How I Intend To Serve The People Of Michigan

  • I will vote only within the guidelines of the U.S. Constitution and Michigan Constitution as my oath states.
  • I will vote in favor of preserving Liberty, not restricting it by government intervention. Our government has been consistently usurping our rights by violating the Constitution and the Rule of Law. We all must take a stand for Liberty.
  • I will vote in favor free market principles, I will not choose winners and losers. For example, the government shouldn’t be in the business of giving “tax incentives” or grants to some businesses and not other businesses based on who the government feels is deserving of the incentives or grants. That should be up to the free market to decide, not the government.
  • I will not vote in favor of increasing taxes for anyone, I will vote in favor of reducing taxes for everyone. Taxes only prop up the large government that continues to interfere with our daily lives and spend us into oblivion. If the government can’t afford to stay large with tax cuts, then the government can learn to live within their means. Shed debt and find ways to save money by removing wasteful spending like the rest of us.
  • If adequate time is not given to read a bill, I will vote it down. Some bills are introduced literally seconds before it is voted on. Besides, if a bill is that good, people wouldn’t mind if you took the time to read it rather than rush it through the legislative process.

Chad Dewey Signs Americans for Tax Reform “Taxpayer Protection Pledge”


June 22, 2012

Chad Dewey Signs Americans for Tax Reform “Taxpayer Protection Pledge”

BAY CITY, Michigan – Chad Dewey announced this week that he signed the ATR pledge to “oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes”.

“In addition to not increasing taxes, I will also work to lower and eliminate taxes. This includes reducing the personal income tax to zero and eliminating the Michigan corporate income tax.” says Dewey. “The people of Michigan earn their paychecks and should keep their hard earned money rather than have it wasted by their government due to pressure from special interests.”

Dewey explains, “Michigan is a very heavily taxed state and could learn quite a bit from South Dakota and Wyoming; two states that enjoy some of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and they don’t have a personal income tax or business tax. When you get the burden of the government off the shoulders of people and business, the free market will flourish and it is then you will see prosperity.”

Chad Dewey, the Republican candidate for Michigan’s 96th House district, has also pledged to vote only within the guidelines of the U.S. and Michigan Constitutions, vote in favor of preserving personal Liberties, and vote in favor of free market principles.


Chad Dewey is a pro-Liberty, Conservative Constitutionalist candidate for the Michigan State House, 96th District. Learn more about Chad Dewey at his web site and Facebook campaign page

Chad Dewey Upset with Failure of Zero Income Tax Amendment


Chad Dewey upset with failure of Zero Income Tax Amendment

BAY CITY, Michigan – Chad Dewey announced today that he is not happy with the failure of an amendment that would have brought Michigan’s income tax to zero.

“The argument I keep hearing is ‘What will we replace the income tax with?’” says Mr. Dewey, “The answer is easy. Nothing.”

HB 5699 is set in place to drop the income tax from 4.35 percent to 4.25 percent within the next year, while HB 5729 drops the income tax down to 3.9 percent over the next six years.

“The idea that this zero income tax amendment failed tells me that we still have a problem in Lansing and that rather than cut taxes and allow people to spend their own money, they’re not willing to curb the real problem – Lansing spending. Other states such as Wyoming and South Dakota have no income tax or business tax and they enjoy some of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation.”

HB 5699 has passed the House and Senate, while HB 5729 has passed the House and is expected to pass through the Senate.


Chad Dewey is a pro-Liberty, Conservative Constitutionalist candidate for the Michigan State House, 96th District. Learn more about Chad Dewey at his web site and Facebook campaign page

Republican Liberty Caucus Endorses Chad Dewey


Republican Liberty Caucus Endorses Chad Dewey

BAY CITY, Michigan – May 25th 2012 – This week the Republican Liberty Caucus, a national caucus with chapters in nearly all 50 states, has endorsed Chad Dewey’s campaign for Michigan’s 96th District seat.

“It’s quite a privilege to be selected for this endorsement.” says Mr. Dewey

According to the Republican Liberty Caucus web site, their endorsements are intended for candidates who promote individual liberty, limited government, and free market principles. The Republican Liberty Caucus has endorsed candidates such as Presidential Candidate Ron Paul and Michigan’s 3rd District U.S. Representative Justin Amash.

“I am humbled, honored, and excited to be selected to receive the endorsement of the Republican Liberty Caucus. The idea of promoting personal liberties and reigning in big government is a cause that everyone should stand behind and be proud of.”

Chad Dewey is challenging State House incumbent Charles Brunner for Michigan’s 96th District Seat.


More information about Chad Dewey can be found at More information about the Republican Liberty Caucus can be found at

Michigan government transparency bill being reviewed

“State Director, Scott Hagerstrom @followscott, testifies in support of online database of state expenses HB 4096 The government is accountable to the taxpayers of Michigan. This bill would enable citizens to see exactly where their money is being spent.” (Americans for Prosperity, Michigan)

This bill was originally introduced back in January of 2011. While I understand the actual logistics of putting something like this together after the bill passes may take time (certainly not 16 months), there should be no question on allowing the bill itself to pass fairly quickly. Taxpayers deserve to be able to see how every dime of their tax dollars are spent. I really like how this bill is so short and simple – 2 pages long. My only concern is on page 2:

8 LAW.

This could be a loophole to allow potential abuse. With laws like the USA PATRIOT Act and the NDAA, anything could be put under the blanket statement of “confidential”. Other than that, lawmakers should have no reason to vote against this bill.

Public schools and your child’s best interests

Public schools have long had a stranglehold on tax dollars and the children they have in their district. Don’t like your school? Well, you don’t have many options with public schools. You’re pretty much stuck with the school district your home is in whether you like the school or not. Or are you?

Sadly, I know of a few public schools that focus more on how much money they can get for having a student in their system than what’s best for the students themselves. They’ll push students to be in “special programs”, whether necessary or not, so that they may gain more federal funding for each student in said “special program”. They’ll even go so far as to push you into taking your child to a Doctor to have them evaluated for ADHD, ADD, and several other disorders to justify keeping them in these “special programs”. And when schools like this discover you want to move your student to another school or question their motives? They will do all they can to try to put on the brakes.

On the bright side, parents can choose a charter public school or even a private school…if they can afford it. Unfortunately, public schools have somewhat of a monopoly on tax dollars – the tax dollars set aside to pay for each child to go to public schools don’t follow kids when they move to a private school. Sadly, private schools usually spend less per child and offer a better educational experience than public schools. Don’t get me wrong, I know of several very good local public schools like Bay City Western who not only have student’s best interests in mind, but they’ll do everything they can to assure students are successful for life during and after high school. However, wouldn’t it be nice to have a choice if your local public school wasn’t like Bay City Western?

“What really frightens the conventional public school establishment, however, is not the amount politicians decide to spend on schools, but losing its monopoly on students thanks to other actions the Legislature recently took, namely lifting the cap on the number of charter public schools.” – Michael Van Beek, Michigan Capitol Confidential

Are charter public schools the answer? Are private schools the answer? Is home schooling the answer? I’m not sure anyone has a cut and dry answer for any of those questions. However, why not allow more schools, which allows for more competition and more choices based on the needs of the parents and children?

Audit the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association

Not many people have heard of the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, but it could certainly use some eyes watching over it. As our overgrown government continues to increase taxes whenever they can to support their gluttony, attention needs to be focused on how to shrink the government in addition to shrinking taxes. Enter the MCCA.

Created in 1978, the MCCA was a Michigan agency intended to help cover motorists when injury claims reached over $500,000. A premium is paid by you and I when we pay our insurance premiums, which in turn gets handed over to the government to pay for the MCCA. Government programs are always created with good intentions. The problem is, they’re almost always abused in one way or another. In this case, much like the Federal Reserve, the books are not open for scrutiny. This secrecy makes it hard to discover why the surcharge for the MCCA has gone up almost 2500% since 2000 and where all of that money is.

So who are these people? Who is involved with the MCCA? One report I found shows that the members come from six different insurance agencies. Unelected officials mandating a surcharge on your insurance premiums. Sounds a lot like the Federal Reserve doesn’t it? The foxes are put in charge of watching the hen house.

This is the type of behavior that needs to be stopped dead in it’s tracks. The MCCA needs to be audited and held accountable for their actions on Michigan taxpayers.

Michigan helmet law

Yesterday, Governor Snyder officially repealed Michigan’s helmet law. While I don’t always agree with the Governor’s actions, I fully support this decision as we join 30 other states that do not have helmet laws. I support it because I feel this allows for more personal responsibility and the freedom to make our own decisions.

I also support it personally as I also love to ride. Quite honestly, I don’t plan on riding without a helmet and other protective gear. However, I don’t believe the government should force other riders to wear a helmet if they choose not to. This was a step in the right direction for personal liberties.

No more “Immediate Effect” abuse!

The Michigan Constitution requires passed legislation to be held for 90 days before taking effect. This period is to allow those who will be affected by the legislation to prepare or attempt to have the law repealed. However, in emergency situations, the law can take effect immediately if the law passes with 2/3 majority.

So far Michigan lawmakers have abused this by using immediate effect clause even though it wasn’t passed by 2/3 vote. Many are blaming Republicans, and rightfully so – they are abusing it…but so have Democrats. My problem is this – when the Michigan Constitution was drafted, the authors didn’t want legislation to pass through on a whim as that could provide an abusive government. Yet here we have lawmakers on BOTH sides of the aisle abusing immediate effect.

“What’s the big deal?” some have asked. Well how about allowing the state to get rid of the people WE elected into our local offices through the emergency manger law and take over our local governments? That leaves the door wide open for abuse. That is a big deal.

“Perhaps the bills are really important!” some have said. If they’re that good and important, why wouldn’t you want to “show off” those bills to people by allowing them to read and learn about them? Politicians grandstand all the time when they think they’re doing a “good thing”, so give the bill 90 days to take effect and show everyone what you’re doing.

Do you know what happens when we rush legislation? Things like the USA PATRIOT Act, Obamacare, and the NDAA of 2011 get passed via knee-jerk reaction and our rights are slowly chipped away. None of us should want this type of government.

Increasing taxes is NOT the answer

For those who have not heard about Michigan Senate Bill 919, it is essentially a very large and unnecessary tax increase on all drivers:

Introduced by Sen. Roger Kahn (R) on January 26, 2012, to increase the state vehicle registration tax by 67 percent. The tax is levied based on the weight of commercial trucks, and on the “list price” of cars. (For example, the annual tax on a car with a $20,000 list price would go from $103 to $172.). The weight-based levy on trucks would increase by 25 percent. This would extract approximately $500 million more from motorists each year. The bill would distribute a greater proportion of the increased road funding to heavily-traveled “commercial corridor” roads rather than less-traveled rural roads. This is part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s road and transit tax proposal.

While big government establishment candidates are fine with continuing the spending, raising taxes in any way is not what’s good for the overall financial well being of the people of Michigan. Here’s a novel idea to create a surplus of cash – how about cutting state government? How about looking at duplicate programs, unnecessary regulations, and tax subsidies that would save the state a considerable amount of money? This bill represents the wrong type of thinking in Lansing and is exactly what I would fight against if elected.

  • “No” if it is not permitted by the U.S. Constitution and Michigan Constitution.
  • “No” to tax increases.
  • “No” to bills that don’t follow free market principles.

  • "To me, to be a conservative means to conserve the good parts of America and to conserve our Constitution." - Ron Paul

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