ICYMI: An update from House Republicans

House Republicans have been hard at work in their districts, placing their focus on local residents while also preparing for session to fully kick back into gear in the fall. Check out what’s been going on below. In the News: Rep. Holly Hughes hosted Speaker Kevin Cotter in Muskegon County, where they met with local…

Get the facts: Understanding the House GOP roads plan

Michigan House Republicans believe roads should be a top priority at the state Capitol. And while it’s very easy to just say that roads should be a priority, we know that Michigan residents expect more from their elected officials. That’s why we introduced a plan last Wednesday that not only makes roads a priority, it…

House Speaker Kevin Cotter unveils key focus points for roads

House Speaker Kevin Cotter today announced key principles he said will build a good foundation for a permanent road-funding solution. Speaker Cotter talking to WJR about the future of road funding in Michigan. Speaker Cotter on WWJ discussing what happens next to fund road repairs. Speaker Cotter appearing on the Frank Beckmann show to lay out the…

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…

Michigan’s unemployment rate at lowest level in eight years

Our state’s unemployment rate has declined for the fourth consecutive month, and is at its lowest level since April 2006. Michigan’s unemployment rate has decreased for the fourth consecutive month. The November 2014 statewide unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percent down to 6.7 percent, putting Michigan’s unemployment rate at pre-recessionary levels. In fact, our…

Second leg of Lame Duck: A week in review

Let’s take a look at a few more items House Republicans checked off their Awesome Duck to-do list last week FULL HOUSE APPROVAL Students first, athletes second Representatives approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, ensuring student athletes remain classified as students, not employees. This ensures that college athletes will still be enrolled in…

Week in review: Awesome duck, part 2

As the second of three weeks in Lame Duck session comes to a close, let’s recap what House Republicans have done for Michigan House puts low-income heating needs first Legislation sponsored by Rep. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, allocates federal dollars—upfront—for weatherization so agencies can better protect the state’s low-income families from Michigan’s unpredictable elements, especially through the winter months. The bill requires…

Students first, athletes second

As of late, the line has been blurred as to whether student athletes are students or employees of the college they attend. On Tuesday, the Michigan House took decisive action toward clearing up some of the confusion. Representatives gave their stamp of approval on a bill ensuring student athletes remain classified as students—not employees—which in turn prohibits them from joining…

Get the facts: Understanding Michigan RFRA

Since the MiRFRA passed last week, there have been plenty of rumors, half-truths and exaggerated claims, and we are going to disprove those accusations. In fact, MiRFRA is merely a protection for people who are forced by government to violate deeply held religious beliefs. It does not provide a legal sword for people to use as a method…

What you might have missed this week

With a busy week of session wrapping up around 10 p.m. Thursday, a few pieces of House legislation appear to have flown under the radar. However, these bills are sound public policy and deserve their turn in the spotlight. So, here’s a brief look back at three lesser-known items approved by the House this week. Updating printing requirements for…

Keeping Michigan motorists safe

Drunk, drugged and distracted driving are very serious and dangerous offenses. December is dedicated as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month to raise awareness about the dangers of all forms of impaired driving. Drunk, drugged and distracted driving are equally dangerous to all Michiganders. Great strides have been made over the years to reduce impaired driving,…

More jobs creating more opportunities for Metro Detroit

Metro Detroit is roaring back, and the proof is in the number of jobs in the region   According to a report from the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) released in November, Metro Detroit  has returned to pre-recession level employment! Since Republican leadership took over in 2011, Michigan has been on a steady economic resurgence since hitting a…