Rep. Whiteford optimistic after positive economic forecast

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today said she is optimistic about Michigan’s economy continuing in a positive direction following this week’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, which is the first review of the upcoming economic forecast. Whiteford, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, said the report is presented to the House and Senate…

Improving safety for Michigan families in 2017

With a 100 percent attendance record in Lansing for 2017 in addition to attending more than 91 local events and meetings within the Michigan House’s 80th District, I focus on what matters for our community. Six of my bills were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder this year. As the chair of the House…

Rep. Whiteford says grants recommended to purchase marina, expand local beach

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today announced the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has recommended grants for two land purchases that will expand recreational opportunities in Allegan County. Whiteford, of Casco Township, said the two grants will pay for purchase of the Point Pleasant Marina and expand the Laketown Beach. Funding is comprised of revenue from…

Rep. Whiteford votes for expanding skilled trade opportunities

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, voted for a bipartisan five-bill package to enhance career skills education in Michigan’s schools. “This legislation gives our local school districts more course flexibility, better access to experienced instructors and encourages our educators to work closely with local business owners,” Whiteford said. “That will ultimately help our state’s…

Rep. Whiteford announces December office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township will host local office hours on Friday, Dec. 15. “Listening to the concerns of members of the community is a very important aspect of my job,” Whiteford said. “Local office hours are a great way for me to speak with my neighbors about how I can better serve…

Governor signs Whiteford bill to help special ed programs

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation sponsored by state Rep. Mary Whiteford on Wednesday, allowing intermediate school districts to hire the best teachers for specialized programs. “Experience, teaching ability and educational qualifications all count toward being a good teacher,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township. “We can all agree on that, but every special education child is…

Rep. Whiteford: It’s time to end driver responsibility fees

Bipartisan bills also forgive associated debt   State Rep. Mary Whiteford today joined a bipartisan majority of her House colleagues in voting to eliminate burdensome driver responsibility fees in October 2018 and forgive all outstanding debt associated with the fees. Whiteford, of Casco Township, said the fees were established as law in 2003 by a…

Governor signs Whiteford gas leak cleanup legislation into law

Bill ensures funds intended to clear spills are used appropriately Gov. Rick Snyder today signed state Rep. Mary Whiteford’s legislation ensuring the cleanup of petroleum and other hazardous substances leaking from underground tanks in Michigan. Whiteford’s bill ensures the one-cent fee collected for each gallon of refined petroleum sold or imported in Michigan is used…

Rep. Whiteford welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, right, welcomed Reverend Sarah Farkas, to the state Capitol to give today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Farkas is a pastor at Rectify Church in Allegan and serves as chaplain for the Allegan County Jail.  They were joined at the rostrum by Speaker Tom Leonard.  

Rep. Whiteford welcomes Medal of Honor Recipient to state Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford welcomed Medal of Honor Recipient James McCloughan and his wife Chérie to the state Capitol. McCloughan received the Medal of Honor from President Trump in July for his valor in saving the lives of 10 members of his platoon at the Battle of Nui Yon Hill in May 1969.

House approves legislation supported by Rep. Whiteford to update disability windshield placards

Legislation supported by state Rep. Mary Whiteford streamlining the application process for a windshield disability placard was approved today by the Michigan House. The bill allows a disability placard to display only the first letter and last three digits of the disabled person’s driver’s license number or official state personal identification card. Michigan statute currently…

Whiteford gas leak cleanup bill heads to governor’s desk

Legislation ensures funds intended for cleanups are used appropriately Rep. Mary Whiteford’s legislation ensuring the cleanup of petroleum and other hazardous substances leaking from underground tanks in Michigan has been approved by the Senate. Whiteford’s bill ensures the one-cent fee collected for each gallon of refined petroleum sold or imported in Michigan is used for…

Rep. Whiteford testifies in support of returning hiring decisions to ISDs

State Rep. Mary Whiteford was joined Tuesday by William Brown, superintendent of the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency, in testifying before the Senate Education Committee to return hiring decisions back to intermediate school districts (ISDs). Whiteford’s House Bill 4166 will eliminate the need for ISDs to give preferential status in hiring decisions to candidates formerly…

Rep. Whiteford announces October office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township will sponsor local office hours on Monday, Oct. 16. “Remaining accessible to Allegan County residents is a top priority for me,” Whiteford said.  “Office hours provide a great opportunity to hear from members of the community about issues that matter most to them.” Rep. Whiteford will be available…