Group fighting to keep term limits

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Pictured in Charlevoix on Tuesday Feb. 11 is Scott Tillman, State Coordinator of Don’t Touch Our Term Limits! Photo by Chris Faulknor

Why was there an 18-foot pig statue being hauled on a trailer throughout Northern Michigan last week?

 

The pig, which visited Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Indian River, was created to protest attempts by lobbyists and state legislators to gut Michigan’s term limits.

“Nothing makes lobbyists squeal like losing legislators to term limits,” said Scott Tillman, State Coordinator for Don’t Touch Term Limits! “We want politicians to know the people of Michigan love our term limits. Term limits were introduced by citizens not politicians. It is a conflict of interest for our politicians to meddle with the people’s term limits.”

The pig symbolizes the gluttonous attempt by the Michigan legislature to keep feeding at the public trough on the taxpayer dime.

On Nov. 20, 2019 a group of lobbyists and former legislators filed a lawsuit to overturn Michigan’s term limits.

According to Tillman, this is proof term limits are working.

“When lobbyists and career politicians team up to overturn term limits, we can be certain we have something worth fighting to keep,” he said.

According to a new poll conducted by Pulse Research, and commissioned by U.S. Term Limits (USTL), a supermajority of Michigan voters supports keeping the state’s current 6 and 8-year term limits, while believing legislators’ new attacks on the law are due to self-serving motives.

The poll, which was conducted from October 29-30, found that 69 percent of Michigan voters oppose changes to term limits which would enable legislators to stay in office longer.

Opposition is bipartisan: 75 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of Independent voters say the current limits should remain in place.

In assessing the motivation of legislators who want longer term limits, 70 percent of voters believe the legislators are doing it to benefit themselves personally, while just 19 percent think it is being done to benefit the people of Michigan.

Tillman, a Grand Rapids resident, heralded these results as proof the people of Michigan are not buying what legislators are selling on term limits.

“Lee Chatfield, Mike Shirkey and the Chamber of Commerce are only coming after term limits to get more time at the trough,” said Tillman. “Rep. Lee Chatfield and Rep.Triston Cole should make it clear they are citizen legislators—not career politicians—by standing up for the voters.”

He added, “We will do everything in our power to stop any undemocratic power grab and defend the will of Michigan citizens.”

 

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