Cotter statement on the DPS leadership change

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, issued the following statement on the change in leadership at the top of Detroit Public Schools:   “Detroit Public Schools is on the brink of collapse and failing every young child in the City of Detroit.  Union bosses continue to siphon funds away from the classroom and into salaries…

Sickout strikes have already cost Detroit children almost 700,000 instructional hours

  After a new round of school closings on Wednesday, illegal strikes by Detroit teacher union members have now cost children almost 700,000 instructional hours in just the most recent round of ‘sickouts’ alone.  The actions have affected more than 40,000 students from more than 90 schools.   “Almost every day that goes by brings…

Speaker Cotter on roads

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, issued the following statement on the package of bills that will fund Michigan’s road and bridge repairs:   “Road funding talks reached an impasse last week largely because everyone was so bound to their own preferred solution.  Today, the House took a big step away from that and passed…

Speaker Cotter announces new Appropriations subcommittee and committee assignments

  Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter today announced the creation of a new subcommittee in the House Appropriations Committee and several new committee assignments for the House of Representatives.   The new subcommittee lineup mirrors the new structure of Michigan’s state departments, after Gov. Snyder earlier this spring combined the Department of Community Health…

The Michigan House of Representatives expels Rep. Gamrat

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, and Democratic Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, today issued the following statements on the resignation of state representative Todd Courser and expulsion of Rep. Cindy Gamrat.   House Speaker Kevin Cotter: “Now that the House has fulfilled its constitutional responsibility to investigate and judge the qualifications of its members,…

House Business Office completes its investigation into Reps. Courser and Gamrat

  Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter today announced the House Business Office has completed its investigation into Reps. Courser and Gamrat.  The investigation found instances of misconduct and misuse of taxpayer resources that warrant further review by the Select Committee to Examine the Qualifications of Representatives Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser.   “The Business…

Liz Smalley to serve as the new director of the House Republican Policy Office

Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter today announced the appointment of Liz Smalley to serve as the director of the House Republican Policy Office.  The move will take effect August 17, 2015.   “Liz has been a great partner in our work to reinvent Michigan and overhaul the state’s heavy regulatory burden,” said Cotter, R-Mt….

Brock Swartzle to serve as Chief of Staff

  Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter today announced Brock A. Swartzle will serve as his new chief of staff.   Swartzle is also the General Counsel of the Michigan House of Representatives and was previously the Executive Director of the House Republican Policy Office.  He replaces Norm Saari, who has been nominated by Gov….

Statement on Senate road funding plan

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, issued the following statement on the movement of a new road funding plan through a Senate committee:   “Today’s vote is another step in the right direction, and it brings us another step closer to solving Michigan’s road repair crisis.  As an important part of the process, we asked…

New state budget focused on strong investments in the right priorities

House Speaker Kevin Cotter released the following statement upon final passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 state budget:   “This budget is about priorities.  Today, we increased funding for our road repairs, schools, and police and fire services statewide, and we paid for it by shrinking the size of government here in Lansing.  That is…

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Speaker Cotter announces new committee to address roads issue

Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, today announced the creation of a new committee to address Michigan’s infrastructure funding future.  The new committee will be called the Committee on Roads and Economic Development. “Finding a long-term plan for Michigan’s crumbling roads is one of our top priorities, and it is time the committee…

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House Speaker Kevin Cotter unveils key focus points for roads

House Speaker Kevin Cotter today announced key principles he said will build a good foundation for a permanent road-funding solution. Speaker Cotter talking to WJR about the future of road funding in Michigan. Speaker Cotter on WWJ discussing what happens next to fund road repairs. Speaker Cotter appearing on the Frank Beckmann show to lay out the…