State Rep. Tom Kunse, R-Clare, today introduced House Resolution 141 to form a select committee to investigate Rep. Angela Witwer’s conduct in office.
Kunse said the people of Michigan deserve answers about the House appropriations chairwoman’s business connections after a report by The Detroit News revealed that Edge Partnerships, a public relations firm founded by Witwer, has clients that include a variety of organizations that have lobbied for policy changes or funding in the state budget. State documents filed by Edge Partnerships show that as recently as 2022, Witwer was still the resident agent and a member of the business even while serving as a legislator.
Kunse said Edge Partnerships’ clients appear to have benefitted greatly from the historic $82 billion state budget that Witwer crafted earlier this year.
“The people of Michigan deserve full transparency and accountability from the chair of the House Appropriations Committee about where their tax dollars are going,” Kunse said. “We need a proper investigation to uphold the integrity of this institution and ensure that Michigan’s future is shaped by the will of the people, not the interests of the privileged few. Michigan taxpayers expect nothing less than absolute clarity in this matter, and it is the duty of the Speaker of the House to ensure that a thorough investigation is completed.”
Kunse’s resolution would form a six-member select committee, evenly split with Democrats and Republicans, and the Speaker of the House and House Republican Leader would each designate a co-chair. Its findings and recommendations would be reported to the full House of Representatives.
The resolution was referred to the House Government Operations Committee.
“Last year was such a success that we had to run it back again this year,” said Kunse. “Things can get tense in Lansing, but we’re all here because we want to make things better. The Legislative Softball Game allows us to throw politics aside, embrace bipartisanship, and raise money for a really important organization.”
“Five years after announcing her Michigan Sunshine Plan, the governor failed to even mention the historically inadequate transparency legislation she signed last year,” said Kunse, the Republic vice chair of the House Ethics and Oversight Committee. “Her silence is deafening. Gov. Whitmer talked endlessly about sunshine when she came into office. Six years later, both Lansing and our transparency laws are covered in fog.”
State Rep. Tom Kunse, R-Clare, will soon host local office hours in Evart and Clare. The meetings will take place at the following times and locations: Saturday, Feb. 10 Evart Library; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; 104 N Main St. in Evart. Monday, Feb. 19 Cops and Doughnuts; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; 521 N McEwan St. […]
“It’s frightening to consider how many kids may have been failed by the broken system in the 18 years since MDHHS was originally sued for negligence,” said Kunse, who serves on the House Ethics and Oversight Committee. “MDHHS is clearly incapable of creating meaningful change. The Oversight Committee must demand answers and explore solutions for these failures. This is urgent. We’re not talking about tax policy; we’re talking a state department failing vulnerable kids.”