Meekhof makes available bids for new senate office space

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, today announced that bids submitted as part of a process to select new office space for the Michigan Senate are available upon request for interested parties.

“When I began my term as Majority Leader, the decision to move the Senate offices from the Farnum Building to the Capitol View Building had already been made. While I was not involved in the decision, as the current Majority Leader, I believe it is my responsibility to ensure transparency and make available information related to the process,” said Meekhof. “It is in the public’s best interest to make the bids available for review.”

Steps to move from the Farnum Building first began in 2014 under the direction of former Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville. The Capitol View Building was selected after a Request For Proposal (RFP) was issued by the Secretary of the Senate Office seeking proposals for new office space to be occupied by the Senate. Four qualified bids were considered and reviewed by a panel. Submissions were scrutinized based on cost, safety, security, function, availability and accessibility.

“I wholeheartedly believe that government should be transparent and accountable and that is why I have made the bids available for review,” said Meekhof.

“I’ve met with the Secretary of the Senate and the Senate Business Office and I believe the choice to move to new office space in Capitol View has merit. Increased security and improved technology and accessibility are worthy considerations as is the opportunity to save the state money,” said Meekhof.

The Billie S. Farnum Building was completed in 1959. The Michigan Senate has occupied the Farnum Building since 1978.

Interested parties should contact Jordan Hankwitz in the Senate Business Office via email at senbusinessoffice@senate.michigan.gov to obtain a copy of the bids.

Meekhof comments on FY 2016 budget presentation

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING— Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, issued the following statement today regarding Gov. Snyder’s fiscal year 2016 budget presentation:

“I commend Governor Snyder for presenting a commonsense financial plan for our state. Not only did he outline a path forward for Michigan, but he also took time to address the current year issues and present thoughtful solutions to resolve our shortfall.

While projected growth was not as robust as we had hoped, our economy is still growing and Michigan families are realizing the effects of sound policies and responsible budgeting. Just as a family must prioritize spending in their household budget, the state must work to meet our obligations, fund taxpayer priorities and make reductions where possible in order to balance the budget.

Going forward, the Senate will continue to focus on policies that promote the goals we established at the start of the term: stimulate job creation and growth; hold government accountable; improve education; and, promote policies that improve the quality of life for all Michiganders.

The budget presentation begins a collaborative process between the legislature and the Governor. The Senate will take time to review the specifics of this plan, communicate with our constituents, and begin the deliberative process of working through the budget and working with the House and the Governor to deliver a comprehensive plan for Michigan well in advance of our October 1st deadline.”

Meekhof issues statement regarding court ruling

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING-Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, today issued the statement below regarding the recent court ruling in Cook vs. State of Michigan:

“I am happy to see the lawsuit brought against the state by the Michigan Education Association come to a close in the Court of Claims. This suit was a waste of taxpayer dollars and resources. Furthermore, it was a waste of union members’ hard earned money.

The MEA did not win the public debate over Right to Work legislation and instead of being a champion for workers’ rights, the organization decided to pursue legal action in order to push their own agenda. Freedom to Work legislation was passed as part of an open and transparent legislative process. As sponsor of the legislation, I am pleased to see this unnecessary litigation come to an end so taxpayer dollars can be spent on taxpayer priorities, instead of wasteful lawsuits.”