Rep. Rendon votes for budget addressing northern Michigan’s top needs

Job preparation programs, increased access to health care in rural areas, and record-high investment in schools and roads are part of a budget plan approved today by Rep. Daire Rendon and the Michigan House. “This is a plan that will help the great communities of northern Michigan and make the region an even better place…

Rep. Hornberger supports House budget plan focused on schools

Rep. Pamela Hornberger today voted in favor of a state House budget plan investing more than ever before in Michigan schools while reducing overall state spending. The plan approved by the House would increase the budget supporting K-12 schools to $14.8 billion, with the largest annual per-student increase in 15 years – ranging from $120…

Rep. Cole testifies on bill to allow snow plow drivers to continue using amber lights

State Rep. Triston Cole today testified before the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his legislation to give snow plow drivers the flexibility to continue using flashing amber lights between jobs. Currently, the law requires private snow removal companies to install a flashing amber light for use during snow removal operations but…

House approves school aid budget with record K-12 funding

Per-student increase largest single-year boost in 15 years   The Michigan House today approved the school aid budget, which state Rep. Tim Kelly said includes a record amount of funding for K-12 schools. Rep. Kelly, who serves as chair of the House Appropriations Committee on School Aid and was sponsor of House Bill 5579, said…

House passes Marino legislation funding substance abuse treatment

Legislator: Liquor tax revenues will help fund local programs The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation introduced by Rep. Steve Marino to help local agencies fight substance abuse in the state. Marino’s bill would dedicate 50 percent of future revenues raised through state liquor taxes to Michigan’s local community mental health (CMH) agencies. Each…

Rep. Noble part of plan cracking down on pyramid schemes

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Noble further addressing the nature of pyramid schemes today was advanced in a Michigan House vote. The plan is part of a four-bill legislative package amending current state consumer protection and franchise investment laws, while also adding needed clarification between pyramid schemes and other ventures such as direct selling…

Rep. Hornberger aims to crack down on pyramid schemes

Legislator: These predatory practices hurt Michigan consumers Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger further addressing the nature of pyramid schemes today was advanced in a Michigan House vote. The plan is part of a four-bill legislative package amending current state consumer protection and franchise investment laws, while also adding needed clarification between pyramid schemes…

Legislation increases transparency in prescription drug costs

Whiteford: It’s time to level the playing field State Rep. Mary Whiteford today introduced a bill to protect consumers from skyrocketing prescription drug costs. According to Whiteford, there’s a lack of transparency when it comes to the powerful companies that manage drug benefits for insurers and employers and the prices they negotiate. Many of these…

Rep. Roberts holds local office hours

State Rep. Brett Roberts of Charlotte invites residents to join him for office hours on Monday, April 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Robin’s Nest, located at 6053 S. Clinton Trail in Eaton Rapids. “It’s important that I keep in contact with those in our community so they can help me represent them in…