COLUMN: Reforms needed to rein in state’s IT costs

The amount of money Michigan spends on information technology projects has spiraled out of control. Far too often, state departments start IT projects that cost more and perform worse than expected, with lax oversight. The list of state government’s IT failures is long and inexcusable. For example, a Department of Health and Human Services system…

Rep. Lightner announces senior town hall

     State Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport will host a town hall on Monday, Oct. 7 to meet with senior citizens from the 65th District. Rep. Lightner will be joined by representatives from the Michigan Attorney General’s office to discuss steps we can take to combat scams over the internet, phone, and email.  …

Rep. Lightner announces local office hours

     State Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport has scheduled office hours to meet with residents of the 65th District.      “Meeting with my constituents keeps me up to date on the issues they care about most,” Rep. Lightner said. “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, budget negotiations have been a top…

Rep. Lightner announces local office hours

State Rep. Sarah Lightner has scheduled her July office hours to meet with local residents of the 65th District. “Office hours are a great way to talk about the issues affecting our local communities,” Rep. Lightner said. “I hope you’ll take the opportunity to join me and share what’s on your mind.” Office hours are…

Rep. Lightner: Michigan House budget plan demands government efficiencies while investing more than ever in schools, roads

Rep. Sarah Lightner this week voted in support of a Michigan House budget plan that will improve schools, roads and working conditions for state prison corrections officers – all without raising costs for taxpayers. The plan also takes steps to make state government more efficient, effective and accountable – especially in information technology budgets that…

One week away: Rep. Lightner to host roads town hall

Today, state Rep. Sarah Lightner issued a statement reminding residents of her road funding town hall on Wednesday, June 12 with special guest Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Jack O’Malley of Lake Ann. “With all the rhetoric coming out of Lansing, now more than ever is the time to have this discussion with the people of…

Rep. Lightner: Michigan no-fault reform signed into law

Historic car insurance reform supported by Rep. Sarah Lightner was signed into state law today, lowering costs for all Michigan drivers once the law is officially enacted. The reforms – approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor – give drivers options on personal injury protection coverage, combat fraudulent claims and stop price gouging…

Rep. Lightner announces local office hours

State Rep. Sarah Lightner has scheduled her June district office hours to meet with local residents of the 65th District. “To effectively lead in Lansing, I believe in actively listening to you,” Rep. Lightner said. “I want to hear your thoughts and concerns so I can better represent you in the Legislature. I always look…