Rep. Pagel comments on Snyder budget plan

State Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Oronoko Township, today made the following statement regarding Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget proposal: “We will give the governor’s proposal all the due diligence it deserves. He has opened the door to discussion on several issues, including more early childhood education funding, increasing aid for K-12 education, community colleges and universities, and…

Pscholka excited to chair the Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education

State Rep. Al Pscholka, new chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, said the panel’s top priorities are to give Michigan families greater access to a college education, and to lower the cost of that education. The subcommittee on Tuesday had its first meeting. “I’m honored and excited to serve as chair of…

Van Buren Youth Fair receives state grant to upgrade electrical service

Rep. Nesbitt says youth will benefit from work State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today announced the Van Buren Youth Fair will receive a state grant to help fund upgrades to the electrical service at the fairgrounds. The county is participating in the County Fairs Capital Improvement Program, which provides Michigan’s county fairs with funds for proposed…

Muxlow comments on Governor’s budget plan

State Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, participated in today’s joint session of the House and Senate budget committees where Gov. Rick Snyder submitted his initial budget recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2014. Muxlow, chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Colleges, made the following statement on the budget…

Walsh encouraged by Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal

Gov. Rick Snyder today delivered his budget proposal for FY 2014 to a joint session of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, beginning the Legislature’s budget process. State Rep. John Walsh, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary, was pleased with what he heard in the governor’s proposal. “The governor had several interesting ideas…

Somerville invites residents to February office hours

State Rep. Pat Somerville, R-New Boston, today announced his upcoming February office hours. Somerville encourages residents to meet with him to discuss state or local issues. The first session will take place from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, at the Island Coney Island, 8200 Macomb St., Grosse Ile. The second session will…

Oceana County Agricultural Society awarded state grant for fairground improvements

Oceana County will receive a state grant to help upgrade its fairgrounds as part of a new statewide agricultural grant program, state Rep. Jon Bumstead announced. The county is participating in the County Fairs Capital Improvement Program, which provides Michigan’s county fairs funds for proposed enhancements to the fairgrounds across the state. “County fairs are…

State Reps. Kowall, VerHeulen introduce main street fairness bills

State Reps. Eileen Kowall and Rob VerHeulen today announced the introduction of legislation to eliminate special treatment in the tax code, promote Michigan’s small businesses and encourage a more competitive and healthy economy. House Bills 4202 and 4203 will require out-of-state online retailers to collect Michigan’s 6-percent sales tax and direct it to the state,…

Franz helps unveil veteran initiatives

State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, today joined Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, state veterans advocates and other lawmakers at a news conference in the Capitol to unveil several initiatives to assist the more than 650,000 military veterans who live in Michigan. Among the proposals the Legislature will be working on with the Johnson are a…

GOP lawmakers: We must never forget, it’s the people’s money

Nesbitt, Genetski astonished at Democrat’s statement Republican lawmakers today blasted a Democratic member of the House Tax Policy Committee for referring to taxpayer dollars as belonging to the government. State Reps. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, and Bob Genetski, R-Saugatuck, who both serve on the committee, said the statement made by Rep. Jim Townsend, D-Royal Oak, astonished…

Foster: Low water qualifies as emergency

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources would get $30 million from the state’s Budget Stabilization Fund (MBSF) to help pay for harbor dredging this boating season under legislation introduced today by Rep. Frank Foster.Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are expected to reach record low water levels this summer, compounding years of receding shorelines and dried…

Rep. Pagel named House assistant whip

            State Rep. Dave Pagel has been selected as an assistant whip for the 2013-2014 Michigan House legislative session. “I’m thrilled to have a leadership opportunity in the House,” said Pagel, R-Oronoko Township.  “I am committed to moving Michigan forward through policies that improve the economic health of our state. In…

Outman joins secretary of state in calling for initiatives to aid veterans

Driver’s license designation among proposed changes State Rep. Rick Outman joined Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, fellow lawmakers and veterans in a news conference at the Capitol today to unveil several initiatives to assist Michigan veterans. Among the initiatives is a proposal to put a veteran designation on driver’s licenses and state identification cards to…

Pscholka introduces bill to improve local harbors

State Rep. Al Pscholka today introduced legislation to cut red tape and help local governments fund needed harbor improvements.  House Bill 4179 would add dredging to the list of acceptable infrastructure improvements for Tax Increment Finance Authorities (TIFAs). “Outdated government regulations are costing our community jobs and making life more difficult for the people of…