Outman votes for balanced budget that keeps spending under control

Schools, road upkeep receive increases State Rep. Rick Outman today voted in favor of a balanced state budget that keeps state spending below the rate of inflation. At the same time it pumps additional money into Michigan classrooms and increases funding for road and bridge repairs. “Once again we have delivered a balanced state budget…

Jacobsen votes $440m increase in school funding and $351m for roads

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen today showed his support for a budget that ensures strong funding for education. Under the budget, road funding will also see a $351 million increase. For the third year in a row, the state will see a balanced budget four months ahead of schedule. Education spending will be a large part…

House approves more funding for roads, schools, local governments

The Michigan House today approved a budget plan that includes an additional $350 million to improve roads and bridges, almost a half-billion for schools and extra money for local governments to ensure proper services to taxpayers, state Rep. Greg MacMaster announced. “This responsible budget plan will help improve Michigan’s economy, educate local students and help…

Kesto works with area school officials to boost state funding

Lawmaker votes in favor of FY14 budgets State Rep. Klint Kesto today voted in favor of state budget plans that increase spending for schools, universities and community colleges and put away more money in the Rainy Day Fund. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, said he met with Walled Lakes School Superintendent Kenneth Gutman and Oakland County Schools…

Rep. Graves applauds passage of priority-based state budget

Lawmaker: Increased efficiencies, more money for schools, public safety and roads State Rep. Joe Graves today voted for a balanced state budget that puts emphasis on public safety, education, and rebuilding Michigan’s roads and bridges. The House today approved House Bills 4228 and 4328 to fund public schools and state government departments. Graves noted that…

Heise votes for budget with more funding for schools and roads

State Rep. Kurt Heise today voted to approve a budget plan that includes significant increases for schools and roads. The Michigan House today approved a budget that adds an additional $350 million to improve roads, more than $440 million for schools and an additional $75 million to the Budget Surplus Fund. “This budget is an…

House approves budget with more than $350 million to improve roads

The Michigan House today approved a responsible budget that includes an additional $350 million to improve roads and bridges without increasing taxes or fees, state Rep. Dan Lauwers announced. House Bill 4328, one of two state budget bills, includes $351 million in additional funding for roads and infrastructure.  A projected $1.2 billion is needed to…

House approves budget with more funding for roads, schools, local governments

The Michigan House today approved a budget plan that includes an additional $350 million to improve roads and bridges, almost a half-billion for schools and extra money for local governments to ensure proper services to taxpayers, state Rep. Tim Kelly announced. “We’ve approved a responsible budget plan that will help improve our economy, educate local…

Michigan House approves funding for new veterans affairs agency

The Michigan House this afternoon approved a state budget that includes an additional $8.6 million to create a state veterans affairs agency to better assist Michigan veterans, state Rep. Nancy Jenkins announced. Jenkins, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs, spoke today on the House floor about the special funding, which…

House approves responsible budget that helps protect Michigan’s natural resources

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved the budget for fiscal year 2014.  House Bill 4328, one of the budget bills, includes a one-time funding increase for a training school for new conservation officers and funding for 35 additional conservation officers.  State Rep. Jon Bumstead, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources, believes…

Chairman Haveman’s statement on the Fiscal Year 2014 budget

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Joe Haveman, R-Holland, issued the following statement following the passage of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget in the House: “This budget continues our move toward smarter, more efficient government in Michigan. We worked hard to find a way to strengthen funding for key areas like schools, early childhood education, public safety,…

Speaker Bolger’s statement on final passage of state budget in House today

Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, issued the following statement regarding final passage of the state budget in the House today: “We believe getting the budget done early should now be the new normal. We could not have achieved this self-imposed deadline without the support and cooperation of our colleagues in the Senate. The…

Rep. Leonard announces June office hours

State Rep. Tom Leonard will host office hours in June in St. Johns and Ithaca. St. Johns: Friday, June, 14 at the Big Boy, 1408 S. U.S. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. Ithaca: Friday, June, 21 at the Mayor’s Office Coffee Shop, 142 E. Center St. from 9 to 11 a.m. No appointment is…

Senate approves Pagel bill that modernizes village election process

Bill transfers some election responsibilities to county officials             The Michigan Senate today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Dave Pagel that transfers duties in administering village elections.             House Bill 4169 is part of a package of three bills that streamlines the election process by transferring the obligations…

Zorn introduces legislation to deter bullying

State Rep. Dale Zorn this month introduced a bill that would make the crime of bullying a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment or fine and would allow the court to seek an evaluation by a mental health professional for the convicted. House Bill 4746 would allow a person found guilty of bullying or cyber bullying to…