Rep. Franz talks about the week’s legislative activities in Lansing.
Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City; audio on Resolution calling on Congress to live under Affordable Care Act
Rep. Schmidt talks about his HR 236, which calls on members of the U.S. Congress to live under the Affordable Care Act and not to take health care subsidies from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
House Republicans talk about how effective and efficient budgeting provided a smooth start to the fiscal year, comment on legislation that gets unreadable license plates off the road, and discuss prison privatization.
Rep. Schmidt talks about House passage Thursday of his legislation that would require the replacement of license plates over 10 years old on most Michigan vehicles, while also calling for a study on whether the state should switch to digitally printed license plates.
Rep. MacMaster talks about word Thursday that two private bids to operate a state prison fell short of the 10% savings required for the state to proceed. Representative MacMaster says finding ways to develop a more effective and efficient government need to continue.
Rep. Victory says a common theme he is hearing in his west Michigan district is a lack of workers in skilled trades to fill existing job vacancies. He says he thinks legislation approved by the House earlier this year to give schools greater flexibility to provide vocational education will help the matter.
Rep. VerHeulen says the start of the 2014 Fiscal Year in Lansing contrasts with the start of the Fiscal Year at the federal level.
Rep. Haveman, the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, says that state government had its budget in place for 2014 four months before the Fiscal Year began.
Rep. Genetski says that the state and federal governments begin their Fiscal Years Tuesday, but adds the similarities end there.
Rep. O’Brien says Michigan begins its Fiscal Year having completed its budget more than four months ago.
Rep. Pscholka talks about the start of the state’s Fiscal Year on Tuesday and says the scenario in Lansing is very different from the one in Washington.
Rep. Graves talks about the start of the state’s Fiscal Year Tuesday and contrasts the situation in Lansing with the situation in Washington.
Rep. Lauwers talks about the start of Michigan’s 2014 Fiscal Year on Tuesday, four months after the passage of the state budget, and discusses state government’s efforts to pay down debt and control spending.
Rep. Johnson says unlike the federal government, Michigan finished work on its Fiscal Year 2014 budget months ago and has a record of paying down debt and eliminating deficits.
House Republicans talk about Common Core implementation, Unemployment Insurance reform and repealing archaic laws.
Rep. Franz provides his weekly report from the state Capitol.