#FF: The right training, the right jobs

Reps. Peter Pettalia, Ed McBroom and Joel Johnson learn about skilled-trade and technical jobs that would benefit from House Bills 4465 and 4466. Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! Today, we’re taking a look at a pair of bills that would allow for some added flexibility in the Michigan Merit Curriculum. When a manufacturing company in…

#TBT: Preparing for a rainy day means clearer skies in the future

For Michigan and its citizens, the previous administration wasn’t scared of deficit spending or unbalanced budgets. Unfortunately, that type of “leadership” resulted in annual budgets that averaged $1.5 billion in deficit spending.  The large budget shortfalls also meant that the government had to shut down numerous times, and Michigan’s Rainy Day Fund – a safety…

Fresh perspectives on Michigan’s budget surplus

An ambitious group of middle school students from Walker Charter Academy set out to tackle one of the tough questions facing our state’s leaders: how should we invest the state budget surplus? Ensuring their voices were heard, Rep. Rob VerHeulen was recently invited to visit the classroom and hear their presentations. “The project [was] an…

Nesbitt says personal property tax reform will boost economy

Repeal of job-killing tax vital to schools, communities The Michigan House today approved a package of 10 bills phasing out the Michigan personal property tax while preserving full reimbursement to local communities and schools. The House passed the Senate Bills 821-830 on a strong bipartisan vote to update a 2012 law that phases out the…

Detroit Free Press: Michigan’s expanded Medicaid could be a model for other states

Healthy Michigan is set to go live on April 1, and the Detroit Free Press is touting the program’s added personal responsibility and long-term cost savings. Stressing healthy habits and control over healthcare options, the plan to bring Medicaid coverage to as many as 470,000 Michiganders could — and should — be the model for nearly two dozen…

#FF: Learn the facts about school reform legislation as it heads back to the Senate

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! House Bill 4369 has already begun its legislative journey, but there’s still some traveling left for this bill before it ultimately reaches the governor’s desk. It was first passed by the House in March 2013, then underwent some drastic changes in the Senate in December and was retooled again in…