COLUMN: Governor’s budget cuts bad for Michigan and our community

Education, public safety, health care for rural communities, veterans’ services, support for children with autism – I was surprised and confused to see all these programs targeted by Gov. Whitmer’s red pen last week. Her reasoning? She says the cuts were made in attempt to get Republican legislators back to the negotiating table on road…

Rep. Filler announces October coffee hours

State Rep. Graham Filler has announced his next set of local coffee hours will be held Friday, Oct. 11 at the following times and locations: 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Big Boy, 1408 Old U.S. 27 in St. Johns; and 10 to 11 a.m. at Hearthstone Oven Bakery and Café, 126 S. Pine River St….

Rep. Filler: State budget invests more in Michigan roads, essential services

Rep. Graham Filler today voted in favor of a new Michigan state budget investing more in roads and bridges, public health and safety and strengthening communities – without raising taxes. Filler’s votes came as the Legislature completed its work on a new state budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. Last week, Filler voted…

Rep. Filler set to host senior town hall

State Rep. Graham Filler announced today he will be hosting a town hall on Monday, Sept. 30 to meet with senior citizens from Clinton and Gratiot counties. Filler will be joined by a variety of organizations that provide services to seniors ranging from in-home healthcare assistance, home weatherization, transportation, and legal assistance. Each organization will…

Rep. Filler votes to make record investment in Michigan students

School budget gets bipartisan support in House, heads to governor State Rep. Graham Filler, of DeWitt, today voted to approve the Legislature’s bipartisan school aid budget, which includes the largest ever investment for Michigan students in the state’s history. The budget provides a total of $15.2 billion for K-12 schools. Under the plan, per-pupil funding…

House committee approves Rep. Filler’s plan to combat elder abuse

The House Families, Children and Seniors Committee has approved state Rep. Graham Filler’s plan to protect Michigan’s senior population from abuse. Filler, of DeWitt, said at least 73,000 older adults in Michigan have experienced some form of abuse, but suspects the number is actually much higher due to underreporting of instances. The representative became familiar…

State representatives unveil bipartisan plan to improve Michigan’s expungement laws

Legislation gives reformed citizens access to better job opportunities A bipartisan plan announced today would expand Michigan’s expungement laws and give hundreds of thousands of residents with old, low-level criminal convictions a new opportunity to start fresh. State Rep. Graham Filler, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and the bipartisan group of bill sponsors unveiled…

COLUMN: We must do more to protect our senior population from abuse

It is important that we recognize elder abuse as a serious problem in the state of Michigan. It occurs in many different forms and is often committed by the people you least expect. It could be a close family member who exploits an aging loved one for money in the privacy of their own home,…

Rep. Filler invites residents to town hall meeting on road funding

State Rep. Graham Filler has announced a town hall meeting with special guest Rep. Jack O’Malley on Wednesday, Aug. 28 to discuss road funding in the state of Michigan. Rep. O’Malley serves as chair of the House Transportation Committee and has spent his first eight months as a state legislator studying solutions to the issues…

Rep. Filler sets August coffee hours

State Rep. Graham Filler has announced his next set of local coffee hours will be held Friday, August 9 at the following times and locations: 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Big Boy, 1408 Old U.S. 27 in St. Johns; and 10 to 11 a.m. at Hearthstone Oven Bakery and Café, 126 S. Pine River St….

Rep. Filler: House approves plan to help farmers hurt by relentless rain

State Rep. Graham Filler and the Michigan House today approved a plan to help farmers whose crops have been delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain. Filler, of DeWitt, said the plan would help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers at no financial risk to the state. “This spring has been one…