Rep. Vaupel fights for solutions to address high cost of prescriptions

State Rep. Hank Vaupel spoke this week at a rally in Detroit advocating for lower prescription drug prices. Vaupel, of Fowlerville, joined a bipartisan group of state lawmakers including Sen. Ruth Johnson, House Representatives Kevin Hertel, John Chirkun and federal lawmakers to voice his support for legislation in Lansing and in Washington D.C. that would…

Hoitenga plan ending licensure discrimination signed into law

A plan spearheaded by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga helping Michigan residents with felony convictions get back on their feet and further their careers has been signed into law today by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist. Gilchrist is serving as acting governor while Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is out of the country on a trade mission. House Bill…

Frankenmuth bearing brunt of governor’s hurtful budget cuts during peak season

By state Rep. Rodney Wakeman As the peak holiday season rapidly approaches, Michigan’s tourism communities like Frankenmuth are still reeling from the political vetoes used by the governor when she slashed nearly $1 billion from the state budget. Through ultimatums, a record 147 line-item vetoes and an unconventional, unilateral power grab to transfer funds through…

OPINION: Protecting Going PRO as Michigan goes into the future

By state Rep. Julie Calley of Portland Continuing Michigan’s economic comeback is vital for our future. We need sound policy measures that help our state become a better place to live, work and raise a family – like the Going PRO initiative. Established in 2014 as the Skilled Trades Training Fund, Going PRO has been…

OPINION: A more transparent state government is better for Michigan

By state Rep. Ryan Berman of Commerce Township  It’s important to make state government accountable to the taxpayers that fund it. This is a fundamental belief I’ve held and it’s important I uphold that now that I’m a state Representative. I’ve continued this commitment to increase government transparency through House Bill 5015 – my legislation…

Rep. Griffin and village of Mattawan secure recent SAW grant transfer

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, announced the village of Mattawan has been given approval to use $698,000 in leftover Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (SAW) funds to design a new wastewater treatment facility. Mattawan was awarded a SAW grant in 2017 to clean the main connecting their village to Kalamazoo. Any unexpended funds from…

Rep. Calley: Michigan’s car insurance reforms are working

MCCA rate reduction first sign of savings from new law State Rep. Julie Calley today said a fee reduction announced by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association is a positive indication that Michigan drivers will save money through the state’s recent car insurance reforms. The MCCA announced it will charge a $100 per vehicle assessment for…

Rep. Sheppard plan provides pathway for joint initiatives including regional transit

Legislation offers flexibility for public service millages State Rep. Jason Sheppard, of Temperance, today joined leaders from Wayne, Washtenaw and Oakland counties for a news conference discussing renewed interest and options for expanded regional transit in the greater Detroit area. “We had a great discussion about ways to expand infrastructure and the ability for people…

Rep. Green honors photo contest winner in Lansing

Rep. Phil Green honored Kathy and Don Zimmerman from Port Austin as one of the winners of Green’s photo contest. Kathy sent in the winning photo below for the “family fun” category and was rewarded with an invitation to the state Capitol.

Rep. Schroeder announces December office hours

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder invites residents to her in-district office hours on Monday, Dec. 2 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at The Coffee Bucket, 3549 Airport Road in Waterford. “Your input is truly valued and it helps me to better serve our community,” Rep. Schroeder said. “I look forward to listening to your thoughts and…

Join Rep. Webber at his November office hours

State Rep. Michael Webber of Rochester Hills invites residents to join him for his in-district office hours on Monday, Nov. 25. “Hearing your concerns and ideas is important to me,” Rep. Webber said. “I hope you’ll join me this month for an update on state government and to share what’s on your mind.” Rep. Webber…

Rep. Hall helps advance historic expungement reforms

State Rep. Matt Hall recently joined the Michigan House in approving a plan to expand Michigan’s expungement laws and give hundreds of thousands of residents with old criminal convictions a new opportunity to start fresh. Hall, of Marshall Township, said the innovative proposal will make Michigan a leader in criminal justice reform. “Many Michigan residents…

Rep. Lilly receives Legislator of the Year award from MRLA

State Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, has received the Legislator of the Year award from the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (MRLA). Each year, the MRLA honors legislators who have been consistent champions of the Michigan hospitality industry. This year, they recognized Rep. Lilly for his efforts to find a comprehensive solution on short-term…