Legislators request investigation of Pure Michigan program

State Reps. Steve Johnson and Martin Howrylak have sent a letter to the Michigan Auditor General requesting a study into the effectiveness of the Pure Michigan program. Since its inception in 2006, the Pure Michigan program has been touted as an amazing success in driving tourism and customers to local Michigan businesses. However, there has…

Rep. Griffin’s bill to help school districts signed into law

Gov. Rick Snyder today signed into law state Rep. Beth Griffin’s legislation to allow school districts to achieve savings through energy efficiency and operational upgrades to school facilities. “This common sense new law gives school districts another tool as they look to get the most out of every dollar they spend,” said Rep. Griffin, of…

Rep. Canfield, House committee advance budget plan for Michigan

State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O. of Sebewaing joined the House Appropriations Committee this week in approving a Michigan budget plan that makes health care more efficient and invests more in schools and communities. Canfield chairs the budget subcommittee for the Department of Health and Human Services. The budget plan recommends that the state’s Prepaid…

Rep. Whiteford bill to help special education programs moves to Senate

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford that removes hiring restrictions for intermediate school districts (ISDs) was approved by the State House on Thursday. House Bill 4166 removes the requirement that an ISD give preferential status in hiring decisions to candidates formerly employed with other districts or a comparable state agency. Multiple ISDs voiced their…

Rep. Albert invites residents to April office hours

    State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell will host open office hours on Saturday, April 29. 9 to 10 a.m. at 3rd Wave Coffee, 105 E. Main St. in Belding; 11 a.m. to noon at Jamnbean Coffee Company, 6860 Cascade Road SE in Grand Rapids “Being open and accessible is important for anyone in…

Rep Howrylak and two members of the Vietnamese American Association of Michigan

Rep. Howrylak declares Black April Memorial Week in Michigan

PHOTO INFORMATION: Representative Martin Howrylak of Troy (center) was joined by Hoa Dinh (left) and An Nguyen (right) of the Vietnamese American Association of Michigan on the House floor for the adoption of House Resolution 73, to declare April 24 – 30, 2017 as Black April Memorial Week in the state of Michigan. April 30…

Meet with Rep. Sheppard during May district hours

State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance invites residents of the 56th District to meet with him during his May in-district office hours. “I enjoy having an opportunity to meet with neighbors and hear their perspectives on the issues we face in this state,” Rep. Sheppard said. “I was elected to represent their interests, and every…

Rep. Chatfield introduces bill to eliminate pistol registration mandate

State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, today introduced legislation to eliminate the existing mandate requiring pistols to be registered with the state. The speaker pro-tem’s bill makes pistol registration optional, eliminates the $250 fine for not registering and allows previously registered pistol owners to request their information be removed from the database. “There is no…

Rep. VanSingel praises House budget on education, roads

State Rep. Scott VanSingel today cast his vote to approve the House Appropriation Committee’s budget plan, sending it to the full House for consideration. VanSingel, of Grant, said the fiscally responsible budget provides growth that is below the rate of inflation, while increasing education spending and boosting Michigan’s transportation system. “We are spending more money…

Rep. Brann: House budget boosts education, veterans

Proposal also helps people caring for loved ones   State Rep. Tommy Brann today voted for the House version of the state budget, joining his colleagues on the Appropriations Committee in approving the fiscal plan and sending it to the full House for consideration. Brann, of Wyoming, who serves as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee…

Rep. Whiteford: Budget is a fiscally sound blueprint

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today voted for passage of the state budget, joining her colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee in approving the spending plan and sending it to the full House for consideration. Whiteford, of Casco Township, who serves as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Environmental Quality, said the Appropriations Committee focused on…

Chairwoman Cox hails panel passage of House budget

Lawmaker: Fiscally responsible blueprint moves to full House   State Rep. Laura Cox, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today hailed committee passage of a state budget that practices restraint while at the same time funding K-12 classrooms at the highest level in state history. Cox, of Livonia, led the efforts of the various subcommittees…

Bill introduced to repeal the Michigan Strategic Fund Act

Today, State Rep. Steve Johnson introduced legislation to repeal the Michigan Strategic Fund Act. The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) was established in 1984 for the purpose of promoting economic development across Michigan. Since then, the MSF’s role has changed and expanded in many ways beyond what the scope of a governmental agency should be, Johnson…

Michigan House approves Rep. Barrett’s legislation to benefit charitable gaming

The Michigan House today voted to make it easier for charities to raise money through gaming, approving legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville with overwhelming bipartisan support. The plan to ease restrictions on charitable gaming is crucial to fundraising by Lions clubs, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, veterans groups, schools and many other…

Rep. VerHeulen, House panel approve plan to help Michigan communities

Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker and the Michigan House Appropriations Committee today approved a budget plan to help local communities across the state pay for public safety, road repairs and other vital services. The plan advanced by the House Appropriations Committee boosts revenue sharing for local communities by 5 percent, a $12.4 million increase compared…