By: State Rep. Pauline Wendzel
One of my most important duties as your voice in our state capitol is to ensure that your government is efficient, effective, and most importantly, accountable to the people it serves.
In my first term serving our community, I was proud to co-sponsor legislation that would finally open the Legislature and Governor’s office up to the Freedom of Information Act. Sunshine is the best disinfectant, and it’s dangerous to our democracy that this exemption for lawmakers and the governor is still in place. The legislation passed the House of Representatives with a unanimous vote, but unfortunately died in the Senate. As lawmakers look at ways to restore citizens’ faith and trust in government, re-introducing and passing this legislation is a no-brainer.
Another step we can take is to bring Michigan in-line with nearly every other state by requiring financial disclosures for members of the legislature. The people deserve to know that their representative is voting on their behalf, rather than voting to benefit themselves. I believe this is a critical piece in restoring trust between the people and their government, which is why I’m not waiting for legislation to pass – I’m leading by example.
Several colleagues and I have already taken the step of voluntarily filling out financial disclosure forms. While legislation is still needed to ensure that every representative and senator is accountable to their constituents, I’m proud of this bipartisan group of legislators who are opening up their lives so the people they serve have peace of mind. I look forward to seeing this much needed and commonsense legislation passed into law in the coming months and that faith and trust in our government is restored.
State Rep. Pauline Wendzel announced that the Michigan Strategic Fund board approved a request from Harbor Shores Community Redevelopment LLC in collaboration with Whirlpool Corporation for a $750,000 Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based grant to support the Harbor Shores Community Redevelopment project. Additionally, the MSF board approved a Berrien County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority request for […]
State Rep. Pauline Wendzel’s plan to provide financial relief to people whose businesses were shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic took a significant step forward today with approval from the Michigan House. Under Rep. Wendzel’s plan, a wide variety of occupations may seek prorated fee reimbursements if a business was closed because of a state […]
The Michigan House of Representatives passed State Rep. Pauline Wendzel’s amendment to end enhanced federal unemployment benefits in the state of Michigan. “The news out of the governor’s office today that all remaining COVID restrictions will be lifted is sincerely welcomed,” Rep. Wendzel said. “After more than a year of shared sacrifice, normalcy is finally […]
This weekend, the Southwest Michigan Steelheaders will be hosting their annual Trolling with the Troops event in St. Joseph. Trolling with the Troops pairs area veterans up with local residents who volunteer their time and boats for a full and fun day of fishing on Lake Michigan. This relaxing setting out on the lake is a perfect place for […]