Michigan workers – They’re Grrreat!!!!

Michigan received another indication that we’re on the right track economically when the Kellogg Co. announced today they will expand operations in our state and employ up to 600 people. Kellogg CEO John Bryant said the company chose Grand Rapids for a new North American Services Business Operation center after looking at nine possible locations…

Listen to your heart… during congenital heart defect awareness week

The week of February 7-14 is dedicated to raising awareness about congenital heart defects. Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are among the most common types of birth defect in the United States, affecting the structure of a baby’s heart and how efficiently it works. In many cases no one can pinpoint what caused the heart defect,…

Tips and Tricks: Learn how to ‘Beat the Freeze’ this winter

It’s cold out. During January, Michigan residents endured 13 days where the temperature dipped below zero, and it hasn’t warmed up much since then. Unfortunately, with colder weather comes more energy use — and higher utility bills. But don’t despair, House Republicans have some tips and tricks on how to “Beat the Freeze,” including: Dial down…

Reps. experience ‘Pure Michigan’ during snowmobile tour

State Reps. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, and Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, hosted other legislators and state department heads on a two-day snowmobile tour of Northern Michigan this past weekend. A total of 15 lawmakers and the directors of the Michigan Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources and Department of Environmental Quality traveled about 100 miles…

Local company, athletes representing Michigan at the Olympics

The Olympics are just underway in Sochi, Russia, featuring a number of athletes — and a local company — that have roots in the state of Michigan. From Dan Bylsma, the head coach of the Team USA’s men’s ice hockey team, to Karly Shorr and Danny Davis on the snowboarding team, the Great Lakes state…

Propane shortage information

A larger number of residents have been calling and emailing their Representative regarding the current propane emergency impacting the entire country. Propane customers should know that Governor Snyder is issuing a third executive order regarding the current propane emergency. Thirty states have declared propane emergencies to date. The emergency declaration includes an exemption for motor…

Gov. Snyder’s budget presentation: A sign of brighter days ahead

Today Gov. Snyder revealed his recommendations for the FY 2015 budget in front of a joint hearing of the House and Senate Appropriations committees.  Echoing many of the priorities he laid out during the State of the State address last month, the governor’s budget proposals focused on: Additional support for education, especially early childhood development…

Legislators “Go Red for Women”

February is American Heart Month, so to kick off the month legislators from both the House and the Senate donned red clothing to “Go Red for Women.” Lawmakers gathered in the Capitol rotunda Thursday to kick off the Go Red for Women event, listening to stories from survivors of heart disease and raising awareness about…