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Lansing is bogged down in symbolic legislation

May has 11 separate awareness-related designations

May has been a busy month in Michigan. If you haven’t noticed, it’s been:

Members of the Michigan House of Representatives, paid by taxpayers, are using their time to pass these resolutions, which most people will never hear about, and which do nothing to help Michigan prosper.

The representatives may know about these resolutions, as do the lobbyists who advocate for them. But hardly anyone else does. And how effective is a resolution to promote X when the House has passed five, six, or ten resolutions already?

The House has proclaimed days or weeks for other causes, too. These include:

Which bills or resolutions has your representative sponsored? How many pleasant-sounding but meaningless declarations, such as Skateboard Accident Awareness Week, has your representative supported?

Is passing resolutions such as these what you expect from your Michigan House of Representatives?

Who represents you in Lansing? Find out here: The CapCon Guide to Lansing.

Caroline Vanchura is a Michigan Capitol Confidential intern.

Michigan Capitol Confidential is the news source produced by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Michigan Capitol Confidential reports with a free-market news perspective.