Terry has hit the ground running with his opportunity to make Muskegon County a better place to live, work, and visit. Following is just a sample of some of the media coverage he has garnered to back that up:
Statement from state Rep. Terry Sabo (D-Muskegon) on his vote against a proposal to repeal prevailing wage
LANSING — Today, the House of Representatives voted on a proposal to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law, which ensured that workers on state projects were paid a fair wage. The proposal passed by a vote of 56-53. In response, state Rep. Terry Sabo (D-Muskegon) issued the following statement:
“The facts about repealing prevailing wage are simple: repeal is designed to increase profits for contractors and CEOs at the expense of the workers they hire. I didn’t come to Lansing to vote for a proposal that leaves working people earning less and families struggling to keep food on the table or save for retirement. Our workers don’t work hard in the trenches, on the top floors of tall buildings and on our busy roadways just to help keep wealthy CEOs in their jobs and nice offices – they work day-in and day-out to build opportunity for themselves and their family. That’s the Michigan our families deserve, and that’s the Michigan I fought for today by voting no.”
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 12:00 AM
Statement from Rep. Terry J. Sabo (D-Muskegon) on his vote against DEQ bills creating new panels that erode the state’s ability to fight pollution
LANSING —— Today, the House of Representatives voted out Senate Bills 652-654, which create new panels and gives them new powers to oversee the DEQ and its permitting and rule-making process. In response, state Rep. Terry Sabo (D-Muskegon), who voted against the bills, issued the following statement:
“We refer to our state as ‘Pure Michigan’ but these bills put that beauty and our economic security at risk. These bills still potentially give more to special interests than the people. We should be toughening our environmental standards and laws, not weakening them. We can’t afford to lose any control that we have to protect our waters and natural resources for future generations. We should be protecting the jobs in the shipping industry, in tourism and in watersports recreation that so many of our communities rely on. I voted against these bills because I don’t believe we should cut corners when it comes to protecting our state’s natural resources, and that’s what these bills do."
Thursday, March 22, 2018 12:00 AM
LANSING — State Rep. Terry Sabo (D-Muskegon) introduced House Bill 5742 today to increase state unemployment benefits making it easier for those suffering job loss due to downsizing or other reasons to provide for their families while they look for new job opportunities.
“Compared to other states Michigan falls far short when it comes to this necessary support for those looking to get back on their feet,” said Sabo. “Unemployment benefits only cover 20 weeks, we have one of the lowest weekly maximum benefits and a ridiculously small dependent benefit that often jeopardizes a person’s ability to take care of their family in a time of crisis. It’s time to stop punishing people for losing their jobs because a business is cutting back or leaving the state.”
Sabo’s plan would raise the weekly benefit to $542 calculated at 58 percent of the state average weekly wages, which is how that benefit was calculated prior to 1994 when it was changed to a set rate. Currently, workers receive $362 per week. The bill also increases the dependent benefit to $20 per dependent from the current $6, and allows for 6 dependents for a maximum of $120 that would be added to the weekly benefit amount. Finally, the bill increases the benefit period from 20 to 26 weeks.
“Losing one’s job is always demoralizing, and our current unemployment benefits make the whole situation harder for workers and their families,” said Sabo. “The governor keeps saying our economy is growing, so it’s time to put our money where our mouth is and help those who have been left behind by that growth. Increasing benefits allows workers to focus on finding a new job without worrying how they’re going to pay bills and keep food on the table. When we invest in people, they invest in our state. Helping those struggling through no fault of their own helps us all in the long run.”
Sabo’s legislation builds on work House Democrats did last year to help make whole those who were falsely accused of unemployment fraud due to a faulty computer program used by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. In December, 2017 a bipartisan package of bills reforming the agency was signed into law, but more work needs to be done. Democrats have introduced bills to do more to help those who were falsely accused of fraud, and Sabo’s bill this year would improve the system for all workers and their families
Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:00 AM
LANSING — State Rep. Terry J. Sabo (D-Muskegon) hosted the Muskegon High School Big Reds state champion football team at the state Capitol this week. Under the leadership of Coach Shane Fairfield and his coaching staff, the Big Reds went 14-0 to win the Division III state championship at Ford Field.
“I was very happy to host these great young men and their coaching staff and honor them for their athletic achievement,” said Sabo. “They had a dominating season on the field and presented themselves as great citizens off the field. I was also pleased that they were able to take a tour of their state Capitol and to watch House session and see their elected officials in action.”
Sabo and state Sen. Geoff Hansen (R-Hart) presented the team with a tribute during House session and also hosted a lunch for the team.
“Muskegon students don’t often get a chance to come to Lansing, so that made today’s visit special for them and for me,” said Sabo. “I wish these young men the best and look forward to hearing about the great things they do in the classroom, on the football field and in the future.”
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 12:00 AM
Statement from State Rep. Terry Sabo (D-Muskegon) on possible efforts to strip away benefits from retired police and firefighters
LANSING — This week, Republican legislators are considering efforts to strip away critically important benefits for retired police and firefighters, such as health care. In response, state Representative Terry Sabo (D-Muskegon) issued the following response:
“As a former police officer and firefighter, I stand with my first responders and will absolutely fight to protect the retiree health care benefits they earned. I know what they face every day on the job, and I know the consequences they face when they’re injured. We can’t run out on the people we expect to protect and to save us when we’re faced with the worst possible situation. Any proposal that would punish our first responders to make up for the state’s underfunding of local units of government is wrong. Instead, we should focus on the recommendations of the governor’s own task force that offers common sense reforms without gutting first responder health benefits.”
Monday, November 6, 2017 12:00 AM
LANSING — A bill introduced by state Rep. Terry J. Sabo (D-Muskegon) as part of a three-bill package addressing foster children needs passed out of the House Judiciary Committee last week. The bipartisan package would create the Children’s Assurance of Quality Foster Care Policy, effectively creating a foster children’s bill of rights. This is Rep. Sabo’s first bill to pass out of committee.
“I spent 25 years as a police officer and firefighter in Muskegon Heights,” said Rep. Sabo. “As a first responder, one of my many responsibilities was to escort and assist child protective service staff when removing children. These kids were often fearful and deeply traumatized. I know from firsthand experience that despite these hardships, they are often their own best advocate if they have a full understanding of the system. That’s why this package is so important.”
Many former foster children, now adults, testified that a bill of rights for children was needed. Some of the provisions in HB 5121 include:
Placement with relatives and siblings when appropriate.
Inventory and security of the foster child’s personal belongings.
Access to advocacy services for children in foster care with disabilities.
Timely enrollment in school with consistent placement in the same school.
Access to necessary medical, emotional, psychological, psychiatric and educational evaluations and treatment.
Access to food, necessities, shelter including special dietary needs, school supplies, clothing and hygiene products.
Fourteen other states have passed laws in some version reflective of this effort.
“It is critical that every effort be made to ensure the safety and well-being of children in the foster care system,” said Rep. Sabo. “That includes taking steps to fully inform children and youth about their care and what rights they’re entitled to, and providing them with opportunities to express their wishes. I am hopeful this package is taken up quickly on the floor so it can move forward in the legislative process.”
Thursday, November 2, 2017 12:00 AM
LANSING — This evening, the Michigan House of Representatives voted on House Bill 5013, which makes various changes to the state’s auto no-fault insurance system. The bill failed to pass, and in response, state Rep. Terry J. Sabo (D-Muskegon) issued the following statement:
“We all want to see rates reduced for the drivers in our state, but we want to see that happen in a way that does not also reduce their coverage or force families into bankruptcy to get coverage, and that’s why I had to vote against HB 5013. If we’re truly looking to reform auto insurance, we should instead be focusing on the Fair and Affordable No-Fault Reform plan, which would bring fairness to insurance rates and reduce costs for seniors by increasing transparency, cracking down on fraud, and prohibiting the inclusion of non-driving factors when calculating rates. This plan would offer immediate savings without jeopardizing families, and that’s a win for everyone in my book, including the people of Muskegon.”
Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:00 AM
LANSING — State Rep. Terry J. Sabo (D-Muskegon) has introduced legislation that would help protect recent active-duty veterans facing foreclosure. The bill, House Bill 4875, would extend the window of time the veteran would have to secure the financing to prevent foreclosure.
“Having served in the Air Force, I know firsthand the difficulties veterans can face returning from active duty, especially when it comes to managing finances and the home,” said Rep. Sabo. “My bill helps communicate to veterans that we understand their unique situations and needs, and gives them a little extra room to turn things around when the unthinkable happens.”
HB 4875 would provide an extra six months from the notification of foreclosure for a veteran who had returned from active duty within a one-year period to secure financing to avoid losing their home. Following introduction, the bill was referred to the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, where Rep. Sabo serves as the Democratic vice chair.
“While every veteran deserves our care and respect, someone who has just recently returned from service should be provided every opportunity to begin rebuilding their life here at home,” said Rep. Sabo. “That includes the government doing what it can to support these veterans in times of crisis. Passing this legislation is a simple way of addressing a problem that is unfortunately common, and I look forward to bipartisan support for it.”
Thursday, December 22, 2016 12:00 AM
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI - Terry Sabo, the 92nd District's State Representative-elect, took the oath of office at a ceremonial swearing-in event Thursday, Dec. 22.
He was administered the oath by 60th District Judge Maria Ladas Hoopes at Muskegon Heights City Hall.
With limited seating at the official event in Lansing, Sabo said he wanted to hold a community ceremony to show gratitude to the people who elected him.
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Rookie Commissioner Terry Sabo replaces veteran Marvin Engle as head of Muskegon County's Board of Public Works
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