Rep. Shane Hernandez, R-Port Huron; audio on funding for higher education

Rep. Hernandez, the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, talks about Governor Whitmer’s budget proposal that would once again fund higher education and community colleges with General Fund dollars instead of revenue from the School Aid Fund, saying a gradual move back to the General Fund might be more practical than making the switch in…

Rep. Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann; audio on road funding

House Transportation Committee Chair Jack O’Malley talks about on-going efforts to improve Michigan roads, saying alternative plans are in the works and noting that the 2019 construction season will get started shortly.  

Rep. Steve Johnson, R-Kent County; audio on wrongful conviction legislation

Rep. Johnson talks about House passage Tuesday of his HB 4286, which ensures people who have been exonerated of a crime will receive the compensation due to them from the state.   The compensation fund currently has just a few hundred thousand dollars;  the Johnson measure will add $10 million for the balance of the 2019…

Rep. Luke Meerman, R-Coopersville; audio on local library legislation

Rep. Meerman talks about House passage this week of his HB 4119, which makes a small fix in a 2006 law to allow several local libraries in Michigan, including ones in Allendale and Georgetown, to remain eligible for state aid and revenue from fees so they can continue offering the same services.    

Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on behavioral health legislation

House Health Policy Committee Chair Hank Vaupel talks about legislation he has authored that would allow state behavioral health workers who retired before 2015 to come back to work without losing their pensions.  Rep. Vaupel says that the state is seeing a significant shortage of behavioral health workers, and that the plan is part of…