Lawmaker present for all votes in 2011 State Rep. Peter MacGregor posted a perfect voting record for the 2011 legislative year, never missing any of 619 roll call votes taken during the first year of his first term. “Voters in the 73rd District sent me to Lansing to represent them, and being present for all legislative votes is part of my job,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “I look forward to continuing to work to revitalize Michigan in 2012 and am honored to have the opportunity to serve as a voice for our community in Lansing.” Since the beginning of the year, lawmakers have balanced the state budget, reduced red tape, cut over $1 billion in spending, and cracked down on waste, fraud and abuse in the welfare system. The nonpartisan website www.michiganvotes.org compiles the voting histories of lawmakers in Michigan House and Senate.
Time has come for reasonable tenure reform by PETER MACGREGOR State Representative 73rd District One of the first few meetings I scheduled after taking office was with all the school superintendents in my district. Over and over, one of the issues that kept coming up, in addition to budget cuts, was the fact that the tenure process needed reformed. Additionally, I had meeting after meeting and countless e-mails and phone calls from actual educators. Some educators wanted to maintain the status quo, but there were also many who privately conveyed they agreed it was time for reasonable tenure reform. There is an example in almost every district of a teacher who has lost their passion or isn’t really qualified to teach children, but seems to be untouchable because they’ve obtained “tenure.” In fact, there are districts all across this state that have educators who probably need to be removed from the classroom, but it is cheaper for the school to pay their salary to not work at all—and pay their replacement simultaneously—than to go through the long, litigious process of terminating a teacher with the Teacher Tenure Commission. I asked those in the education field, both administrators and teachers, what it typically costs a school district to terminate one teacher and was told estimates anywhere from $100,000 to $250,000 per teacher. It’s no wonder we all have had those experiences mentioned above of someone who taught us or taught our kids, who we all knew shouldn’t be there, yet remained year after year. I am well aware that we have some of the best teachers in the state, probably even in the country, right here in West Michigan. Effective teachers are the most important variable in a student’s success. However, those good teachers should not take offense to the legislation passed this past month on tenure reform. In fact, the legislation that was passed will protect good teachers. No longer is it acceptable to fire a lower seniority teacher to keep a teacher who has more seniority and who may not even teach the subject needed—which is now the current practice. Rather, educators will now be employed based on performance. If the teacher with less experience happened to be a better teacher, they shouldn’t automatically […]
by PETER MACGREGOR State Representative, 73rd District It’s morning in Michigan! I’d like to begin my term by saying, “Thank you for electing me to serve as your state representative in the Michigan legislature. I am humbled by your faith in me and I approach this role as that of a true ‘public servant’.” This is the first installment of what will be a monthly article to keep you updated on what is happening in the legislature and open any and all lines of communication between myself and the constituents of the 73rd district. Our district includes: the cities of Cedar Springs and Rockford, the townships of Algoma, Cannon, Courtland, Nelson, Plainfield, Oakfield, Solon, Sparta, Spencer and Tyrone, and the villages of Kent City, Sand Lake and Sparta. Our state’s reinvention can’t come soon enough and I am very eager to be part of that process. As of yesterday, I was appointed to our state’s Appropriations Committee. This committee is charged with allocating your tax dollars that come into our state. Specifically, I will be chairing the Military and Veterans Affairs budget subcommittee, chairing the State Police budget subcommittee, vice-chairing the Department of Community Health budget subcommittee, and serving on the Department of Labor and Economic Growth budget subcommittee. I will also be voting on the Appropriations committee as a whole. These committees will allow me to have greater input on “right-sizing” our state’s budget. I have no illusions that this role will be easy, and my colleagues and I will be making some very difficult and painful decisions in the weeks and months to come in order to restore the economic prosperity that our great state once enjoyed. My approach to this challenge is to apply conservative, common sense, guiding principles to every decision I make on your behalf. For too long, our elected officials have overreached and deviated from the intent of both our national and state constitutions. I will be making decisions based on what is first constitutional and, second, on what is right for our district. I am excited to work with you on our mission of a smaller more efficient government, reformation and reinvention. Please contact my office if you have any questions, concerns, great news or ideas you would […]
‘To all our supporters…’ Dear Editor, To all our supporters: Chrissie and I want to send our sincerest thank you. I am humbled by the broad support that we received across the 73rd District, and grateful for all that you did to help us accomplish this goal. We knew when we first started this campaign it was going to a challenge for our family. It was our remarkable team and passionate support group that helped us manage all those challenges. My team had wisdom, experience, professionalism and a great plan. Most importantly, I learned about the issues and concerns of the constituents in the 73rd District. I am planning on taking your message to Lansing and getting results! Again, I am humbled by and grateful for your continued support. I look forward to serving the citizens of the 73rd District. Sincerely, Peter MacGregor Representative-Elect, 73rd District Words on Weather praised Dear Editor, We want to congratulate you and thank you for your Words on Weather & Climate by Craig James. Mr. James’ articles are always interesting, objective and informative, with the light touch of humor that is such a pleasure to read. Of the four or five newspapers we regularly read, Words on Weather and Climate in the Rockford Squire rank with the best of them. We look forward to Mr. James’ continuing appearance in your paper. Sincerely, Bill and Roberta Parker Comstock Park, MI The tannery reminisces I was just a building that was torn down. As my roof came off the bricks fell to the ground. The only thing left is the friends that were made inside. You’ve moved on and I hope you are all doing fine. Remember the good things that we shared and the friends that we made. I am no longer around, but I will miss you as I hope you miss me. From, The Tannery