State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann today issued the following statement after voting to override Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s vetoes of select funding areas for statewide COVID-19 recovery. Whitmer slashed nearly $1.5 billion from a plan recently approved by the Legislature, including $840 million in school funding and $405 million which would go directly to helping small businesses. Despite voting to approve the recovery plan a week ago, many Democrats in the Michigan House were not supportive of the override, which caused it to fail without two-thirds support:
“It is wrong for the governor to play politics with small-business owners, students and families in northern Michigan. It’s why the Legislature acted swiftly today to support them, holding a veto override vote the same day she issued it.
“We weren’t screwing around. There wasn’t time to waste. People have been put out of work through no fault of their own. Main Street is on the brink of destruction. Our kids haven’t been able to learn and develop properly within a classroom setting. We needed to act.
“On top of her burdensome COVID-19 executive orders and health directives which have impacted lives and livelihoods, Gov. Whitmer’s decision will prolong the suffering of so many. It was a rude gift to the people as we find ourselves near the one-year anniversary of those first orders. As a representative of people who have expressed their profound hardship as a direct result of those orders, I wasn’t going to stand for it – and that is reflected in my vote.”
House Transportation Committee Chair Jack O’Malley talks about Tuesday’s committee meeting on infrastructure needs in northern Michigan if Line Five were to be shut down. Rep. O’Malley says the infrastructure is not in place, environmental concerns are plentiful and that the Governor needs to work toward finding common ground.
House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Jack O’Malley talks about a planned meeting of the committee on Tuesday of this week, when he says committee members will look at what, if any, infrastructure alternatives are in place in the case of a Line Five shutdown.
House Transportation Committee Chair Jack O’Malley today led a hearing examining the infrastructural impacts of a potential Line 5 shutdown, underscoring the practical approach of housing the pipeline in a tunnel as planned as opposed to alternatives that have been floated.
House Oversight Committee member Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, today issued the following statement after the committee heard testimony regarding House Bill 4667. The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, prohibits governmental entities from producing, issuing or incentivizing documentation for the purposes of certifying that an individual has received a vaccination for […]