Speaker Leonard on Michigan’s new unemployment rate

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after Michigan’s unemployment rate fell to just 3.8%, the lowest rate of the 21st century:   “Michigan’s economy has been growing by leaps and bounds for years under Republican leadership, and the good news is now continuing to spread to even more people. …

Historic MPSERS reform signed into law

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after legislation reforming the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) was signed into law:   “This historic reform gives our schools a way out from under their crushing debt and provides our students and teachers with a brighter future.  The bill we…

Speaker Leonard votes no on SBs 242-244

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after the House voted in favor of Senate Bills 242-244.  Speaker Leonard voted ‘no’ on the bills.   Senate Bills 242-244 allow the government to pick economic winners and losers, and that is simply bad tax policy.  The broad tax cuts and regulatory…

The House defends the Second Amendment

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after the House voted in favor of House Bills 4416-4419: “This is the right thing to do for the people of Michigan, because it removes a barrier to one of their basic constitutional rights.  I have always been a strong defender of our…

Lansing rescinds ‘sanctuary city’ status

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after the Lansing City Council rescinded their earlier decision to declare Lansing a ‘sanctuary city:’   “I want to thank the council for realizing their mistake and rescinding Lansing’s designation as a ‘sanctuary city.’  Hopefully now they can go back to focusing on…

State representatives tour locations in Detroit and Dearborn

A bipartisan group of state representatives this week took a two-day tour of locations in the City of Detroit and Dearborn. The trip was organized to give the legislators a better understanding of the economic developments taking place in the cities and the cultural impacts of the distinctive local communities. State Rep. Sylvia Santana organized…

Speaker Leonard supports increased transparency for state government

  Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after the House passed a package of bills to vastly expand the Freedom of Information Act and create new, unprecedented transparency requirements for the state Legislature:   “The people of Michigan deserve more accountability from their politicians and better access to their…

House passes wide-ranging corrections reforms

  Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, this afternoon issued the following statement after the House passed a package of Senate bills that reform Michigan’s corrections system:   “The House today passed an important series of reforms that creates a more effective and efficient corrections system in Michigan.  We eliminated outdated rules that punished…

Leonard Appoints Miller to Great Lakes Commission

State Rep. Tom Leonard, Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, has appointed Macomb County Public Works Commissioner and former Member of Congress Candice S. Miller as a commissioner to the Great Lakes Commission.   “Candice Miller is the best choice for the Great Lakes Commission,” said Leonard.  “She has the right experience working on…

Speaker Leonard statement on Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after Gov. Snyder presented a budget proposal for the coming fiscal year: “I appreciate the governor offering his proposal this morning and starting the budget negotiation process. During these negotiations, the House will emphasize the need to keep spending low and use Michigan’s…

Former Rep. Banks resigns from office

  Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement regarding the resignation of former Rep. Brian Banks from the Michigan House of Representatives:   “Rep. Banks had one legal issue after another during his time in public office.  I am glad to see he is finally taking responsibility for his actions,…

Speaker Leonard increases transparency for Michigan House

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard today announced the financial disclosure and transparency website for the Michigan House of Representatives will once again include easy access to publicly available salary information for every employee of the House, including legislators. “We are public servants, and the public demands better transparency,” said Leonard, R-DeWitt.  “I have heard…