Rep. Bellino introduces plan to reverse governor’s cuts to program fighting opioid abuse

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe this week introduced legislation to restore an important program fighting opioid abuse among high school students – resources cut by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s reckless budget vetoes. Bellino’s plan would restore a grant program for Michigan ‘recovery’ high schools to provide substance use disorder counselors, therapeutic staff, and recovery coaching…

Rep. Paquette hosts Gomez family at the Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brad Paquette welcomed Juan and Esther Gomez, along with their two children, Angely and Johnathan, to the state Capitol for Thursday’s House Session. The Gomez family, of Berrien Springs, wanted to become more engaged as citizens and to learn more about the Legislature. Their interest prompted Rep. Paquette to invite them…

Rep. VanSingel’s plan restores Michigan Tuition Grant funding vetoed by governor

State Rep. Scott VanSingel, of Grant, has sponsored a plan to restore funding vetoed by the governor for the Michigan Tuition Grant. The Michigan Tuition Grant is a needs-based grant providing up to $3,000 each school year to eligible students attending any of Michigan’s 30 independent colleges. VanSingel, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on…

Rep. Wozniak announces Michigan Strategic Fund grant for village of Romeo

State Rep. Doug Wozniak announced today the Michigan Strategic Fund, an arm of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, approved a grant supporting a project in the village of Romeo. The Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant will total $450,000 and support the relocation of an Arlington Automotive facility from Illinois to Romeo. Arlington Automotive is…

Summer reading champion joins Rep. VanWoerkom at state Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: Charlie VanderBough, of Holton, joined Rep. VanWoerkom at the state Capitol for Tuesday’s House session. VanderBough, a student at Holton Elementary, was the winner of VanWoerkom’s “Rep for a Day” summer reading contest. Rep. VanWoerkom worked with several local libraries over the summer to host this reading contest, designed to encourage students to…

Rep. Bollin spearheads plan to restore funding Whitmer cut for opioid recovery

State Rep. Ann Bollin has introduced a plan to restore funding to help people recovering from opioid addiction after Gov. Whitmer gutted the program. The Legislature set aside $600,000 to form a grant program to help community organizations establish or expand support services for people seeking long-term recovery from substance use disorders. The program was…

COLUMN: Governor’s budget cuts bad for Michigan and our community

Education, public safety, health care for rural communities, veterans’ services, support for children with autism – I was surprised and confused to see all these programs targeted by Gov. Whitmer’s red pen last week. Her reasoning? She says the cuts were made in attempt to get Republican legislators back to the negotiating table on road…

Rep. VanWoerkom announces October office hours

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, recently announced where he will be available to meet with Muskegon County residents during scheduled coffee hours for the month of October. “I value your ideas on how we can make government more efficient, effective, and accountable,” Rep. VanWoerkom said. “I hope you’ll join me at one of…

Fall in Michigan uncovers governor’s true colors

By state Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe The leaves are changing colors as we head into the peak of fall, but many people are seeing red after learning about the governor’s vetoes and the sheer amount of funding she is raking away from people throughout southeastern Michigan and across the state. Her vindictive, line-item vetoes…

Paquette: We must defend public safety

State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Niles, this week co-sponsored a plan restoring important funding to keep deputies patrolling Michigan roads – money previously stripped out of the state budget through a line-item veto by the governor. When signing budget bills for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, Gov. Whitmer cut $13 million from the secondary…