Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Michigan residents lost family members and loved ones who were being treated in health care facilities and were heartbreakingly prohibited from visiting them even in their final hours. This should not be allowed during a pandemic or under any circumstance. These bills will ensure that patients will be able to see their loved ones when they need them most.
“I’m pleased to team with Sen. Johnson on this issue that is important to all of us,” said Rep. Johnsen (R-Lake Odessa). “Each one of us may be forced to endure a similar heartbreaking situation that so many Michiganders experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The concept of denying a dying patient the love and support of their loved ones in their final moments on earth is truly unfathomable. Patients have the right to say goodbye.”
“Some of our state’s most vulnerable residents were left isolated and alone,” said Sen. Johnson, (R-Holly). “When a loved one can’t visit a family member, when a child can’t even visit a parent when they are dying – that robs us of our humanity. It should never happen.”
Rep. Johnsen’s bill, House Bill 4830, was referred to the House Health Policy Committee for consideration. Sen. Johnson’s identical bill, Senate Bill 400, was referred to the Senate Oversight Committee. Both bills remain under consideration.
“When people get their 2023 tax returns, many will be getting back more money than they expected,” Johnsen said. “Those increased returns are a direct result of a Republican tax cut. Unfortunately, Democrats twisted the law, which was intended to be permanent, so it would only have effect through 2023. This new Republican plan couldn’t be clearer. The income tax would be immediately lowered to 3.9%, getting tax relief for the working class and leaving no bureaucratic loopholes for the governor to exploit.”
“Gov. Whitmer claims she’s helped Michigan families keep more of what they earn and reduce household expenses, but that’s not what I hear from my constituents who continue to suffer at the hands of inflation and burdensome income tax rates.”