Road to Repair

#TBT: On the road to repair in the House Transportation Committee

Welcome to this week’s Throwback Thursday.   Today we take a look at the legislative accomplishments of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In the past, the Transportation Committee has deliberated and approved bills to improve Michigan’s roads as part of an all-encompassing road and infrastructure repair plan that aims to increase efficiency, invest properly using current resources, and improve quality…

GDP growth: Good, Dependable Proof of Michigan’s brighter future

Need more proof of Michigan’s leading-the-nation recovery? Well, we have it. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, 14 out of 15 of Michigan’s metro areas saw Gross Domestic Product—or GDP—growth in 2013. What’s more, the growth our local metros saw were significant, with each area seeing a growth rate of at least a 1.5…

I-96 has reopened: Fun Facts about Michigan’s intrastate Interstate

After nearly six months of road closure, a seven-mile stretch of I-96 in metro Detroit has reopened, bringing much needed relief to area residents, businesses and commuters across the state. To celebrate the reopening, here are a few fun facts about I-96. I-96 is the only main interstate highway in Michigan that is located entirely…

More Jobs

ICYMI: Michigan’s comeback proven once again

The numbers are in. Michigan’s recovery efforts are working. According to the latest news reports, our unemployment rate, job creation, household income and the economy are improving and Michiganders are getting back on their feet. The Detroit News reported this week that household income increased significantly for the first time since before the recession in…

#TBT: Accruing a list of tax policy accomplishments

Welcome to the latest edition of Throwback Thursday. This week, we take a look at the legislative accomplishments of the House Tax Policy Committee. In the past, the Tax Policy Committee has worked to make major changes to the tax system to help Michigan residents and small business prosper, as well as participate in Michigan’s…

Honoring those who protect our communities and our country

Last week, the Michigan House commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a special ceremony. During the event, the House also honored the Michigan first responders killed in the line of duty during the last 365 days, as well as Jackson Prison Guard George W. Haight. Haight, who was poisoned by an inmate while…

#FF Child support reforms help our children toward a #BrighterFuture

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday, where we look at bills that tackle the complex and sometimes burdensome process of securing child support agreements. The Michigan House and Senate have been hard at work on a nearly 25 bill package to help streamline and improve the process of agreeing on child support payments. A few highlights…

OK2Say hotline unveiled

The Michigan Legislature, along with Attorney General Bill Schuette, has worked hard over the last few years to make Michigan a safer place – cracking down on crimes that range from scrap metal theft to identity theft and even phone and utility scams targeting our elderly. House Republicans have also worked to make our kids…

Reinventing the auto industry in Michigan

The state that gave the world the assembly line is yet again at the forefront of innovation in the automotive industry, pushing the envelope once more thanks in part to Michigan’s growing tech industry. General Motors, Ford and the University of Michigan will work with the Michigan Department of Transportation to test technology allowing vehicles…

Meijer for hire

Michigan’s economy continues to improve by leaps and bounds, leading the state toward a brighter, more productive future. Whether it’s investing additional dollars into our state’s rainy day fund, working to ensure students receive a quality education or working to create jobs; Michigan is on the road to recovery. Each week and month, more great…

Build your career in Michigan

Happy Labor Day! A national holiday since 1887, Labor Day is set aside to pay tribute to our country’s workers and their achievements. It is a yearly celebration of the contributions American workers have made to the strength, success and vitality of the U.S. Michigan is filled with hard-working men and women who are essential to our…

House staff participate in ice bucket challenge for ALS

Recently, the Ice Bucket Challenge has taken over social media, encouraging those who participate to donate to the ALS Association or dump ice water over their heads — hopefully both. The goal is to raise awareness in the fight against ALS while trying to find a cure for the disease, and the results have been…

Michigan is brewing jobs for a brighter future

While Michigan’s craft beer industry continues to contribute substantially to Michigan’s brighter future, it’s not the only industry benefitting from a greater interest in Mitten State beer. As Brian Dews, co-owner of Rockford Brewing Co., mentioned during a stop on the #MIBrewingJobs tour, a growing craft beer industry in Michigan also benefits the state’s tourism…

National Park Service

#FF: Conservation Act initiative preserves state wildlife, citizens’ will

Protect and conserve A petition to manage and protect Michigan’s beautiful wildlife passed the Senate last week and requires only one more legislative body’s vote of confidence to take effect. Supported by nearly 300,000 Michiganders who exercised their constitutional right to petition state government, the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act decrees the DNR’s Natural Resources Commission be…