Senator Warren’s statement is as follows:
I rise today to voice my strong objection to Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 9. Make no mistake, this concurrent
resolution sets a very dangerous precedent. It would be the first time in Michigan’s history that we, as a legislative body,
have reversed the Civil Service Commission’s ruling disrupting the separation of powers that are a central tenet to our
system of government. The Civil Service Commission decision to extend health care benefits to eligible individuals was
not only a very lawful decision, but the right decision, as families are always stronger when health insurance is accessible
to everyone in the household.
We have heard time and time again from this chamber, from committees that I sit on, and from our new Governor that the
only way to truly reform government is to run it more like a business. That is exactly what the Civil Service Commission
decision does. The most successful businesses in Michigan, as well as around the nation, consider the extension of health
benefits to household members a priority. A host of employers across our state already have these policies. Companies such
as Compuware, Dow Chemical, Kellogg, Herman Miller, Whirlpool, not to mention our Big Three auto companies, and
Michigan’s universities also recognize the need for other eligible individuals and families to have coverage, to attract and
retain competitive and skilled workforces that our state needs to be competitive. The University of Michigan, Michigan State,
Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Michigan Technological University, Grand Valley, Wayne State, Oakland University,
and Kalamazoo College all offer similar policies to what the Civil Service Commission policy would do.
If we are really going to work together to move Michigan forward, we cannot afford to take a significant step back
wards. I ask my colleagues to focus on the one thing that really helps Michigan move forward, and that is to create jobs
for Michigan families. Overruling the decision of the Civil Service Commission will not create one single job, and it will
not make the lives of Michigan families any better.
We can and we must do better than this for our families.