Rep. Albert: Revised stay-at-home order is step in right direction, more adjustments needed

Legislature forms COVID-19 emergency oversight committee State Rep. Thomas Albert today said he is pleased the governor decided to heed the recommendations of legislators who have insisted she allow certain workers to return to their jobs and loosen restrictions on the sale of goods and services, outdoor activities like golf and motorboating, and the freedom…

Rep. Albert backs plan to reform governor’s ‘state of emergency’ powers

Legislator: Overreaching orders taking toll on people’s physical, mental health State Rep. Thomas Albert praised a plan introduced in the House today to rein in the broad powers given to the governor during states of emergency and help protect the people of Michigan from gubernatorial overreach in the future. Albert, of Lowell, said state law…

Rep. Albert: Governor wrong to put more restrictions on struggling families, businesses

Common-sense adjustments needed so people can return to work safely State Rep. Thomas Albert today said the governor moved in the wrong direction when she put even more restrictions on Michigan workers while extending her stay-at-home order through April 30. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered that stores no longer sell what she considers non-essential items and…

Rep. Albert: Governor’s ‘stay home’ order goes too far

State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell today said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ‘stay home’ order goes too far and needlessly threatens to derail Michigan’s economy while raising serious constitutional concerns. Albert’s statement: “The governor’s order is an overreaction,” Albert said. “While I acknowledge we are largely in uncharted territory, the governor’s continued use of executive orders…

Rep. Albert: New law ensures parents are well informed about marijuana products

State Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan to warn pregnant and breastfeeding women about the harmful effects marijuana use can have on babies has been signed into law. The new law requires warning labels to be placed on recreational and medical marijuana products sold in Michigan. The labels will read: “Warning: Use by pregnant or breastfeeding women,…

Rep. Albert: Governor’s proposal raids teacher pensions to increase school funding

State Rep. Thomas Albert today said Gov. Whitmer’s budget proposal risks the pensions promised to Michigan’s teachers and school employees. “The governor’s school funding increase sounds great – until you dig a little deeper and realize it comes at the expense of our teachers’ pensions,” said Albert, of Lowell. “The administration has recklessly decided to…

Attorney General’s office sides with Rep. Albert on school retirement funding

State Rep. Thomas Albert today said the Michigan attorney general’s office has agreed with his assertion that the state is required to move more quickly to implement changes improving the financial health of the state’s school employee retirement fund. Albert, of Lowell, led reforms to lower the payroll growth assumption used in the Michigan Public…

Rep. Albert urges MDOC to allow bootcamp-style facility to remain open

State Rep. Thomas Albert today expressed frustration with the Michigan Department of Corrections for announcing plans to close a facility and relocate a critical program without informing or seeking input from the Legislature. Albert, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, said he was surprised by the department’s announcement that it will close the…

Rep. Albert stands with Caledonia Schools in opposing Switch tax break

State Rep. Thomas Albert today stood in opposition to legislation that would exempt Switch, a data company located in Kentwood, from certain taxes. Albert, who represents the affected Caledonia School District, voted in opposition to the bill after learning about the negative impact the policy change would have on the local school district’s finances. “There…

Rep. Albert schedules local office hours

State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell will host district office hours in December to meet with local residents of the 86th District. “I’m proud of our legislative achievements of 2019,” Rep. Albert said. “I welcome all to attend for a legislative update and learn more about my priorities moving into the New Year.” Office hours are…