Q&A on the Detroit bankruptcy settlement bills

This fact-based Q&A has been put together in response to questions and concerns lawmakers have received from residents statewide with regard to the Detroit bankruptcy settlement. This is a compilation of answers from various representatives. It is not a comprehensive list but addresses the most frequently asked questions from the last few weeks. Why are you…

One step closer to Detroit’s recovery

Speramus meliora resurget cineribus “We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes” After many months of research and preparation, 11 bills were approved by the newly formed committee on Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s Future today, led by Chair John Walsh, R-Livonia. The bipartisan package was introduced and discussed in five thorough committee meetings in the…

Detroit: Speramus meliora resurget cineribus

The Latin motto on the city of Detroit’s official seal translates to “We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.” There is no better time to put faith in that motto than right now. Detroit has become synonymous with financial failure. Recently, a news report talked about troubles being faced by North…

#FF: NOTICE OF BILL INTRODUCTION

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! Yesterday, a bill was introduced by four legislators – Reps. Amanda Price, David Rutledge, Andy Schor and  Rob VerHeulen – to modernize our public notice laws and put taxpayer dollars to more efficient use. Currently, local governments are required by law to print public notices in the newspaper anywhere from one to…

#TBT: The Detroit of yesterday

The Detroit of yesterday- Detroit used to be a booming city, with prosperity and jobs flowing along the border it shares with Canada.  At one time, Detroit had the 4th highest population in the United States.  It was a hotspot for people fleeing the south who came here looking for jobs. The city also used…

It’s money in the bank! Spotlighting financial literacy

April is Financial Literacy Month, highlighting the importance of establishing and maintaining healthy financial habits. So what better time to check in with some of our state legislators — Reps. Earl Poleski, Tom McMillin and Martin Howrylak — to get their thoughts on financial responsibility, both for Michigan families and for the state as a whole….

What’s on tap for May?

May we introduce you to what’s in store for the month ahead? As we enter the month of May, House session is back in full swing and there’s plenty happening at our state’s capital. Here’s a sneak peak at what to expect over the next month: House passage of bills to reduce the high unemployment…

#FF: Road work ahead, thanks to new transportation bills

Speaker Bolger presents the House roads plan to the House Transportation Committee Thursday morning. Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! Four bills are beginning their legislative journey in the Michigan House, ensuring more resources will be dedicated to our state’s roadways thanks to better investment of taxpayer dollars. The bills will make structural changes in the…

#TBT: A Brighter Forecast for Michigan’s Future

The 2014 Rich States, Poor States Economic Outlook Rankings just came out, and Michigan earned its highest ranking to date, going into 2015 ranked as the 12th-best state for economic outlook. Based on 15 different state policy categories – including personal income tax rankings, debt ratio and sales and property tax burdens – the ranking…

Reinventing Michigan: Making state government open and accountable

House Republicans have been working to create a more transparent state government, and the progress is showing. The Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) recently released its fifth annual Following the Money report, examining online access to government spending data. Michigan was ranked as the 15th-best state for government transparency nationwide, earning 86.5 out of 100…

#FF: House Republicans take action while House Democrats play politics

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! As we near the middle of budget season, it’s important to see how budgets are discussed, voted on, passed and signed into law each year. Over the next few weeks, we will go over Republican proposals to continue moving Michigan forward, even as some Democrats work to drive us back…

Paving the way to “Build Better Michigan Roads”

After investing $584.8 million in existing state resources into Michigan’s roads, House Republicans are at it again — this time unveiling a plan to “Build Better Michigan Roads” and invest even more current resources into the state’s roadways. The proposal calls for structural changes in transportation funding and focuses on increased efficiency, better quality and improved fairness,…

#TBT: Preparing for a rainy day means clearer skies in the future

For Michigan and its citizens, the previous administration wasn’t scared of deficit spending or unbalanced budgets. Unfortunately, that type of “leadership” resulted in annual budgets that averaged $1.5 billion in deficit spending.  The large budget shortfalls also meant that the government had to shut down numerous times, and Michigan’s Rainy Day Fund – a safety…