Michigan House Republicans released their Action Plan for the 2017-2018 session today, entitled “The Best Way Forward: Common-sense Leadership for the People of Michigan.” It highlighted key areas of focus for this legislative term.
“Our state has made tremendous strides in recent years, and I look forward to continued progress,” said Rep. Julie Calley of Portland. “Our goal is to make Michigan a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
“I am very pleased that extending internet service to rural areas is highlighted within the plan,” Calley continued. “High-speed, affordable broadband access is needed in all areas of Michigan for industry, education, and to meet the demands of everyday life.”
Rep. Calley also praised the focus on improving behavioral healthcare.
“Individuals need access to local services for mental health challenges, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders,” she said. “Access to quality care empowers Michiganders to live independent, self-determined lives to their fullest potential.”
Calley also thanked Ionia County’s Sheriff Dale Miller, featured in the Action Plan, for being a voice from the law enforcement community.
“Mentally ill prisoners have a whole set of different challenges when it comes to becoming productive members of society,” Sheriff Miller said in the Action Plan. “So much can be gained if we improve the way mental health services are delivered, especially before people have contact with the legal system. We need to give a voice to a vulnerable population that, frankly, has lacked necessary support.”
The 2017-2018 House Republican Action Plan may be viewed at http://gophouse.org/best-way-forward/.