News From Rep. Peterson

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Last week, a deeply divided House of Representatives pushed through a fiscal year 2018 general government spending plan that totaled $272 million less in General Fund than what Gov. Rick Snyder proposed. Differing budget philosophies caused tempers to flare and legislative session to run late into the night.

HB 4323, the general government budget bill, passed 60-47 on a mostly party-line vote. Three of 63 Republicans voted against the budget. No Democrats supported it.

Democrats...

Friday, May 5, 2017

It is downright shameful that in 2017, a woman in the United States is still earning less money than her male counterpart for doing the same work. There is simply no reason for us to continue sending women the message that, despite their overwhelming contributions to our country’s and our state’s workforce, we still place a higher value on the same work when provided by a man.

According to wage data released this year...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee passed a School Aid budget that leaves much to be desired. Unfortunately, appropriately funding students and teachers across our state is being cast aside in the House Republicans’ haste to pursue their agenda of tax cuts for the wealthy. It is critical that we recognize and empower all of our state’s students to achieve their full potential, and to promote and preserve our public education system. As passed out...

Friday, April 7, 2017

Last month, I was honored to welcome U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) to the district for a community forum about potential changes in health care and how Michigan residents could be impacted. At the meeting, I was also joined by special guests state Reps. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor), Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township) and Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor), along with other health care experts. The meeting attracted more than 400 Washtenaw County residents and shed light...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

In a joint meeting of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees for State Police, my colleagues and I reviewed the governor’s nearly $700 million MSP budget recommendation. Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, the director of the Michigan State Police, presented the budget, which emphasized programs to combat sexual assault on college campuses, expand the forensic sciences laboratory, and create grants for police training to be fair and impartial.

As we continue deeper into this budget season,...

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