Tax fairness helps Main Street job providers and businesses

The Michigan Legislature voted this week to continue Michigan’s economic recovery by passing legislation that puts local businesses on the same playing field as national online retailers. The biggest myth about Main Street Fairness legislation is that it creates a new tax. This is absolutely not true. Those of us who purchase goods online from out-of-state retailers…

Measures protecting patients head to gov

All Michigan patients should be able to trust their physician, so the Michigan Legislature passed bills protecting patients from doctors’ illegal actions. In October, the House passed a four-bill package to better protect patients being treated by physicians who are acting illegally. This week, the Senate passed the package and the bills now head to the governor’s desk….

A permanent solution for Michigan roads

Over the past four years, House Republicans have worked to make road funding a priority, and today we are paving the way for a permanent, long-lasting bipartisan solution. Both parties from the House and Senate worked together with the governor to come up with a plan that, when approved, provides $1.2 billion annually for maintaining and improving our roads, while also allowing the…

Michigan’s unemployment rate at lowest level in eight years

Our state’s unemployment rate has declined for the fourth consecutive month, and is at its lowest level since April 2006. Michigan’s unemployment rate has decreased for the fourth consecutive month. The November 2014 statewide unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percent down to 6.7 percent, putting Michigan’s unemployment rate at pre-recessionary levels. In fact, our…

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Second leg of Lame Duck: A week in review

Let’s take a look at a few more items House Republicans checked off their Awesome Duck to-do list last week FULL HOUSE APPROVAL Students first, athletes second Representatives approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, ensuring student athletes remain classified as students, not employees. This ensures that college athletes will still be enrolled in…

Week in review: Awesome duck, part 2

As the second of three weeks in Lame Duck session comes to a close, let’s recap what House Republicans have done for Michigan House puts low-income heating needs first Legislation sponsored by Rep. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, allocates federal dollars—upfront—for weatherization so agencies can better protect the state’s low-income families from Michigan’s unpredictable elements, especially through the winter months. The bill requires…

Students first, athletes second

As of late, the line has been blurred as to whether student athletes are students or employees of the college they attend. On Tuesday, the Michigan House took decisive action toward clearing up some of the confusion. Representatives gave their stamp of approval on a bill ensuring student athletes remain classified as students—not employees—which in turn prohibits them from joining…

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Get the facts: Understanding Michigan RFRA

Since the MiRFRA passed last week, there have been plenty of rumors, half-truths and exaggerated claims, and we are going to disprove those accusations. In fact, MiRFRA is merely a protection for people who are forced by government to violate deeply held religious beliefs. It does not provide a legal sword for people to use as a method…