Senator Jim Runestad's Press Releases

Runestad on Dem’s 2025 budget plan: ‘Michigan taxpayers will not be able to afford the bill when the party’s over’

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, on Wednesday issued the following statement, blasting a series of 2025 fiscal year state budget bills passed by the Michigan Senate: “A year ago, Democrats celebrated their new majority by blowing through the state’s $9 billion budget surplus in record time. Now, they plan to continue their spending spree by picking the pockets of Michigan taxpayers to the

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Sen. Runestad shoots back at MEDC’s weak response to negligence and fraud allegations

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Runestad on Monday sent a letter to Michigan Economic Development Corporation CEO Quentin Messer after receiving a nonspecific response that failed to address concerns raised in an earlier correspondence about oversight of an $20 million grant given to MEDC executive committee member Fay Beydoun. “Rather than taking the time to research answers to my direct questions, Mr. Messer and MEDC

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National Tax Freedom Day: Runestad calls on Democrats to stop raising taxes

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Runestad paid tribute to National Tax Freedom Day on Thursday by calling on Michigan Democrats to stop raising taxes on hardworking Michiganders. “Today is a day when we should be celebrating tax relief to help Michiganders keep more of their own money,” said Runestad, R-White Lake. “Instead, taxes and fees are being raised higher and higher on struggling Michigan families.

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Runestad Detroit News op-ed: Michigan needs commonsense utility rate increases

By Sen. Jim Runestad 23rd Senate District In December, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) gave DTE Energy a Christmas gift of a $368 million rate increase on homes, businesses, schools and everyone in between. But this rate hike was based on DTE’s projection of what their future costs would be — not the actual costs. Rather than base a multi-million-dollar rate increase on their actual

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Runestad looks to rein in rising utility costs with new bill

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Runestad on Tuesday introduced legislation to slow rising utility rates by requiring companies to adhere to actual cost data instead of anecdotal future projections when seeking rate increase approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). As of December 2023, Michigan’s residential utility customers were paying the 11th highest electricity rates in the nation, according to data from the U.S.

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Sen. Runestad demands answers from MEDC as scrutiny mounts over $20M grant to executive committee member

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Runestad on Monday sent a letter to Michigan Economic Development Corporation CEO Quentin Messer demanding transparency and accountability over a $20 million grant to a Detroit-area businesswoman and MEDC executive committee member after media reports begin to outline a clear misuse of taxpayer funds. The Detroit News recently reported how Fay Beydoun received a no-bid grant for her start-up company

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