Grant money awarded in Genesee County to eliminate blighted properties

State Rep. Joseph Graves today announced that Genesee County will be receiving nearly $4 million as part of a statewide blight elimination project. A total of 34 municipal, township and county entities statewide will share in $15 million in funding to help eliminate blight in their communities. “Abandoned homes and properties throughout our communities are…

Rep. McCready announces March office hours

State Rep. Mike McCready today announced he is sponsoring open office hours in the 40th District in March. McCready encourages those interested in discussing state or local issues to take advantage of this opportunity and come meet with him during one of these sessions. The first session will take place on Monday, March 11, from…

Rep. Howrylak announces district office hours

Rep. Martin Howrylak will hold in-district office hours to give residents of the 41st District the opportunity to meet with him locally. “I want residents to think of me as their eyes and ears in Lansing,” said Howrylak, R-Troy.  “It is important that I know the concerns of my constituents in order to represent them…

House bill protects local conservation programs

Local conservation district boards have been protecting Michigan’s natural resources and farmlands through grassroots programs and professional support for 80 years and legislation introduced by Rep. Peter Pettalia is aimed to keep it that way. The House last week approved House Bill 4132, which remedies a rare technical glitch discovered in Midland County when the…

District receives grant money to eliminate blight

State Rep. Peter Pettalia today announced that several local municipalities have been awarded nearly $75,000 to eliminate blight. In the 106th District, the City of Onaway will receive $14,000, the City of East Tawas will receive $23,000, and Northeast Michigan Affordable Housing will receive $36,750. “Tough economic times coupled with questionable foreclosures have left many…

Price hosts district office hours in Hudsonville

State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, will continue the practice of scheduling open office hours for local residents to discuss questions or concerns they have with state government and receive updates about what is happening in Lansing. Office hours are regularly scheduled throughout the district at various locations. On Monday, March 4, Price will be…

Rep. Yonker announces March 1 office hours

State Rep. Ken Yonker is sponsoring office hours to give local residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him in person. Yonker, R-Caledonia, will be at AJ’s Grill and Cocktailz Bar, located at 1830 142nd Ave. in Dorr, on Friday, March 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary to talk with the…

Rep. VerHeulen announces March office hours

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker, is sponsoring office hours in March to give local residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him in person. No appointment is necessary to talk with Rep. VerHeulen during this time. All are welcome to hear a legislative update and discuss topics of interest or concern. Upcoming office hours are…

Reps. Goike, LaFontaine to host community blood drive March 11

State Reps. Ken Goike and Andrea LaFontaine will host a community blood drive in collaboration with the Richmond EMS on Monday, March 11. The event will be open from 3 to 8:45 p.m., and donations will be taken on a walk-in basis, not by appointment.  The Richmond EMS is located at 34505 32 Mile Road…

Rep. Kelly plans to visit local classrooms in March

State Rep. Tim Kelly is encouraging parents and caregivers to read to their children in honor of March is Reading Month. “I look forward to reading to area students, and hope I can encourage them to develop a lifetime interest in books,” said Kelly, R-Saginaw Township.  “Reading is so important for cognitive development.  It can…

Foster named to job development board

State Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, has been appointed to serve on the Michigan Talent Investment Board by House Speaker Jase Bolger for a term ending Dec. 31, 2014. The 47-member board advises and assists Gov. Rick Snyder with oversight and recommendations regarding compliance with the federal Workforce Investment Act and overall talent development in the…

McMillin bill allows opt-out of smart meters

Lawmaker: Measure focuses on privacy, health issues State Rep. Tom McMillin today introduced a bill that enables residents to opt out of installation of so-called “smart meters” from their homes if they believe installation will threaten their privacy or health. The bill follows a Monday opinion by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette that DTE customers…

McMillin disappointed Taylor officials declined invitation to address committee

Lawmaker wants to hear benefits of 10-year plan State Rep. Tom McMillin, chair of the House Oversight Committee, said today he is disappointed that Taylor School District officials declined an invitation to appear before the committee to testify about the benefits of a 10-year union security plan with school employees. McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, invited school…