Rep. Albert: Retirees in Michigan deserve tax relief

State Rep. Thomas Albert today detailed his legislation to provide income tax relief to more retirees in Michigan, delaying some of the so-called “pension tax” changes made to state law earlier this decade. Albert’s bill would restore tax deductions on retirement income to those born before 1950 – covering more Michiganders than current law, which…

Albert introduces bill to combat fly-by millages

State Rep. Thomas Albert, of Lowell, has introduced legislation to ensure more voices are heard during elections which determine the fate of local millage proposals. Albert’s bill limits local millage proposals to the November ballot, unless a statewide special election or recall election is being considered. “Voter turnout is historically roughly 30% in August and…

Rep. Albert introduces legislation to better compensate for Veteran’s military service

State Rep. Thomas Albert introduced a bill in the House yesterday allowing the state to treat veteran’s military experience as relevant work experience for the purpose of determining the veteran’s compensation. Albert’s proposed legislation adds to the strides the Michigan House of Representatives has taken in honoring Michigan veterans and encouraging public employers to hire…

Rep. Albert: Signing of school retirement reforms ‘important day for Michigan’

State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell today welcomed a new law that will benefit public school finances by reforming Michigan’s school employee retirement system. “This is an important day for Michigan and a huge step forward for public education finances in our state. We’re improving prospects for the future while keeping our commitments to retirees…

Michigan House sends school retirement reforms to governor

Landmark legislation reforming the state’s school employee retirement system is now headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration, brightening the financial future of Michigan’s public schools. The Michigan House today approved a bill that will clear the path for more funding to go directly to the classroom and give new educators more control over…

Landmark school retirement reforms approved by Michigan House

The Michigan House today approved landmark reforms for the state’s school employee retirement system, clearing the path for more funding to go directly to the classroom. “This vote is a giant step in the right direction for Michigan,” said Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell, sponsor of the House legislation. “It keeps our promises to retirees…

House approves improvements for two area parks

Rep. Albert: Developments benefit local families   State Rep. Thomas Albert today said legislation approved by the House to fund recreational land acquisitions and development projects across the state includes money for two projects in the area. Albert, of Lowell, said the money – Natural Resources Trust Fund allocations and local matching funds – will…

Michigan House committee approves school employee retirement reforms

A state House committee today approved legislation to help improve the future finances of Michigan’s public schools by fixing a broken school employee retirement system. The legislation sponsored by Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell provides an enhanced 401k-style plan for current and new public school employees. It also gives employees an annuity option through the…

Reps. Albert and Afendoulis to host senior seminar

State Reps. Chris Afendoulis and Thomas Albert today announced a special event for seniors in Kent County. The “Senior Seminar” hosted by Afendoulis and Albert will provide valuable information for seniors to use to protect themselves from identity theft and fraud. The event is in partnership with the office of Attorney General Bill Schuette, and…

Rep. Albert touts summer reading and new contest for local students

Lowell Area Public Schools have joined with Kids Read Now, a national nonprofit organization, to inspire kids to pick up a book during summer vacation. The school district received a three-year, $25,800 grant to support funding the summer reading program set to kick off the summer of 2018. “This grant will provide Lowell students in…

Rep. Albert: It’s time to fix Michigan’s broken school retirement system

Legislation introduced today by Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell would fix Michigan’s broken school employee retirement system while building a better future for teachers and students. The plan would close the pension system to new school hires, who instead would get a more modern and mobile 401k-style plan. Retirees and current school employees would not…

Rep. Albert welcomes residents to May office hours

State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell encourages residents to attend his local office hours on Monday, May 22. Office hours provide an informal setting for community members to discuss state issues. “Hosting office hours is just one way I seek feedback from the people I was elected to represent,” said Albert. “I enjoy hosting office…