Harsher penalties for those who target seniors

A column by state Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica Elder abuse is a serious problem in Michigan, and it’s not just limited to physical abuse or neglect. Elder abuse can also be verbal, psychological or financial. We’ve heard about family members who exploit an aging loved one for money, or caregivers in assisted living facilities…

Using our road funding dollars more effectively at the local level

By State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township   Whether it be walking the dog, driving the kids to school, running errands or biking to the local ice cream shop, it’s very likely road quality will be brought up as a discussion topic. We all assess the condition of the roads we use and these…

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. Bollin: State budget invests more in essential services without tax increase

State spending plan headed to governor for final approval Rep. Ann Bollin said she voted in favor of a new Michigan state budget plan that invests more in schools, roads, and other essential services without tax increases because that’s what Livingston County taxpayers expect and deserve. Bollin’s votes came as the Legislature completed its work…

Rep. Webber bill honors former member of Congress from Oakland County

A proposal recently introduced by state Rep. Michael Webber, of Rochester Hills, would name a section of Rochester Rd. from Tienken Rd. to I-75 the ‘Congressman William S. Broomfield Memorial Highway.’ Broomfield passed away in February at the age of 96 and had an extensive history of civil service, representing Oakland County in both Lansing…

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. Lower votes to approve budget with responsible state spending

State Rep. James Lower, of Greenville, on Tuesday voted in favor of a new Michigan state budget investing more in roads and bridges as well as vital health and safety public services – without raising taxes. The votes are the latest in the Legislature’s work to have a state budget for the fiscal year starting…

Rep. Hall: Governor should accept Michigan Legislature’s budget plan

Rep. Matt Hall said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should sign budget bills recently approved by the Michigan Legislature, avoiding a government shutdown while putting more money into schools and road repairs without her proposed 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase. “People said ‘no’ to the governor’s massive tax increase, and she walked away from budget negotiations,”…

Rep. Miller helps send balanced state budget to governor’s desk

State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, has voted to support the Michigan Legislature’s state budget investing more in roads and bridges, public health and safety and community investment across the board – without raising taxes. Miller’s votes came as the Legislature completed its work on the state budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1….

Rep. Rendon invites residents to October office hours

Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City announced her October office hours for residents of Missaukee, Crawford, Kalkaska, Roscommon and Ogemaw counties. “We are working on an assortment of things in Lansing,” Rendon said. “I am looking forward to sharing updates and hearing what is on the minds of those back in district.” Rep. Rendon’s office…

Lawmaker moves to protect low nicotine-level flavored vaping products to help those trying to quit smoking

State Rep. Steve Johnson this week introduced legislation that would exempt low level nicotine-flavored vaping products from the governor’s flavored vaping ban. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has announced revised emergency rules banning flavored vaping products, and ordering all retailers to comply within 14 days. “Government bureaucrats should not make sweeping decisions…

Rep. Meerman votes to invest in agriculture, send $400M to roads

Rep. Luke Meerman, voted Tuesday in favor of a new Michigan state budget investing more in agricultural communities, mental health and infrastructure – without raising taxes.  “We need a budget plan that doesn’t pit rural communities against urban ones, and the budget I voted for today accomplishes that,” said Meerman. “This plan makes important investments…