Impactful occupational licensing plan from Rep. Cole passes House vote

The Michigan House today advanced a package of proposals, including one sponsored by state Rep. Triston Cole, diminishing the burden on businesses, their employees and consumers. Within the multi-bill plan Cole has sponsored, local governments in Michigan will not be allowed to impose licenses on occupations that already are regulated at the state level. If…

Rep. Kelly approves record funding in K-12 schools

The state House today approved an education budget to allocate $120 to $240 more per student during the 2018-19 school year, announced state Rep. Tim Kelly, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid. The additional $312 million in funding to students, teachers and school staff is the largest single year budget increase in…

LaFave continues local office hours for June

            Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain announced June office hours for the residents of Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties. “Local office hours is just one way I can stay accessible to people,” Rep. LaFave said. “Despite this age of social media, cell phones, emails, and other technology making communication easier, nothing beats face-to-face interaction….

Rep. Afendoulis approves state community college budget

House votes for $408 million for state’s two-year institutions State Rep. Chris Afendoulis, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Colleges, today voted in support of expanding local education and workforce training programs as part of the approved community college budget for the upcoming budget year. The subcommittee previously approved $408 million in late…

Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours. The meet-and-greet will take place Wednesday, June 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside Café located at 420 E. Capital Ave., in Bellevue. “I always look forward to talking with people of…

Rep. Runestad to host evening coffee hour in Milford

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will host an evening coffee hour on Monday, July 9 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Public Library located at 330 Family Drive in Milford. “This evening coffee hour provides a great alternative for residents who want to participate in local office hours at a more…

Reps. Vaupel, Theis call for resignation of District Court Judge Theresa Brennan

State Reps. Hank Vaupel and Lana Theis, who represent areas of Livingston County in the Michigan House, today jointly announced the need for District Court Judge Theresa Brennan to resign. “A resignation is necessary to maintain confidence in the judicial system in Livingston County,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “Ongoing issues have long put in doubt…

Reps. Vaupel, Theis call for resignation of District Court Judge Theresa Brennan

State Reps. Hank Vaupel and Lana Theis, who represent areas of Livingston County in the Michigan House, today jointly announced the need for District Court Judge Theresa Brennan to resign. “A resignation is necessary to maintain confidence in the judicial system in Livingston County,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “Ongoing issues have long put in doubt…

Glenn: Electric choice fights for survival in Southwest Michigan

State Rep. Gary Glenn, chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, said today a recent order by the Michigan Public Service Commission allows for meaningful electric choice opportunities in areas of Southwest Michigan served by the Indiana Michigan Power Company. Glenn (R-Williams Township) said the monopolistic utility is fighting the order, trying to obtain a…

Rep. Hughes announces seventh annual Veterans Job Fair

State Rep. Holly Hughes invites residents to the seventh annual Veterans Job Fair on Friday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LC Walker Arena, 955 4th St. in Muskegon. The job fair is open to veterans, family, friends and the general public who are interested in starting a career, changing a…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: June 11, 2018

A measure to legalize the use of recreational marijuana in the state of Michigan will be on the November ballot state-wide given that the House took no action on the matter this week. The proposal we were presented with lacks the controls and regulations needed to ensure responsible implementation. House leadership decided, given the poorly…

Rep. Kahle announces grant to bring new jobs to Adrian community

State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian this week announced that as a result of investment and job creation, PlaneWave Instruments has been awarded a $400,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. PlaneWave Instruments, founded in 2006, is the world leader in small- to medium-sized telescopes and mounts. The company plans to purchase and reuse the…

Professor to Glenn, panel: Energy Freedom plan is a first step toward lower rates

Separating distributor and generator should be goal   A Hillsdale College professor this week said the bipartisan five-bill Energy Freedom plan is a good start to lowering electric rates in Michigan, and suggested that the House Energy Policy Committee work to separate the entities that generate electricity and distribute it to ratepayers. Dr. Gary Wolfram,…