Talking with reporters on the House floor this week, House Speaker Tom Leonard says a priority in the days ahead is a possible supplemental appropriation of $175 million for road and bridge work in 2018. The Governor has proposed spending that amount of money, from lapsed state funds, in 2019, and Speaker Leonard says he…
Speaker Leonard talks about House passage Wednesday of a package of legislation that eliminates the state’s driver responsibility fees this fall while increasing the state’s personal income tax exemption to $4900 by 2021. Speaker Leonard argues the fees have long been an obstacle to employment for the 300,000 Michigan residents they impact.
Speaker of the House Tom Leonard talks to reporters after Wednesday’s House session about the 96-11 passage of HR 234, which calls for the immediate resignation of MSU President Lou Anna Simon, adding he personally thinks the MSU Board of Trustees should resign as well.
Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt; audio on override of sales tax on the difference legislation
Speaker Leonard talks about Wednesday’s House override of SBs 94 and 95, which accelerate a planned phase out of the state sales tax on the trade-ins of used cars, boats and recreational vehicles. Wednesday’s vote was the first legislative override since 2002.
Speaker Leonard talks with the Capitol press on the House floor Thursday afternoon about tax policy work during 2018. The Speaker says he wants to make sure there are no unintended consequences in state taxation resulting from the federal tax overhaul, adding he hopes to pursue additional tax relief.
Speaker Leonard looks ahead to the 2018 session of the Michigan House, and says his focus will be on mental health reform, ending driver responsibility fees and an increased emphasis on skilled trades technical education. A bipartisan House task force spent much of the second half of 2017 listening about mental health issues, while the…
Speaker Leonard talks with the Capitol press early Thursday about the local public employee pension reform package approved by the state House, saying it provides better information and more transparency.
Speaker Leonard talks on the House floor Thursday with Capitol reporters on new legislation designed to protect the retirement benefits of local public employees, while ensuring efficient public services.