(CP Proxmire, April 16, 2017)
Farmington, MI – Over 350 protestors, plus some counter-protestors, converged on Riley Park in Farmington Saturday in a Tax Day demonstration calling for transparency in State and Federal government.
Many sign holders called for President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.
State Representative Jeremy Moss of Southfield put his focus on Michigan’s FOIA and the fact that the Governor and Legislature are exempt.
“We are here today for the same reasons, because were patriots just like you…. Michigan ranks dead last in terms of ethics and transparency. 50th out of 50. With so much bad news coming out of Lansing like that and certainly out of Washington, it would be really easy to get discouraged and give up. But you’re not giving up right,” Moss said.
On March 16 a bill introduced by Moss and several other State Reps on both sides of the aisle that would make the Governor and Legislature subject to FOIA passed unanimously in the House. However Moss said it is being held up in the Senate. He urged those at the protest to contact their State Senators to encourage them to bring the matter to a vote.
Other speakers included State Reps. Jim Ellison of Royal Oak and Christine Greig of Farmington Hills as well as Kristy Pagan and Adam Nelson with Indivisible Michigan District 11.
There were also protests in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Hamtramck, Detroit, Marquette, and Pentwater. The protests were organized by Indivisible Michigan.