Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on 2018 state budget

In a week when Representatives will see new revenue projections for the next fiscal year, House Appropriations Committee member Rep. Mary Whiteford says there is already good news to share about funding for public education, police, firefighters and roads.  

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on salmon in the classroom program

Rep. Whiteford talks about the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Salmon in the Classroom program and how students in Fennville recently planted salmon in the Kalamazoo River.  Salmon in the Classroom allows enables students across the state to raise salmon from fall until spring, at which time the salmon are released in a local waterway…

Rep. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington; audio on extension of Ag Disaster Loan program

Rep. VanderWall talks about how the House Agriculture Committee this Wednesday will take up his HB4562, which removes the September 30, 2017 expiration date of the state’s Agricultural Disaster Loan Program.  Rep. VanderWall says frost damage just this week underscores the importance of the program.  The Committee is expected to take testimony Wednesday and then vote the bill on…

Rep. Dr. Ned Canfield, D.O., R-Sebewaing; audio on role of state in health care reform

Rep. Dr. Ned Canfield, D.O., the chair of the budget committee shaping the spending plan for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, says a federal health care reform plan will need to give the states more authority and flexibility.  A primary care physician in Michigan’s Thumb, Dr. Canfield believes improved state and local flexibility…

Rep. Dr. John Bizon, M.D., R-Battle Creek; audio on road funding in 2018 state budget

House Appropriations Committee member Dr. John Bizon talks about the $4.3 billion Michigan Department of Transportation budget approved by the House this week, saying it puts more dollars into roads by selling two state aircraft and leveraging toll credits.  Rep. Bizon adds that, going forward, the state needs to more effectively utilize paving technology.  

Rep. Ned Canfield, D.O., R-Sebewaing; audio on House passage of 2018 state budget

Rep. Canfield, a member of the House Appropriations Committee who oversees the budget for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, speaks on the House floor Tuesday night prior to House passage of the state’s 2018 Fiscal Year budget.  Rep. Canfield says the spending plan is measured and protects Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens.