Celebrating Michigan Olympians at the Capitol

Today we were honored to welcome Olympic ice dancing gold medalists @charlieawhite and @meryledavis as well as Special Olympics Michigan ice skating gold medalist Tia Spremo to the capitol. Congrats on your success and thanks for representing our state so well!

A Brighter Future for Michigan’s tourism industry

It’s safe to say the Great Lake State’s tourism industry is making a splash with another projected increase in tourism spending in Michigan for 2014, following four straight years of increases in spending from the industry. In an effort to further grow the state’s tourism industry, the Pure Michigan campaign is expanding to foreign countries,…

Protect your money with these tips from the FDIC

It’s National Consumer Protection Week, and the FDIC has put together a handful of tips on how to manage your money and avoid financial frauds and scams. The tips range from account errors to new mortgage rules, reminding consumers of the importance of saving — and protecting — their hard-earned money. So remember: When it comes…

Spread the Word to End the Word

March 5 is Spread the Word to End the Word day, challenging everyone to end the use of the words “mentally retarded” and “mental retardation.” The day also highlights the positive impact individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have on our communities. Though it was once considered a clinical diagnosis, the R-word is now used as…

Unemployment at its lowest rate since 2008 (Update: April 2014 unemployment rate)

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) just released the unemployment rates from January, and they’re the lowest they’ve been since 2008. Michigan’s unemployment rate fell by half a percentage point, down from 8.3 in December to 7.4 in April. It’s also more than a full percentage point lower than it was at…

Reading is a ‘bear necessity’

To help kick off March is Reading Month, Miley — a three-week-old Syrian bear cub — helped several House Republicans demonstrate that good readers make good leaders. Miley joined Reps. Mike Callton, Tom Leonard, Kevin Daley, Aric Nesbitt and Andrea LaFontaine during a photo shoot for their March is Reading Month posters, and the results…

March is Reading Month celebrates the importance of reading early and often

Reading is the foundation to a child’s future successes, and March is Reading Month celebrates and promotes ways to help children discover the joys of reading. This March, representatives are visiting local schools in their districts to encourage children to become more active readers. It is important to start building a strong foundation at a…

#TBT: MI Brewing Jobs Tour

With the recent announcement from Short’s Brewing Co. about its plans to expand the production facility in Elk Rapids, it seems like a good time to take a look back at the MI Brewing Jobs tour House Republicans took toward the end of 2013. Legislation approved by the House in November would remove several roadblocks…