Legislator eager to continue improving life for Michiganders
State Rep. Julie Alexander today said the House of Representatives has made significant progress on legislative goals established in the Action Plan, which was introduced in February.
Alexander, of Hanover, said the Legislature has made great strides in areas important to people in Jackson County. That includes a legislative package approved unanimously by the House to subject the governor, lieutenant governor and Legislature to open government requirements.
“Michigan is only one of two states that shield the executive and legislative branches from open records laws,” Alexander said. “We passed landmark legislation that subjects the executive branch to the Freedom of Information Act and creates transparency requirements for the Legislature under the Legislative Open Records Act. People deserve to know how government is using the tax dollars entrusted to us, and these bills achieve that.”
Alexander, who serves as vice chair of the House Agriculture Committee, said the House is making agriculture a priority as well.
“We have passed legislation that reduces needless regulations that hinder farmers from being successful,” Alexander said. “We have also passed tax reforms, protecting hard-working agriculture families from unfair taxation.”
Alexander also noted the House has been laser focused on passing skilled trades training measures that enable young adults to follow an educational path to career and technical jobs.
“These are high-paying jobs that are in demand across the state,” Alexander said. “Limiting students to college preparatory classes in high school is a short-sighted approach. We are working to match skill sets to available jobs, and not everyone is cut out for a college education.
Other accomplishments by the House during the first six months of the current session include:
- A 2017-18 budget that provides record funding for Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges. In addition, legislation also has been approved to strengthen warranties so repaired roadways last longer. The budget includes $35 million for the Michigan Infrastructure Fund to be used to address the state’s water, transportation, energy and communications infrastructure.
- Governing courageously by forcing state government to live within its means. Just like families in Michigan, we have tightened our belt and produced a leaner budget that makes the best use of the money taxpayers entrust to the Legislature.
- Thriving through freedom by lessening government regulations to help improve people’s lives. Many of the needless or outdated regulations that present a roadblock to success and economic growth have been eliminated by the Legislature.
- An increase in revenue sharing for local communities including cities, villages and townships, totaling over $6 million. This will allow continued and effective police, fire and medical services locally.
Alexander also serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure, Local Government and Education Reform committees.