Speaker Leonard on the House Income Tax Relief Plan

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement upon the introduction of a House plan to provide income tax relief to Michigan residents:   “The federal tax reform has been a big win for Michigan taxpayers, and we want to make sure there are no unintended consequences.  These bills will completely…

Michigan House legislators unveil tax relief plan for families, seniors

Michigan House legislators today introduced legislation to provide substantial income tax relief for families and seniors. The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their income taxes, while providing additional relief for senior citizens. The main bills were introduced by Reps. Jim Tedder of Clarkston and Roger Hauck of…

Rep. Lower sets January office hours

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake has announced his January in-district office hours. Rep. Lower will be available at the following times and locations: Monday, Jan. 22 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Margo’s Family Restaurant, 215 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville; Monday, Jan. 22 from 12 to 1 p.m. – Legislative Update at…

Rep. Griffin announces FIRST Robotics grants

State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced state grant awards to several local FIRST Robotics teams. “FIRST teaches students life-long skills that will prepare them for jobs in the 21st century economy,” Griffin said.  “These kids are doing incredible work building these robots.  I am proud to support this program, and look forward to seeing them…

Rep. Runestad named a “Library Champion” by Library Association

  State Rep. Jim Runestad received the “Library Champion” award from the Michigan Library Association on Jan. 11. “It’s a great honor to receive this award from the Michigan Library Association,” Rep. Runestad said. “Libraries serve a vital role in our local communities and I will keep fighting for their continued support and funding.” The…

Rep. Whiteford announces January office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township will host local office hours on Monday, Jan. 22. “Hosting these local meetings helps me stay focused on the issues that matter most to people in our community,” Whiteford said. “Talking to my neighbors, listening to their concerns, and answering any questions they may have continues to be…

Rep. Iden announces FIRST Robotics grants

State Rep. Brandt Iden today announced 2.5 million dollars in state grant awards to several local FIRST Robotics teams. “FIRST teaches students the skills necessary to prepare them to be successful in the 21st century economy,” Iden said. “I am incredibly proud to support this program that will inspire young people to be science and…

Rep. Runestad to host evening coffee hour in Milford

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will host an evening coffee hour on Monday, Jan. 22 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Public Library located at 330 Family Drive in Milford. “This special evening coffee hour is a great alternative for residents who want to participate in my local office hours at…

Rep. LaSata eager for 2018 after successful first year in office

State Rep. Kim LaSata had a successful 2017, taking a lead role in state higher education funding while also supporting key legislation to help move Michigan forward. “We have had many successes over the past year, including improving our higher education system, and submitting legislation inspired by the citizens of southwest Michigan,” said LaSata, of…

Rep. McCready announces FIRST Robotics grants to local schools

State Rep. Mike McCready today announced a combined state grant award of $14,900 to FIRST Robotics programs at Birmingham Public Schools and Bloomfield Hills Schools. Birmingham’s Automation Nation was awarded $2,500, with 46 additional robotics programs in Bloomfield Hills receiving a total of $12,400. “I commend Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills for their excellent FIRST Robotics…

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 Monday, Jan. 29 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Riverside Café located at 420 E. Capital Ave., in Bellevue. “Coffee hours are an opportunity for residents to meet…

Rep. Whiteford optimistic after positive economic forecast

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today said she is optimistic about Michigan’s economy continuing in a positive direction following this week’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, which is the first review of the upcoming economic forecast. Whiteford, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, said the report is presented to the House and Senate…

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Rep. Webber announces FIRST Robotics grants to Rochester schools

State Rep. Michael Webber today announced a combined state grant award of $11,650 to FIRST Robotics programs in the Rochester Community School District. Rochester, Rochester Adams and Stoney Creek high schools were awarded $2,500 each, with Hart Middle School securing $1,300 and Delta Kelly, Long Meadow and North Hill elementary schools receiving $950 each. “FIRST…

Rep. Calley’s resolution names January as Mentoring Month

State Rep. Julie Calley of Portland introduced a resolution on Thursday to name January as Mentoring Month in the state of Michigan. The resolution was unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives. “I am confident that all of us in this room had the advantage of a mentor,” Rep. Calley said addressing her colleagues on…