State Rep. Scott VanSingel, of Grant, issued the following response after it was announced that MIOSHA will no longer pursue making COVID workplace rules permanent indefinitely:
“MIOSHA spent the last year making criminals out of people who just wanted to make an honest living. I voted to make drastic cuts to the department’s budget to send the message that we will not stand for bureaucratic bullying of our Michigan job providers. I want to thank everyone across the state who raised their voice against permanent rules. We collected more than 5,000 public comments in opposition to these rules, and the governor and her administration finally listened. Michigan employers and employees can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they will no longer be subject to MIOSHA’s overbearing COVID rules.”
To view Rep. VanSingel’s recent floor speech regarding cuts to MIOSHA funding, click here.
Several reforms recommended by the bipartisan Michigan House School Safety Task Force were formally introduced today, including plans to create a special commission to improve the mental health of school-age students, hire additional staff who are dedicated to ensuring school safety, standardize statewide school safety definitions and provide guidance for building new school buildings to ensure security.
Rep. Van Singel, the Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Michigan Department of Transportation, speaks on the House floor Thursday before passage of what he says is record funding for Michigan roads, including dollars for road maintenance and green infrastructure. The $6.7 billion plan will take effect October 1.