LANSING—State Senator Glenn Anderson offered an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2013 Corrections Budget conference report today that would prevent the closure or repurposing of the Ryan Correctional Facility in Detroit and avoid the unnecessary transfer of Wayne County corrections jobs to the west side of the state. Anderson's amendment was offered in the Corrections Budget conference committee hearing this afternoon, but was defeated 4-2 along party lines.
LANSING—- The Department of Corrections announced to the public today that they were planning to close the Ryan Correctional Facility in Detroit and reopen a prison in Muskegon. The surprise move was announced to the Michigan Corrections Organization membership today as well. Senator Glenn S. Anderson (D-Westland), the Democratic Vice-Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections in Michigan was critical of the decision.
LIVONIA—State Senator Glenn Anderson proudly joined employees of Infineon, representatives of Senators Levin and Stabenow and other local and state officials for a groundbreaking today at the site of what will be an expanded LEED Silver Certified facility in Livonia. The facility will allow Infineon to more than double its operation in Southeast Michigan.
Senate Democrats were quick to point out that a Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System reform pushed through by Senate Republicans today will actually cost Michigan money. The GOP plan to move all new school hires to a 401k plan will cost the state billions of dollars in retirement costs to pay for school employees who remain under the old system. The state Office of Retirement Systems estimates that the plan as passed today could cost the state an additional $2-3 billion over the next two decades. The nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency also estimates the new system will add additional costs approaching $300 million annually.
LANSING – State Senator Glenn Anderson (D-Westland) called for the adoption of amendments to the Community College and Higher Education budgets that would have prevented the shift of over half a billion K12 school aid dollars from the school aid fund. For the second year, Republican budget proposals would rob school aid dollars to pay for the Community Colleges and Higher Education budgets.
LANSING – Senator Glenn S. Anderson joined with the Coalition for Secure Retirement at the state capitol today to call attention to the most recent legislative attempt at eroding the middle class in Michigan. Anderson and the retirees spoke out against Senate Bill 1040, which would put current and already retired educators on the hook for pension costs.
Anderson Calls for Action on Pink Ribbon Plate Bill, Encourages Michigan Survivors to Share Their StoriesThursday April 5, 2012
LANSING – Senator Glenn S. Anderson issued a video statement today asking Michigan citizens to share their stories via e-mail or mail of how breast and cervical cancer have affected their lives. The stories will be used as part of an effort to encourage action on bi-partisan legislation he introduced to create a “Pink Ribbon” license plate. Anderson intends to deliver the letters and emails to his colleagues in the Senate on Mother's Day.
Senator Glenn S. Anderson gave a floor statement calling for action on bi-partisan, bi-cameral legislation to add transparency and accountability to the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA).
LANSING – Senator Glenn S. Anderson strongly supported action the Michigan Senate took today to pass a package of legislation requiring insurance coverage for autism treatment. The bi-partisan legislation will allow Michigan families facing autism to have treatment covered just as it would be for other medical conditions.
On March 8, 2012, Senator Glenn Anderson spoke on the Senate floor in support of International Women’s Day.