WXYZ Editorial: Divided government creating bi-partisan laws in Michigan

Posted: 8:44 PM, Jun 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-07 15:53:08-04
Panel held on Detroit's auto insurance rates

WXYZ DETROIT — Michigan’s bi-partisan, no-fault auto insurance reform bill was ironically signed into law on motor less Mackinac Island.

(Bill signing group on the Grand Hotel porch)

Under divided government, lawmakers from both political parties worked together. They created historic legislation they say will guarantee 7 million drivers rate reductions and personal injury protection choices. The measure was approved in the Michigan House by 86=percent, and passed in the Senate by 89-percent of the lawmakers.

It is not a perfect bill and on that point all sides agree! Many insurers, hospitals and no-fault advocates have raised legitimate concerns. Still, this new legislation is a start and hopefully, not a finish. More reforms need to be done. But it is a positive sign that a bi-partisan majority put their political differences aside to address an issue of great importance to Michiganders.

We now urge lawmakers to take this same bi-partisan approach towards hammering out the state budget and solving the gigantic problems facing Michigan’s crumbing roads and bridges? Because when both sides work together, under divided government, most people they serve throughout the State of Michigan win.

I’m Mike Murri, V.P. & General Manager
Broadcast: Junde 6 - 9, 2019