Sara Cambensy, other state representatives backing OPEB bills

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - State Representative for the 109th District Sara Cambensy has only officially been in office for about two weeks now, but she's keeping busy.

In addition to learning the ins and outs of her new job, she also received her committee assignments. She will be serving on the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Local Government committees.

This week, she was very busy with legislation. Alongside State Representatives Scott Dianda and Beau LaFave, the three reps from Michigan have been involved with the Other Post Employment Benefit (OPEB) bills, all voting in favor. The bills deal with employee benefits and pensions, and how those also affect a community's overall resources. She and her colleagues were in session until about 3 a.m. Thursday discussing how they can make this bill work for everyone involved, especially first responders who opposed it. Cambensy believes it revolves around revenue sharing.

"We want to have a bigger conversation on how to solve the pension problem with revenue sharing, and what kinds of things are we doing at the state level. We're giving a lot of big, big corporate tax breaks right now to the tune of about $1.8 billion a year, that we think we can cut back on, scale back and actually put some of this money towards our cities and communities that need it not just for pensions but in order to do the day-to-day services for our residents, " Cambensy says.

For official statements on these bills and other happenings, you can visit Sara Cambensy's website or the House Democrats' website at http://housedems.com.