State Rep. Mike McCready today commended strides made by the Michigan Legislature in the first year of his third term serving the residents of Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township and West Bloomfield Township.
McCready serves on House Committees for Commerce and Trade; Families, Children, and Seniors; Financial Services; and Financial Liability Reform. Through House floor votes, he helped approve a 2017-18 budget plan that provides record funding for roads and bridges and the most K-12 school funding in state history. By 2021, $1.2 billion is scheduled to be set aside for road funding annually.
McCready also championed a series of 10 bills updating Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws. The bills, passed out of the House in March and currently in the Senate, enact a new Legislative Open Records Act providing for public inspection of legislative records beginning in 2019. The governor, lieutenant governor and their employees will also be subject to FOIA requests.
“Transparency within our government is crucial,” said McCready. “A growing number of people in Michigan and around the country demand it of their elected officials and I was pleased to see the Legislature respond to those who we serve. It speaks very loudly when we take 10 consecutive unanimous votes with bipartisan support and shows we are committed to more uniform transparency.”
McCready lists additional progress regarding mental health as a goal moving forward. Throughout 2017, a bipartisan House C.A.R.E.S task force explored mental health and ways to provide Michigan residents facing mental health challenges with happier and more prosperous lives. McCready hopes legislation can ultimately result from the task force’s findings.
“We need to be committed to providing better services for the state’s mentally ill population so we can promote a better culture of life in Michigan,” said McCready. “I am hoping that we can follow through on that responsibility with legislation that will help residents.”