House Health Policy Committee Chair Hank Vaupel talks about legislation he has authored that would allow state behavioral health workers who retired before 2015 to come back to work without losing their pensions. Rep. Vaupel says that the state is seeing a significant shortage of behavioral health workers, and that the plan is part of…
Rep. Slagh talks about the Governor’s proposed gas tax hike and says he’s not looking to saddle Michigan families and job providers with significant tax increases.
Rep. Hall, the Chair of the House Oversight Committee, says the Governor’s proposed 45-cent-a-gallon increase in the gas tax is not a solution to rebuilding Michigan’s roads.
Rep. O’Malley, the Chair of the House Transportation Committee, talks about the Governor’s proposal to increase the state gas tax by 45 cents per gallon.
Rep. LaFave talks about the Governor’s 2020 budget presentation Tuesday, and her plans for a 45-cent-a-gallon gas tax increase.
Rep. Hernandez, the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, talks about the Governor’s 2020 budget presentation and her plans for roads and education funding.
Rep. Green talks about his response to the presentation of the state’s 2020 budget by the Governor Tuesday, saying his constituents will not support a 45 cent gas tax increase and adding the rest of Michigan could take a lesson in road funding from Huron County.
Rep. Paquette says he is concerned about what the Governor’s proposed gas tax increase would mean for local gas stations and attractions that draw out-of-state visitors to his southwest Michigan district along the Indiana border.
Rep. Rendon talks about her testimony in front of the House Government Operations Committee Tuesday morning on bi-partisan legislation that would open both the Michigan Legislature and the Office of the Governor to open records laws. The Committee will continue to hear testimony. Michigan is one of two states that has exemptions for its Legislature…
House Appropriations Committee member Rep. Mary Whiteford looks ahead to Gov. Whitmer’s presentation of her budget proposal for the state’s 2020 Fiscal Year on Tuesday. Rep. Whiteford is the Chair of the Appropriations Health and Human Services Subcommittee and says she’s focused on an accountable and timely budget process.
Rep. Sheppard talks about his legislation to increase the penalty for texting while driving in Michigan from $100 for a first violation to $250, and from $200 for a second violation up to $500. Other legislation in the same package would add reading an email or sending a message on cellphone social media apps to…
Rep. Reilly talks about his HB 4162, which would give local school systems the option of administering the WorkKeys test. Rep. Reilly says WorkKeys is sometimes billed as an assessment of career readiness, but adds it tests nothing more than remedial algebra, reading comprehension and basic problem solving and duplicative of other exams. The measure…
Rep. Hall talks about his vote Thursday in the House Tax Policy Committee to repeal the state pension tax of 2011, calling it unfair and complex.
Rep. Wentworth talks about House passage Thursday of his HB 4001, which reforms the civil asset forfeiture process in Michigan. Rep. Wentworth says the system has evolved to a point where people are being deprived of their property even if they have not been convicted in court, and that strong bipartisan support on Thursday for…
Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; audio on House passage of civil asset reform legislation
Speaker Chatfield talks about House passage Thursday of bipartisan legislation reforming civil asset forfeiture in Michigan, saying that both the House and Senate have passed similar bills and that he’s looking forward to a finished product.
Rep. Afendoulis, the Chair of the House Tax Policy Committee, talks about Committee passage Thursday morning of HB 4006, which would restore the pre-2011 income tax exemption on retirement income in Michigan. Rep. Afendoulis says the pension tax has been complicated and unfair.