Last week, I sent a message to Rick Snyder regarding the anti-tesla legislation that was passed by the legislature. I asked for a response. And today I got one.
Here is the text of the email I sent, for those that missed it:
Honorable Rick Snyder:
I am appalled that the Michigan legislature has approved a bill (HB 5606 and specifically Section 14(3) thereof) that would ban auto manufacturers, including Tesla, from making direct sales of its vehicles in the state. I am especially shocked to see the Republican party standing in the way of the free exercise of business sales by a modern company like Tesla, which is producing incredibly good and novel vehicles. This is an automobile state and stopping direct sales is an affront to the history of automotive innovation in Michigan.
It seems to me that the legislature is beholden to the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association and the large amount of contributions made by that group. There is simply no reason to prohibit legitimate automobile sales by any manufacturer.
I will also point out that your administration approved “right to work” legislation in this state. How about supporting a right to sell legitimate products in this state free from governmental interference? Surely, as “one tough nerd” you understand the need for all American businesses to be free to innovate and sell products that meet customer demands.
I highly recommend that you or one of your staffers carefully review this report prepared by the Daniel A. Crane, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and Frederick Paul Furth, Sr., Professor of Law, University of Michigan regarding the undue influence of the car dealers:
I would be most interested in what you intend to do with regard to this bill. I would particularly like to know your position before election day.
Troy, MI 48098
Here is the response from the governor’s office:
Dear Brant Freer,
Thank you for your recent correspondence sent to Governor Rick Snyder. I have been assigned to your correspondence and am responding accordingly on behalf of the Governor. Governor Snyder has a strong vision to create opportunities, networks, programs, and environments across Michigan that will both retain and attract great talent to our great state. It appears you have much to offer and I hope your pursuit for Michigan employment is successful. All civil service employment opportunities are regularly updated at Michigan’s Career Center website of www.michigan.gov/mcsc. Please submit your online applications for the job opportunities most suitable for your chosen career path.
Thousands of other jobs are also available at our job portal website: http://www.mitalent.org.
Again, thank you for your recent correspondence. Should you have any further questions or concerns regarding this or any other state-related matter, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Constituent Relations Division
Executive Office of the Governor, Rick Snyder
Is it just me, or is this response totally and fully off-point to my original comments? I felt compelled to reply to this response as follows:
Are you kidding me? Nowhere in my email to the Governor did I mention seeking civil service employment. Do you understand English as a language? I certainly would never work in a Snyder administration. But your response is so funny I will post it on my blog.
Of course, by now we all know that the Governor’s failure to veto the anti-Tesla legislation brought out a torrent of complaints about his action. This will continue and, given his failure to veto a very anti-competition bill, please be so kind to tell the Governor I know exactly how I intend to vote and I will press my friends to do that same.
Very truly yours,