Welcome to this week’s edition of #ThrowbackThursday! Over the next few weeks and months we are going to dedicate our Thursdays to looking back on the work House Republicans have done in the past four years.
The Republican-led House is fighting to keep Michigan moving forward, and we believe that the best way to do that is through tax reform, regulation reform, creating a more efficient government, ensuring a better government, making government smaller, improving education, protecting life and improving health care.
This week, we are highlighting how House Republicans have worked to make government smaller, because simplifying and streamlining state government makes us more accountable to all Michigan residents.
Since 2011, the House has passed measures designed to:
- Protect the privacy of firearms owners who are practicing their Second Amendment rights (PAs 203-04 and 207 of 2014)
- Protect limited assistance dollars by reducing welfare to four years for able-bodied citizens (PAs 131-32 of 2011)
- End unemployment benefits for people who fail to take or pass an employer drug test (PA 146 of 2013)
- Eliminate Bridge Cards for inmates (PA 281 of 2012)
- Remove welfare recipients from benefits if they have an outstanding warrant (PA 198 of 2012)
- Require certain asset tests for welfare assistance (PA 79 of 2012)
- Allow for the elimination of County Road Commissions (PAs 14-15 of 2012)
- Reduce the amount and number of targeted tax credits to create a tax structure that treats all equally (PAs 38-45 of 2011)
- Reduce the number of weeks of unemployment benefits (PA 14 of 2011)
- Eliminate 36 trial court judgeships (PA 300 of 2011, PAs 16-23; 33-38 of 2012)
- Reduce legislator office/staff budgets by 13.9% (Administrative Action)
As you can see, since 2011 the Republican-led House has simplified the tax code to make it fairer, encouraged competition instead of playing favorites and protected individuals’ privacy and freedom. We have reduced the overall size and scope of state government as well as cut our own salaries to make your tax dollars go farther.
House Republicans have listened to Michigan’s citizens and have taken action to help Michigan recover, and the smaller government House Republicans have created has ensured a brighter future for our state.