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 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…

Plan from U.P. legislators cuts red tape, allows for residents to enjoy greater personal freedom

Legislation sponsored by U.P. state Reps. Beau LaFave and Greg Markkanen protecting Michiganders’ private property rights from government overreach was advanced on Tuesday in bipartisan fashion by the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee. The measure, House Bill 4331, allows individuals to transport uncased, loaded long-barreled firearms on private land using any kind of…

Rep. Markkanen extends nomination deadline for Outstanding Educator Award

Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, recently launched the Outstanding Educator Award program. Students, parents, and school faculty of the 110th district in the Upper Peninsula are encouraged to nominate local educators who have made a meaningful impact on their community.  Markkanen will select three educators from the district and nominations for the 2018-2019 school year…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to additional April office hour

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced additional April office hour for residents of the 110th district. The office hours schedule is as follows: Friday, April 26 3 to 4 p.m. EDT at Keweenaw Coffee Works, 113 5th in Calumet. All times are listed in local time. Residents also may contact Rep. Markkanen at his Lansing…

LaFave, Markkanen voice support for mining advisory committee

House Committee approves plan to bolster mining industry State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, and State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, today voiced their support for a plan that would create an advisory committee to study the future of minerals mining in Michigan. “Mining is one of our core industries here in the U.P….

Rep. Markkanen announces grant to eliminate blight

State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, announced today the Village of Ontonagon, Bessemer, Houghton County Land Bank, Ironwood, and Ontonagon Township will receive funds to fight blight. “I am thrilled to see more investments flooding into our communities,” Markkanen said.  “These investments not only clean up blighted structures but also bring new job opportunities to…

Houghton County to receive funds to improve infrastructure

State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock, announced today that Portage Charter Township will receive a $960,000 loan and a $2,040,000 grant to construct a sewer collection system to repair vital infrastructure. The money is part of a $7.7 million investment by United States Department of Agriculture to rebuild and construct rural water infrastructure in Michigan….

Rep. Markkanen welcomes President’s call to fund vital Great Lakes program

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today welcomed President Donald Trump’s recently stated financial support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program of vital importance to the Upper Peninsula. During a rally in Grand Rapids last week, President Trump pledged to fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million in the federal Fiscal Year…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to first April office hour

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced his first April office hour for residents of the 110th district. Markkanen will be joined by special guest, former Senator Tom Casperson. Additional April office hours will be announced in the near future. “I am honored to be joined by former Senator Casperson to discuss issues impacting the 110th…

U.P. lawmakers condemn attorney general’s misguided ruling on Line 5 tunnel

Reps. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain and Greg Markkanen of Hancock today released the following statements after Michigan’s attorney general issued an opinion declaring the newly created Line 5 Tunnel Authority unconstitutional: Rep. LaFave said: “It’s abhorrent how the governor and attorney general have shown a complete disregard for people in our state’s rural areas….

Iron County awarded grant money for transportation economic development

State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced today that Bates Township will receive $198,500 to reconstruct Larson Road. Currently, Larson Road is a gravel roadway with seasonal weight restrictions. The roadway is a hub for major businesses in the area such as Willis Lumber Co. and Willis Family Maple Farm. “These companies are an excellent…