State Rep. Tom Kuhn, R-Troy, tonight issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s annual State of the State address:
“Overall, the governor gave a solid address that touched on several important issues that I look forward to working with her on. Tax relief for working families and senior citizens is essential as people continue to struggle with rising inflation costs. With more than $9 billion in state surplus funding, we can and must work together to provide immediate relief to the people of Michigan. Retirees who are living on fixed incomes especially need help, and I wholeheartedly support providing relief with retirement taxes.
“I also look forward to hearing more about the governor’s plans to support our law enforcement and help Michigan students with learning that was lost during the pandemic.
“Although we clearly have differences on some issues, I believe the governor and Legislature must work together in a bipartisan way to find common ground. Doing what is best for the people of Michigan is what is most important.”
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.”