Rep. Jason Wentworth, R-Clare; audio on rural development legislation

Rep. Wentworth talks about his plan to create a Rural Development Creation Fund, which he says is designed to increase economic investments in rural areas of Michigan.  Rep. Wentworth says the measure is a safe and effective way to enable small job creators to grow their business while increasing employment opportunities in small towns.  

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio non committee consideration of rural broadband legislation

Rep. Whiteford talks about testimony this week in the House Communications and Technology Committee on her HB 5670, which would  establish the “Broadband Investment Act”.  The plan creates a seven-member board made up of individuals representing townships, counties and telecommunication providers, tasked with identifying areas in Michigan that are unserved or underserved and develop policies to…

Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township; audio on reporting sexual assault legislation

House Law and Justice Committee Chair Klint Kesto talks to reporters Tuesday evening about sexual assault legislation the committee plans to report to the full House Wednesday afternoon, saying he thinks the multi-bill, bi-partisan package will prevent situations like the one involving Larry Nassar at MSU and keep young people safe.  

Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain; audio on protecting funding to UP communities

Rep. LaFave talks about his no vote on HB 5908, which re-calibrates some of the state’s reimbursement of lost Personal Property Tax revenue to local communities.  Rep. LaFave says he is concerned the measure could harm funding to some areas in his district and adds he will continue to work for more equity as the…

Rep. Dr. Ned Canfield, D.O.; audio on rural area health care legislation

Rep. Canfield talks about Tuesday’s House passage of his HB 5934, designed to provide better access to rural health care across Michigan.  Rep. Canfield says the legislation will provide at least $26 million for rural hospitals to help care for Medicaid patients, noting there are some rural facilities who will be able to continue operations…