In the first six months of his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives, state Rep. Mike McCready remains committed to working with the 99th Michigan Legislature to promote bills that better the way of life for residents in Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township and West Bloomfield Township.
McCready serves in House Committees on Commerce and Trade, Families Children, and Seniors, Financial Services and Financial Liability Reform.
Among the recent legislation touted by McCready:
• A 2017-18 budget that provides record funding for roads and bridges. A total of $450 million will be provided for the upcoming budget year, and $1.2 billion annually by 2021. In addition, legislation has also been approved to strengthen warranties so repaired roadways last longer. The budget will include $35 million for the Michigan Infrastructure Fund to be used to address the state’s water, transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure.
• A $41 million allowance within the budget to expand skilled trades programs. This is an increase of $11 million from the current year. An additional $1.2 million will be used for the Agricultural Workforce Initiative to increase agricultural occupations.
• Business development grant and loan funds through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation totaling $115.5 million.
• Several programs set to be enacted that will provide services for the state’s mentally-ill population, helping to promote a better culture of life.
• 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.
“These budget measures will be felt at the local level and I’m excited to see the results within my district,” said McCready. “It’s a package that, among other things, addresses the state of our roads and helps get people out in the workforce. Those are two concerns I frequently hear about from the people I represent, so I was pleased to work with my colleagues to focus on those issues.”
The budget plan includes an increase of $3.6 million for home delivered meals and senior in-home services. The increase, along with previous investments, will help correct wait list issues within the programs.
“Protecting our seniors was a pivotal part of this budget,” said McCready. “Seniors in my district won’t be left behind or forgotten with the plan we have implemented.”
McCready also championed a series of 10 bills updating Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws. The bills enact a new Legislative Open Records Act beginning in 2019, which provides for public inspection of legislative records. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor and their employees will also be subject to FOIA requests.
“We need to be an open book for the people who are electing us to hold these offices and serve them,” said McCready. “Transparency within our government is essential and people within my district have voiced their concerns about how open and honest our government process is. I was part of 10 unanimous votes in favor of these bipartisan bills to show people in my district that I am committed to the transparency they seek.”