House approves Rep. LaSata bill to honor Trooper Robert J. Mihalik

Legislation renames highway in tribute to fallen MSP officer The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Kim LaSata to rename a portion of a highway in Berrien County after fallen Michigan State Police Trooper Robert J. Mihalik. The bill will rename a portion of Red Arrow Highway, between Glenlord and Hilltop…

Rep. Reilly testifies for less state testing in schools

State Rep. John Reilly today spoke before the House Education Reform Committee on his legislation to discontinue the state Department of Education’s requirement that all school districts offer the American College Testing (ACT) WorkKeys assessment. WorkKeys is a job skills test taken by students in the last two years of high school. “It’s unbelievable how…

Rep. VanSingel optimistic about economy after conference report

State Rep. Scott VanSingel today said he is confident Michigan’s economy will continue to grow following the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, which is the first look at the upcoming economic forecast. The report was compiled by the House and Senate Fiscal agencies, the state budget director and other economic experts, and presented to the House…

Rep. Albert: Legislation further helps improve school retirement fund

State Rep. Thomas Albert today detailed legislation to build upon recent improvements for erasing debt in Michigan’s school employee retirement system. Albert’s legislation provides a more predictable and reliable method of paying into the employee retirement system for the state and public schools. His new bill is a follow-up to the landmark legislation signed into…

Rep. Albert invites local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Thomas Albert (right) welcomed Pastor James Karsten to the state Capitol to lead today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Karsten is a former Navy chaplain and current pastor at Cascade Fellowship Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. Speaker of the House Tom Leonard joined them at the rostrum. House…

Rep. Kelly votes to allow buildings be sold for their educational purpose

State Rep. Tim Kelly, chair of the House Education Reform Committee, today voted for legislation to allow the sale of unused school buildings when the intended use is for educational purposes. Currently, the Detroit Public School Community District has refused to allow the Detroit Prep Charter Academy from buying an unused school building in Detroit…

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Rep. Miller optimistic after revenue estimating conference

State Rep. Aaron Miller today said Michigan will continue steady economic growth after the House and Senate Appropriations committees received the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference report, which is the first look at the upcoming economic forecast. The report was compiled by the House and Senate Fiscal agencies and the state budget director. It predicts Michigan’s…

Rep. Bizon confident after revenue estimating conference

State Rep. Dr. John Bizon today said Michigan is expected to continue steady economic growth following presentation of the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, which is the first look at the upcoming economic forecast. The report was compiled by the House and Senate Fiscal agencies and the state budget director and presented to the House and…

Representative García calls for conservative approach after revenue estimates

Forecasts show slower growth for state revenue   State Representative Daniela R. García today called on Governor Snyder and her legislative colleagues to exercise caution and to take a conservative approach in the development of the upcoming Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget. A Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference was held today that showed General Fund revenue growth…

Chairwoman Cox: Revenue estimate reason for optimism

Fiscal agencies predict continued economic growth   State Rep. Laura Cox, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today said she is optimistic about Michigan’s future following the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, which is the first view of the upcoming economic forecast. “I am encouraged by the numbers we received today that demonstrate we continue to…

Rep. Bellino announces local office hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours on Monday, Jan. 22 to meet with residents of Monroe and Wayne counties. “I appreciate all of the feedback from our community throughout my first year in office,” Rep. Bellino said. “Listening to your ideas and having these conversations helps me effectively represent the people…

Rep. Vaupel to host in-district office hours on Jan. 19

State Rep. Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville will host office hours in Fowlerville, Hartland and Howell on Friday, Jan. 19. Rep. Vaupel will meet with residents at the following locations: Fowlerville: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave.; Hartland: 4 to 5 p.m. at Biggby Coffee, 11325 W. Highland Road; and Howell:…

Rep. Allor hosts first local office hours of 2018

Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine has announced the first 2018 office hours for Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco and Presque Isle counties. “My goal again this year is to remain accessible,” Rep. Allor said. “I was successful in 2017 by listening to the ideas of the people I represent and working for them in Lansing. Anyone…

Rep. Graves named ‘Newsmaker of the Year’ by Gongwer

State Rep. Joe Graves of Argentine Township was selected “Newsmaker of the Year” by the Gongwer News Service for his work to reform the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). Graves was recognized for “an extraordinary bipartisan workgroup, convened and led by Mr. Graves, with stakeholders from both sides that would painstakingly assemble an eight-bill package overhauling…

Rep. Bizon: Recreation grant for trailhead recommended

State Rep. Dr. John Bizon today announced the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has recommended to purchase land for a trailhead in Albion Township. Bizon, of Battle Creek, said the recommended grant will help expand the Iron Belle Trail through the city of Albion and the Albion College’s Equestrian Center. Funding for the project…