Rep. Huizenga critical of governor’s cuts to Going Pro, Pure Michigan

Legislator: Skilled trades, tourism industry receive heavy hit State Rep. Mark Huizenga, of Walker, today expressed disappointment in the governor’s decision to veto funding for meaningful Michigan programs within the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Over $37 million in funding for the Going Pro program will be eliminated. The initiative helps train more…

Rep. Griffin details budget vetoes affecting Southwest Michigan

“This morning, after vetoing 147 lines of the state budget, the Governor further took it upon herself to move $624.65 million of legislatively appropriated funds, disregarding input from legislators of both parties duly elected to represent their constituents. One of these changes was the transfer of $25 million for local bridges to public transit systems….

Rep. Markkanen: Governor rejects critical funding for roads, K-12 schools

Rep. Greg Markkanen today said he is troubled by Gov. Whitmer’s decision to veto parts of the Legislature’s budget, including $375 million in additional funding for road repairs and $128 million in additional funding for Michigan students. “The governor campaigned on a promise to fix roads and help schools – and that’s what the people…

Rep. Hoitenga: Governor’s cuts to Legislature’s budget plan will make things harder for Michigan residents and their families

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from a Legislature-approved budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, including 147 line-item vetoes: “All summer and as we approached the Oct. 1 constitutional budget deadline, the governor expressed concerns that the budget…

Rep. Wozniak responds to governor’s vetoes of road spending, Pure Michigan

State Rep. Douglas Wozniak, of Shelby Township, today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto of particular items in the state budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year:  “Not only has the governor vindictively taken away $375 million from Michigan’s roads, she appears to still believe taxing residents more at the pump…

Rep. Eisen responds to governor’s veto of needed transportation spending

State Rep. Gary Eisen, vice-chair of the House Transportation Committee, today expressed disappointment after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed parts of a Legislature-approved transportation budget, including $375 million in additional funds toward road repairs without tax increases. “With this decision to take money away from roads, it’s clear the governor would rather tax the living daylights…

Whitmer vetoes Smith’s Bridge funding

Lilly outraged by governor’s disregard for tri-cities residents             State Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, today said he is disappointed in the governor for vetoing  funding to reopen Smith’s Bridge in Ferrysburg, a state budget line item the representative personally fought for in the Legislature’s budget plan for the year beginning Oct. 1. “The…

Rep. Alexander statement on Michigan state budget

Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover today issued the following statement after the governor vetoed $375 million in funding to fix roads and bridges: “The governor campaigned on fixing Michigan’s roads and bridges, yet inexplicably she’s rejecting $375 million that would boost repairs without raising taxes or cutting essential services. It doesn’t make any sense. “The…

Chair Hernandez statement on Michigan state budget

Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee — today issued the following statement on the state budget: “We reached out to the governor again and again in an attempt to work together on state government’s new budget, but she walked away from negotiations and now is attempting a…

State budget respects taxpayers, reflects community priorities

By state Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan             The state budget recently approved by the Michigan Legislature underscores the importance of bringing the contributions of our hard-working taxpayers back home to benefit the entire community. Every day, families across Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties have to spend within their means and budget responsibly. All we’re…

Rep. Markkanen secures funding to resolve Gogebic County pension liability issue

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today announced the budget approved by the Legislature this week includes funding to help Gogebic County cover retirement legacy costs left over from the Western Upper Peninsula Manpower Consortium. The Western Upper Peninsula Manpower Consortium was responsible for job training, employment and workforce development services in Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, Iron…

Rep. Wendzel testifies before Judiciary Committee

Hearings Begin on Bipartisan Expungement Package  State Rep. Pauline Wendzel testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee on behalf of her bill, House Bill 4981. Rep. Wendzel’s bill is part of a six bill package that is aimed at making Michigan a national leader in expungement policy.  “I’m incredibly proud of this bipartisan package…