We needed leadership, what we got was political posturing

As a sitting member of the state Legislature, I know firsthand how slowly the government can move. That is why emergency powers exist, to allow swift action when necessary and legally warranted. The COVID-19 pandemic is exactly that, an emergency where swift action was necessary. Emergency powers are not intended, however, for political posturing, which…

Rep. Bellino: House unveils regional roadmap to recovery

State Rep. Joe Bellino today announced a regional, safety-focused approach to restarting Michigan’s economy and re-establishing a semblance of normalcy in the COVID-19 era. House Republicans unveiled a blueprint on Monday to help move the state toward a rolling restart – an approach based on the prevalence and risk factors of the virus, which varies…

Rep. Bellino responds to governor’s stay- at-home order, COVID-19

State Rep Joe Bellino, of Monroe, issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order: “I know times are tough right now because of the coronavirus, but I know we will get through this together. We can all do our part by staying home and taking responsible precautions…

Rep. Bellino: Governor should not abandon her pledge to repeal pension tax

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her state budget proposal that does not include a repeal of the pension tax. Bellino sponsors legislation that would repeal the tax. House Bill 4006 has already been advanced by the House Tax Policy Committee: “I have said this…

House breathes life into Bellino plan protecting Michiganders from vaping-related ailments

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Joe Bellino’s bipartisan plan protecting Michiganders from lung ailments associated with vapor products containing vitamin E acetate. The Monroe lawmaker said his legislation is in response to the recent spike in reported health injuries nationwide caused by e-cigarettes. “There has been a substantial amount of scientific evidence…

Rep. Bellino: Continuing to fight for Michigan families in 2020

A lot of hard work and vigilant strategizing went into the reforms approved by the Michigan House last year to improve the lives of people in Michigan. Some of the major accomplishments the Republican led-Legislature brought included lowering car insurance rates, restoring some of the harmful budget vetoes made by Gov. Whitmer, and increasing transparency…

Rep. Bellino welcomes local deacon to lead House invocation

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe welcomed Deacon Mike Stewart (center) to the state Capitol to lead today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Stewart is a deacon at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Monroe. Joining them at the rostrum is Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield.