Rep. Markkanen urges governor to work with Legislature on safe back-to-school plan

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today called on the governor to work with the Legislature to develop a responsible plan to allow Michigan students to return to their schoolwork safely this fall. Markkanen, of Hancock, helped sponsor the Legislature’s Return to Learn plan, which the House approved last month. The governor, however, has indicated that she…

Rep. Markkanen votes to give Michigan health workers COVID-19 legal protection

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today voted to approve a plan offering important legal protections to Michigan health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Markkanen, of Hancock, said health care professionals have been forced to make incredibly difficult decisions while caring for patients under strained circumstances due to the coronavirus. Giving them…

Rep. Markkanen: Enbridge awards community safety grants to local police, fire agencies

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today said a round of community safety grants awarded by Enbridge will provide a welcome boost for several local public safety agencies. Enbridge recently awarded $7,500 grants to the Michigan State Police Wakefield Post, Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Iron County Emergency Management and 911, and Wakefield Fire Department. Enbridge Safe Community…

Time to update costly, inefficient regulations that hurt U.P. job providers

Imagine working in an industry where the rules that dictate how you do your job haven’t been updated in more than 40 years. Might be time to re-evaluate some things, right? Unfortunately, that is the reality for the many Upper Peninsula businesses that work on projects regulated by the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). These…

Rep. Markkanen fights to expand access to clean, affordable energy

Bipartisan proposal would bring energy freedom to U.P. residents, businesses State Rep. Greg Markkanen today testified before the House Energy Committee in support of his plan to make it easier for people in the Upper Peninsula to utilize clean and affordable energy resources. Markkanen, of Hancock, said he regularly hears from residents and business owners…

Rep. Markkanen named MEECA’s ‘Public Official of the Year’

Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association recognizes legislator’s work State Rep. Greg Markkanen today was named 2020 Public Official of the Year by the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA). Markkanen, of Hancock, serves on the House’s Energy Committee. He was recognized, in part, for introducing a plan that would “lift the cap” on solar –…