Hello and I hope you are well! Here is the next edition of my long overdue Inside Scoop! Feel free to scan it or read it all the way through if you like to get into the weeds with budgets and numbers. Brevity was just not possible with all that is happening in Lansing right now!
Michigan No-Fault Auto Insurance
The Senate has passed a bill to make changes to our no-fault auto insurance and it will be coming up for a vote in the House. I am currently studying this bill and will have a statement on my position soon. I am concerned about the high cost of auto insurance and also the current statist system that we have in place. I would like to see free market solutions and although it seems that these new reforms offer some positive changes, I am not convinced that these new reforms bring the fundamental changes that are needed. I'm open to hearing your thoughts on this matter.
Last week I was expelled from the House Republican Caucus meetings and was told personally by the Speaker that it was because of the Facebook post I made while attending a Budget Workshop. I did not feel I revealed anything confidential and all budgets had already been passed in public subcommittee hearings. Here is that post:
There has been a lot of media attention on the news, radio, and papers surrounding this as you can imagine. This does not interfere or prevent me from serving in my capacity as State Representative. I have still not learned of anything else regarding any further charges from the Speaker's office, but I do have a meeting set up with him next week. I may disagree on issues with my colleagues, but I respect the trust between us. I was elected to be accountable to the hard working taxpayers of Allegan County and the State of Michigan. I will work diligently every day for their best interests and to be transparent in my role as State Representative. I appreciate your prayers and support as I continue to stand as a strong voice for personal liberties, Constitutional rights, and fiscal responsibility.
Republican National Committee Woman Race
Just before Easter I threw my hat in the ring for Republican National Committee Woman which will be voted on by the State Committee on May 9th. The RNC meets four weekends per year and is involved in setting the rules for the National Republican Party which have an impact on the states and also the Presidential elections. I am running because I want to see a strong social and fiscal conservative voice in that position representing Michigan who will stand firm on our conservative values, even when others may pressure you to go in a more moderate direction. I am also running to be a strong advocate for the voice of the delegates and members that make up the base of the party. With my unique experience in the grassroots around the state, the GOP, and now in the Legislature, I believe I have a lot to bring to this position.
How We Appropriate Tax Payer Dollars
meet the vision and the goals set forth by leadership and also with input from the committee members. Each appropriations subcommittee has been working hard, listening to testimony, and combing through their department budgets.
The process is fast considering it's gravity and closes with each subcommittee voting out it's budget for recommendation to the appropriations committee at-large. I serve on the Military and Veterans Affairs, Department of Education (DOE), Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, and the Department of Natural Resources Subcommittees. My days in Lansing consist of committee hearings, meetings, and session while many of my evenings are spent studying budgets and reading legislation.
Migrant Labor Housing - (p4) GF $1,049,700, decreased ($1,300)
Horse Race Programs - (p5) SR $3,167,300
One Time Capital Equipment for Geagly Lab. (p5) - GF $350,000
Department of Community Health
Base Medicaid (p8) - Current Spending GF $2,515,995,000 increase passed of GF $19,430,000
Mental Health and Wellness (p9) GF $11,420,000, $423,600 increase
Mental Health Jail Diversion and Transition GF $$3,050,000, increase of GF $1,300,000. (This was cut from the corrections budget and transferred to DCH)
Community Mental Health non medicaid GF $97,050,400, increase of GF $20,000,000
Children’s Waiver Home Care Program (p10) GF $6,056,200, increase GF $823,800
Reinstate Public Health and Wellness Reductions GF $36,475,400, increase GF $3,000,000
Primary Care Rate Annualization - due to Obamacare (p13) $25,000,000, increase GF $8,318,800
Healthy Kids Dental Service - New Program (p13) GF $7,500,000
Medicaid Autism Services through age 21 (p14) GF $8,674,300, increase GF $2,528,400
Department of Corrections - Reduced GF by ($51,000,000)
Department of Education
Child Development and Care (CDC) (p23) GF $36,588,800
State Aid to Libraries (p24) GF $8,876,000, increase $1,000,000
Renaissance Zone Reimbursement to Libraries (p24) GF $4,700,000 increase GF $600,000
DEQ - Overall Cut in General Funds by ($2,398,200)
General Government - Overall Cut in GF ($36,719,500)
Dept. of AG - Sexual Assault Law Enforcement (backlogged Sexual assault kits testing) (p33) GF $1,700,000
Legislature - Legislature Operations (p38) GF $127,420,700, increase $3,815,700
Legislative Auditor General - Auditor General Operations (p39) GF $14,937,300, increase $448,100
Dept. of Technology, Management, and Budget
State Building Authority (p42) GF $236,770,600, increase GF $17,800,000
Capital Outlay (p42) GF $18,000,000 increase $10,000,000
Information Technology Investment Fund (p43) GF $60,500,000, increase $7,500,000
Motor Vehicle Fleet (p43) IDG $67,669,300, increase $6,515,500
Legal Services New (p43) GF $1,000,500
Homeland Security/ Cyber Security (p43) GF $8,068,200, increase $1,000,000
Procurement Improvement Plan (p44) GF $5,107,100, increase $479,100
State Emergency Operations Center (p44) IDG $91,352,000, increase $631,700
Administrative Services Offsets (p44) GF $2,120,200, increase $781,700
Department of Treasury
Business Attraction and Community Revitalization (p52) GF $99,000,000, decrease of GF ($8,900,000)
Entrepreneurship EcoSystem (p52) SR $17,200,000, increase $7,800,000
Department of Human Services
Child Welfare Caseload Adjustment - New $1,297,200
Healthy Mi Plan Call Center (p59) GF $3,465,600, increase $1,446,900
Report on Healthy Mi Plan Impact on Insurance Rates (p64) GF $55,000, increase GF $95,000
Judiciary - Decreased GF by ($4,335,200)
Licensing and Regulatory Affairs - Decreased GF by ($16,926,600)
Department of Military and Veterans - Decreased GF by ($4,267,200)
Department of Natural Resources - Decreased GF by ($8,815,700)
Shooting Range Enhancements (p77) GF increase $250,000
State Police - Decreased GF by ($17,916,200)
129th Trooper Recruit School (One time) (p81) increase GF $7,700,000
128th Trooper School Annualization (p82) GF $5,464,400, increase GF $3,005,700
Sexual Assault Kit Evidence (p83) GF $29,078,900, increase $1,649,600
Sexual Assault Prevention New (p83) GF $500,000
Transportation - Decreased GF by ($145,126,800)
Transit Capital and Rail Infrastructure (p91) GF $10,000,000, increase $15,000,000
State And Local Road and Bridge Programs (p92) GF $144,500,000, decrease ($144,500,000).
Cindy Gamrat for State Representative
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