House Appropriations Committee Chair Thomas Albert, R-Lowell, issued the following statement after Gov. Whitmer’s administration announced plans to close the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia:
“This is another example of Gov. Whitmer hurting the Ionia community – a theme for her administration since Day One.
“Ionia has been a corrections community for roughly 150 years. It makes way more sense to consolidate prisons operations in central locations, like Ionia, to lower costs. Closing a prison in a community with a strong employee pipeline and infrastructure in place is a strategic mistake.
“It doesn’t make sense to close a prison here, but sadly, the governor has a history of hurting Ionia’s economy. In 2019, she blocked plans to sell and redevelop a vacant Ionia prison site that would have brought the community new and high-paying jobs. This latest bad decision from the Whitmer administration will do even more damage to Ionia and the families that call it home.”
Rep. Thomas Albert today helped lead the Michigan House’s efforts to block the implementation of burdensome reporting requirements scheduled to take effect with the upcoming deer hunting season.