Dec 30, 2006

House Democrats to bring work ethic and bipartisanship back to the House



Constructive changes are coming to the Michigan House of Representatives as the Democrats get set to take over, and in a real, solid commitment to addressing the structural problems facing our state the House will begin a four day work week when it convenes in January.

New Speaker of the House Andy Dillon, D-Redford, plans to hold House sessions from Monday to Thursday instead of the normal Tuesday to Thursday. With the looming budget crisis and the need to fix the mess left by the Republicans with the irresponsible early repel of the Singe Business Tax the extra session days will be needed. The Republican majority killed the tax this summer in an election ploy with no replacement in sight, and they refused the governor’s request to address the replacement in the lame duck session.

The Monday start will bring house members to Lansing earlier, and the extra time will allow committees more time to meet. The bulk of the work on complex bills is done in committee, and the replacement of the SBT is just such a complex bill. Citizens will also be happy to see lawmakers earning the almost 40 percent pay raise they gave themselves a few years ago.

The Democrats are also going to truly change the tone in Lansing for the better after the Republican majority completely shut out the other side from the Democratic process. It go so bad that the Republicans and Majority Floor leader Chris Ward refused to even provide the basic courtesy of supplying a daily schedule of bills to be taken up on the floor on session days to the other side.

New Majority Floor Leader Rep. Steve Tobocman, D-Detroit, said he will allow actual floor debate, and he is committed to having open debate and a deliberative and democratic process where members are recognized on the House floor and in the committees. More bills coming out of the House will have members of both parties co-sponsoring them, and there will be more bipartisan coalitions formed.

In a show of that bipartisan spirit, the Speaker has given both sides of the aisle the same allotment of money to each member to maintain their offices and provide office staff instead of the past practice of the majority party getting a larger allotment of money to operate their constituent services.

The Republican controlled Senate, that killed many bills passed in the House because it did not take them up, has not said if it plans to follow suit and increase work hours.

6 comments:

Red Or Dead said...

Talk is cheap. The truth will be in the pudding.Only time will tell if the B.S. you speak of will become fact.

Communications guru said...

Well, I hate to burst your bubble, Communist, but most of it is already happening. How can it be BS when it’s happening, so I guess you should eat your pudding.

The extra session day on Monday has already been enacted, and the Speaker has given both sides of the aisle the same allotment of money to each member to maintain their offices and provide office staff. Now, it does remain to be seen if the Democrats will be as heavy-handed and rude in the majority as the Republicans were, but I doubt they will

Anonymous said...

I wish the Democrats luck. Their governor has screwed this state up so badly, she's going to need all the help she can get.

Meanwhile, I'm starting a new year by making a list of:

THE GURU'S DUMBEST BELIEFS

1. A woman can only make a political donation at the behest of her husband.

2. A radio station is not a business.

It shouldn't take me long to get to 10.

Republican Michigander said...

3. Kevins/Guru believes he was kicked off the Republican Michigander blog.

Communications guru said...

Well, afraid to-identify-yourself, the Governor only took office in 2002. I know you’re not very smart and cant’ figure that out, so I thought I would let you know. How much do governor’s influence national trade policy? Again, since you’re obviously not very smart I will tell you the answer. Zero.

1. It will take you a long time to get to 10 because you have zero so far. I said, and anyone with any political experience has backed me up, people routinely use their spouse to cover political contributions. Do you want me to give the example of Sen. Jason Allen again?

2. Radio is a business, but in exchange for use of the public airwaves they have an obligation to be fair.

Thanks for playing, and come back when you have some substance to make an argument with.

Communications guru said...

That’s because it’s true, wolhirian. I have disproved your lie that you did not kick me off many, many times, but if you want to try justifying your lie again be my guest. But some good did come from it because I never would have become a blogger if you had not kicked me off.