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News from Progress Michigan
May 30, 2017
Progress Michigan Statement on Part-Time Legislature Proposal
Move would concentrate even more power in the hands of corporate lobbyists
MICHIGAN — Progress Michigan released the following statement regarding the proposal to make Michigan’s legislature a part-time governing body.
“Corporate lobbyists already have too much power in Lansing and this proposal would only exacerbate that problem,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Term limits have created a revolving door of elected officials, while lobbyists continue to have the power, influence, and institutional knowledge of state government and this scheme would make that even worse. It’s not surprising that right-wing elected officials like Brian Calley and Bill Schuette support this idea because the move would place more power in the hands of the governor. We need real political reform that returns the power back to the people, not concentrating it more in the hands of corporate interests.”