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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…

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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…

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#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…

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#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…

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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,…

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#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…

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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…

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#TBT: Preparing for a rainy day means clearer skies in the future

For Michigan and its citizens, the previous administration wasn’t scared of deficit spending or unbalanced budgets. Unfortunately, that type of “leadership” resulted in annual budgets that averaged $1.5 billion in deficit spending.  The large budget shortfalls also meant that the government had to shut down numerous times, and Michigan’s Rainy Day Fund – a safety…

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Fresh perspectives on Michigan’s budget surplus

An ambitious group of middle school students from Walker Charter Academy set out to tackle one of the tough questions facing our state’s leaders: how should we invest the state budget surplus? Ensuring their voices were heard, Rep. Rob VerHeulen was recently invited to visit the classroom and hear their presentations. “The project [was] an…

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#TBT: From jobs lost under the previous “leadership” to careers created under Republican leadership

The wounds are still fresh from the job losses of the Lost Decade, but fortunately for Michigan’s citizens, Republicans have helped by bringing responsible government back to the Capitol. Under the previous administration’s control, Michigan saw 800,000 jobs disappear, resulting in an unemployment rate that soared north of 14 percent. Republicans worked to ensure a brighter…

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Spread the Word to End the Word

March 5 is Spread the Word to End the Word day, challenging everyone to end the use of the words “mentally retarded” and “mental retardation.” The day also highlights the positive impact individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have on our communities. Though it was once considered a clinical diagnosis, the R-word is now used as…

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New research institute coming to Michigan, bringing jobs for the region

A new public-private partnership will create the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Canton. The $148 million institute recognizes the impact Michigan has had on manufacturing and gives a shout out to the state’s top talent at our research universities. It’s projected that 10,000 new jobs will be added throughout the Midwest – particularly…

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New survey shows soaring optimism about Michigan’s economic comeback

A strong majority of Michigan business leaders believe our state economy is on a course to grow over the next six months, a vast improvement over their feelings of the national economy and how they felt about the state last year.  From MLive: A survey of 74 Michigan CEOs found that 64 percent forecast the…

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Michigan workers – They’re Grrreat!!!!

Michigan received another indication that we’re on the right track economically when the Kellogg Co. announced today they will expand operations in our state and employ up to 600 people. Kellogg CEO John Bryant said the company chose Grand Rapids for a new North American Services Business Operation center after looking at nine possible locations…