A permanent solution for Michigan roads

Over the past four years, House Republicans have worked to make road funding a priority, and today we are paving the way for a permanent, long-lasting bipartisan solution. Both parties from the House and Senate worked together with the governor to come up with a plan that, when approved, provides $1.2 billion annually for maintaining and improving our roads, while also allowing the…

Get the facts: Understanding Michigan RFRA

Since the MiRFRA passed last week, there have been plenty of rumors, half-truths and exaggerated claims, and we are going to disprove those accusations. In fact, MiRFRA is merely a protection for people who are forced by government to violate deeply held religious beliefs. It does not provide a legal sword for people to use as a method…

State unemployment reaches six-year low

Michigan’s unemployment rate has decreased again, this time as low as the March 2008 rate. That’s right, our unemployment rate is at its lowest in more than six and half years. The September 2014 statewide unemployment rate has dropped by two-tenths of percent down to 7.2 percent; a decrease that can be attributed to the fact…

On the PATH to a brighter future

In 2013, House Republicans made some drastic changes to the Family Independence Program (FIP), ensuring that our state’s resources went to families looking for a much-needed — though temporary — helping hand. One of the major changes implemented was the creation of the Partnership. Accountability. Training. Hope. (PATH) program, which helped clients work one-on-one with their caseworkers…

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…

Michigan’s economy is in full recovery mode — and we have the proof

Week after week, we read about Michigan’s turnaround and the theme is the same – Michigan’s economy is in full recovery mode.  This week is a little different though, because an annual economic activity report produced by Business Facilities truly highlights our state’s impressive turnaround. The annual report looks at more than 27 different categories, separating the…

Voters approve Proposal 1: Here’s what’s next for our state

On Tuesday, voters across the state cast their ballots, and when it was all said and done, Proposal 1 passed with nearly 70 percent support. By giving final approval to Proposal 1, voters approved a Republican-led plan to phase out the burdensome personal property tax (PPT) which required small businesses to pay additional taxes on office equipment…

#TBT: Judging a committee by its accomplishments

In similar fashion to last week’s #ThrowbackThursday, we are again focusing on the achievements of another House committee – the House Judiciary Committee. Chaired by Rep. Kevin Cotter, the House Judiciary Committee discusses and passes bills that, on the surface seem nuanced and confusing, but have a huge impact on Michigan laws and an everyday…