ICYMI: Investing in Michigan’s future

Well, it’s another day and there is another story about Michigan’s comeback.  This time it’s about venture capital investments throughout the state.  Two of the nation’s largest investment firms issued a quarterly report on capital investment projects nationwide, and Michigan has shot up the rankings. During the last quarter, venture capitalists invested $114.2 million in…

Bridging the information gap: Michigan road funding in the news

With construction season in full swing, now seems like a good time to look back at the work Republican leadership has done to pave the way toward better roads in Michigan. Whether approving money for much needed local projects, investing existing resources in our roads, introducing road funding legislation or even putting on a hardhat…

#TBT: From tax burdens to tax relief

When Republicans gained majority in the House, they pledged to help businesses grow by reducing their tax burden. Republicans have done so in many ways – including the elimination of the oppressive Michigan Business Tax – but today, we focus on changes to the Personal Property Tax (PPT). That’s why we’re throwing it back twice:…

#TBT: A fix to Michigan’s fireworks laws

Prior to 2011, Michigan residents had to travel to surrounding states to purchase many of their fireworks, taking money away from our economy and making most recreational fireworks illegal in our state. However, in 2011, the laws were changed, and Michigan began to allow consumer fireworks for personal use. Unfortunately, the increase in fireworks purchases…

The people of Michigan benefit from our growing list of accomplishments

Throughout the month of June, the governor has been busily signing legislation into law that both the House and Senate approved earlier in the month. Many of these new laws are part of the House Republican Action Plan, so we thought we’d update our progress again to keep Michigan residents informed of the very latest…

Building solutions, but our work isn’t done

House Republicans have made it a priority to create a brighter future in our state, and even though we haven’t accomplished everything on our checklist, we are still working to ensure a better Michigan for everyone. Over the past few months, we have been working to find solutions to problems facing Michigan’s hardworking women and men….

#TBT: From firing to hiring in Michigan

Four years ago, Michigan was still reeling from the recession as residents fled the state and jobs disappeared. Michigan lost more than 800,000 jobs during the Lost Decade, and the effects of those layoffs were felt by the entire state. In fact, according to a Manpower Employment Outlook Survey done near the end of 2010,…

#TBT: Cutting red tape to make room for economic growth

Let’s rewind to three years ago when our administrative rule books were bursting at the seams, stifling our economy and making it hard to do business here in Michigan. Republican leadership saw that Michigan’s comeback was coming but not quickly enough. That’s why Republican leadership began working with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory…

ICYMI: House votes to phase out driver responsibility fees

Last week, the Republican-led House passed two bills to repeal the state’s driver responsibility fees, which assess additional fees and penalties on drivers who’ve accumulated too many points on their licenses. What’s more, failure to pay driver responsibility fees can result in suspension of an individual’s license, which could cause many to drive without a…

We must do more than just say ‘thank you’

On behalf of Michigan House Republicans, we’d like to thank all Michigan veterans for sacrificing so much for our state and country.  As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, it’s important for everyone to honor those who gave their lives serving our country in the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Army, Coast Guard,…

#FF: House Republicans take a common-sense approach to administrative regulations

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday, where we will be highlighting some of the common-sense changes the Republican-led House is making to Michigan’s administrative rules and regulations! In 2011, Republican leadership worked with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to modernize and update the state’s administrative laws. The goal was to strike a balance…

#TBT: Resurgence on the river

Welcome to this week’s #ThrowbackThursday! In the not so distant past, Grand Rapids made a list no city wants to make — a compilation of America’s dying cities. The city’s decline started in the 1970s when manufacturing jobs began to leave the state, but it intensified in the last decade and culminated with the Newsweek ranking in…

#FF: A salute to Michigan’s veterans

Rep. Nancy Jenkins is the sponsor of House Bill 5529, part of a legislative package to better connect Michigan veterans with their benefits Welcome to the newest edition of #FollowFriday! Earlier this month, House Bills 5529-5535 were introduced. The purpose of the seven-bill package was two-fold — to inform veterans about their benefits and to…