2018-01-11 / News

Rep. Kelly highlights success for region in 2017

State Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw Twp.) is pleased with the state’s legislative accomplishments in 2017, describing the past 12 months as crucial to “Michigan’s foundation for years to come.”

Kelly chaired the House Policy Development Committee, which developed the 2017-18 Action Plan as a guideline for key state House goals.

“The Action Plan focused on better spending of taxpayer funds, working closely with local governments and school districts, growing the economy through economic development and improving quality of life,” Kelly said. “We have taken strong steps forward on each of those principles. That will strengthen the foundation of Saginaw County and Michigan for years to come.”

Kelly noted the following highlights:

• Approved bills to protect municipal workers’ retirement benefits while working with counties, cities and townships to ensure funding is allocated for those benefits without affecting vital public services.

• Reformed the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System without changing benefits for retirees and current educators, but will help ease debt growth in Michigan’s public school employee pension and retiree health care system, which had an unfunded liability approaching $40 billion.

• Increased funding for skilled trades education to expand course choice for high school students and begin development toward a future career.

• Held multiple committee meetings across the state to listen to successful programs and needs to help the mentally ill and better serve all citizens affected by mental illness.

• Allocated record funding to Michigan kindergarten-12th grade schools.

• Approved a record $450 million in the 2017-18 budget for road repair and construction.

• Approved $35 million for the Michigan Infrastructure Fund to be used to address the state’s water, transportation, energy and communications needs.

“This shows the commitment in Lansing to work together,” said Kelly, who is also chair of the House Education Reform Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid. “That said, there’s plenty on the table for us to accomplish. I look forward to taking more steps to preserve Michigan’s successful future.”

The 2017-18 House Republican Action Plan can be viewed at http:// gophouse.org/best-way-forward/.

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