New Lawmakers To Hit Ground Running

By: Meaghan M. Norman Email
By: Meaghan M. Norman Email

The State House called to order its brand new, 96th session with a lot of new faces.

"There's a good mix overall," said Jeff Williams of Public Sector Consultants.

Williams said this new legislature will have its hands full with a 1.6 billion dollar budget deficit but the new lawmakers may have more input and an advantage.

"They're going to bring a lot of energy, a lot of great questions to the process," said Wiliams.

Rep. Ben Glardon, (R-Owosso) is one of the 61 new state representatives.

"It's overwhelming. I still feel like I'm on the outside looking in on the budget deficit side of things," said Glardon.

But Glardon has help from those with more experience like Representative Paul Opsommer (R-DeWitt) who says the House has created several training sessions to welcome and education the new members.

"The training program is an investment. We look at that to allow us to hit the ground running and solving problems a.s.a.p," said Rep. Opsommer.

The new blood says its ready with new ideas to tackle the tough decision.

"We need a completely new approach, probably do business a lil different than we're accostumed to to get Michigan back to work."

Jobs and budget are the biggest challenges that face the new legislature.

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