Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; audio on 2020 state budget

Speaker Chatfield talks with reporters on the House floor Tuesday after a series of votes to restore almost $600 million in vetoed line items in the state’s 2020 budget, while providing the Legislature with more of a role in funding shifts made by the State Administrative Board.  The Speaker also talked about the future of…

Rep. Graham Filler, R-DeWitt; audio on Supreme Court pay equity

House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Graham Filler talks about House passage Tuesday of his HCR 10, which gives justices of the Michigan Supreme Court their first pay raise since 2002.  Rep. Filler says a scenario where judges on the Court of Appeals were making more that Supreme Court Justices was developing.  Under the plan, Justices,…

Rep. Jason Temperance, R-Sheppard; audio on expanding regional transit and transportation options

Rep. Sheppard talks about his legislation offering communities and counties across the state, including those within the Regional Transit Authority (Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties), more flexibility in how they pursue funding for transportation projects.  Members of the House Transportation Committee took testimony Tuesday on Rep. Sheppard’s HB 5229, which awaits further deliberation.  Rep….

Rep. Julie Alexander, R-Hanover; audio on cage-free hen legislation

House Agriculture Committee Chair Rep. Julie Alexander talks about Senate legislation now awaiting the signature of the Governor that would require egg-laying hens in Michigan to be housed in a cage-free system by 2025.  Rep. Alexander says Michigan is a national leader in egg production and that industry and consumer demands are leading toward cage-free…