Rendon announces July office hours

Area residents can meet with state Rep. Bruce Rendon to talk about state government concerns at the lawmaker’s local office hours scheduled for July 12 in Crawford and Kalkaska counties, and July 18 in Ogemaw, Roscommon and Missaukee counties. “Office hours provide an added chance for me to meet face-to-face with residents and learn about…

Rep. Somerville hosting July office hours

State Rep. Pat Somerville will host two opportunities in the coming weeks for local residents to meet with him to discuss state and local issues. On July 12, the representative will be at McDonalds, 3355 West Road, Trenton, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  On July 22, he will be at Huron Township Hall, 22950 Huron…

Michigan’s Medicaid Reform – a Healthy Michigan Solution

A column by Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall Different people can reach the same conclusion for similar or very different reasons. The recent House passage of Michigan’s Medicaid Reform is just one example. Michigan’s low-income workers, children and seniors face a real problem in a lack of health insurance despite medical needs. Michigan’s…

Lauwers urges International Commission to adopt uniform ballast water guidelines

State Rep. Dan Lauwers is urging a U.S.-Canadian agency to encourage states and provinces within the Great Lakes region to adopt uniform ballast water standards equivalent to U.S. federal requirements to help protect the environment and improve commerce. The International Joint Commission currently is inviting the public to comment on the functions, structure and membership…

Rep. Outman announces summer reading contest for area children

Winner will spend day with lawmaker in Lansing State Rep. Rick Outman is partnering with libraries in the 70th House District to encourage children to read books during the summer, offering the chance for one child to win a trip to the Capitol in the fall and see how state government works. Outman, R-Six Lakes,…

Lori: Cassopolis training grant will create 40 jobs

More than half of positions will go to low-income families State Rep. Matt Lori today announced a $400,000 Michigan Economic Development Corporation grant has been awarded to the village of Cassopolis for on-the-job training for 40 new employees at Postle Operating. Postle is a producer of aluminum products for recreational vehicles and is expanding the…

Rep. Kelly to speak at unique school on liberty

State Rep. Tim Kelly will be a guest speaker at the state’s only summer school about liberty and the origins of the U.S. Constitution on July 8-12 in Saginaw. Kelly will speak at Vacation Liberty School, which teaches kids age 7-15 about the Constitution and how the document was built upon “faith, hope and charity.” …

Rep. Kowall announces schedule for July office hours

State Rep. Eileen Kowall encourages residents of the 44th House District to attend her regularly scheduled office hours, taking place in Highland, White Lake and Milford in July. Office hours will be held at the following locations: July 1: In White Lake at Dave & Amy’s, 9595 Highland Road, from 8 to 9 a.m. July…

Pettalia congratulates local officials on grand opening

Updated Topinabee Beach Park set for July 1 ribbon cutting Cheboygan County residents and visitors will be able to enjoy another local slice of Pure Michigan at the upgraded Topinabee Beach Park on Mullett Lake, state Rep. Peter Pettalia said today. The park improvements funded by Mullett Township taxpayers and a 2011 Michigan Department of…

Genetski bill creates ‘Taxpayer Freedom Act’

Legislation introduced to put income tax repeal on ballot Michigan voters could have a say in eliminating the state income tax at the 2014 General Election under legislation introduced this week by Rep. Bob Genetski. House Bill 4898 would put the question on the November 2014 ballot. If a majority of voters approved, the state…

House approves Zorn legislation revising resort board makeup

Township boards will no longer be allowed to appoint residents who live outside a resort district to the resort board, under legislation approved this month by the state House.  House Bill 4208 requires at least two resort district residents to serve on a resort board, whereas previously the township could appoint residents who lived outside…

McCready schedules local office hours for July 9

State Rep. Mike McCready today announced he has scheduled office hours for Tuesday, July 9 in Bloomfield Township. McCready invites local residents of the 40th House District to meet with him from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to discuss state or local issues. Office hours will take place in Meeting Room 3 of the Bloomfield Township…

Rep. Graves issues statement on Lilly the deer decision

State Rep. Joe Graves today made the following statement regarding the Michigan Department Natural Resources’ decision to allow a Genesee County couple to keep Lilly the deer.  The couple lives in the 49th House District, which currently has no state representative.  Graves, the 51st District lawmaker, was asked by a friend to help the couple:…