Former state House Speaker Curtis Hertel is being remembered today as a leader whose willingness to compromise helped lead to a historic overhaul of how Michigan pays for public schools. He died over the weekend at the age of 63.
The Detroit Democrat served as co-speaker during the historic 1993-1994 legislative session when there was a 55-55 split between Democrats and Republicans.
Hertel was already a seasoned negotiator who helped ensure the expected gridlock between Republicans and Democrats didn’t happen. Instead, that session produced the widely hailed Proposal A revamping of Michigan’s system for funding schools.