Lt. Gov. Brian Calley's big week on Mackinac Island
MACKINAC ISLAND (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) -- Mackinac Island is where legislators are hearing a loud call for cleaner government.
"Clean it up! Clean it up!" chanted dozens of supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment.
On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley called to cut legislators pay in half and require the legislature to work part time instead of full time.
In 2009, Calley first introduced the concept as a joint resolution.
Though a majority of Michiganders support the idea, according to some public polls, Calley's call to move Michigan from a full time to part time legislature is receiving some backlash.
Switching to a part legislature isn't going to clean up government in Lansing, according to several Democrats.
"When you have a part time legislature you tend to transfer more authority to the governor and actually more expertise to the lobbyists and I don't think that's in the best interest of the people," said U.S. Senator Gary Peters.
"It seems to me to be more of a political stunt," said U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee.
Democrat Rep. Kildee calls Calley's part time legislature proposal a gimmick.
"Well, one, it will ensure only people of means will be able to serve in the state legislatures," he said.
Calley says a part time legislature would allow lawmakers to have second jobs.
We asked Calley what middle class career would allow a lawmaker to take off 90 consecutive days each year to serve in the legislature.
"Our system today is how do you get two years off from work in order to serve," said Calley. "What I'm saying is..."
"But right now lawmakers make a living wage for their families," said Political Reporter Nick Minock.
"But they have to completely abandon their careers-now you are only limited to people who want to make a career out of politics," said Calley.
"I respect the Lt. Governor. He's the best Lt. Governor in the country by far," Gov. Snyder told Minock.
Right now, Gov. Snyder trying to partner with the Legislature to finalize budget talks, so for now, he's staying out of the part time legislature debate.
It's a debate his Lt. Governor will be the face of as Calley possibly mulls a run for Governor in 2018.
"Are you running for governor?" Minock asked Calley on Wednesday.
"Well, there will be plenty of time to talk about 2018, but there is a lot of work to be done in this term," replied Calley.
"Are you considering running for governor?" asked Minock.
"There is plenty of time for those types of considerations," said Calley. "There's just a lot of work to be done this term."
"Is that a yes?" asked Minock.
"There's plenty of time to get to 2018. There's a lot of work to be done right now," Calley said with a smile.
On Thursday, Calley laid out more proposals to "clean up government."
Calley wants to stop the revolving door to lobbying and wants to make Michigan adopt a two year budget cycle.
He's also proposing to open up of the Legislature and Governor's office to FOIA.
The Lt. Gov. also wants to require lawmakers to disclose the assets that have to expose conflict of interests.
"When you put all these things together, I think it will restore confidence in our government, it will make our government work more effectively and transparently and it will also make it more efficient," Calley told reporters on Thursday.