ICYMI: State’s improved economy just a start

The Detroit News recently ran an editorial touting the state’s job creation and economic growth — and predicting even more of each if the right policies are in place. Michigan is attracting new residents and putting them to work, and people are taking notice nationally. In fact, our great state’s economic outlook ranking jumped up eight spots…

Making a difference through donation

April is National Organ Donation month sponsored by Donate Life America. In Michigan alone, there were 3,277 people waiting for an organ transplant at the beginning of the year, and most were waiting on a kidney. The mission of Donate Life America is to encourage individuals to become organ, eye and tissue donors and provide…

Learn how to make the most of your hard-earned money during Financial Literacy Month

Financial literacy is an incredibly important skill for your personal and professional lives (unless you’re the federal government), and that’s why April is dedicated to educating individuals on the importance of this skill, as well as budgeting, savings and more ways to make the most of your money. Mymoney.gov has some great tips to help…

Reinventing Michigan: Making state government open and accountable

House Republicans have been working to create a more transparent state government, and the progress is showing. The Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) recently released its fifth annual Following the Money report, examining online access to government spending data. Michigan was ranked as the 15th-best state for government transparency nationwide, earning 86.5 out of 100…

#FF: House Republicans take action while House Democrats play politics

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! As we near the middle of budget season, it’s important to see how budgets are discussed, voted on, passed and signed into law each year. Over the next few weeks, we will go over Republican proposals to continue moving Michigan forward, even as some Democrats work to drive us back…

#TBT: Accountability, transparency have ushered in a #BrighterFuture

A Government of the People The Republican-led House has made it a priority to make government more accountable and transparent for its citizens. Republicans have created yearly agendas, outlining the goals and objectives of each legislative session and allowing citizens and legislators to track their progress. Speaker Bolger and Republicans took a historic step when…

Crime Victims’ Rights Week looks at the other side of crime

The week of April 6-12 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, promoting victims’ rights and honoring both crime victims and those who advocate for them. While Michigan’s laws are intended to keep citizens safe and treat victims with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice process, far too often, crimes go unreported. In fact, the Attorney…

No fish tales: New hunting and fishing licenses are here

Rep. Andrea LaFontaine The Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) new hunting and fishing licenses are making a big splash. The license structure for the upcoming season began on March 1, 2014 reducing the number of hunting and fishing licenses to 43. Residents are now hooked on the simplified licensing process to get fishermen from the…