Rep. Albert: Corrections budget addresses staffing shortfalls while saving taxpayer dollars

State Rep. Thomas Albert, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, today said his budget recommendations reduce taxpayer dollars spent on the state prison system while making investments to improve work conditions and staffing shortfalls for corrections officers. Albert, of Lowell, said the subcommittee’s budget recommendations include a 1.8 percent reduction in general fund…

Grand Rapids-area representatives participate in veterans home groundbreaking

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: State Representatives Mark Huizenga, Lynn Afendoulis, Thomas Albert, Rachel Hood, and Joe Tate participated in a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for a new Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. The facility is part of a statewide plan to modernize long-term care for veterans in need and will include a total of 128…

Rep. Albert helps protect Michigan youth from dangers of e-cigarettes

State Rep. Thomas Albert today voted in favor of a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and prevent individuals under 18 from possessing vaping products in Michigan. Senate Bills 106 and 155 make the same reforms Albert proposed in House Bill 4164, which he introduced in February. The bills received overwhelming support…

Rep. Albert requests Attorney General opinion on pension payment skimping

State Rep. Thomas Albert today requested that the Michigan attorney general weigh in on when the Office of Retirement Services (ORS) is required to implement changes that will improve the financial health of the state’s school employee retirement fund, protect retiree benefits and improve classroom funding. Albert, of Lowell, seeks an attorney general opinion related…

Rep. Albert introduces bills to promote fair and amusement safety

Lawmaker unveils plan better protecting carnival-goers Representative Thomas Albert of Lowell today detailed legislation to better protect customers at fairs and carnival amusement centers. Albert says a Grand Rapids family that experienced tragedy at a local family center was influential in the drafting of this bill. Two bills in the package will create voluntary programs…

Rep. Albert votes to lower car insurance rates for Michigan drivers

Rep. Thomas Albert and the Michigan House today approved a landmark plan to fix the state’s much-maligned car insurance system and reduce rates for all Michigan drivers. Albert voted in favor of the plan to guarantee lower rates and give drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stop price gouging on medical services for…

Rep. Albert spearheads new state retirement system reforms

State Rep. Thomas Albert, of Lowell, today sponsored a proposal that will make needed adjustments to retirement systems for state employees, state police, judges and public school employees. Now in his second term in the Michigan House, Albert has led the way in reforming the state’s public employee retirement systems. His latest proposals continue the…

House panel votes out Albert’s plan preventing youth e-cigarette usage

Initiative bans possession, sales of e-cigs to minors, helps enforce regulation The House Regulatory Reform Committee today overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Thomas Albert’s safety measure banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, as well as possession by individuals under 18. “For each day that passes without critical action, teenagers across the state are exposing themselves…

Rep. Albert to host local office hours

State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell will host district office hours on Friday, March 29 to meet with local residents of the 86th District. “As your state representative, it is important for me to hear your opinions,” Rep. Albert said. “I hope you will take this opportunity to directly participate in your state government.” Office…

Rep. Albert issues statement after governor’s budget presentation

“Governor Whitmer is proposing to nearly triple the fuel tax for road repairs and other budget items. While Michigan needs a real and meaningful solution to fix our roads, this is not it. Despite the governor trying to sell measures that would lessen the impact on the wallets of some taxpayers, this plan will hurt…

Albert: Michigan must do more to prevent youth e-cigarette usage

Initiative bans sales of e-cigs to minors, helps enforce regulation State Rep. Thomas Albert today testified before the House Regulatory Reform Committee in support of his plan banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors as well as the possession by individuals under 18. “This critical first step is to keep hazardous chemicals out of the…

Rep. Albert announces educator recognition project

State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell announced today the launch of his third annual Outstanding Educator Award project. Rep. Albert is seeking exceptional educators throughout the 86th District to recognize for their dedicated service. “Every educator deserves recognition for their tireless work for our children,” Rep. Albert said. “They invest daily in the future of…