Jeff is focused on the issues that matter to you! He defends the Constitution, including the 2nd Amendment, and always puts the People first!
COVID-19: During this pandemic, I have fielded many questions about the state’s response to COVID-19, as well as introduced legislation to protect first responders and defend the Constitution. I worked with my team to address hundreds of inquiries into unresolved unemployment claims. I have also called for reforms to the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) to fix the broken system, including replacing the Director of UIA.
Roughly one-third of COVID-19 deaths in Michigan were patients in nursing homes. As the Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), I have questioned LARA’s involvement in the decision to place COVID -19 patients in nursing homes. I have also supported a resolution to end this dangerous practice.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 will also have a devastating impact on future budgets, but I am committed to making thoughtful decisions to balance the budget and get us through this difficult time. I believe in leading by example; that is why I have already taken a 10% pay cut.
Roads and Infrastructure: Fixing our roads is a top priority. We have eliminated unnecessary bureaucracy to increase road funding. Each year I have voted to increase road funding without raising taxes. But I am not done working on this issue! We in Southeast Michigan need to join together to change the antiquated road funding formula that makes Macomb County a “donor” county. I have introduced HB 4062, HB5283, and HB 5284, which would more equitably distribute road funding in Michigan.
Reformed Car Insurance to Lower Premiums: Since taking office, car insurance reform has been at the top of my list of issues to address. In 2019, we passed historic legislation to address high insurance costs and bring transparency to the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA), which recently announced a reduction in the fee it charges drivers. Starting July of this year, drivers can now choose to keep the unlimited PIP coverage they are accustomed to or can choose a lower limit. If they have Medicare or other qualifying insurance, they can opt out completely. Drivers are encouraged to contact their car insurance provider to discuss their coverage and savings options.
Fiscal Responsibility: I believe every expenditure should be scrutinized for its value to the taxpayers. I continue to work to eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy to put more money into roads. We’ve paid down millions of dollars in debt while increasing funding for local government and schools. I will continue to scrutinize government spending to ensure that the state government lives within its means.
Addressing Mental Health Issues: Before coming to Lansing, Macomb County was losing funds under a plan to redistribute mental health funding across the state. I fought to restore $5 million to Macomb County Community Mental Health. Additionally, the Michigan House has made improving mental health services in our state a priority, and through the House C.A.R.E.S. Taskforce, we passed legislation to address issues with delivery of services to those in our mental health community. I will continue fighting to ensure that our most vulnerable population receives the services they need!
Government Accountability: I serve the People, NOT the other way around! The House passed bipartisan legislation to provide greater government transparency by making the governor’s office subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and creating a disclosure system for the Legislature. We in Lansing should follow the same rules of transparency that local government has followed for years.
Protecting Our Great Lakes: Our water is one of our most precious resources here in Michigan, and we need to respond quickly to address the risks of PFAS and sewage dumping that threaten our water quality. In 2017, the Macomb County sewer collapse threatened the water quality of our local waterways and ultimately, our Great Lakes. I led the charge to successfully secure $3 million to help Macomb County repair the damage and protect our water.
In December 2017, we allocated $23.2 million to provide testing, monitoring, and technical assistance at more than a dozen sites across Michigan where per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, have been found in the groundwater. I introduced HB 4390 and HB 4391, which protects firefighters and the environment from PFAS. HB 4390 has been signed into law and HB 4391 is expected to pass the Legislature and be delivered to our Governor for her signature. I also support legislation that would address those who seek to pollute or extract our fresh water.
Jobs and Prosperity: We need to continue creating a climate that allows our residents, and especially our youth, to get an education, find jobs, and pursue happiness with less government, less taxes, and more personal freedom. This is how we honor the promises made to the generations who got us here. We passed legislation that would improve student access to skilled trades training/career technical education so our youth are prepared for the high-paying, in-demand jobs that exist today. I will continue to support opportunities for Michigan residents to obtain the skills needed to be successful in the workforce.