By State Rep. Ann Bolin
As we kick off the new year, I want to share some highlights of my first year representing our community in the Michigan House. First, I want to say that serving as your representative is truly an honor. It is a great responsibility and one that I do not take lightly.
It has been a very fulfilling first year working on issues that are important to the people of Livingston County. Some of the year’s highlights include:
Guaranteeing relief from high car insurance rates
For decades, drivers have been saddled by nation-high car insurance premiums washing away their hard-earned savings. Fortunately, this dismal reality is coming to an end because I cast my vote in support of a historic, bipartisan solution to deliver guaranteed rate relief for every Michigan driver.
The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) recently announced it will charge a $100 per-vehicle assessment for the year-long period beginning July 2, 2020. That is down from the current $220 per vehicle – a 55 percent savings. This is a huge step in the right direction, and we don’t expect the financial benefits for Michigan drivers to end here. The new law will continue to provide relief for years to come by offering drivers more choices, combating fraud and ending the unfair pricing of medical services for crash survivors.
Fighting for record road funding – without a tax increase
I supported a budget plan providing a record amount to fix Michigan roads and bridges. Road repairs are needed to improve safety and keep our economy moving in the right direction. I remain committed to finding affordable and responsible solutions to meet our long term needs for road repair. Even more funding would have gone toward our roads without raising taxes, but the governor vetoed $375 million in additional funding for road repairs.
Protecting your paychecks
I’m incredibly proud of the way the House Republican caucus has stood together to act as a firewall against the governor’s tax increases. While the governor spent months advocating for significant gas tax increases, we worked to prioritize spending and find ways to fund road repairs at record levels without any tax increases at all. We have shown we can do what needs to be done for Michigan without asking hard-working taxpayers for more of their paychecks.
Protecting the integrity of our elections
As a former township clerk, it is especially important to me that elections are fair, accessible and secure. Changes in election law in recent years have placed more demands on local clerks. With the passage of Proposal 3 of 2018, which allows no reason absentee voting, local clerks are expecting a record number of requests for absentee ballots. I have introduced legislation to help local clerks administer elections to face these challenges and provide consistency for voters across the state without compromising election integrity.
Planning for a better future
I helped develop the 2019-20 Michigan House Republican Action Plan, titled “Leading the Way for an Even Better Michigan.” The policy plan highlights the key areas to focus on for the current legislative term. We will continue to rely on this plan throughout 2020 to build on recent successes to create an even better Michigan for our children and grandchildren.
This year has been a truly a rewarding experience. I love hearing from people throughout the district and learning about the issues that matter most to those I represent. I always look forward to meeting with community members during my monthly coffee hours, local meetings and phone calls, roundtables and town halls. Throughout 2019, I hosted multiple opportunities each month for people to meet with me to share their thoughts and concerns. I look forward to continuing these meetings in 2020 because hearing directly from you helps make me a better representative.
It is my honor to serve as your state representative. I’m here to listen to your thoughts and deliver positive results, so please feel free to reach out to my office with any questions, ideas or concerns at (517) 373-1784 or AnnBollin@house.mi.gov.
State Rep. Ann Bollin represents southeast Livingston County in the Michigan House. She previously served for 16 years as Brighton Township Clerk.