Nesbitt: CO2 oil recovery bill a win-win-win for Michigan

Environment, consumers, commerce benefit from legislation State Rep. Aric Nesbitt said today’s House approval of a four-bill legislative package will encourage more development of Michigan energy, while cutting down the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. The Senate approved the package earlier this week and sent it back to the House with changes….

Kesto: Scrap metal reform bill will deter rampant theft

Lawmaker led work group that crafted compromise The Michigan House today approved a scrap metal reform bill that state Rep. Klint Kesto said will make sellers and buyers accountable and should put a huge dent in theft. The House voted 98-12 to approve the compromise measure, which was hammered out in a work group headed…

Let’s get growing! Spotlighting Michigan’s agriculture industry

Agriculture is Michigan’s second-largest industry, accounting for more than $91 billion of the state’s economy each year. Between 2004 and 2010, the agriculture industry grew by more than 50 percent, helping to reinvigorate Michigan’s struggling economy and contributing to the state’s comeback. Whether it’s dairy and livestock, fruits and vegetables, or nursery and landscape, Michigan’s…

House approves Kesto resolution for EB-5 immigration center

Lawmaker says investor-immigrants boost economy The Michigan House today approved House Resolution 315, authored by state Rep. Klint Kesto, urging the president and Congress to approve Michigan’s application to become a state-sponsored regional center for EB-5 investor-immigrant visas. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, said Michigan’s comeback can be enhanced with the establishment of Michigan as an EB-5…

Sunshine Week: What House Republicans are doing to increase transparency in Michigan

Sunshine Week is upon us, and House Republicans are taking several steps to keep state government transparent and accountable. The Michigan House website has a page dedicated to financial transparency, as does Rep. Tom McMillin.  McMillin also plans to host a town hall on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act soon,…

Raise your glass for these updates to Michigan’s liquor laws

Whether you’re in Grand Rapids, Traverse City or pretty much anywhere in between, chances are you’re going to be pretty close to either a local winery or a microbrewery  — and probably both. As a state, Michigan is ranked fifth in total breweries per state and has several cities in the running for the title of “Beer City…