Rep. Jason Wentworth, R-Clare; audio on public school funding

Rep. Wentworth talks about funding for the 2017-2018 school year getting stared, and says schools in districts like his will benefit from the “2X” formula, which provides additional financial resources to systems that traditionally have received fewer dollars.  

Rep. Beth Griffin, R-Matawan; audio on removing barriers to employment

Rep. Griffin talks about her participation in last week’s Grand Rapids meeting of the House Mental Health CARES (Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety) Task Force, and points to Kalamazoo’s Momentum Urban Employment initiative as an example of the type of program that improves access to employment.  Rep. Griffin says Momentum’s training opportunities for individuals…

Rep. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington; audio on 2017-2018 school year funding

As families look forward to the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, Rep. VanderWall says schools in his northwestern Lower Peninsula district can be assured of more per-pupil funding, as well as increases for at-risk students, high school students and career technical education programs.  

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 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…