State Rep. Tom Kuhn, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, expressed frustration that the very first bill considered by the Michigan House in the new session was rammed through the legislative process with no committee hearing or proper oversight.
Kuhn was fully anticipating the chance to review Senate Bill 7, a spending bill, in the budget committee to ensure that hard-earned tax dollars were being allocated appropriately. But in an obscure procedural maneuver, House Democrats bypassed the committee process entirely and forced the full House to consider the bill without any review.
“House Democrats disenfranchised the entire state of Michigan tonight with their shocking lack of oversight and transparency,” said Kuhn, R-Troy. “It’s mind-boggling that the very first bill we voted on occurred under such a cloud of secrecy. The people of Michigan deserve an open and transparent review to ensure their tax dollars are being spent wisely.”
The House approved SB 7 on a party-line vote. Kuhn voted no because he was given no time to review the bill.
“As a legislator, I’m looking for something more than a blank sheet of paper before I support anything,” Kuhn said.
State Rep. Tom Kuhn, R-Troy, today issued the following statement after the state House approved transparency legislation mandated by voters with the passage of Proposal 1 in November 2022. While Kuhn supported the legislation as a first step, he emphasized that more must be done to restore citizens’ confidence in state government.
Tom Kuhn is the State Representative for Michigan’s 57th District. He represents portions of Sterling Heights, Troy and Madison Heights. Alicia St. Germaine is the State Representative for Michigan’s 62nd District. She represents portions of Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, and all of Fraser, and Harrison Township.
“House Democrats apparently want a part-time legislature with full-time pay,” said Kuhn, R-Troy. “House Democrats want to ignore important issues facing our communities and take an early Christmas holiday. But state lawmakers earn their wages by doing the people’s work, not sitting at home watching Christmas movies. If anyone else stopped showing up to work, they wouldn’t just stop receiving pay, they would be fired.”
“The way legislators currently do business is broken,” said Kuhn, R-Troy. “Each legislator should be given ample time to become deeply familiar with budget bills before voting. By setting specific rules, our bills will hold legislators accountable for their actions. We are creating clear rules and timelines to overhaul and improve the efficiency of the budgeting process.”