Outman resolution commemorates 69th anniversary of D-Day invasion

State Rep. Rick Outman on Wednesday introduced a House resolution commemorating the 69th anniversary of D-Day, the June 6, 1944 Allied invasion along the beaches of Normandy. Outman, R-Six Lakes, said he is honored to introduce a resolution venerating the 150,000 Allied troops who landed along the French coastline, striking a crucial blow against Nazi…

Kesto plans town hall to help protect seniors from fraud

Event is June 17 at Richardson Senior Center State Rep. Klint Kesto will sponsor a Senior Brigade Day to teach senior citizens about different scams and fraud and how to protect themselves from falling victim to them. The free event takes place on Monday, June 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ralph…

Economic development incentives proposed for UP

Area lawmakers would add local stimulus zone to state program Legislation was introduced in the Michigan House today to create an economic stimulus incentive partnership in the Upper Peninsula, similar to those established downstate to help spur business growth and job creation. State Reps. Ed McBroom and John Kivela have sponsored a two-bill package to…

Pettalia votes for increased education funding

Budget also includes more money for roads, local governments State Rep. Peter Pettalia this week voted to approve more funding for public schools as well as other initiatives to improve the quality of life for Michigan families by supporting a Fiscal Year 2014 budget that provides numerous funding increases over last year’s budget. “The Legislature…

Price applauds budget for focus on education

State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, today applauded House and Senate approval of an education budget that increases spending for K-12, community colleges and universities. Roads and public safety will also see increased funding in the House-passed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. For the third year in a row, the state will see a…

House approves program linking veterans to jobs

Rep. MacMaster works in subcommittee to budget $1.5 million Michigan military veterans looking for work will be able to easily find potential employers through Pure Michigan Talent Connect once the state links its jobs program to Hero 2 Hired (H2H) to help compare military and civilian employment skills. The House this week approved a Military…

Glardon votes to approve budget with more funding for roads, schools

State Rep. Ben Glardon on Tuesday voted to approve budget measures that include an additional $350 million to improve roads and bridges and almost a half-billion for Michigan public schools. Glardon said the budget keeps overall spending below the rate of inflation, but money for priority areas such as education have been set above the…

Lori applauds responsible budget that protects Michigan residents

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved the budget for fiscal year 2014.  State Rep. Matt Lori was happy to see continued fiscal responsibility in both the school aid and the general fund budget. “The Michigan House has continued to be fiscally responsible with the money entrusted to us that will help not only our…

Farrington sponsors ‘Rep. for a Day’ program

Local children have chance to join lawmaker in Lansing as part of summer reading program State Rep. Jeff Farrington is offering students in first through sixth grade from Utica, Sterling Heights and Shelby Township the opportunity to be “Rep. for a Day” by participating in a summer reading program. “This is a great program that…

Walsh applauds fiscally responsible budget that protects Michigan residents

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved the budget for fiscal year 2014.  State Rep. John Walsh was happy to see continued fiscal responsibility in both the school aid and the general fund budget. “My colleagues and I in the Michigan House have continued to take on a fiscally responsible path that will help not…

Nesbitt votes for budget that boosts school, road funding

House spending plan also includes individual tax relief The Michigan House today approved a balanced state budget that continues to streamline government while at the same time increases spending for education, roads, and infrastructure. The Fiscal Year 2013-14 spending plan also adds millions of dollars to the state’s Rainy Day Fund and provides additional individual…

Forlini: Budget language protects people who use Lake St. Clair

Added funds allow real-time lake monitoring State Rep. Anthony Forlini today announced that language he had added to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) budget will allow for real-time monitoring of Lake St. Clair to better protect swimmers and boaters from pollution. The language provides $100,000 for water quality beach monitoring equipment that Forlini…

McMillin applauds decision to pause Common Core funding in state budget

Lawmaker pleased citizens will have input on issue State Rep. Tom McMillin today praised a decision today that places a pause on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Education conference report approved today prevents any funding for implementation of Common Core and Smarter Balanced testing. “I…

Pscholka statement on Education Omnibus Bill

State Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, today made the following statement about the House today approving the Education Omnibus Bill: “We found a responsible way to increase funding for all of our universities, community colleges, and K-12 schools. Our education budget is over $15 billion, with increases…