Op-Eds

01.22.16

Michigan Chronicle: Bring our communities together to fulfill the promise of every child

by US Senator Gary Peters

Young people in Detroit and cities across the country are facing an ongoing cycle of violence and incarceration that tears apart our communities, prevents kids from reaching their full potential and costs precious lives. Youths under the age of 24 are more likely to be victims of violent crime than any other age group. In Michigan, homicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds, and the number one cause of death for African Americans in that same group. This continuous cycle o… Continue Reading


12.15.15

Eos Magazine: Invest in Scientific Research to Drive Innovation

by US Senator Gary Peters

Since World War II, the United States has led the world in groundbreaking innovation that grows our economy and propels our nation forward. At the heart of this innovation is basic scientific research, which drives everything from developments that improve our daily lives, like the Internet and smartphones, to medical discoveries that save lives, like mapping the human genome. Today, however, as our competitors in Asia and around the world are making critical investments in their own research p… Continue Reading


11.18.15

MLive: To prevent Great Lakes oil spills, map the risks and strengthen rules

by US Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow

An oil spill on the Great Lakes would be disastrous - and unfortunately, Michigan families know firsthand the devastating consequences a pipeline break can have on our state. Five years ago, our state experienced one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history, contaminating 35 miles of the Kalamazoo River. Oil flowed for nearly 17 hours before it was shut off, spilling over 800,000 gallons of heavy crude, and racking up a cleanup cost of $1.2 billion. We are deeply concerned about the po… Continue Reading


11.10.15

Marquette Mining Journal: Proper care of our veterans must be a national priority

by US Senator Gary Peters

Every Veterans Day, we honor the sacrifices of the brave servicemen and women who put their lives on the line in defense of our nation and our values. Since our country's founding, the United States has been a beacon of hope and freedom throughout the world, thanks in large part to the dedication and sacrifice of our armed forces. America owes a debt of gratitude to our servicemembers and veterans, and we must support them from their first day of basic training through their transition back to… Continue Reading


07.28.15

MLive: Prevailing wage gets it done right the first time, for everyone

by US Senator Gary Peters

Nearly a decade after the Wall Street collapse that shook Michigan's economy to its core, we are finally on our way back. The unemployment rate is going down, but we still need to do more to improve stagnant wages here and across the country. Despite our fragile recovery, special interests are now pushing to repeal long-standing prevailing wage laws at the federal and state level. If they are successful, the result will be a double punch in the gut for working families and our economy. In the … Continue Reading


07.16.15

MLive: Revive the Export-Import bank to keep Michigan competitive

by US Senator Gary Peters

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Mill Steel Company in Grand Rapids, one of hundreds of Michigan businesses that work with the Export-Import Bank of the United States to export their made-in-Michigan products across the globe. Mill Steel is one of North America's premier flat-rolled steel suppliers, and it's also a family-owned business that strives to reinvest in the community by making Michigan products and hiring Michigan workers. By partnering with the Ex-Im Bank to secure loan g… Continue Reading


07.13.15

Lansing State Journal: Guarantee students a second chance after loan default

by US Senator Gary Peters

Thousands of college students across Michigan recently celebrated a pivotal, hard-earned milestone: graduation. These young people are now embarking on their next chapter in life. Whether that means graduate school, a new career or something still unplanned, the weight of student loan debt has the potential to undermine their promising future. As a father of three, I know firsthand that higher education has become an increasingly essential part of getting ahead in today's economy. At the same t… Continue Reading


06.12.15

Detroit Free Press: Overhaul of criminal justice system is long overdue

by US Senator Gary Peters

Over the last year, scenes from communities like Ferguson, Staten Island, Baltimore and Inkster have gripped the nation's attention. These interactions between law enforcement and the communities they serve have invoked strong emotional responses for Americans, and we can no longer deny that there is a troubling and growing problem in our country. Although our national attention has been focused on police practices, this is only one part of our complex criminal justice system that needs attent… Continue Reading


04.06.15

Grand Rapids Press: How remanufactured car parts can save taxpayers big money

by US Senator Gary Peters and US Rep. Bill Huizenga

In Michigan, cars are more than something you purchase; they are a way of life. Whether it is rebuilding a classic car in the garage, working for a parts supplier in West Michigan, or being directly employed by one of the "Big Three," nearly every Michigander knows someone or has a family member who is involved in the auto supply chain in some way. The impact of Michigan's highly skilled workforce and manufacturing sector can be seen across the globe. We want to harness that "Pure Michigan" tale… Continue Reading

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