Federal government cuts food stamp benefit for Michigan residents

Federal funding for food stamps has apparently run its course and the feds are now cutting aid to Michigan children and other residents. Many people will remember that Michigan public schools were in a similar situation two years ago when President Obama’s stimulus package ended and the federal government cut funding to our school districts. …

“And that means jobs, jobs, jobs”

The headline says it all…well, ok, it says most of it. Did you see this editorial from Sunday’s Detroit News? We agree a lot has been done and that there is still a lot more to do. The work we have accomplished in the state Legislature has helped private-sector employers create more than 220,000 jobs…

In Case You Missed It: 10/14 through 10/18

In the news: A bill before the House Commerce Committee would allow for more crowdfunding opportunities in Michigan: from Forbes The Michigan Senate approved House legislation reforming unemployment benefits in the state: from MLive Full-time college students could delay jury duty under a measure that is being considered by the full House: from Port Huron…

Franz bill for firefighters clears Senate panel

Military experience will count toward Michigan certification Veterans will get credit for the firefighting training and experience they earned during military service through legislation sponsored by Rep. Ray Franz that was approved by the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee this week. House Bill 4731 is part of a five-bill package that makes eligible certain…

Michigan is open for business

By Speaker Pro-Tempore John Walsh, R-Livonia As the federal government shutdown enters its second week, I’d like to remind residents that unlike our counterparts in D.C., lawmakers in Lansing are working hard to make sure that Michigan is still open for business. While the standard in Washington continues to be working without a budget and…

Price, Michigan House support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

State Rep. Amanda Price and her Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives recently donned pink clothing to show their support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During October, Price and other legislators hope to increase awareness of the disease as well as the research that is going into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and…