Senator Jim Runestad's Press Releases

Runestad Detroit News op-ed: We need to fix arbitrary insurance cap for auto crash victims

By Sen. Jim Runestad 15th Senate District Uncertainty and despair are on the rise amongst Michiganders who have been catastrophically injured in auto accidents. These accident victims are beginning to lose their quality medical care, being uprooted from their homes and forced into nursing facilities that may not be able to care for them. I’m hearing from constituents whose families are in disarray, trying desperately to

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Runestad issues statement calling for end of temporarily enhanced federal unemployment benefit

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, on Wednesday issued the following statement in support of ending the enhanced federal unemployment benefit on Sept. 6 in order to help businesses fill thousands of open jobs and Michigan residents get back to work: “Last year, I joined with other Republicans in support of a temporary increase in unemployment benefits to help the record number of Michigan workers

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Runestad tops list of most conservative state senators

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Runestad on Friday announced he was named one of the most conservative members of the Michigan Senate by the American Conservative Union Foundation. “When I was elected to office, I pledged to bring my conservative values to Lansing and help build a better future for our state,” said Runestad, R-White Lake. “I have routinely voted to keep spending low, limit government overreach,

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Runestad drafting bill to limit recall campaign contributions, strengthen election integrity

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Runestad has announced that he is drafting a bill to limit campaign contributions made to elected officials facing recall efforts and to restore integrity to campaign fundraising. Under Runestad’s plan, any money donated to an anti-recall effort above campaign contribution limits, currently $7,150 for gubernatorial campaigns, would have to be placed into a separate account and be returned to donors if no recall effort

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Runestad applauds citizen initiated repeal of Emergency Powers Act

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Runestad, along with his colleagues applauded the passage of an initiative by both chambers to approve the Unlock Michigan citizen-led petition to repeal the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act of 1945. The petition drive was a response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer exceeding her executive powers during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, establishing policy for COVID-19 without input of the Legislature

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Runestad champions $1.3B plan to fix Michigan bridges

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Runestad on Thursday celebrated the Senate’s passage of the MI Safe Drive plan, a bill that would allow $1.3 billion in federal funding to be used for Michigan bridges listed in severe condition. Fourteen bridges located in Oakland County are rated poorly and could be marked for repair under the MI Safe Drive plan. Six of those bridges cross the Novi-Lyons Drain and Huron

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