State Rep. Dave Prestin has been appointed to serve on three key House committees for the 2023-24 legislative term. He will serve on the Energy, Communications, and Technology Committee, Natural Resources, Environment, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee, and Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee.
“My committee assignments provide me a great opportunity to fiercely advocate on behalf of the unique needs of Upper Peninsula residents,” said Prestin, of Cedar River. “Access to reliable and affordable energy is an ongoing concern for families and businesses throughout the U.P., and working on local government issues aligns with my efforts to restore public faith in government at every possible level. Furthermore, defending Michigan’s invaluable natural resources is of the utmost importance for those in my district.”
Prestin brings knowledge and experience from his four years as a Menominee County Commissioner and nine years as a member of the Alger Delta Electrical Cooperative Board of Directors, a distributive energy cooperative serving 10,000-plus members in the U.P.
“My background lines up seamlessly with these committees,” Prestin said. “I look forward to bringing my own ideas, and the concerns of the 108th residents to the table.”
“I’m thankful to the commission for realizing that the alternative options are not really options at all,” said Prestin, of Cedar River. “Our whole infrastructure is built around propane, and Line 5 is the major artery supplying that resource. Cutting it off would be lethal.”
“Democrats just spent two weeks passing legislation that will wreak havoc across Michigan. Now, they’re tucking their tails, ignoring their duty to the voters, and running out of town. We are a full-time legislature. It’s been forty years since we’ve adjourned as early as Democrats did this week.”
“The governor signed away the future of the Upper Peninsula to please climate activists, not considering the factories that this will close and the families who will struggle to afford their heat in the middle of winter. Public utilities will be forced to spend millions on preposterous renewable energy credits to become compliant with these radical new laws. These additional expenses will be passed down to consumers who can’t afford their energy bills as it is.”
“These bills are precisely the opposite of what the U.P. and Michigan needs,” said Prestin, R-Cedar River. “The most urgent need is to reduce costs and increase reliability. Even if the tiny contribution Michigan makes to global emissions mattered, which it doesn’t, this plan will make living and working here harder for our residents.”