Paving the way to “Build Better Michigan Roads”

After investing $584.8 million in existing state resources into Michigan’s roads, House Republicans are at it again — this time unveiling a plan to “Build Better Michigan Roads” and invest even more current resources into the state’s roadways. The proposal calls for structural changes in transportation funding and focuses on increased efficiency, better quality and improved fairness,…

#TBT: Smarter, smaller government is leading Michigan toward a brighter future

The Republican-led House has worked tirelessly to ensure Michigan’s residents have a government that works for its citizens, while also making sure it is a government that represents its citizens. One such promise was creating a smaller, smarter state government that works more effectively and efficiently. One way House Republicans have been able to fulfill…

April raises awareness of autism

April 2 is the seventh annual World Autism Awareness day, shedding a light on the importance of awareness and early detection of autism worldwide. The latest statistics for the United States say one of every 68 children are on the autism spectrum, and boys are almost five times more likely to be diagnosed with some form…

CO2 enhanced oil recovery bills signed in WMU ceremony

Outman says laws will benefit environment and economy KALAMAZOO – Lt. Gov. Brian Calley today signed a package of bills during a ceremony at Western Michigan University allowing the use of carbon dioxide (CO2) enhanced oil recovery that state Rep. Rick Outman said will help the state’s economy and ecology. Outman is sponsor of one…

CO2 enhanced oil recovery bills signed at WMU research center

Nesbitt: Legislation will boost economy, energy independence KALAMAZOO – Lt. Gov. Brian Calley today at Western Michigan University signed a package of bills allowing the use of carbon dioxide (CO2) enhanced oil recovery that state Rep. Aric Nesbitt said will benefit the state’s economy, businesses and environment. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, chair of the House Energy and…

Rep. Yonker gets the inside scoop on how to fill potholes

Bright and early state Rep. Ken Yonker suited up to join the Kent County Road Commission to help tackle one of the state’s growing issues: potholes. During the spring in-district work period, Rep. Yonker volunteered to trade in his dress shoes for work boots and headed to US- 131 to help fill potholes with other…

Adoption reforms: Creating a brighter future for Michigan families and children

Continuing work on the 2013-14 House Republican Action Plan, the House recently gave final approval to the direct placement adoption package.  The legislation in the package is set to help some of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents — its children. Michigan’s adoption rate has remained stagnant for decades, in part due to laws that act as…

#FF: A Brighter Michigan – Repealing another job-killing tax

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! The phase-out of the Personal Property Tax originally began in 2012, and now new changes that guarantee revenue replacement for local communities are on their way to the governor for his signature.  However, the phase-out won’t be fully guaranteed until the ballot proposal is approved this August by Michigan voters. The…