Rep. Markkanen announces Wildlife Habitat Grant Program recipients

State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced today that Keweenaw, Baraga, and Ontonagon counties will receive grants from the Wildlife Habitat Grant Program through the Department of Natural Resources. Copper Country Chapter of American Woodcock Society will receive $16,400 to use in Keweenaw County and Sustainable Resources Institute will receive $138,600 to use in Baraga,…

Rep. Markkanen spearheads plan to expand access to clean, affordable energy

Bipartisan plan would bring energy freedom to U.P. residents, businesses State Rep. Greg Markkanen today announced the Powering Michigan Forward plan, a proposal to make it easier for families and business owners throughout the Upper Peninsula to utilize clean and affordable energy resources. Markkanen, of Hancock, said he regularly hears from residents and business owners…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to October office hour

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced his October office hour for residents of the 110th district. “We have been working on a number of important things in Lansing,” Markkanen said. “I look forward to being back in the district to provide an update and hear what is on the minds of locals.” The office hours…

COLUMN: Governor’s vetoes have real consequences for U.P. families

I have taken the last week to review the 147 line-item vetoes and nearly $1 billion in money the governor stripped away from programs funded by the Michigan Legislature, and my dismay has grown deeper and deeper with each passing day. Gov. Whitmer says she targeted political opponents with these cuts in an attempt to…

Rep. Markkanen introduces plan to restore funding for critical access hospitals

Representative: Governor’s cuts would devastate local hospitals State Rep. Greg Markkanen today introduced a plan to restore funding for critical access hospitals after Gov. Whitmer stripped funding for the hospitals using a line-item veto. Markkanen, of Hancock, said Michigan’s 35 critical access hospitals provide people vital access to quality health care services, but inadequate Medicaid…

Rep. Markkanen: Gov. Whitmer shifts funding away from Gogebic County

Grant to cover Western Upper Peninsula Manpower Consortium’s pension debt among governor’s many budget cuts State Rep. Greg Markkanen today expressed frustration in the governor’s decision to use the administrative board to de-fund the grant awarded to Gogebic County to cover retirement legacy costs left over from the Western Upper Peninsula Manpower Consortium. The Western…

Rep. Markkanen: Governor rejects critical funding for roads, K-12 schools

Rep. Greg Markkanen today said he is troubled by Gov. Whitmer’s decision to veto parts of the Legislature’s budget, including $375 million in additional funding for road repairs and $128 million in additional funding for Michigan students. “The governor campaigned on a promise to fix roads and help schools – and that’s what the people…

Rep. Markkanen secures funding to resolve Gogebic County pension liability issue

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today announced the budget approved by the Legislature this week includes funding to help Gogebic County cover retirement legacy costs left over from the Western Upper Peninsula Manpower Consortium. The Western Upper Peninsula Manpower Consortium was responsible for job training, employment and workforce development services in Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, Iron…

Markkanen continues fight to repurpose closed Ojibway Correctional Facility

State budget includes study on feasibility of corrections training center State Rep. Greg Markkanen today said the Michigan Department of Corrections budget approved by the Legislature this week directs the department to consider the former Ojibway Correctional Facility as one of the potential locations for a training academy for corrections officers. Markkanen, of Hancock, fought…

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

State spending plan headed to governor for final approval Rep. Greg Markkanen 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. Markkanen’s votes came as the Legislature completed its work on a new state budget for the…

Rep. Markkanen supports record funding for Michigan students

School budget gets bipartisan support in House, headed to governor State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, 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…

Rep. Markkanen: Wolves no longer deserve endangered species status in Michigan

U.P. legislator sponsors resolution calling for predator’s removal from list State Rep. Greg Markkanen today testified before the House Natural Resources Committee in support of his resolution urging the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from the federal endangered and threatened species list in Michigan. Markkanen, of Hancock, said gray wolves…

Rep. Markkanen: Governor’s vaping ban lacks transparency

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today expressed disappointment in the governor’s decision to circumvent the democratic process and issue an emergency order banning the sale of all flavored e-cigarette products in Michigan. Markkanen, of Hancock, said Gov. Whitmer issued the ban through an emergency order, without any input from the Legislature or the public. “We can…

Rep. Markkanen announces summer photo contest winners

State Rep. Greg Markkanen recently announced the winners of his summer photo contest. Residents from throughout the 110th District submitted photos for consideration. The winning photos were submitted by Ann Pihlija, Mary Kaminski, and Gary Wadaga. The three winning photos will hang in Rep. Markkanen’s Lansing office. An official unveiling will be held, where the…