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#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…

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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…

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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,…

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#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…

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#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…

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#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…

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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…

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#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…

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#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…

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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…

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#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…

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#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. …

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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…