Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; audio on 2020 state budget

Speaker Chatfield talks with reporters on the House floor Tuesday after a series of votes to restore almost $600 million in vetoed line items in the state’s 2020 budget, while providing the Legislature with more of a role in funding shifts made by the State Administrative Board.  The Speaker also talked about the future of…

Rep. Mike Mueller, R-Linden; audio on 2020 budget resolution

Rep. Mueller, who served as a sheriff’s deputy prior to being elected a state Representative, says the 2020 budget resolution restores funding for secondary road patrols in the state and provides economic security for law enforcement.      

Rep. Graham Filler, R-DeWitt; audio on Supreme Court pay equity

House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Graham Filler talks about House passage Tuesday of his HCR 10, which gives justices of the Michigan Supreme Court their first pay raise since 2002.  Rep. Filler says a scenario where judges on the Court of Appeals were making more that Supreme Court Justices was developing.  Under the plan, Justices,…

Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Houghton; audio on 2020 budget restoration

Rep. Markkanen talks about the cuts restored to the 2020 state  budget by the Michigan House this week, saying he is glad Michigan residents will be able to rely again on public safety line items like secondary road patrols and access to rural hospitals.  

Rep. Mike Mueller, R-Linden; audio on restoration of vetoed funding

Rep. Mueller says he is pleased the Legislature and Governor are moving forward toward restoring some of the budget cuts, notably in the area of secondary road patrols and county jail reimbursements, that resulted from line item vetoes at the start of the 2020 fiscal year in October.  

Rep. Phil Green, R-Millington; audio on restoration of key budget vetoes

Rep. Green says he’s pleased the Legislature and the Governor are moving forward to restore cuts made through vetoes in the 2020 state budget at the start of the Fiscal Year.  Line items in the restored funding include dollars for rural hospitals and secondary road patrols.      

Rep. Jason Temperance, R-Sheppard; audio on expanding regional transit and transportation options

Rep. Sheppard talks about his legislation offering communities and counties across the state, including those within the Regional Transit Authority (Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties), more flexibility in how they pursue funding for transportation projects.  Members of the House Transportation Committee took testimony Tuesday on Rep. Sheppard’s HB 5229, which awaits further deliberation.  Rep….

Rep. Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann; audio on local funding options for local road work

House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Jack O’Malley talks about his HB 4963, and a package of companion legislation,  which allows for a local-option fuel tax at the county level.   Rep. O’Malley says work continues to shape the plan and that there is strong, statewide support, for providing more local options for funding local roads….

Rep. Julie Alexander, R-Hanover; audio on cage-free hen legislation

House Agriculture Committee Chair Rep. Julie Alexander talks about Senate legislation now awaiting the signature of the Governor that would require egg-laying hens in Michigan to be housed in a cage-free system by 2025.  Rep. Alexander says Michigan is a national leader in egg production and that industry and consumer demands are leading toward cage-free…

Rep. Julie Calley, R-Portland; audio on car insurance savings

Rep. Calley talks about the fee reduction announced by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association.  The MCCA will charge a $100 per vehicle assessment for the year-long period beginning July 2, 2020. That is down from the current $220 per vehicle – a 55-percent savings and a direct result of reforms supported by Calley.  Rep. Calley…