Rep. Yonker votes to reform and restructure Detroit Public Schools

State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, made the following statement today after the House approved sweeping reforms to Detroit Public Schools (DPS): “The decision to reform DPS prevents the district from entering into bankruptcy which will save the state of Michigan substantial future costs and ultimately save taxpayer dollars. The  financial reform package the House passed…

Rep. Yonker’s bill to eliminate liability discrepancy in snowplow contracts

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved state Rep. Ken Yonker’s legislation to prohibit certain indemnity agreements in commercial snowplow and de-icing service contracts. “The need for this legislation arose from a constituent concern,” said Rep. Yonker, R-Caledonia. “Property owners hire snowplow and de-icing companies to service their clients and customers and while this is…

Rep. Yonker receives Legislator of the Year Award from MPA

LANSING — State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, received the Legislator of the Year Award today from the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA). “It is a great honor to be recognized by the MPA as Legislator of the Year,” Rep. Yonker said. “I have worked tirelessly to ensure that legislation supporting health policy be a top priority…

Rep. Yonker supports legislation for comprehensive eye exams for students

The Michigan House Education Committee recently heard testimony in support of legislation to implement a comprehensive eye exam for students who are struggling in school. House Bills 5307, 5355 and 5356 will create a new requirement for schools to provide vision screenings to each student in grades K, 3, 6, and 8.  “If a child…

House committee approves education professional development standards

LANSING – Legislation to promote professional development for teachers and administrators was approved by the House Committee on Education today. “The best teachers are the ones that are prepared and have the best educational foundation, especially early in their careers,” said Rep. Ken Yonker, who co-sponsored House Bills 5156-5159. “We feel this updates the requirements…

Rep. Yonker: Strong advocate for ‘data center’ legislation

$5 billion investment into Kent County and over 1,000 jobs The Michigan House last night approved legislation to exempt qualified data centers from sales and use tax on qualified equipment, state Rep. Ken Yonker announced. “Data centers represent an emerging industry and the Legislature needs to take proactive steps to ensure that Michigan remains competitive…

Rep. Yonker invites Allegan, Kent county residents to budget town hall

WHAT:   Budget town hall meeting to inform local residents about the state budget and outline fiscal year appropriations.   WHO:     State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, and guest-speaker House Appropriations Chair Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville.   WHERE:   Wayland Union High School, 870 E Superior St. in Wayland.   WHEN:     Thursday,…

Rep. Yonker invites area residents to budget town hall

State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, invites local residents of Allegan and Kent counties to attend a budget town hall with guest-speaker House Appropriations Chair Rep. Al Pscholka on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Wayland Union High School from 6 to 8 p.m. “I want to share with people what is going on with our budget in…

Rep. Yonker honors local first responders at Capitol

State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, pays special tribute to local first responders during a special ceremony today at the Capitol for military service members and local first responders in honor of the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. “It is my great privilege to shake the hands of these brave men and women…

Rep. Yonker announces September office hours

State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, invites residents of the 72nd House District to meet with him locally during in-district office hours on Sept. 11 and Sept. 21 to discuss important state and local issues. On Friday, Sept. 11, Rep. Yonker will be at Rail Town Brewery, 3385 68th St. Southeast in Caledonia from 3:30 to…

Rep. Yonker welcomes softball state champs to Capitol

Lawmaker awards Wayland Union team with special tribute State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, welcomed the Wayland Union High School varsity softball team to the state Capitol today to recognize their accomplishment as 2015 Division II State Champions. “Every team wants to win a state championship, but there’s a difference between the will to win and…

Rep. Yonker announces June office hours

State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, invites residents of the 72nd House District to meet with him locally during in-district office hours June 29 to discuss important state and local issues. On Monday, June 29, Rep. Yonker will be at Daily Brews Coffee Shop, 128 S. Main St. in Wayland, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.  “I look…

Rep. Yonker invites residents to January coffee hours

State Rep. Ken Yonker will host January coffee hours in Wayland to discuss state and local government with residents of the 72nd House District. Yonker, R-Caledonia, invites local constituents with questions or suggestions about government to attend the coffee hours, which will take place at the following time and location: Friday, Jan. 30 at Daily…