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…

Speaker Leonard on income tax relief

“I promised the people of Michigan last year that House Republicans would cut their taxes and put more money in their pocket.  Today, we completed that task and gave every single taxpayer in the state long-overdue tax relief.   “Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers pitched in and helped this state get through tough times several years ago. …

The House repeals and forgives driver responsibility fees

“As a former prosecutor, I saw firsthand the impact driver responsibility fees have had on families in our state.  I watched families struggle under the weight of this deceptive tax hike.  The government failed in leveling these fines on drivers and pushing so many of our local families out of the workforce in order to…

Speaker Leonard’s statement on the resignation of Lou Anna K. Simon

“I am glad Lou Anna Simon finally did the right thing.  The university’s response to this crisis simply hasn’t been good enough, and I hope that changes going forward for the sake of both the victims and the entire Michigan State University community.  I look forward to working with the new interim president throughout the…

Michigan House reports findings from mental health task force

Speaker: Fixing mental health system is a top priority in 2018 House Speaker Tom Leonard, alongside a bipartisan group of state representatives, today unveiled recommendations to make significant improvements to Michigan’s broken mental health system. From July to October, the bipartisan House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force, co-chaired by state Reps. Hank Vaupel and Klint Kesto, held…

Speaker Leonard on the House Income Tax Relief Plan

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement upon the introduction of a House plan to provide income tax relief to Michigan residents:   “The federal tax reform has been a big win for Michigan taxpayers, and we want to make sure there are no unintended consequences.  These bills will completely…

House committee advances driver responsibility fee repeal and forgiveness

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after the House Committee on Michigan Competitiveness reported a package of bills to repeal Michigan’s driver responsibility fees and offer complete forgiveness to affected drivers:   “The government made a mistake passing this backdoor tax on Michigan drivers. The state wrongfully targeted the…