#MIstory: Ag industry growing internationally and in Lansing

Two members with connections to Michigan’s booming food and agriculture industry joined the House Republican caucus this year. Reps. Triston Cole and Brett Roberts share a passion for the state’s agricultural heritage, which is well-represented in Lansing and around the world. Thanks to efforts led by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican Legislature, Michigan’s food and agriculture exports grew 8.9…

#MIstory: Sheppard’s office doubles as gallery for local artists

When lawmakers arrive in Lansing to prepare for a new term, their office walls are like a blank canvas. Which over time, often blossom into welcoming displays with local Michigan charm. State Rep. Jason Sheppard has Monroe-area art on display in his Lansing office, and when visitors come to the office they have the opportunity to learn…

#MIstory: Rep. Inman is searching for Amelia Earhart

In July 1937, Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific. She was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and Michigan’s very own Rep. Larry Inman has spent 22 years collecting original artifacts from her inspiring life. Inman has the world’s largest private collection of items related to Earhart’s life, including more…

Michigan unemployment rate hits 12-year low

Lost Decade may finally be lost for good Michigan’s unemployment rate has declined for the fifth consecutive month, and is at its lowest level since 2002. The December 2014 statewide unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percent, from 6.7 percent down to 6.3 percent, putting Michigan’s unemployment rate at its lowest level in more than…

Big week for newly elected Rep. Brett Roberts

It was a big week for all 110 state representatives with the first official day of the new Legislative session on Jan. 14. But for first term Rep. Brett Roberts, Wednesday was an especially big day. At 4:51 a.m. Roberts and his wife welcomed a baby boy, Ion Russell, into the world. After a few short hours…