Michigan Legislature commences new 2-year session

The Michigan Legislature on Jan. 11, 2017.

LANSING, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Michigan lawmakers have commenced a new two-year term.

A veteran Republican senator on Wednesday planned to quickly propose eliminating the state income tax — a proposal that’s unlikely to be embraced by Gov. Rick Snyder but which could prompt discussions about a cut in the tax. New leaders take the helm of the House, where representatives are taking the oath of office and picking seats.

Republicans will again control the agenda in both chambers of the 99th Michigan Legislature. They are already showing signs of wanting to reduce the size and cost of government.

The Democratic opposition has a different take.

“The conversation about big government or small government, I think, is still the wrong one. We should have services that work and provide what people want it to do. So we need roads that don’t have potholes in them. We need schools that educate kids. We should find out how much it takes to that make sure we are funding it appropriately,” Rep. Jon Hoadley, D-Kalamazoo, told 24 Hour News 8.

It’s a day of pomp, swearings-in and proud moments for new House members and their families.

Lawmakers will meet next week to hear the Republican governor’s State of the State address. His budget proposal is expected in February and will be based on numbers to be set Thursday at a revenue-estimating meeting.