COLUMN: Attention to workforce development critical as economy continues to grow

My first year representing our community in the Michigan House has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Michigan’s economy continued to grow and prosper in 2017, which only reinforces the importance of the challenge I’ve been working hard to address as chairman of the House’s Workforce and Talent Development Committee – building a robust talent pool…

Rep. Frederick supports bills to expand skilled trade opportunities

State Rep. Ben Frederick, chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, today voted in the state House for a bipartisan five-bill package to enhance skilled trade education in Michigan’s public schools. “This legislation gives more opportunity to Michigan children,” said Frederick, of Owosso. “There was a lot of input from educators, business owners…

Rep. Frederick votes for student loan transparency

State Rep. Ben Frederick voted for legislation to improve financial reporting to college students on their current federal student loan status, calling growing school debts “a state and national crisis.” “We have students facing decisions which can mean tremendous risk and financial strain upon graduation,” said Frederick, chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development…

Rep. Frederick honors MAT2 program graduates

State Rep. Ben Frederick, chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, honored 46 students of the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program during a graduation ceremony on Nov. 17. Gov. Rick Snyder and Wanda Stokes, director of the Talent Investment Agency, also spoke to graduates during the Lansing event. “This is a fantastic…

Rep. Frederick joins effort to revive historic preservation tax credit

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso has introduced legislation to support an effort aimed at restoring the Michigan Historic Preservation Tax Credit. “This credit was a proven economic development and preservation tool in the past, and it would be beneficial for Michigan’s future,” Frederick said. “I am honored to join with a coalition to bring…

Rep. Frederick introduces resolution declaring Nov. 13-19 as Apprenticeship Week

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso recently introduced House Resolution 202 declaring Nov. 13-19 as Apprenticeship Week in the state of Michigan. As chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, Frederick highlighted Michigan as a nationwide leader in the number of apprenticeship programs available. Also pictured is Rep. Leslie Love, a vice chair…

Rep. Frederick announces November office hours schedule

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso announced his monthly in-district office hours for Monday, Nov. 20 at the following times and locations: 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Shiawassee District Library, 502 W. Main St. in Owosso; and 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Merrill District Library, 321 W. Saginaw St. in Merrill. “I am…

Rep. Frederick announces MDOT grants

Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso today announced a combined grant award of $1,005,720 to the City of Owosso from the Michigan Department of Transportation. Projects under the Transportation Economic Development Fund Category A were awarded funds for construction on several roads in Shiawassee County. “I applaud the City of Owosso for earning this vital grant,”…

Rep. Frederick unveils plan to expand skilled trades instruction in schools

State Rep. Ben Frederick, chairman of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, unveiled a plan Wednesday to enhance skilled trades education in Michigan’s public schools while helping students find career opportunities to match their interest and abilities. “This is an opportunity to help our children discover the many paths available to a successful future…

Rep. Frederick hosts October office hours

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso announced his monthly in-district office hours for Monday, Oct. 23 at the following times and locations: 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Durand City Hall, 215 W. Clinton St., in Durand; and 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Marion Township Hall, 10925 S. Merrill Road, in Brant. “Meeting with residents…

Rep. Frederick legislation requires balanced budget by July 1

Legislators would forfeit pay after missed deadline State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso today introduced legislation to require the Michigan Legislature to present a balanced budget to the governor by July 1 each year. Frederick’s joint resolution proposes amending the Michigan Constitution to establish the July 1 deadline and ensure lawmakers adhere to it. Should…

Rep. Frederick supports bills ending driver responsibility fees

Thousands have chance to regain driver’s licenses   State Rep. Ben Frederick today said he is supporting a bipartisan package of bills designed to eliminate driver responsibility fees. Frederick, of Owosso, said he wholeheartedly supports the legislation to end driver responsibility fees by October 2018 and fully forgive any outstanding amounts owed under the fee…

Rep. Frederick joins fellow legislators for bipartisan auto insurance coalition

State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, joined fellow legislators on Thursday for the announcement of a bipartisan coalition addressing auto insurance reform. The coalition of lawmakers representing a wide array of urban, suburban and rural parts of the state unveiled a comprehensive set of reforms aimed at making Michigan’s auto insurance more fair and affordable…