Tax increases won’t solve upcoming budget dilemma

By state Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township As we approach the halfway point of 2020, it has become clear the response to the coronavirus pandemic has had more of an impact than many thought. The Legislature has already authorized $150 million in spending to address health care capacity, lab testing, monitoring, infection control, and…

Rep. Wakeman’s plan updates educational standards for funeral directors

Lawmaker highlights active role of funeral industry during COVID-19 State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, this week testified before the House Regulatory Reform Committee in support of his plan that would update education requirements for Michigan funeral directors to keep pace with changing times. Wakeman’s measure makes various changes to funeral service, including a…

Wakeman: Drivers should start preparing now for July 1 roll out of new car insurance law

House car insurance website includes a how-to guide for drivers to receive savings State Rep. Rodney Wakeman today announced the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates – the legislative panel that led House efforts to approve landmark reforms fixing Michigan’s much-maligned no-fault car insurance system – restructured its website, www.ReduceMiRatesNow.com. The website will…

Rep. Wakeman: Governor addresses components of ‘Stay Home’ order amid pressure; advocates for many local priorities

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, today announced the governor has acted on key Republican proposals and is now allowing the sale of many goods and services, outdoor activities, boating, and traveling freely between residences and properties. In the governor’s updated “Stay Home” order announced today, residents will now be able to purchase many…

Rep. Wakeman, House extend Michigan’s state of emergency through April 30

In an effort to keep Michigan families healthy and safe and ensure the state retains its COVID-19 response leverage, state Rep. Rodney Wakeman today supported a measure continuing the state of emergency and the governor’s emergency powers through April 30 – a period that could later be extended if circumstances surrounding the coronavirus outbreak persist….

Rep. Wakeman: Coming together to beat coronavirus

By state Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township Here in Michigan, like in much of the world, we’re in the midst of one of the largest public health emergencies to ever sweep our state and local communities. In just a few short weeks, we have in excess of 9,300 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide and have…

Wakeman plan providing proper, timely burials for unclaimed decedents signed into law

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman’s plan ensuring funeral directors have the necessary authorizations to provide timely and respectful dispositions for unclaimed decedents was signed into law this week by the governor. “This was about bringing clarity to the process that determines who has the right to make funeral and disposition arrangements for remains that are unclaimed,”…

Rep. Wakeman applauds reform that would fix local roads without raising taxes

Proposal sends all taxes paid at the pump to fix local roads State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, recently announced his support for a common-sense, bipartisan reform to help fix crumbling local roads and bridges without a tax increase. The proposal would eliminate the sales tax on fuel and replace it with an equivalent,…

Rep. Wakeman: Additional protections necessary for victims of domestic violence, stalking

The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee today approved state Rep. Rodney Wakeman’s plan to better protect Michigan residents who are victims of domestic violence and stalking. Under Wakeman’s plan, individuals who have a valid personal protection order, or are considered a protected party under a court issued conditional bond release for domestic assault,…

Rep. Wakeman plan legalizes self-serve beer and wine

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, recently unveiled a plan that would legalize self-serve beer and wine in Michigan. Under Wakeman’s measure, bar and restaurant owners would be allowed to install self-serve beverage dispensers in their establishments. Wakeman said consumers would be able to pour their own beer or wine in certain quantities in…