State reforms, responsibility producing results

MacMaster: Long-term plan aims to keep recovery going  State government revenue estimates of almost a half billion dollars more than expected show Michigan’s future is on the rebound and provides an opportunity for smart investment today, Rep. Greg MacMaster said today. The governor’s administration and legislative economists agreed on a tax revenue forecast this week…

House approves Price bill requiring attendance for voting at open meetings

 Those who serve on elected boards and commissions will need to be physically present at meetings in order to cast votes, due to legislation authored by state Rep. Amanda Price. House Bill 4363, as passed by the state House today, revises requirements that had allowed elected officials to participate in meetings via video or teleconference. …

Bumstead seeking input on proposed Medicaid reforms

State Rep. Jon Bumstead today announced he is seeking input from the residents of Lake, Oceana, and Newaygo counties regarding proposed changes to Medicaid in Michigan. Bumstead has created a survey that is available on his website until May 31.  He is hoping constituents take a few minutes to complete it and share their views….

Kesto honors Chaldean American communities with House resolution

Clergyman from Southfield gives House invocation State Rep. Klint Kesto welcomed members of the Chaldean American community from across the state with a House resolution declaring today, May 15, as Chaldean American Day. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, also was joined at House session today by the Rev. Anthony Kathawa of Our Lady of Chaldeans Catholic Church…

Nesbitt audit reform bill provides common-sense guidance to taxpayers

Lawmaker: Auditors should stick to the facts The House Tax Policy Committee today approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt that makes Michigan friendlier to small businesses already operating here and could lure more job creators to the state. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said House Bill 4289 is a simple, common-sense reform to give taxpayers…

Statement on the May Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Joe Haveman, R-Holland, issued the following statement following the May Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference: “Leaders from across the political spectrum — from John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton all the way to Ronald Reagan — know smart tax cuts lead to strong growth. I am happy to see the responsible spending,…

Pettalia testifies in support of STARBASE

State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, gave testimony today before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee in support of STARBASE, a U.S. Department of Defense youth program which assists fifth grade and middle school students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The program is offered through the Alpena Combat…

MacMaster bill works to increase government competition, efficiency

Department services bidding transparency can save tax dollars  State government agencies that consider contracting for services will have to share all actual costs with potential bidders to provide better comparison data for decision-making under legislation recently introduced by Rep. Greg MacMaster. “The need for this transparency became glaringly apparent during the Department of Corrections’ recent…

Farrington named “Legislator of the Year” by Michigan Manufacturers Association

State Rep. Jeff Farrington has been named the “Legislator of the Year” for the Michigan House of Representatives, the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) announced. Farrington was honored for his work on issues that have helped the manufacturing industry in Michigan. “My number one goal since coming to the Legislature has been to create an environment…

Lyons announces May in-district office hours

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons today announced she will sponsor office hours on Monday, May 20 in Alto. Lyons invites residents to meet with her from noon to 1 p.m. at the Alto Library located at 6071 Linfield Ave. No appointment is necessary during these office hours.  Those unable to meet Rep. Lyons during these…