House staff participate in ice bucket challenge for ALS

Recently, the Ice Bucket Challenge has taken over social media, encouraging those who participate to donate to the ALS Association or dump ice water over their heads — hopefully both. The goal is to raise awareness in the fight against ALS while trying to find a cure for the disease, and the results have been…

Fall Colors on Michigan River

Q&A: Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act

This fact-based Q&A has been put together in response to questions and concerns lawmakers have received from residents statewide with regard to the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. It is not an exhaustive list, but it does address many frequently asked questions. Why are scientific management and conservation important? Wildlife management and conservation have been protecting Michigan’s great…

Michigan is brewing jobs for a brighter future

While Michigan’s craft beer industry continues to contribute substantially to Michigan’s brighter future, it’s not the only industry benefitting from a greater interest in Mitten State beer. As Brian Dews, co-owner of Rockford Brewing Co., mentioned during a stop on the #MIBrewingJobs tour, a growing craft beer industry in Michigan also benefits the state’s tourism…

A birthday gift from the National Parks Service

The National Parks Service turns 98 years old today and, as a special gift to celebrate the momentous day, park admission fees are being waived! There are a total of 401 national parks for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy across the United States. Michigan is home to five of those national parks, including Isle Royale National…

National Park Service

#FF: Conservation Act initiative preserves state wildlife, citizens’ will

Protect and conserve A petition to manage and protect Michigan’s beautiful wildlife passed the Senate last week and requires only one more legislative body’s vote of confidence to take effect. Supported by nearly 300,000 Michiganders who exercised their constitutional right to petition state government, the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act decrees the DNR’s Natural Resources Commission be…

#TBT: Growing a brighter future in Michigan

Welcome to the latest edition of #ThrowbackThursday. This week, we’re taking a closer look at the House Agriculture Committee and its work to support our state’s growers and producers. Agriculture is a booming industry in Michigan. In fact, it’s Michigan’s second-largest industry, accounting for more than $91 billion of the state’s economy each year. Whether it’s fruits…

The Motor City and the Mitten State: Cracking the code for a #BrighterFuture

Good news continues to roll in for Michigan and Detroit, except this time it isn’t just being driven by the auto industry or manufacturing.  Recognizing the changes occurring in America’s economy, Michigan has reinvented itself under Republican leadership as a state that welcomes these new and growing industries – and as a result, both the…

Michigan’s economy is in full recovery mode — and we have the proof

Week after week, we read about Michigan’s turnaround and the theme is the same – Michigan’s economy is in full recovery mode.  This week is a little different though, because an annual economic activity report produced by Business Facilities truly highlights our state’s impressive turnaround. The annual report looks at more than 27 different categories, separating the…