanaba

Mike Green, Mayville

Goeff Hansen, Hart

Dave Hildenbrand, Lowell

Ken Horn, Frankenmuth

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Rick Jones, Grand Ledge

Marty Knollenberg,, Troy

Mike Kowall, White Lake

Peter MacGregor, Rockford

Jim Marleau, Lake Orion

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, Olive Township

Mike Nofs, Battle Creek

Margaret O'Brien,Portage

John Proos, St. Joseph

Dave Robertson, Grand Blanc

Wayne Schmidt, Traverse City

Mike Shirkey, Clarklake

Jim Stamas, Midland

Dale Zorn, Ida


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The Republican Party fully controls most states and at the national level has captured the House, Senate and presidency. By many measures, the party has more power than it has had in many decades. But will that control last? And, more importantly, what policy priorities are coming about from these political victories?

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