What Is Republican Senator Mike Bishop Doing?

The House passed three bills (MI HB 4044, 4045, & 4046) to repeal Michigan’s drug liability laws.

What is Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop’s response?

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop has said the bills won’t be a priority in his chamber.

I hope that means he’s hard at work on his counter budget proposal. But something tells me that’s not the case.

So he doesn’t want to help Michigan consumers and he still doesn’t have a list of programs he would like to cut from the budget. What is Republican Senator Mike Bishop doing?

He’s been sending out press releases like this one (PDF), with quotes like this:

“Michigan is currently in a state of economic crisis, but closing prisons, reducing our state police force and putting the public’s safety in jeopardy is not the way to solve our budget shortfalls.

“For our part, Senate Republicans have no interest in playing politics with public safety. Despite no warning from the governor’s administration, Senate Republicans will do what we were sent to Lansing to do – to find solutions to serious problems like these without endangering Michigan families and neighborhoods.”

And we’re still waiting for those solutions, Senator Bishop…hello?…hello?…Michigan to Senator Bishop…Budget proposals needed from you…All we see is vapor…

[Update: Your colleague Senate Minority Leader Mark Schauer (D) is sitting across the aisle Senator Bishop, eagerly awaiting your proposals.]

[Update again: Senator Bishop says the 2% sales tax on services is not the solution. But he still doesn’t offer any specifics. He sticks to his mantra: government bad, taxes bad. (This reminds me of “Napster Bad!”.)

“We honestly believe it can be done,” said Bishop calling for the consolidation of services to make the required budget cuts.
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Advocating substantial reform, Bishop was seemingly short on specifics.

His faith in his own party’s ability to make budget cuts without raising taxes is not matched by any empirical evidence so far that they have the skills to do so.

“This is not about Republicans or Democrats, it is about common sense,” said Bishop. “I can’t get over the fact that this idea of a tax increase is even on the table.”

I can’t get over the fact that this man has the unmitigated gall to spout on and on about what he’s against, but yet he provides not one solution. And what’s an even bigger act of passive idiocy is the way the press in this state is letting him get away with it!]

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