Lawmakers bring lieutenant governor to Jackson County to address new tax laws

Local municipal officials from across the area on Tuesday learned more about recent reforms to Michigan’s personal property tax law at a special meeting in Jackson with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, announced state Reps. Earl Poleski and Mike Shirkey. The lawmakers wanted to give local officials the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about…

Rep. Howrylak announces district office hours

Rep. Martin Howrylak today announced he will host his first office hours as state representative of the 41st District. Howrylak encourages residents who are interested in discussing state or local issues, to come meet with him. The first session of office hours will take place Saturday Jan, 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Troy…

Moran Iron Works awarded state grant

A $2 million grant to help boost economic development and job creation in the region was awarded to Moran Iron Works today, following a hearing at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “This is one of the most important things that has happened to Moran Iron Works in 35 years of business,” said Tom Moran, founder…

McBroom continues work on state curriculum

State Rep. Ed McBroom today introduced legislation to modify the Michigan Merit Curriculum so high schools can create more flexibility for career and vocational training education options. “Students should be able to take classes and electives that interest them and fit their future career plans,” said McBroom, R-Vulcan. “The current one-size-fits-all state curriculum forces students…

Rep. Kowall legislation will ensure millage dollars reach voter-intended destination

State Rep. Eileen Kowall today announced she is working on legislation to ensure that all millage dollars reach the voter-approved destination, instead of being captured by other local entities. The Metro Detroit area has millages in place for the Detroit Zoo and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Recent news reports indicate that downtown development authorities…

Snyder signs McMillin bill protecting identity of young victims

Law allows prosecution without revealing minors’ names Gov. Rick Snyder today signed into law a bill introduced by state Rep. Tom McMillin that protects the names and identity of minor victims of sex crimes and child abuse. The governor signed House Bill 4725 – now Public Act 457 – which McMillin hailed as a needed…

Lyons to host in-district office hours

Residents can meet with State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons on Monday, Jan. 28 to discuss state and local issues and share ideas with the lawmaker. Lyons will be at Keiser’s Kitchen at 700 E. Main St. in Lowell from noon to 2 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Residents who are otherwise unable to meet during the scheduled…

Rep. Yonker announces Feb. 1 office hours

State Rep. Ken Yonker is sponsoring office hours in February to give 72nd District residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him locally. Yonker, R-Caledonia, will be at the FireRock Grille, located at 7177 Kalamazoo Ave. in Caledonia, on Friday, Feb. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary to talk with the…

Rep. Joseph Graves announces coffee hours

State Rep. Joseph Graves today announced he is continuing his regular coffee hours, starting Friday, Jan. 25 in Holly. Residents can meet with Graves from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Holly Donut Shop located at 421 N Saginaw St. “Meeting with constituents to listen and learn from their  ideas and concerns is very important…

Rep. Eileen Kowall announces February office hours

State Rep. Eileen Kowall today announced she is continuing her monthly office hours, on the first Monday and first Saturday of each month, starting in February. Office hours give residents of the 44th District the opportunity to meet with Kowall locally to discuss any state or local issue of concern. Kowall will host office hours…

Haveman hosts Corrections 101 for Michigan lawmakers

State Rep. Joe Haveman earlier this week hosted an all-day informational event for his fellow lawmakers called Michigan Corrections 101: An Introduction for Legislators. The event was a first-of-its-kind experience for both new and returning state lawmakers. Experts from the House Fiscal Agency and state Department of Corrections joined local advocates for judicial reform in…

Pettalia welcome East Tawas mayor for governor’s speech

State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, welcomed Bruce Bolen, mayor of East Tawas and Iosco County Road Commission manager, and his wife, Chris Bolen, to the House chamber on Wednesday evening for Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address.  Pettalia said he was happy to hear the governor’s third speech include vocational education training…

Rep. Forlini comments on State of the State

State Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, issued the following statement on Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address: “The governor is correct – Michigan’s economy must continue to move forward,” Forlini said. “It is vital that we work together in a bipartisan effort to foster a healthy economy in which  more jobs can be…

Franz welcomes veterans to SOS

State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, welcomed Sgt. Major Dan Lincoln (second from left) of the Michigan Army National Guard who served in Afghanistan from 2010-2011, to sit with him in the House chamber on Wednesday evening during Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address. Also pictured with Franz prior to the governor’s speech, from…

Rep. MacMaster invites Lieghios to gov’s speech

State Rep. Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin, with his wife Kim, welcomed Enzo and Danielle Lieghio of Mackinaw City to the House chamber on Wednesday evening for Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address.  MacMaster said the governor’s third speech was a good starting point to begin discussing transportation infrastructure in Michigan. “We all agree funding…