Whitmer Wants to Give Norfolk Southern $15M in Taxpayer Funds

Whitmer Wants to Give Norfolk Southern $15M in Taxpayer Funds

February 23, 2023

Tyrannical Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to give disgraced rail company Norfolk Southern $15 million in taxpayer dollars even after two disastrous derailments this past month, according to Breitbart News.

According to GOP Michigan Rep. James DeSana, as much as $15 million could go to the Norfolk Southern Railway Company out of a $750 million proposal in corporate welfare money from her administration. The Midwesterner reports:

The Whitmer administration has already given “$210 million in state incentives,” and “$772 million in tax abatements,” according to the Detroit News, for the project that couples Ford with Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd., or CATL, a communist Chinese-controlled company.

In a statement, DeSana said that the corporate welfare handout from Whitmer would be “particularly egregious” in light of Norfolk Southern’s recent disasters.

“Norfolk Southern has had two dangerous train derailments in the Midwest this month – one in Michigan and another that leaked hazardous chemicals that are still causing serious concerns for families in Ohio,” DeSana said. “Yet Gov. Whitmer is asking us to ignore all that and hand over taxpayer dollars to help Norfolk Southern grow in Michigan.”

Other Michigan Republicans agreed, including former gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon, who tweeted, “Millions in MI taxpayer dollars should not be going to Norfolk Southern while investigations into the company’s two recent derailments – one resulting in an environmental crisis – are ongoing.”

“Until a full investigation of the Norfolk Southern derailments in Ohio and Michigan is complete, I can’t believe we’re even discussing appropriating $15,000,000 to expand their operations in Michigan,” said Republican state Rep. Andrew Fink.

“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,” Republican state Rep. Jamie Thompson said.

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