As Legislature adjourns, representative highlights priorities left unfinished
State Rep. Kathy Schmaltz, R-Jackson, today expressed frustration that several bipartisan priorities were not addressed before the Legislature canceled session for the rest of the year.
The Michigan Legislature adjourned for the year today, just a week after Democrats learned they had lost their narrow majority in the House of Representatives and would soon be faced with a 54-54 bipartisan split. This is the first time in more than 50 years that the Legislature has adjourned before December.
“The people of Michigan are tired of partisan divides and political games. They want their elected leaders to work together, no matter their party, and find solutions that help everyone,” Schmaltz said. “It’s disheartening that the opportunity for productive discourse was cut short by the decision to adjourn early. I was hopeful we would be able to rise above party lines, put aside our differences and really focus on what Michigan families need.”
Specifically, Schmaltz has been advocating for two pieces of legislation she introduced with co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle.
House Bill 4578, which would ensure retirees from the Michigan Department of Corrections receive the same tax cuts approved earlier this year for other first responders, was briefly placed on the House’s agenda for Nov. 9, the House’s last voting day of the year. So was House Bill 4694, Schmaltz’s plan to help young people as they age out of the foster care system.
Unfortunately, both measures were delayed while the House considered other items that passed along partisan lines.
“Good policy ideas deserve consideration – it shouldn’t matter who is sponsoring the legislation or whether the word ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat’ appears next to their name,” Schmaltz said. “These bills help vulnerable children and offer relief to seniors who spent their lives serving our communities while guarding our prisons. It’s too bad we couldn’t keep working till the end of the year on bipartisan priorities like these.”
State Rep. Kathy Schmaltz today invited residents to sit down and chat during her November office hours in Jackson and Washtenaw counties. Local office hours are an opportunity for community members to meet face-to-face with Schmaltz to share their thoughts, questions, or concerns. No appointments are necessary to attend. Next month, Schmaltz will be available […]
State Rep. Kathy Schmaltz recently co-sponsored a new plan to make Michigan’s budget process more transparent, fiscally responsible, and accountable to taxpayers. The reform measures come after the governor signed a record $82 billion budget this summer, with the final proposal revealed to legislators only hours before they were called upon to vote. The final […]
State Rep. Kathy Schmaltz today announced Lean Rocket Lab in Jackson has been selected to serve as one of 27 entrepreneurial hubs providing resources and support to small businesses across Michigan. Lean Rocket Lab received a $1.4 million grant through the state’s new Small Business Support Hubs program, funded with federal dollars set aside for […]
State Rep. Kathy Schamltz this week introduced a plan to help families who are struggling with surging costs. House Bills 5264-5268 address affordability by creating a state child tax credit that is 50 percent of the federal credit, exempting infant and toddler items from both sales tax and use tax, and establishing Child Care Savings […]