Mackinac Island, MI— The Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals today blasted comments Brian Calley made about the
inspiration for the Part-Time Legislature proposal.

In an article with Crain’s Detroit, Calley claims the inspiration for this proposal came to him while he was working at a bank and wanted to serve in the legislature while on the bank’s payroll. There is no
language in the proposal to prevent conflicts between employers and legislators who are on the employers’ payroll.

“Brian Calley literally admits this proposal was created to help special interests by sending employees on the payroll to do the
bidding of particular special interests,” stated Randall Thompson .

“When Brian Calley helped lead the effort to impose a $2 billion special interest laden proposal on Michigan voters, we stopped it. We
will stop this effort to help special interests take over Michigan’s legislature. We can’t trust Brian Calley to lead a proposal for a
part-time legislature. A part-time legislature should be about helping people, not helping banks and special interests.”

The Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals continues to talk to conservative organizations and leaders in
Michigan and nationally to find a leader who will support a Part-time legislature proposal that does not support special interests and
higher taxes.

Thompson concluded, “There is nothing in the language of the proposal that prohibits potential conflict between legislators and special interests. This is a big problem and this proposal seems doomed from the start.”

Excerpt from Crain’s Detroit article:

“Calley himself left a job in community banking in Ionia County after he got elected to the state House in 2006 at age 29. He served two
two-year terms before becoming Gov. Rick Snyder’s lieutenant governor.

“This is something I’ve been field testing ever since I wanted to do it,” Calley said. “When I was in banking, I know for certain that I
could have gone to my employer and said, ‘I want to do this,’ and they would have worked with me.”

Some in the business community say that may be easier said than done, especially for small companies.

“It’s one thing if you’re a Fortune 500 company and have an employee who’s gone for 90 days. It’s another thing if you’re a 10-person
shop,” said Brad Williams, government relations vice president for the Detroit Regional Chamber.


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