Lt. Governor announces ballot drive to make Michigan legislature part-time
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU)-- Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has announced a new initiative that would amend the Michigan state constitution to switch from a full-time to a part-time state legislature.
On Tuesday, Calley announced the Clean MI Government ballot initiative, which is an effort to amend the Michigan state constitution to switch from a full-time to a part-time state legislature and slash the pay and benefits of legislators to make certain they don’t earn more than teachers.
“Michigan is one of a handful of states with a full-time legislature," Calley said in a statement. "It is time to amend the Michigan state constitution to switch from a full-time to a part-time state legislature. Michigan politicians are the fourth highest paid in the United States. It's time to slash their salaries and ensure cuts to their benefits. We will save tax dollars by paying them the same as teachers and give them more time to live and work back home under the laws they pass. State legislators should be paid no more than our school teachers.”
The proposal would amend Article IV, section 12 and Article IV, section 13 of the state constitution to require a part-time legislature that can meet no more than 90 consecutive calendar days each year, unless an emergency session is called by the Governor. It would also require legislators to be paid commensurate with public school teachers, and permanently eliminate their pensions and health insurance after their term of office in the part-time legislature.
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Below is a quote from Rep. Cole about the ballot initiative:
“I have supported part time legislature in the past. The devil is in the details. We have to ensure that the elected Representatives, the House and Senate maintain control of the legislative process. We cannot allow more power to be centered with unelected bureaucrats. The balance must also include maintaining constituent services and the things Legislators do helping constituents navigate our political and regulatory system. I am looking forward to seeing the proposed ballot question, It will be up to the people of Michigan to decide.“