Statement from state Rep. Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township) on House Democrats protecting health care for Michigan’s retired police and firefighters

Thursday, December 7, 2017

LANSING — Last night, House Democrats voted to save the earned heath care benefits of Michigan’s retired first responders. Last week, hundreds of police officers and firefighters, including many from state Rep. Donna Lasinski’s (D-Scio Township) community, rallied against proposals from Republican legislators which could have gutted health care for local heroes. During an all-night session, Legislative Republicans accepted the recommendation of House Democrats to instead implement the reforms of the bipartisan Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government Task Force. Rep. Lasinski was proud to fight for this solution that was supported across Washtenaw County by her local police and fire chiefs and township leaders. While these benefits are now protected, communities in the state continue to struggle with chronic underfunding of local budgets. In response, Rep.  Lasinski issued the following statement:

“I was proud to stand with our police, firefighters and municipal employees, and am grateful to see that the compromise and collaboration that created the bipartisan solution prevailed with this vote. This legislation will preserve local control, and allow municipalities the freedom they need to find the solutions that work best for them. House Democrats have been continuously offering solutions to the problems troubling our state and its hardworking families, and I am pleased to see that the plan we supported from the beginning — the task force recommendations — was finally agreed upon. Our next step in this process is to address the chronic underfunding of our local governments that led us to that vote last night, and I look forward to developing bipartisan solutions to this issue as well.”