Legislative Update for February 10, 2017

Representatives talks about helping Michigan families by keeping a broken promise to lower the income tax rate, health care and giving families as assist with school activity fees.  

Rep. Jim Tedder, R-Clarkston; audio on tax policy

House Tax Policy Committee Chair Jim Tedder says his committee looks forward to having what he calls a robust discussion on tax issues in the months ahead, arguing that Michigan families were promised an income tax reduction and that it’s time for the state to deliver.  

Rep. Aaron Miller, R-Sturgis; audio on presentation of 2018 state budget

Rep. Miller, who chairs the budget subcommittee on the Michigan State Police, says the 2018 spending plan proposed by the Governor on Wednesday will put an additional 100 troopers in the field, but adds he would like to see more funding for K-12 education and promises a thorough review of budget priorities.      

Rep. Ned Canfield, D.O., R-Sebewaing; audio on presentation of 2018 state budget

Rep. Canfield, the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, talks about the introduction of the state’s 2018 budget Wednesday.  Rep. Canfield says changes in the Affordable Care Act at the federal level will have a significant impact on his subcommittee in the next two years, and says while he applauds…

Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia; audio on introduction of 2018 state budget

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Laura Cox says she comes out of the presentation of the state’s 2018 budget Wednesday with a continued commitment to reducing the state’s income tax, while applauding the Governor’s proposals for career technical education and at-risk students.  

Rep. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Twp.; audio on 2018 budget

Rep. LaSata, the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, says she is moving into the 2018 budget process with a focus on making higher ed more affordable, ensuring community college credits transfer to four-year universities and directing additional dollars to public school classrooms.      

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on presentation of 2018 state budget

Rep. Mary Whiteford, the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Environmental Quality, says she looks forward to the presentation of the state’s 2018 Fiscal Year budget Wednesday, adding she’s focused on an effective DEQ spending plan both for the state and her own Allegan County.