Representative Canfield, who chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the $25 billion annual budget for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, looks ahead to Tuesday’s State of the state Address at the state Capitol.
Rep. Griffin, the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Communications and Technology, talks about SB 400, currently pending in the Committee, which she says will help implement a vastly-needed upgrade of Michigan 911 system to more effectively respond to modern cell phones and changes in technology.
Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw Twp.; audio on House passage of legislation on regional education millages for public school academies
House Education Committee Chair Rep. Tim Kelly speaks to reporters on the House floor Thursday afternoon after House passage of SB 574, which allows public school academies in Michigan access to future or renewed regional education millages approved by voters. Rep. Kelly says the issue is one of equity and fairness, arguing students at public…
Rep. LaFave talks about his visit to Sayklly’s Candy Factory in Escanaba Friday. The visit is a continuation of “Beau’s LaFavorite Jobs,” in which Rep. LaFave has sought to thank and learn about local businesses in Upper Peninsula communities. LaFave will receive a tour of the business and take part in day-to-day operations, such as…
Rep. Griffin talks about FIRST Robotics grants for public schools in her district. South Haven Public Schools were awarded $2,500; Bloomingdale Public Schools, $6,500; Mattawan Consolidated Schools, $2,500; Paw Paw Public Schools, $4,750; Decatur Public Schools, $6500; Lawton Community School District, $6,500; and Van Buren ISD, $2,500.
Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt; audio on override of sales tax on the difference legislation
Speaker Leonard talks about Wednesday’s House override of SBs 94 and 95, which accelerate a planned phase out of the state sales tax on the trade-ins of used cars, boats and recreational vehicles. Wednesday’s vote was the first legislative override since 2002.
Rep. Whiteford, comments on the release of the report Wednesday of the CARES (Community, Access, Resources, Education, Safety) mental health task force, saying she hopes to see a statewide hotline that could help direct families in crisis to resources in their community.
Rep. Vaupel, the Chair of the House Health Policy Committee and one of the co-chairs of the CARES (Community, Access, Resources, Education, Safety) mental health task force, says a key message on the CARES report issued Wednesday is improved access to mental health services.
Rep. Canfield, a member of the CARES (Community, Access, Resources, Education, Safety) mental health task force that released its report at the Capitol Wednesday, says state policies need to reflect the challenges faced by veterans, increasing opioid abuse and a statewide approach to mental health issues.
Rep. Noble talks about his new legislation to provide continued tax relief to Michigan families paying city income taxes in Michigan, saying his western Wayne County constituents would benefit from keeping more of what they have earned.
Rep. Hauck talks about his legislation that allows Michigan families to continue claiming personal exemptions on income taxes in the wake of federal tax reforms being signed into law last month. Rep. Hauck’s bill also increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,300 for the 2018 tax year, with gradual increases reaching…
House Tax Policy Committee Chair Jim Tedder says a three-bill package introduced on Tuesday provides needed tax relief to Michigan families and seniors.
Rep. Calley talks about her legislative priorities for 2018, including tax policy, improved mental health services and reduced auto insurance costs.
Speaker Leonard talks with the Capitol press on the House floor Thursday afternoon about tax policy work during 2018. The Speaker says he wants to make sure there are no unintended consequences in state taxation resulting from the federal tax overhaul, adding he hopes to pursue additional tax relief.
Rep. LaSata talks about House passage Thursday of her HB 5112, which names a portion of Red Arrow Highway in Berrien County the “Trooper Robert J. Mihalik Memorial Highway” in honor of a state trooper killed in the line of duty in 1984 while he tried to arrest the suspect in Benton Township robbery.
Rep. Bizon talks about Thursday’s winter Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference at the state Capitol, saying projections for continued economic growth are promising, but adding the need to control spending also continues.