Rep. Bollin: Budget agreement protects funding for schools, local governments

Rep. Ann Bollin of Brighton Township said funding for Michigan schools and local governments will be protected under a bipartisan budget deal reached this week between leaders in the Legislature and Gov. Whitmer’s administration. “While significant challenges remain, I am pleased to say this agreement protects funding for our students, and for the local governments…

COLUMN: Giving a voice to the people as UIA, governor fail to listen

By state Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency continues to struggle while people throughout the state wait for their unemployment claims to be fulfilled. A fulfilled claim may equate to a bill paid or groceries for another two weeks, as people go through unprecedented financial hardship following executive orders from the governor…

Rep. Alexander plan memorializes fallen Jackson-area service member

A proposal from state Rep. Julie Alexander, of Hanover, honoring a local military hero in the Jackson community was recently approved by the House Transportation Committee. A portion of M-60 in Jackson County from Fairway Drive to Emerson Road would be known as the “Sergeant Matthew R. Soper Memorial Highway” under House Bill 5570. Sgt….

Chair Hernandez issues statement on budget

Rep. Shane Hernandez – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – tonight issued a statement after legislative leaders and the governor’s administration reached an agreement regarding the current fiscal year: “I am encouraged by this positive step toward resolving our state budget challenges for the current fiscal year. “We are not sitting back and…

Rep. Howell: Canadians Drop Plan to Place Radioactive Waste on Lake Huron Shore

Local lawmaker remains vigilante against potential contamination State Representative Gary Howell (R-Deerfield Twp.) claimed a partial victory last week, as an Ontario nuclear power company has officially dropped its plan to place tons of radioactive waste on a site within a half mile of the Lake Huron shore, directly across from the Thumb of Michigan….

House approves Rep. Wakeman’s plan updating educational requirements for funeral directors

The Michigan House this week overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Rodney Wakeman’s plan that would update certain education requirements for Michigan funeral directors to keep pace with industry standards. Wakeman’s measure makes various changes to funeral service, including a new continuing education requirement. Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, said the legislation stems from research he conducted while…

Time to update costly, inefficient regulations that hurt U.P. job providers

Imagine working in an industry where the rules that dictate how you do your job haven’t been updated in more than 40 years. Might be time to re-evaluate some things, right? Unfortunately, that is the reality for the many Upper Peninsula businesses that work on projects regulated by the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). These…

Rep. Cole issues statement after judge orders Line 5 to shut down

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today issued the following statement after an Ingham County judge ruled Enbridge must completely shut down both pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac, even though only one has been damaged: “Shutting down both pipelines that carry natural gas liquids through national and international grounds is an enormous disruption to…

Rep. Kahle plan to increase high school access to CTE, college courses heads to governor

State Rep. Bronna Kahle’s plan to expand dual enrollment access for high school students seeking summer education opportunities was unanimously approved by the Legislature and now moves to the governor’s desk to be considered for state law. Currently, Michigan high school students may take approved postsecondary classes and are eligible for tuition reimbursement; however, students…

Rep. Yaroch reviews COVID-19 impact on nursing homes during subcommittee hearing

Last week, State Rep. Jeff Yaroch dug into a controversial state policy which places people who have tested positive for COVID-19 into nursing homes and long-term care facilities with healthy residents, saying the people of Michigan deserve to see the science behind this questionable policy. Yaroch chairs a House Appropriations subcommittee devoted to the Department…

Rep. Vaupel plan improving access to telehealth signed into law

Bipartisan plan makes health care more accessible for Michigan Medicaid patients A plan spearheaded by state Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, to improve access to health care for Michigan Medicaid patients via telehealth has been signed into law. Currently, Michigan Medicaid doesn’t cover telemedicine visits, and state law requires telemedicine visits between patients and health…