Rep. Calley, Michigan House approve funding for Barry County recreation projects

Rep. Julie Calley and the Michigan House this week approved funding for two Barry County recreation projects – helping extend the Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail and adding a shooting range to the Barry State Game Area. The projects are included in recommendations from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The recommendations are made to the Legislature,…

Rep. Calley: Proper communication and procurement remain concerns in state’s response to COVID-19

State Rep. Julie Calley, of Portland, pointed to testimony in a Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic hearing while illuminating the need for more efficient communication between state and local officials – both in response to COVID-19 and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders. The select committee welcomed Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland…

Rep. Calley invites residents to outdoor local office hours

State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to attend outdoor office hours in two communities on Monday, July 27. Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following times and locations: • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Thompson Field, 601 Canal St. in Portland; and• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bob King Park Pavilion, 100…

Rep. Calley deeply concerned by governor’s veto of whistleblower protections

State Rep. Julie Calley today expressed deep disappointment in the governor’s decision to veto a plan designed to improve the accountability and integrity of state government. Calley, of Portland, said she strongly supports Senate Bill 686, which would have prohibited state agencies from punishing employees for communicating with legislators. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed the legislation…

Rep. Calley: New law allows communities to more efficiently count absentee ballots

Governor signs Calley’s plan to help clerks process influx of mail-in ballots State Rep. Julie Calley’s plan giving local communities a new option to streamline the processing of absentee ballots has been signed into law. Calley, of Portland, said city and township clerks throughout Michigan are expecting a significant increase in the number of absentee…

Rep. Calley calls to end governor’s dangerous COVID-19 nursing home policy

Reckless policy endangers lives of state’s most vulnerable residents State Rep. Julie Calley stood up on behalf of the many vulnerable people in Michigan nursing homes whose lives have been endangered because of a COVID-19 policy put in place by the governor. Calley, of Portland, helped sponsor a resolution approved by the Michigan House calling…

Rep. Calley announces outdoor local office hours to be held June 26

State Rep. Julie Calley has set in-person office hours on Friday, June 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Bob King Park Pavilion, 100 E. Woodlawn Ave. in Hastings. “As our state continues to reopen, I plan to resume my in-district office hours in a safe and sensible fashion,” Calley said. “We have…

Rep. Calley calls on governor to reopen unemployment offices for appointments

State Rep. Julie Calley today called on the governor to reopen regional unemployment offices for appointments to better serve Michigan residents who are out of work due to COVID-19. Calley, of Portland, said the Unemployment Insurance Agency continues to be a source of fury and frustration for tens of thousands of people who are still…

Rep. Calley urges residents to share their COVID-19 pandemic stories

State Rep. Julie Calley today announced a new website to allow the people of Michigan to share their experiences and struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic. Calley, a member of the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, said MICovidStory.com is an accessible resource concerned residents can use to share their stories with the committee. Michigan…

Rep. Calley: Roughly 124,000 across Michigan still in need of unemployment benefits

Select committee holds second hearing discussing issues with state system State Rep. Julie Calley underscored the need for additional efforts to ensure people who have been without paychecks for several weeks are getting them, after seeing their livelihoods halted due to the governor’s executive orders limiting business in the face of COVID-19. “Legislators from across…

Rep. Calley working for accountability, transparency as UIA deals with backlog of claims

Legislator, bipartisan select committee meet with program’s director State Rep. Julie Calley, of Portland, this week joined her colleagues in asking pivotal questions for concerned out-of-work Michigan residents who have been unable to access unemployment benefits. In an effort to further transparency and accountability, the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic will focus on…