#FF: A salute to Michigan’s veterans

Rep. Nancy Jenkins is the sponsor of House Bill 5529, part of a legislative package to better connect Michigan veterans with their benefits Welcome to the newest edition of #FollowFriday! Earlier this month, House Bills 5529-5535 were introduced. The purpose of the seven-bill package was two-fold — to inform veterans about their benefits and to…

Spotlighting our veterans during Military Appreciation Month

State Rep. Jim Stamas recently sent the Michigan state flag to the servicemen and women of the National Guard’s 1460th Transportation Company. The 1460th Transportation Company is based out of Midland but is currently deployed in Afghanistan.  May is Military Appreciation Month, recognizing those on active duty in all branches of the service, appreciating the…

#TBT: Turning our economy around one MILE at a time

Michigan has a history of innovations and firsts.  During the early 19th century, Detroit quickly became a hub for innovation, commerce and manufacturing because of its easy access to riverways and rail lines. Michigan’s growth continued throughout the 20th century with the growth of automobile manufacturing in Detroit and lumbering and furniture manufacturing in Grand Rapids. …

#FF: Road work ahead, thanks to new transportation bills

Speaker Bolger presents the House roads plan to the House Transportation Committee Thursday morning. Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! Four bills are beginning their legislative journey in the Michigan House, ensuring more resources will be dedicated to our state’s roadways thanks to better investment of taxpayer dollars. The bills will make structural changes in the…

Reinventing Michigan: Making state government open and accountable

House Republicans have been working to create a more transparent state government, and the progress is showing. The Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) recently released its fifth annual Following the Money report, examining online access to government spending data. Michigan was ranked as the 15th-best state for government transparency nationwide, earning 86.5 out of 100…

#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…

Paving the way to “Build Better Michigan Roads”

After investing $584.8 million in existing state resources into Michigan’s roads, House Republicans are at it again — this time unveiling a plan to “Build Better Michigan Roads” and invest even more current resources into the state’s roadways. The proposal calls for structural changes in transportation funding and focuses on increased efficiency, better quality and improved fairness,…

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…

#FF: A Brighter Michigan – Repealing another job-killing tax

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! The phase-out of the Personal Property Tax originally began in 2012, and now new changes that guarantee revenue replacement for local communities are on their way to the governor for his signature.  However, the phase-out won’t be fully guaranteed until the ballot proposal is approved this August by Michigan voters. The…

House Republicans introduce draft of auto insurance reform bill

Following up on last week’s announcement of a comprehensive plan to reduce auto insurance rates for all Michigan drivers, House Republicans today unveiled a draft of the proposal for review.  This draft replaces the original bill (House Bill 4612) that was introduced last year, and addresses every concern that was brought up by those who…

Reducing auto insurance rates for Michigan families

Michigan families struggle to pay auto insurance premiums Auto insurance costs are significantly higher than other states because of inflexible mandates and the resulting expenses. Legislative inaction to address skyrocketing costs and an inefficient claims process must be remedied to help all residents of Michigan. House Republicans have focused on identifying the cost drivers that have…

Michigan renews commitment to helping those with mental health issues

This week lawmakers from the House and Senate health policy committees held a joint meeting with the Mental Health and Wellness Commission to learn about its report, “Improving the Quality of Life by Supporting Independence and Self-Determination.” The report focused on finding ways to remove barriers, eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and streamline procedures…

Combatting Human Trafficking: The legislative approach

Rep. Kurt Heise today, along with members of the House Republican Caucus, House Democrats, representatives from the Attorney General’s Office and stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking, unveiled legislation to combat the crime of human trafficking. The group unveiled over 20 bills that have been introduced to fight trafficking in Michigan. The legislation is…

House Republican Budget Plan

Each year, the governor, Senate and House all submit their version of what they believe the budget should look like. For FY 2014, House Republicans once again placed an emphasis on fiscal responsibility, investing additional funds into education, public safety and roads while working to pay down long-term liabilities and deposit money into the state’s…