#FF: A salute to Michigan’s veterans

Rep. Nancy Jenkins is the sponsor of House Bill 5529, part of a legislative package to better connect Michigan veterans with their benefits Welcome to the newest edition of #FollowFriday! Earlier this month, House Bills 5529-5535 were introduced. The purpose of the seven-bill package was two-fold — to inform veterans about their benefits and to…

#TBT: Great trails, great lakes, great state

This week we are taking a trip back to 2013 when the Pure Michigan campaign launched its biking and hiking trails ad. The video highlights all that Michigan has to offer, but it also shows how far plans have come in the last year. Evidence of that — the Great Lakes Coastal Trail Conference is…

Spotlighting our veterans during Military Appreciation Month

State Rep. Jim Stamas recently sent the Michigan state flag to the servicemen and women of the National Guard’s 1460th Transportation Company. The 1460th Transportation Company is based out of Midland but is currently deployed in Afghanistan.  May is Military Appreciation Month, recognizing those on active duty in all branches of the service, appreciating the…

ICYMI: Metro Detroit is roaring back

No matter where you are in the state, there’s a good chance you are seeing the benefits of Michigan’s comeback firsthand. Monday brought more great news about Michigan’s comeback, and southeast Michigan dominated the news cycle. Reports about Metro Detroit’s housing market, the city’s small business environment and regional unemployment rates all ushered in great news….

Detroit: Speramus meliora resurget cineribus

The Latin motto on the city of Detroit’s official seal translates to “We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.” There is no better time to put faith in that motto than right now. Detroit has become synonymous with financial failure. Recently, a news report talked about troubles being faced by North…

Craft Beer Week: Michigan’s tapping into America’s fastest growing industry

The craft beer industry continues to grow nationwide, and in recognition of its continued growth, May 12-18 is American Craft Beer Week. Craft beer brewing is no longer just a hobby — it’s an industry that saw an estimated $14.3 billion spent on craft beers last year. In total, more than 2,800 craft brewers have…

#FF: NOTICE OF BILL INTRODUCTION

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! Yesterday, a bill was introduced by four legislators – Reps. Amanda Price, David Rutledge, Andy Schor and  Rob VerHeulen – to modernize our public notice laws and put taxpayer dollars to more efficient use. Currently, local governments are required by law to print public notices in the newspaper anywhere from one to…

#TBT: The Detroit of yesterday

The Detroit of yesterday- Detroit used to be a booming city, with prosperity and jobs flowing along the border it shares with Canada.  At one time, Detroit had the 4th highest population in the United States.  It was a hotspot for people fleeing the south who came here looking for jobs. The city also used…