Spotlighting our veterans during Military Appreciation Month

State Rep. Jim Stamas recently sent the Michigan state flag to the servicemen and women of the National Guard’s 1460th Transportation Company. The 1460th Transportation Company is based out of Midland but is currently deployed in Afghanistan.  May is Military Appreciation Month, recognizing those on active duty in all branches of the service, appreciating the…

#FF: NOTICE OF BILL INTRODUCTION

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! Yesterday, a bill was introduced by four legislators – Reps. Amanda Price, David Rutledge, Andy Schor and  Rob VerHeulen – to modernize our public notice laws and put taxpayer dollars to more efficient use. Currently, local governments are required by law to print public notices in the newspaper anywhere from one to…

#TBT: The Detroit of yesterday

The Detroit of yesterday- Detroit used to be a booming city, with prosperity and jobs flowing along the border it shares with Canada.  At one time, Detroit had the 4th highest population in the United States.  It was a hotspot for people fleeing the south who came here looking for jobs. The city also used…

Local and national media are noticing Michigan’s turnaround

Michigan’s comeback is one of a kind, not only because we had so far to come but also because we continue to rebuild and recover more each day.  Less than three years ago, Michigan hit its lowest point, but Republican leadership has made it a priority to change the way government works and our future…

#FF: A second chance for a brighter future

Welcome to the latest edition of #FollowFriday! Earlier this week, the Michigan House approved House Bills 5216-5218 in an effort to lower recidivism rates among our state’s parolees and encourage those parolees to re-enter the workforce. The bills allow the Michigan Department of Corrections to issue certificates of employability to parolees when they are released…

#TBT: Turning our economy around one MILE at a time

Michigan has a history of innovations and firsts.  During the early 19th century, Detroit quickly became a hub for innovation, commerce and manufacturing because of its easy access to riverways and rail lines. Michigan’s growth continued throughout the 20th century with the growth of automobile manufacturing in Detroit and lumbering and furniture manufacturing in Grand Rapids. …

ICYMI: Closing loopholes in welfare abuse

House Republicans have made protecting Michigan families a top priority over past several years – developing early childhood education opportunities, enhancing vocational opportunities and implementing adoption reforms to bring families together. So when the Detroit Free Press questioned the motives behind legislation that would allow for welfare recipients to be drug tested and claimed that…

Bringing a little more green to #PureMichigan

It’s Earth Day today, so let’s take a moment to think about what we can do to help preserve the world around us. Small things like unplugging appliances we aren’t using, purchasing energy efficient light bulbs or using less water while we brush our teeth can make a huge difference in the long run. And…

Reinventing Michigan: Making state government open and accountable

House Republicans have been working to create a more transparent state government, and the progress is showing. The Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) recently released its fifth annual Following the Money report, examining online access to government spending data. Michigan was ranked as the 15th-best state for government transparency nationwide, earning 86.5 out of 100…

#FF: House Republicans take action while House Democrats play politics

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! As we near the middle of budget season, it’s important to see how budgets are discussed, voted on, passed and signed into law each year. Over the next few weeks, we will go over Republican proposals to continue moving Michigan forward, even as some Democrats work to drive us back…

#TBT: Accountability, transparency have ushered in a #BrighterFuture

A Government of the People The Republican-led House has made it a priority to make government more accountable and transparent for its citizens. Republicans have created yearly agendas, outlining the goals and objectives of each legislative session and allowing citizens and legislators to track their progress. Speaker Bolger and Republicans took a historic step when…

Paving the way to “Build Better Michigan Roads”

After investing $584.8 million in existing state resources into Michigan’s roads, House Republicans are at it again — this time unveiling a plan to “Build Better Michigan Roads” and invest even more current resources into the state’s roadways. The proposal calls for structural changes in transportation funding and focuses on increased efficiency, better quality and improved fairness,…

#TBT: Smarter, smaller government is leading Michigan toward a brighter future

The Republican-led House has worked tirelessly to ensure Michigan’s residents have a government that works for its citizens, while also making sure it is a government that represents its citizens. One such promise was creating a smaller, smarter state government that works more effectively and efficiently. One way House Republicans have been able to fulfill…

Adoption reforms: Creating a brighter future for Michigan families and children

Continuing work on the 2013-14 House Republican Action Plan, the House recently gave final approval to the direct placement adoption package.  The legislation in the package is set to help some of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents — its children. Michigan’s adoption rate has remained stagnant for decades, in part due to laws that act as…