Rep. Tom Kunse (R-Clare), a member of the House Labor committee, expressed his growing concerns with legislation that advanced through the committee today.
House Bill 4233 would repeal the prohibition on school districts collecting union dues on behalf of a bargaining unit.
“School administrators should not be wasting their time collecting dues on the unions’ behalf when their sole responsibility is to educate children,” Kunse said. “This is an unethical, unfeasible ask. It is 100% your responsibility to pay your own dues when you join a voluntary organization. Schools should not use one second of their time or any resources on this whatsoever, as their responsibility is to educate kids – not help collect dues for the organization bargaining against them. Further, asking school districts to use their funds for union dues takes more money out of the classroom. As a state, we should be investing in our education. This Democrat-led tactic is misguided, and burdens Michigan students. I will work tirelessly to find a better plan.”
Rep. Kunse has spoken with local officials throughout his district about the legislation.
“This plan is extremely unpopular among those I’ve spoken with in my district,” Kunse said. “It goes against core values, and will take resources away from educating our kids. I will continue to fight for the genuine needs of Michiganders, rather than pander to organizations and associations.”
Despite opposition by Kunse, HB 4233 now advances to the full House for further consideration.
“Last year was such a success that we had to run it back again this year,” said Kunse. “Things can get tense in Lansing, but we’re all here because we want to make things better. The Legislative Softball Game allows us to throw politics aside, embrace bipartisanship, and raise money for a really important organization.”
“Five years after announcing her Michigan Sunshine Plan, the governor failed to even mention the historically inadequate transparency legislation she signed last year,” said Kunse, the Republic vice chair of the House Ethics and Oversight Committee. “Her silence is deafening. Gov. Whitmer talked endlessly about sunshine when she came into office. Six years later, both Lansing and our transparency laws are covered in fog.”
State Rep. Tom Kunse, R-Clare, will soon host local office hours in Evart and Clare. The meetings will take place at the following times and locations: Saturday, Feb. 10 Evart Library; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; 104 N Main St. in Evart. Monday, Feb. 19 Cops and Doughnuts; 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; 521 N McEwan St. […]
“It’s frightening to consider how many kids may have been failed by the broken system in the 18 years since MDHHS was originally sued for negligence,” said Kunse, who serves on the House Ethics and Oversight Committee. “MDHHS is clearly incapable of creating meaningful change. The Oversight Committee must demand answers and explore solutions for these failures. This is urgent. We’re not talking about tax policy; we’re talking a state department failing vulnerable kids.”