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…

New House plan to repeal and forgive driver responsibility fees

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard today announced a new package of bills to repeal Michigan’s driver responsibility fees and offer complete forgiveness to drivers who have been impacted by the mistaken policy and are still struggling with its effects.   The bills have been formally introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives and will…

No-fault reform plan would provide major insurance rate cuts for drivers

Michigan House Speaker Tom Leonard, state Rep. Lana Theis and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan today announced a plan to reduce Michigan drivers’ car insurance bills an average of 20% — and even more for seniors — bringing significant relief to residents paying the nation’s costliest insurance premiums.   The bipartisan legislation to reform Michigan’s no-fault…

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…