#TBT: Accountability, transparency have ushered in a #BrighterFuture

A Government of the People The Republican-led House has made it a priority to make government more accountable and transparent for its citizens. Republicans have created yearly agendas, outlining the goals and objectives of each legislative session and allowing citizens and legislators to track their progress. Speaker Bolger and Republicans took a historic step when…

Crime Victims’ Rights Week looks at the other side of crime

The week of April 6-12 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, promoting victims’ rights and honoring both crime victims and those who advocate for them. While Michigan’s laws are intended to keep citizens safe and treat victims with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice process, far too often, crimes go unreported. In fact, the Attorney…

No fish tales: New hunting and fishing licenses are here

Rep. Andrea LaFontaine The Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) new hunting and fishing licenses are making a big splash. The license structure for the upcoming season began on March 1, 2014 reducing the number of hunting and fishing licenses to 43. Residents are now hooked on the simplified licensing process to get fishermen from the…

#TBT: Smarter, smaller government is leading Michigan toward a brighter future

The Republican-led House has worked tirelessly to ensure Michigan’s residents have a government that works for its citizens, while also making sure it is a government that represents its citizens. One such promise was creating a smaller, smarter state government that works more effectively and efficiently. One way House Republicans have been able to fulfill…

Adoption reforms: Creating a brighter future for Michigan families and children

Continuing work on the 2013-14 House Republican Action Plan, the House recently gave final approval to the direct placement adoption package.  The legislation in the package is set to help some of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents — its children. Michigan’s adoption rate has remained stagnant for decades, in part due to laws that act as…

#TBT: Preparing for a rainy day means clearer skies in the future

For Michigan and its citizens, the previous administration wasn’t scared of deficit spending or unbalanced budgets. Unfortunately, that type of “leadership” resulted in annual budgets that averaged $1.5 billion in deficit spending.  The large budget shortfalls also meant that the government had to shut down numerous times, and Michigan’s Rainy Day Fund – a safety…

#TBT: From jobs lost under the previous “leadership” to careers created under Republican leadership

The wounds are still fresh from the job losses of the Lost Decade, but fortunately for Michigan’s citizens, Republicans have helped by bringing responsible government back to the Capitol. Under the previous administration’s control, Michigan saw 800,000 jobs disappear, resulting in an unemployment rate that soared north of 14 percent. Republicans worked to ensure a brighter…

#TBT: How much money previous “leadership” invested from existing resources to fix roads vs. recent Republican leadership

Below you’ll find a handy graphic pointing out how much money from existing resources has been invested in Michigan roads under the previous administration, as well as how much has been invested under current Republican leadership. There’s simple math at work here: under House Republican leadership, $584.8 million from existing state resources have been invested…

Celebrating Michigan Olympians at the Capitol

Today we were honored to welcome Olympic ice dancing gold medalists @charlieawhite and @meryledavis as well as Special Olympics Michigan ice skating gold medalist Tia Spremo to the capitol. Congrats on your success and thanks for representing our state so well!

Protect your money with these tips from the FDIC

It’s National Consumer Protection Week, and the FDIC has put together a handful of tips on how to manage your money and avoid financial frauds and scams. The tips range from account errors to new mortgage rules, reminding consumers of the importance of saving — and protecting — their hard-earned money. So remember: When it comes…