Rep. Hoitenga votes for state budget focused on key priorities

Spending plan focuses on issues important to families   State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today voted to approve the state budget, making continued investments in roads, school safety and treatment of mental health. Hoitenga, of Manton, said the fiscally conservative budget for the coming fiscal year continues to pay down debt and spends fewer state taxpayer…

Rep. Whiteford: Budget plan benefits environment, keeps families safe

Legislator votes for 2018-19 spending blueprint   State Rep. Mary Whiteford today voted for a state budget that reins in state spending while reducing debt and preserving key environmental safeguards. Whiteford, of Casco Township, serves on the House Appropriations Committee and chairs the Appropriations Environmental Quality Sub-Committee. “The most important responsibility that we have as…

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Rep. Roberts votes for record-high education funding

State Rep. Brett Roberts (R-Charlotte) today voted in favor of record-high funding for K-12 education in Michigan. “Investing in our kids’ future has always been a priority of mine in the Legislature,” Roberts said. “We can’t take education for granted. As we focus more of our resources on enhancing the education and future careers of…

Rep. Bellino: Money coming to repair Stoney Creek Road in Monroe County

State Rep. Joe Bellino today announced he has secured money in the new state budget to improve Stoney Creek Road, an essential Monroe County route traveled by thousands of people every day. The budget approved by the Michigan Legislature includes $3.35 million to improve the road, a primary east-west route in the district Bellino represents….

Rep. Lilly votes for fiscally responsible state budget

Legislator: Key investments in roads, students, mental health care   State Rep. Jim Lilly today voted for budget bills that make record investments in K-12 schools and the transportation system while designating more spending for mental health care in Ottawa County. “This is a responsible budget that keys in on priorities that are important to…

Rep. Rendon: State budget supports Camp Grayling, other northern Michigan needs

State Rep. Daire Rendon was successful in her efforts to include financial help for Camp Grayling and its law enforcement training site in a state budget given final legislative approval today. Rendon helped secure $75,000 to improve a facility used to train law enforcement officers from across northern Michigan at Camp Grayling. She also helped…

Rep Leutheuser votes for balanced budget with more education, road funding

Legislator applauds emphasis on early learning, skilled trades   State Rep. Eric Leutheuser today voted to approve a state budget that prioritizes K-12 education and roads. Leutheuser, of Hillsdale, said the budget is fiscally responsible and reduces government spending while paying down debt. He said the plan addresses key priorities for hard-working taxpayers and families….

Rep. Hornberger secures state funding for Chesterfield Township park

Rep. Pamela Hornberger today successfully secured state money to help with improvements at a Chesterfield Township park. The funding is included in a new state budget approved by the Michigan Legislature. The $50,000 allocation will help build a parking lot for Veteran’s Memorial Park on Community Center Drive between Hall Road and 21 Mile Road…

Rep. Lucido plan offers additional protections for Michigan landlords

Legislation also clarifies eviction procedures State Rep. Peter Lucido has introduced legislation to better protect landlords from tenants who skip out on their water and sewer bills. Lucido, of Shelby Township, said the concept is simple – if tenants use the water, they should pay for it. “Right now, when someone moves out and walks…

Rep. Farrington secures resources to boost community projects, mental health funding

State Rep Diana Farrington helped secure state funding for several area projects in a new Michigan state budget given final legislative approval today. “From improvements in downtown Utica to a vital turnaround project for Mound Road, this budget will help make life better for area residents,” Farrington said. Among the projects: –Additional road project money…

Cole votes for budget that pays down debt, controls spending

Fiscally conservative plan has record K-12 school funding State Rep. Triston Cole today joined a majority of his legislative colleagues to approve a state budget that keeps government spending in check while reducing the state’s debt. Cole, of Mancelona, said fewer state tax dollars are in this budget than in the previous budget cycle. The…

Rep. Griffin: New state budget supports job training, school safety, families

Rep. Beth Griffin today voted in favor of a new state budget aimed at improving schools, workforce preparation programs and services to support southwest Michigan families. “Bright futures begin with a quality education and the training needed to get better jobs,” said Griffin, of Mattawan, after the bills were given final legislative approval. “We are…