Lt. Gov. Brian Calley pushes for part-time legislature before Mackinac Policy Conference

MACKINAC, Mich. – Before the Mackinac Policy Conference begins Wednesday, Michigan’s Lt. Gov. Brian Calley pushed for implementing a part-time legislature.

Calley’s plan would cut the work and pay of the legislature in half, something that is already working in most of the country.

“There’d be less time to propose thousands of new laws each year, because sometimes less is more,” he said.

To impose the part-time legislature, the state’s constitution would need to be changed. That change would require a petition and a vote.

The issue has been discussed in the past, but Calley believes it didn’t happen before because it lacked a statewide presence and grassroots organization.

“I have a lot of ideas of how we can overall make our government work better, and so I think that this is the most important step that we can take today,” Calley said.

A group of people in support of Calley’s proposed change chanted, “Clean it up!” as they marched to the Grand Hotel.

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