Lawmaker attends with local first responder as guest The Michigan House of Representatives hosted a ceremony on September 8, honoring first responders and Michigan natives lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. State Rep. Peter MacGregor attended the event with Cannon Township Fire Chief Jim Morris. “It was a privilege to have Chief Morris on the House floor with me today as we honored first responders and remembered the tragedy that struck our nation on September 11, 2001,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “On the 10th anniversary of this attack on our nation, we must continue to remember those who gave their lives to protect us and who risk their lives for our safety and security every day.” Following the presentation of the colors by a Michigan State Police Honor Guard, World Trade Center survivor Patrick Anderson gave the keynote address. Representatives of districts that lost residents in the attacks read the names of those victims. The Michigan House plans to hold an annual event to honor first responders and the victims of September 11.
State Rep. Peter MacGregor
Lawmaker proud to support another commonsense reform in Lansing State Rep. Peter MacGregor recently voted in favor of House Bill 4087, ending retiree healthcare benefits for lawmakers. Currently, Michigan lawmakers who serve at least six years are eligible for health insurance funded by taxpayers beginning at age 55. The change would affect all legislators who took office as of Jan. 1, 2007, along with all future lawmakers. “Health care benefits end upon leaving most jobs, and serving in the legislature should be no different,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “Most workers have taken significant reductions in benefits, and I’m proud that we’re leading by example and ending a benefit our state cannot afford.” HB 4087 now goes to the senate for consideration.
Lawmaker appreciative of constituent feedback on tough decisions State Rep. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, was pleased with the turnout of his first telephone town hall meeting on Tuesday night, May 17. MacGregor hosted the meeting to connect with local residents and answer questions about the state budget, specifically, education-related issues. He answered many constituent questions including several on changing the way schools operate and true reforms needed to not only meet budget shortfalls but also achieve student success. During the meeting, MacGregor obtained direct feedback on a variety of topics through surveying participants. “An overwhelming majority of respondents felt public school employees should contribute more toward their health benefits and felt we should transition public employees from a pension system to a 401k,” MacGregor said. According to the Mackinac Center, the average public educator contributes 4 percent toward their health insurance, while the average private industry employee pays 21 percent toward their health insurance. “I know constituents are worried about education funding and I’m glad so many people took the time out to participate in the meeting and share their ideas and concerns with me,” MacGregor continued. “I take constituent concerns very seriously and truly appreciate their input at a time when we’re finalizing the budget. I plan to share this feedback with my colleagues and Governor Snyder.” Residents with additional questions for Rep. MacGregor can contact his office toll free at (855) 347-8073 or via e-mail at PeterMacGregor@house.mi.gov.
State Rep. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, recently made the following statement after voting in favor of House Bill 4325, the budget proposal for school aid, community colleges and higher education: “I ran for office to do the job of getting our state back on track—rightsizing our state government. We have significant spending issues and there were many difficult decisions that had to be made in these first few months to balance the budget, but the governor’s proposed cuts to schools were too steep. After much negotiation, we were able to restore $50 million back to the K-12 portion of the School Aid Fund, and I know there will be additional money available after the May 16 revenue estimating conference. It’s only halftime in the budget process.” MacGregor added, “Though I don’t agree with the decision to fund universities and community colleges out of the school aid fund, I understand the bigger picture and knew that if we didn’t, other areas would be cut further, like community and mental health, state police or senior programs. I fought to get additional per pupil funding for K-12 because the districts in West Michigan are doing a lot of things right and I feel we can address systemic and structural problems through good public policy—some of which I have already introduced.”