Local lawmakers address minimum wage and the teacher pension tax

Local lawmakers address minimum wage and the teacher pension tax

Over the next few weeks we are taking your questions straight to the people that are responsible for representing us in state government.

We collected video taped questions from all across Michigan and played them back for our seven state representatives.

The second round of your questions were for Representatives Phil Potvin and Bruce Rendon.

Valerie Meyerson of Charlevoix County wants to know what is being done to bring more jobs to northern Michigan.

"I'd rather grow a business internally than spend thousands of dollars to reach out trying to bring somebody new in when we already got good industry there, we already have good service groups that are coming in so the key really is taking care of what you have," Rep. Potvin said.

Nick Carrey asks if there is any consideration of a repeal for the teacher pension tax created in 2011.

"Yeah it was tough, because it was negotiated between the employee and their employer, but at the same time that was taxed by the employer and basically we have asked that through the tough decisions that we had to make here at that time, to keep us from going bankrupt," Rep. Rendon said. "It was a serious situation, Michigan was in that situation within a years time, if we wouldn't have made changes we would've been bankrupt."

Casey Adams in Emmet County wonders if you're opposed or in favor of a possible minimum wage increase.

"What you really haven't done is increase the opportunity for more people to go to work, you've decreased it, because now you are having to pay more for the employees that are putting out the service or product that you are trying to sell so it's a detriment not an asset at all," Rep. Potvin said.