Schmidt supports auto insurance reforms

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement after the Legislature approved a plan to reduce auto insurance rates in the state of Michigan:

“This was a somewhat difficult decision for me because the benefits that traumatic accident victims receive is second-to-none.

“However, we cannot continue to ignore the skyrocketing rates that are causing Michigan families to be priced out of driving. People have a choice when selecting any other type of insurance and I think auto insurance should be the same way.

“If you want to pay for the Cadillac benefits, then you should be able to. If you simply can’t afford the full-scale package, you should have the option to get something that still reasonably protects your family. The fact is it should be based on the needs of your family and your budget.

“The plan approved today would do just that. It addresses the numerous causes of Michigan’s high rates, but most importantly, it gives people a choice.

“My colleagues and I have worked tirelessly on this issue since the beginning of the new term and I am happy we were able to reach an agreement with the administration and get this done for the many hardworking Michigan families across the state.”