Speaker Bolger has reappointed Rep. Wayne Schmidt to Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission

LANSING — Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger today said he has reappointed state Rep. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City to the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission. MIPRC, formed in 2000, currently includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The commission brings leaders from across the region together to…

State Rep. Schmidt announces support Main Street Fairness bills

State Rep. Wayne Schmidt today announced his support for the Main Street Fairness package, which requires out-of-state online retailers to collect Michigan’s 6 percent sales tax and direct it to the state, just as Michigan companies with brick-and-mortar establishments are required to do. “The Main Street Fairness bills will help level the playing field for…

Speaker Bolger has reappointed Rep. Wayne Schmidt to Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission

Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger today said he has reappointed state Rep. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City to the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission. MIPRC, formed in 2000, currently includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The commission brings leaders from across the region together to advocate for…

Bumstead committed to continuing responsible, realistic budgeting

The state budget process began today with Gov. Rick Snyder’s presentation of Fiscal Year 2014 budget recommendations to a joint session of the House and Senate budget committees. Bumstead, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources, participated in the session and is preparing to continue implementing responsible budget reforms that will move Michigan…

State Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, today issued the following statement after attending Gov. Snyder’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget presentation:

“Today the governor kicked off the budget process with his recommendations and shared several interesting ideas with our committees. Now it’s our turn to take a hard look at each proposal and make sure to budget every taxpayer dollar in the most efficient manner possible. I appreciated Gov. Snyder’s commitment to paying down our debt…

Jenkins ready to get to work on state budget

Gov. Rick Snyder today presented his initial budget recommendations before a joint meeting of the House and Senate budget committees, the first of many steps in the construction of a state budget for the 2014 fiscal year. “We put a lot of effort into being fiscally responsible when finances were down, and will certainly continue…

Chairman Haveman’s Statement on Gov. Snyder’s Budget Recommendation

Our responsible budgeting over the last two years has delivered results. Michigan has a healthier economy, an improved credit rating outlook and a much more efficient state government. Going forward, we must stick to this long-term plan for success by continuing to prioritize programs that work. Every dollar we spend comes from the pocket of…

Rep. Johnson applauds initiatives for veterans

Plans from the Michigan Secretary of State to reach out to the state’s military veterans were unveiled this week at the Capitol and Rep. Joel Johnson said he is ready to work on those that require legislative action. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, state veterans advocates and lawmakers joined to unveil several initiatives to assist…

Rep. Johnson applauds initiatives for veterans

Plans from the Michigan Secretary of State to reach out to the state’s military veterans were unveiled this week at the Capitol and Rep. Joel Johnson said he is ready to work on those that require legislative action. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, state veterans advocates and lawmakers joined to unveil several initiatives to assist…

Rep. Price responds to Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal

State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Twp., today made the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget presentation: “As part of the appropriations process, the governor proposes a budget and it is our role as legislators to take a careful and thoughtful look to ensure we have an effective and efficient spending plan for our state…

Heise invites residents to office hours

State Rep. Kurt Heise invites residents to meet with him locally during district office hours on Monday, Feb. 11 at locations in eastern Canton, Northville, and Plymouth at the following times and locations: 10 to 11 a.m., Parthenon Coney Island, 39910 Ford Road (east of I-275), Canton 12 to 1 p.m., Northville District Library, 212…

Rep. Forlini comments on Snyder budget plan

State Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, made the following statement on Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget presentation: “I have always been impressed with the governor’s leadership and his ability to blaze a trail no matter how tough the issue. Unlike his predecessors, who were paralyzed by indecision, Gov. Snyder presents leadership and a vision to move…

Rep. Lori comments on Snyder budget plan

State Rep. Matt Lori, R-Constantine, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, made the following statement on Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget presentation: “I am looking forward to examining Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal in detail. Today he opened the door to discussion on how we spend the money that our hard-working taxpayers entrust to us, and…