REPRESENTATIVE LAURA COX State Rep. Laura Cox was first elected to the House of Representatives in November 2014, representing residents of Livonia. She serves on the House Appropriations Committee, chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and is vice chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary. Cox is also a member of the appropriations subcommittees on the Department of Community Health and Higher Education. Rep. Cox has been a friend of the Merit Shop during her first two years in the legislature. She strongly supports the rights of Michigan businesses to have a competitive place to do business. Why did you run for office, and what are you most passionate about in your position? I am running for office because I want to remain in Lansing as a strong voice for fiscal responsibility and ensure Michigan continues
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to attract new residents and encourage job growth. I am passionate about limited government and responsible fiscal policies. Do you remember your first interaction with ABC? What impact has that had on your legislative efforts? When I made the decision to run for the office of State Representative, I traveled to Lansing and met with a coalition of small business associations, including ABC. I walked away from that meeting with a thorough understanding of the unique concerns Michigan’s small business builders and contractors face every day and how important it is to have their voice heard in Lansing. Of which legislative effort are you most proud? As Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, I worked with colleagues in both the House and Senate to pass the General Government budget out of conference committee. Within the General Government budget, skilled trades funding was increased by $5.3 million dollars.