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State Senator Rebekah Warren Looks Back On 2017 And What's Ahead For The New Year

Dec 18, 2017

State Senator Rebekah Warren
Credit Lisa Barry

As the year comes to a close and holiday vacations get underway, state lawmakers have already wrapped up for the year.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke to a local state senator looking back and looking ahead for the New Year.


18th District State Senator Rebekah Warren says when she looks back at legislative activity for 2017, she’s more pleased with what didn’t get approved, including retirement reform proposals she felt was very punitive the way it first got introduced.

As she looks forward to the New Year, she says she is pleased the state budget is a bit healthier going in to 2018.

State Senator Rebekah Warren (left) and Lisa Barry (right).

“It’s finally recovering a little bit.  We’ve had better collections in a couple areas than we expected.  It's fun to go in a budget year feeling like you have a little bit of money, instead of you just have to keep cutting everywhere,” says Warren.

She says the Senate-approved bill that loosens restrictions on concealed weapon permits has stalled in the House, and she hopes to keep negotiating the bill to get something she says is more sensible for Michigan gun owners.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu