COLUMN: Time to stop playing politics with Line 5

The attorney general’s quest to shut down Line 5 before a plan is in place to meet the propane needs of Upper Peninsula families is alarming, to say the least. Approximately 65 percent of the propane that heats homes and businesses in the U.P. is delivered through Line 5. Shutting it down before building a…

Upper Peninsula legislators unite behind pro-fishing, pro-family plan

Upper Peninsula lawmakers in the Michigan Legislature are uniting behind a plan to support commercial fishing and the region’s time-honored way of life. The bipartisan plan would modernize Michigan’s commercial fishing regulations while allowing more diversification of the commercial fish catch. A version of the plan supported by lawmakers from the U.P. was recently introduced…

COLUMN: Car insurance rate relief is on the way

When I first started representing the interests of the western Upper Peninsula at the state Capitol in January, the top complaint I got from residents was about our high car insurance rates. I listened to everyone’s concerns and vowed to fix the broken system that results in our highest-in-the-nation rates – and that goal was…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to meet and greets

            Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced he will be hosting four meet and greets for residents in the 110th district on Sunday, June 30 and will be joined by State Sen. Ed McBroom and U.S. Representative Jack Bergman. “I am excited to have the Senator and Congressman in our district,” Markkanen said. “These legislators…

Rep. Markkanen to host tele-town hall meeting

State Rep. Greg Markkanen will host a tele-town hall meeting Tuesday, June 18, for residents to ask questions about the upcoming change in Michigan’s car insurance system. Markkanen will be joined by Speaker Pro Tempore and Chairman of the select committee on reducing car insurance rates, Jason Wentworth. “Last month, I was happy to cast…

Markkanen: House budget plan repairs roads, improves schools without tax hike

State Rep. Greg Markkanen this week voted to support a House budget plan that includes record funding for road repairs and schools without a massive tax hike. “The spending plan we developed in the House invests in areas that matter most to Michigan families without hurting taxpayers,” Markkanen said. “Rather than asking residents for more…

Rep. Markkanen fights to repurpose closed Ojibway Correctional Facility

U.P. legislator proposes using former prison as training academy State Rep. Greg Markkanen today said he is fighting to repurpose a vacant Upper Peninsula prison facility. The House’s corrections budget includes funding to study potential locations for a training academy for corrections officers. Markkanen, of Hancock, proposed an amendment adding the former Ojibway Correctional Facility…

Rep. Markkanen, House approve bipartisan solution to lower car insurance rates

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today joined his colleagues in approving a bipartisan plan to significantly lower car insurance rates for drivers across the state. The House overwhelmingly voted to approve legislation guaranteeing lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stopping price gouging on medical services for car accident victims, and…

Plan to support Michigan’s mining industry clears House

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, and State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, today announced that a plan to support the mining industry has cleared a major hurdle. The plan, House Bill 4227, establishes a commission to help increase mining opportunities in Michigan. The legislation is a product of the Upper Peninsula’s state representatives…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to May office hour

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced his May office hour for residents of the 110th district. “We have been working on a lot of important things in Lansing,” Markkanen said. “I look forward to discussing the issues on the minds of fellow Yoopers and answering any questions they might have.” The office hours schedule is…

Rep. Markkanen: Foster care students pursuing skilled trades to receive help

Legislator testifies in support of plan State Rep. Greg Markkanen today testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of his plan to expand scholarship opportunities for students who have been in foster care.  Markannen’s plan would add students attending a skilled trades institution to the list of those eligible for the…

Rep. Markkanen announces Outstanding Educator Award recipients

State Rep. Greg Markkanen announced today the 2018-2019 Outstanding Educator Award recipients. The award winners are Luke Theisen of Horizons Alternative High School, Laura Augustine of L’Anse Area Schools, and Heather French of Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools. Luke Theisen has been vital in the creation of Horizon’s “Student First Initiative,” a program that aims to strengthen…

Rep. Markkanen votes to lower car insurance rates for Michigan drivers

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today voted to approve a landmark plan to fix Michigan’s broken car insurance system and reduce rates for drivers all across the state. Markkanen said the plan offers drivers personal injury coverage options, reins in medical costs and fights fraud – features designed to end Michigan’s long-standing tenure as the state…