Jeremy first ran for office in 2014 stating he’d be ready on day one to tackle the challenges our state faces. As a result of his experience and preparedness, Jeremy was promoted into leadership early in his first term in the House of Representatives. Now in his second term, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as the House Democratic Whip and was appointed by the Speaker as the top Democrat on the Regulatory Reform Committee, making him well-positioned to enable change in Lansing on behalf of his constituents.
On the Issues
State Rep. Jeremy Moss has been providing solutions and results for Michigan residents. Read about the issues important to Jeremy and our state:
Michigan consumers are often vulnerable to becoming victims of identity theft and fraud in an increasingly complicated economy. Jeremy is working with a bipartisan team of lawmakers to offer solutions to protect consumers’ personal financial privacy. He introduced legislation to reduce identity theft and restrict unwanted marketing offers and consumer profiling by requiring financial institutions to request permission to share personal information when customers apply for loans.
Jeremy’s district is home to diverse industries that contribute to the health of Michigan’s economy. As a result of Jeremy’s focus on economic development, the first legislation he introduced was signed into law to help boost our economy. He introduced House Bill 4197 to allow the Commercial Rehabilitation Act to continue, a tool that local officials in our district used to eliminate commercial blight, attract economic investment and raise property values. The senate version of Moss’ legislation became law in December 2015. Jeremy also voted to create a new state economic development tool that local district officials supported to help them lure in redevelopers to revitalize Northland Shopping Center.
As a public high school school graduate from our district, Jeremy is committed to providing funding and support for public education. Jeremy and House Democrats continue to offer solutions to strengthen public education and fight against state interference and disinvestment in the classroom. He seeks to empower hard-working public school teachers to successfully educate Michigan students.
Jeremy has long been an advocate for environmental preservation and has earned a 100 percent voting record with both the Michigan's Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters during his first term in office. As a result of his vote in favor of the Michigan Natural Resource Trust Fund Grant, Jeremy helped deliver $379,800 back to our district to support green infrastructure and park enhancements. These projects supported by this grant will provide better access for more people to utilize our park system and allow district officials to responsibly manage our natural resources. He also joined with his House and Senate colleagues to restore citizen oversight to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in order to protect our environment from profit-driven bureaucratic decisions.
The strong partisan divide in Lansing can be attributed to a foundational flaw in our democratic process: allowing partisan officials to draw their own district borders. In a healthy democracy, voters pick their elected representatives. Gerrymandering turns that on its head by allowing politicians to pick their voters. That’s why Jeremy offered a solution to this problem by sponsoring legislation that would create an independent redistricting commission to make Michigan politics fair and more responsive to people. Jeremy also believes that money plays an oversized role in Michigan elections and introduced a plan to limit the influence of wealthy donors in our democracy. He continues to be a leading voice in the legislature to dismantle efforts to supress voter rights.
Many aspects of home and auto insurance can be confusing and intimidating for consumers. From understanding insurance rates and our rights as consumers, protecting our personal information and looking for a good place to start shopping, Jeremy offered solutions and introduced legislation to address these issues. Jeremy has looked at cost-savings for Michigan residents by working to ban an industry practice that prevents many customers from seeing rewards and discounts. He is also working to make it easier for consumers to shop around for automobile and home insurance policies and understanding their rights by requiring the state to make that information more accessible.
Michigan residents work hard for their money and Jeremy is committed to helping them keep more of it. He joined House and Senate Democrats to offer a solution: the Blueprint for Michigan’s Families. This plan puts Michigan residents and families first, and gives them the tax cuts, deductions and credits they need to really make a difference in their lives. This legislation reverses one of the largest tax shifts in Michigan history and takes aim at stagnant incomes and tax increases that make it difficult to achieve and sustain a middle-class quality of life while coping with the rising costs of living.
When outstate developers came to our district to drill for oil in our neighborhoods, Jeremy quickly acted to introduce legislation that would protect our safety and welfare from such activities. He joined with city officials to confront the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and stop them from threatening our health and environment. As a result, a temporary restraining order has been granted against oil drillers and the legality of the MDEQ’s permit to drill will work its way through the court system.
Jeremy voted against an irresponsible Republican road funding plan that relies on unspecified budget cuts, vehicle registration fee hikes and tax increases at the pump – all while giving generous income tax breaks that benefit Michigan’s wealthiest residents. Instead, Jeremy and House Democrats have offered a solution to Michigan’s road funding crisis that provides a predictable stream of revenue to fix roads by prioritizing and protecting our roads, reforming registration reforms and closing loophole closures, and expecting businesses to pay their fair share.
It is critically important to help our aging population and those with mobility impairments to comfortably stay in their homes. In inner-ring suburbs like those in our district, many existing homes weren’t built to accommodate an aging population or those with physical limitations. That’s why Jeremy offered a solution to provide a tax incentive for individuals who purchase a new residence or retrofit an existing residence that meets accessibility standards. This will help seniors and individuals with a disability stay in their homes while reducing the financial burden of such improvements.
Michigan ranks dead last among all states in the nation in terms of openness, accountability and ethics. People deserve the right to know how their government operates, how their tax dollars are spent and whether their elected officials are acting in their best interests. As a result of Jeremy’s dedicated work, he led a bipartisan group of legislators to introduce legislation that would remove the exemption of the Governor and State Legislature to the Freedom of Information Act. This common-sense legislation will increase transparency, help the media and the public hold government accountable, and start to rebuild institutional trust that is at an all-time low. In his first term, this legislation passed overwhelmingly in the House but never made it to the Governor's desk to be signed into law. Jeremy is working to renew these efforts to fight for transparency in Michigan.
Michigan has the second-highest veteran unemployment rate in the U.S. Our men and women in armed forces put their lives on the line to defend our freedom and we need to stand up for them when they return home. Jeremy joined House and Senate Democratic leaders to offer a solution to veteran unemployment called the Hire MI Heroes Act, which would allow small business owners that hire unemployed veterans to be eligible for tax credits.