State Rep. Peter MacGregor was joined in Lansing on Wednesday, July 18, by the Rockford High School men’s a cappella group, the Rockford Aces. The Rockford Aces are a 12-voice extracurricular men’s a cappella group that perform a wide repertoire, including traditional and contemporary choral, vocal jazz, barbershop, doo-wop, and contemporary a cappella. The group competed in the World Choir Games against more than 350 choirs from 64 countries this month in Cincinnati, where they earned two silver medals. MacGregor recognized them on the House floor and congratulated them on their achievement at the World Choir Games. The group also performed in the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday morning. “The Rockford Aces are incredibly talented and I’m extremely proud of their achievements locally and at the World Choir Games,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “These boys have represented our community well and I’m excited to see them go far with their academic and musical futures.” The group was founded in 2008, and was named as one of the finest high school choral ensembles in Michigan in 2010. The Aces actively performs at school, community and professional sporting events in West Michigan. The Rockford Aces made the trip to Lansing with choir director Jed Scott.
State Representative Peter MacGregor
Reforms will save area districts nearly $9.3 million by 2014 The Michigan House recently approved legislation to save the state’s teacher retirement system, saving almost $16 billion for Michigan taxpayers and allowing more money into the classroom to benefit students, state Rep. Peter MacGregor announced. Senate Bill 1040 reforms the Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement System (MPSERS) Act to eliminate almost $16 billion in long-term pension and health care liability for Michigan’s public schools. “Today’s vote to reform the MPSERS system was crucial to making sure that teachers’ pensions and health care exist in the future,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “Without these reforms, the unfunded liabilities that currently exist in the system would have continued to limit education funding from getting to the classroom where it belongs. The current system is unsustainable and without action would have continued piling billions of dollars of debt onto our children and grandchildren.” MPSERS is a statewide public employee defined benefit plan. The plan has debts that currently total more than $45 billion, which schools must eventually pay. Before 1994, schools paid a flat 5 percent of their payroll into the retirement system. Now, because of the growing debt and the need to pay retiring educators, schools are paying 27 percent, and their payments are expected to jump as high as 35 percent. The House plan will eventually take this rate back down to 5 percent. Under the reform plan, public school employees hired on or after August 1, 2012, would have the option to receive an existing hybrid defined-benefit, defined-contribution plan or a straight defined contribution (401k) account. Employees hired on or after August 1, 2012 would no longer receive defined retirement health care but would receive matching employer contributions up to 2 percent of compensation deposited into a 401k-type account. “These commonsense changes were absolutely necessary to keep our schools from falling further behind while also saving the retirement system so that Michigan educators can still have high-quality retirement options in the future,” MacGregor said. “These reforms give schools the ability to put the focus back on educating Michigan children while still giving teachers options for retirement and protecting the pensions that teachers have already earned.” Under these reforms, each of the districts within the 73rd House District […]
Lawmaker honored for leadership for children, youth, families State Rep. Peter MacGregor was recently honored with the 2011 Crime Fighter Award from the Michigan chapter of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a statewide crime prevention organization led by Michigan police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and crime survivors. The organization cited MacGregor’s role on the House Appropriations subcommittee on Community Health in leading the effort to certify funding for voluntary home visiting and parent-education programs aimed to improve family functioning. “Investing in programs that keep our children safe is very important to our state’s success, and I appreciate the recognition for my efforts, but the credit truly belongs with the organization,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford.” Through my work on the Appropriations Committee, I interact with many organizations and have been extremely impressed by the work of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids in our local communities.” MacGregor was honored during a May 23 awards presentation at the state Capitol.
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.
Bill to end legislator retirement health care heads to Gov. Snyder State Rep. Peter MacGregor recently voted in favor of a bill to eliminate retirement health care benefits for most Michigan legislators. House Bill 4087 ends a retirement healthcare program that covered former legislators after age 55. The bill eliminates benefits for most current members of the legislature, including Rep. MacGregor and all future lawmakers. Any lawmaker not already vested in the program by January 1, 2013 will be affected by the bill. They will receive no retirement healthcare benefits from the state. “We’ve asked Michigan residents to share in the sacrifice as we work to get our state back on track and we lawmakers needed to do our part as well,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “I’m proud to have voted to eliminate my own retirement healthcare benefits. These benefits end upon leaving most jobs and serving in the legislature should be no different.” Additionally, the House has increased transparency this year by posting all legislative salaries and benefits online to view at www.house.mi.gov/asp.