Rep. Alexander invites residents to September office hours

State Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover will hold local office hours for the month of September. “I always look forward to the opportunity to meet with residents from the Jackson area,” Alexander said. “I encourage anyone with questions or ideas about their state government to join me for office hours.” The representative will be available…

COLUMN: Eliminating red tape for rehabilitated individuals

By state Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo Township For far too long, our definition of ‘rehabilitation’ regarding criminal justice has been the bare minimum. People are released from incarceration every day in Southwest Michigan and around the nation, but are they prepared to succeed in society? Shouldn’t our justice system ensure that those released get…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: August 27, 2018

As many of you know, “The Wall That Heals” is a mobile, 80% scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. and is currently touring the country. It is an important way for veterans, family, and citizens to remember and honor those who gave their all in the Vietnam War and to…

Rep. Hauck: K-12 students head back to school supported by record funding

Many districts have received $360 per-student boost in past 2 years Students in mid-Michigan return to K-12 classrooms this fall supported by record state funding, state Rep. Roger Hauck said today. “The resources are lined up to make our good schools even better and to help our struggling schools improve,” said Hauck, of Union Township…

Rep. LaFave weighs in on latest efforts to reduce Michigan’s car insurance rates

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, Thursday responded to the latest controversy regarding Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation car insurance rates. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, along with eight motorists from across the state, filed a lawsuit earlier Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit deeming Michigan’s no-fault law unconstitutional. The group seeks fair rates for drivers statewide. “The…

Rep. Hughes announces release of Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide

State Rep. Holly Hughes, chair of the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee, has announced the release of the Pure Michigan Fall 2018 Travel Guide. The annual Fall Travel Guide highlights fascinating sights to see, intriguing places to go and fun fall activities for visitors and residents alike. “This is a great resource for planning…

Rep. Farrington hails landmark plan for Macomb County veterans

State Rep. Diana Farrington today underscored the importance of a Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) plan to construct and open a state-of-the-art veterans home in Macomb County. The site will be located at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. The MVAA announced recently that it has acquired Sebille Manor, a 103-acre site in Chesterfield Township, for…

Residents can meet with Rep. Webber on Aug. 27

State Rep. Michael Webber will host his monthly office hours on Monday, Aug. 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 2921 S. Rochester Road in Rochester Hills. “I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Webber said. “Local residents who are interested in discussing legislative matters or…