Ag Day at the Capitol: Celebrating one of Michigan’s economic engines

Today we welcome Michigan’s agriculture industry to Lansing to recognize the countless positive impacts our producers have in the Great Lakes State, around the nation and internationally. The 5.4 million acres of land across the state that are dedicated to farming supply a healthy variety of crops for our communities and people around the world. Agriculture is Michigan’s…

#MIstory: Ag industry growing internationally and in Lansing

Two members with connections to Michigan’s booming food and agriculture industry joined the House Republican caucus this year. Reps. Triston Cole and Brett Roberts share a passion for the state’s agricultural heritage, which is well-represented in Lansing and around the world. Thanks to efforts led by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican Legislature, Michigan’s food and agriculture exports grew 8.9…

Tax fairness helps Main Street job providers and businesses

The Michigan Legislature voted this week to continue Michigan’s economic recovery by passing legislation that puts local businesses on the same playing field as national online retailers. The biggest myth about Main Street Fairness legislation is that it creates a new tax. This is absolutely not true. Those of us who purchase goods online from out-of-state retailers…

Michigan rakes in an exceptional list of awards

2014 was a big year for Michigan and several of our great cities have been recognized nationally. On lists ranging from most beautiful small towns to best airport for a layover, Michigan certainly has its share of “best places.” Grand Rapids was a powerhouse this year, sweeping a handful of awards. Lonely Planet named the western Michigan community the No….

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Staying safe on All Hallows’ Eve

Jack-o’-lanterns, haunted houses, endless amounts of candy—with Halloween upon us and a festive night of trick-or-treating in just a few days, it’s important to ensure you and the children in your life know how to stay safe this season. For a fun and safe night, review this handy “Safe Halloween” acronym from the Centers for Disease Control before heading…

ICYMI: Ann Arbor, East Lansing among best small cities for students

Ann Arbor and East Lansing are two of Michigan’s historic, ever-evolving college towns. The winner of tomorrow’s rivalry football game between the Spartans and Wolverines will proudly possess the Paul Bunyan trophy for another year. Whether you bleed green or blue is often determined from birth, but Pure Michigan is about more than football, and these two towns…

#TBT: Committee helps protect, utilize natural resources

In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we highlight accomplishments of the House Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine.   The House Natural Resources Committee oversees issues involving the care of public lands; the regulation of hunting, fisheries and wildlife; management of parks, trails and outdoor tourism; and the protection of Michigan’s most valued natural resource, the Great…

Michigan’s newest family moves to Holland after brief visit

Holland is a Pure Michigan beach community known for its historic Dutch origins and Tulip Time Festival. This year, a family decided to move from Ohio and make Holland their new home after spending just 52 hours in town.   Nicole and Andrew Orr sold their Columbus house and moved their family—including sons Jayden, 11; Jenson, 10; and Jace,…

Art Prize 2014

ArtPrize transforms Grand Rapids, inspiring artists and a city

West Michigan’s most creative, inspirational and transformative community event is upon us. The 19-day event is much more than an art festival; it’s an international celebration that embraces Pure Michigan and welcomes thousands of people to the region. Visitors come from near and far to participate in the thought-provoking creativity displayed and hidden throughout the city of Grand Rapids….

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons

Endeering news: more women join ranks of new Michigan hunters

October 1 marks opening day for bow season in Michigan, and more than half a million hunters will take to the state’s forests and fields in search of a prize deer. According to a recent MLive article, more young women are expected in the woods today for the opening of bow season than in previous years. House Republican Reps. Lisa Lyons…

Road to Repair

#TBT: On the road to repair in the House Transportation Committee

Welcome to this week’s Throwback Thursday.   Today we take a look at the legislative accomplishments of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In the past, the Transportation Committee has deliberated and approved bills to improve Michigan’s roads as part of an all-encompassing road and infrastructure repair plan that aims to increase efficiency, invest properly using current resources, and improve quality…

I-96 has reopened: Fun Facts about Michigan’s intrastate Interstate

After nearly six months of road closure, a seven-mile stretch of I-96 in metro Detroit has reopened, bringing much needed relief to area residents, businesses and commuters across the state. To celebrate the reopening, here are a few fun facts about I-96. I-96 is the only main interstate highway in Michigan that is located entirely…

Buy Nearby MI

#BuyNearby promotes keeping Michigan’s economy strong

Have you met the Buy Nearby Guy? He’s the big, blue, Michigan-shaped mascot of the Michigan Retailers Association’s Buy Nearby campaign that travels the state encouraging Michiganders to buy from local retailers like your neighbor’s boutique or your local farmers market. The Buy Nearby campaign is visiting the State Capitol Thursday to celebrate and promote “Get Caught…

Fall Colors on Michigan River

Q&A: Scientific Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act

This fact-based Q&A has been put together in response to questions and concerns lawmakers have received from residents statewide with regard to the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. It is not an exhaustive list, but it does address many frequently asked questions. Why are scientific management and conservation important? Wildlife management and conservation have been protecting Michigan’s great…