Speaker of the House Tom Leonard announces November office hours

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, will host office hours to meet with local residents and discuss their concerns about state government. Speaker Leonard represents Michigan’s 93rd District. The office hours will take place at the following locations and times: Friday, November 9, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Big Boy 1408 Old U.S. 27,…

Speaker Leonard discusses agreement to replace Line 5 with new tunnel

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement on the agreement reached to replace the controversial Line 5 pipeline with a new utility tunnel: “This is a major announcement that will protect the safety and well-being of Michigan families, keep critical heating fuel flowing in the dead of winter, and safeguard…

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard announces October office hours

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, will host office hours to meet with local residents and discuss their concerns about state government.  Speaker Leonard represents Michigan’s 93rd District. The coffee hours will take place at the following locations and times: Friday, Oct. 12, from 8 – 9:30 a.m. Big Boy 1408 Old U.S. 27,…

Leonard demands an end to labor standoff

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement on the labor impasse holding up road repair projects across the state: “This work stoppage is simply unacceptable. The negotiation tactics being acted out are hurting Michigan’s progress, and they threaten our state’s future. Both sides sitting at the table need to figure…

Speaker Tom Leonard issues statement on passing of Richard DeVos

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement on the passing of Richard DeVos: “Richard DeVos lived an incredible life of dedication, leadership and service. Millions of people in Michigan and around the world will never be the same because of his involvement and his caring heart. His impact will be…

Speaker Leonard on the Janus decision

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement on the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in the case Janus v. AFSCME:   “No one should ever be forced to join a political group against their will. Our rights to freedom of speech and freedom of association are…

Speaker Leonard on the new state budget

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after the House passed the final FY 2019 state budget: “This is the right plan for Michigan families, and it is the best way forward toward Michigan’s future.  We saved people money by keeping spending down and eliminating unnecessary waste, and we built…

House passes Welfare work requirements

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement upon House passage of Senate Bill 897:   “Welfare benefits should always be a hand up, not a handout.  But instead our current system takes millions of dollars from hard-working Michigan families and gives completely free benefits to people who are oftentimes perfectly…

Budget surplus shows tax relief paying dividends for Michigan families

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement upon the conclusion of the May Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, which finalized a new state budget surplus this year of $498 million.   “State and federal tax relief continues to deliver real, measurable results for Michigan families.  We already knew tax cuts allowed…

Speaker Leonard on the passing of State Superintendent Brian Whiston

“I was saddened to hear this morning about the untimely passing of State Superintendent Brian Whiston. Superintendent Whiston dedicated his life to improving the lives and fortunes of Michigan’s children, and his efforts made a real, lasting difference for an entire generation of Michigan residents. His work ethic, his values, and his dedication to service…

MSU inquiry is finalized

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after House committee on Law and Justice and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education finished their inquiry and reported back on their findings and recommendations:   “I want to thank these committees for everything they’ve done to find out what happened at…