It’s a Pure Michigan summer! Spotlighting our Great Lake State

Tourism in Michigan is booming — each of our 83 counties has something unique to offer out-of-state guests, and visitors spent $18.7 billion in 2013 alone, making tourism one of the top three industries in our state.  Whether you’re planning to visit America’s No. 1 travel destination for 2014 (Grand Rapids and the Gold Coast continue to rack…

The search for the Capitol Christmas tree is on!

Even though summer is just beginning, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is on the hunt for this year’s Capitol Christmas tree. Nominations should be sent in by July 1, and the tree should: Be a spruce or fir; Be at least 65 feet tall; Have a maximum crown diameter of 30 feet; Have a…

Building solutions, but our work isn’t done

House Republicans have made it a priority to create a brighter future in our state, and even though we haven’t accomplished everything on our checklist, we are still working to ensure a better Michigan for everyone. Over the past few months, we have been working to find solutions to problems facing Michigan’s hardworking women and men….

House once again approves balanced budget, invests in Michigan’s future

The Michigan House passed the Fiscal Year 2015 budget ahead of time for the fourth consecutive year — and is once again investing additional money into school classrooms and our state’s Rainy Day Fund. With an additional $285 million dedicated to roads, an extra $11.8 million for senior services and nearly $20 million more for our…

#TBT: From firing to hiring in Michigan

Four years ago, Michigan was still reeling from the recession as residents fled the state and jobs disappeared. Michigan lost more than 800,000 jobs during the Lost Decade, and the effects of those layoffs were felt by the entire state. In fact, according to a Manpower Employment Outlook Survey done near the end of 2010,…

Our future is our children

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan, appointed as a non-partisan superintendent by the Michigan Board of Education, recently went on the record about education funding under Republican leadership. Flanagan said, “Debates aside about how much of an increase there is – there’s been improved funding the last couple years.” Since 2010, Republican leadership from the House, Senate and…

Location, Location, Location: Building on Michigan’s recovery

It’s a new week, but the story continues – Michigan’s recovery is real. This past week, the Jackson Citizen Patriot had a story about how Michigan’s recovering economy is having a positive impact on Jackson’s real estate market. The recovery of the real estate market can be seen in increased housing prices, new home builds…