COLUMN: New state spending plan makes smart investments in Michigan schools

Ultimately, Michigan can’t succeed without healthy schools. Building a better future for our state requires smart, sensible investments in education to prepare our children and grandchildren for success. As a former teacher now serving in the Michigan House, I’m proud to say the $14.8 billion K-12 school budget the Legislature adopted last week is the…

Rep. Hornberger secures state funding for Chesterfield Township park

Rep. Pamela Hornberger today successfully secured state money to help with improvements at a Chesterfield Township park. The funding is included in a new state budget approved by the Michigan Legislature. The $50,000 allocation will help build a parking lot for Veteran’s Memorial Park on Community Center Drive between Hall Road and 21 Mile Road…

Hornberger testifies on plan to hold elected boards accountable

Senate committee considers legislation in response to Larry Nassar scandal PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Pamela Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, today testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on her plan to improve an outdated law governing the removal of elected state and university board officials for gross negligence, corrupt conduct and other illegal behavior. #####

Rep. Hornberger’s measure streamlining tax-exempt purchases signed into law

Rep. Pamela Hornberger’s measure making it easier for schools, non-profits and qualified businesses to complete tax-exempt purchases in Michigan has been signed into law. The new law assists buyers who qualify for sales use and tax exemptions on certain purchases but don’t claim the exemption at the time of purchase. Buyers now will be able…

House approves Hornberger plan to remove elected trustees for illegal acts

Bill is part of legislative package in response to Larry Nassar scandal The state House today approved Rep. Pamela Hornberger’s legislation to allow the removal of an elected member of the state board of education or university board with cause. Under the state Constitution, the governor can remove elected board members for gross negligence, corrupt…

COLUMN: Time to improve access to mental health services in Michigan

The statistics are distressing: Hundreds of thousands of people in Michigan live with mental health conditions and the majority don’t receive any form of treatment. As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I want to recognize the importance of removing the stigma behind mental illness and creating an atmosphere where people who are struggling feel…

Rep. Hornberger’s plan to improve school safety approved by Michigan House

The Michigan House today approved a broad plan to improve school security, including a measure from state Rep. Pamela Hornberger tied to the creation of a statewide school safety commission. The plan approved with bipartisan support would create the commission to review security procedures, and provide resources for security improvements in school buildings with the…

Hornberger supports measure opposing ‘kayak tax’

Legislator: There will be no paddle watercraft fees in Michigan State Rep. Pamela Hornberger today voted in support of a resolution opposing the Michigan State Waterways Commission’s proposed “kayak tax,” which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. Hornberger said people should not be penalized for supporting the…

COLUMN: New plan will significantly improve school safety across Michigan

The nightmare of every parent, teacher and school administrator played out again earlier this year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, serving as a stark reminder that we must do more to protect our schoolchildren. As a former teacher and school board member, I understand the complexity of this issue. There is not one simple…

Michigan House committee approves school safety plan

The Michigan House Appropriations Committee today approved a broad plan to improve school safety across the state. The plan approved with bipartisan support includes the creation of a school safety commission to review security procedures, and would provide resources for security improvements in school buildings throughout Michigan. Every school board or governing body of a…

Rep. Hornberger welcomes local deacon to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township welcomed Deacon John Fitzmaurice to the state Capitol to lead Tuesday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Fitzmaurice is a deacon of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Clair. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to begin each day’s session with…

Rep. Hornberger supports House budget plan focused on schools

Rep. Pamela Hornberger today voted in favor of a state House budget plan investing more than ever before in Michigan schools while reducing overall state spending. The plan approved by the House would increase the budget supporting K-12 schools to $14.8 billion, with the largest annual per-student increase in 15 years – ranging from $120…