Rep. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Twp.; audio on higher education funding

Rep. LaSata, the Chair of the House budget committee overseeing funding for higher education in Michigan, says as the mom of a college student herself, she is looking at college education issues based on accessibility, national reputation and making sure state government is measuring public universities by relevant standards.  

Rep. Beth Griffin, R-Mattawan; audio on Mattawan Economic Development Forum

Rep. Griffin talks about an economic development forum she will host at Mattawan High School on Wednesday, August 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and says there is value in getting local and families businesses together to talk about the area’s economic future and the skills needed for developing careers.  

Rep. Joe Bellino, R-Monroe; audio on former legislator health insurance premiums

Rep. Bellino talks about his HB 4330, which would require all retired Michigan legislators in the state system to pay 20 percent of their annual health insurance premiums, putting them more in line with other public employees.  Legislation approved in 2011 eliminated lifetime health insurance benefits for legislators, unless a legislator had a tenure of…

Rep. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso; audio on skilled trade careers and going-pro campaign

Rep. Frederick, the Chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, talks about the state’s new going-pro.com Web site, that focuses on connecting Michigan students and residents with careers in areas like advanced manufacturing, construction, information technology and other skilled trades.  Rep. Frederick says it is important for all Michigan residents to know that…

Rep. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Twp.; audio on Summer Reading Contest

Rep. LaSata says students in First through Fifth Grades still have about three weeks to participate in her summer reading contest.  Bookmarks are available at local libraries and at Rep. LaSata’s House Website, and when a student finishes reading 10 books they can return the bookmark to the library.  Rep. LaSata says a bookmark will…

Rep. Dr. John Bizon, M.D.; audio on legislation update student athlete concussion law

In a week when many Michigan high school athletes begin practicing, Rep. Bizon talks about his HB 4531, which updates the state’s student athlete concussion law to require a regular review of materials, and concussion symptom training for coaches, volunteers and other adults at least every three years.  Rep. Bizon says treatments and protocols for…

Rep. Jim Tedder, R-Clarkston; audio on career technical education initiatives

Rep. Tedder talks about work in the Legislature to add more flexibility in high school graduation requirements to allow courses in skilled trades, like coding, to qualify for credit.  HBs 4315-4318 are out of the House and currently pending in the Michigan Senate.  Representative Tedder, the Chair of the House Tax Policy Committee, says Michigan…

Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine; audio on fighting chronic wasting disease in deer

Rep. Allor, the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Natural Resources, says the state’s 2018 budget that takes effect in October will include a $1 million appropriation to combat and study chronic wasting disease in Michigan’s whitetail deer population, calling the issue a threat to both the livelihoods and traditions of…