LANSING, MI (WLNS) – It’s the job of the speaker to take care of his caucus so when he discovered a sign was right in front of some lawmakers, he moved it and then launched into the new year agenda for the republicans.
Governor Rick Snyder is not interested in rolling back the state income tax, but these republicans are.
The speaker says it is not irresponsible to consider the rollback in light of a budget deficit, but he does say now is not the time to do it.
“In light of the current budget year short fall now is not the time now is not the time but it remains a priority we feel that a commitment that was made that was not delivered upon,” said state representative Kevin Cotter (r), house speaker.
At the top of the republican agenda is repealing the prevailing wage which the governor has also rejected.
The speaker reflects the house republicans and the governor will not agree on everything, but he will remain positive.
Both the republicans and the democrats want to extend family leave to workers who have babies.
The republican funding approach is to create savings accounts paid for by the workers.
“Allowing the opportunity for those that are working to put aside dollars pretax and to have that money to be available. Employers would have the option to contribute to those that they chose,” said Cotter.
This house democrat believes the businesses should pay for family leave and she rejects the argument that this is too costly for business.
“The majority of employers actually support the policy because of that productivity, because of this idea presents. These productive workers are workers who are healthy,” said state representative Stephanie Chang (d), Detroit.
The speaker says his caucus will not take a stance on raising the sales tax to fix the roads and he urged his colleges not to take shots at one another if they disagree on the tax hike.