State Rep. Tom Kuhn, R-Troy, today issued the following statement after the state House approved transparency legislation mandated by voters with the passage of Proposal 1 in November 2022. While Kuhn supported the legislation as a first step, he emphasized that more must be done to restore citizens’ confidence in state government.
“House Democrats apparently want a part-time legislature with full-time pay,” said Kuhn, R-Troy. “House Democrats want to ignore important issues facing our communities and take an early Christmas holiday. But state lawmakers earn their wages by doing the people’s work, not sitting at home watching Christmas movies. If anyone else stopped showing up to work, they wouldn’t just stop receiving pay, they would be fired.”
Tom Kuhn is the State Representative for Michigan’s 57th District. He represents portions of Sterling Heights, Troy and Madison Heights. Alicia St. Germaine is the State Representative for Michigan’s 62nd District. She represents portions of Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, and all of Fraser, and Harrison Township.
“The way legislators currently do business is broken,” said Kuhn, R-Troy. “Each legislator should be given ample time to become deeply familiar with budget bills before voting. By setting specific rules, our bills will hold legislators accountable for their actions. We are creating clear rules and timelines to overhaul and improve the efficiency of the budgeting process.”
“With the right people, Michigan can lead our nation in innovation and engineering,” said Kuhn, R-Troy. “The House took a huge leap forward in achieving that goal with this legislation. This plan will be an asset for Michigan industry looking to build upon the incredible professional talent we already have.”
“House Democrats today listened to public outcry and removed House Bill 5131 from committee consideration. The bill would have disproportionately packed the Michigan Court of Appeals with six new judges in key Democrat strongholds. No one asked for this, caseloads have not increased, and there was little time for public input.
“Lead poisoning is a grave concern in Michigan, and these bills will make a profound impact on our state’s children,” said Kuhn, of Troy. “By detecting lead exposure early on, we can initiate timely solutions and ultimately prevent the devastating long-term effects of lead toxicity.
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