Chatfield: Tax cuts approved by Legislature are a ‘victory’ for Michigan families

The state Legislature this week fulfilled one of Rep. Lee Chatfield’s top priorities, approving bills to lower income taxes for Michigan families. The bills headed to the governor preserve and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes, saving families hundreds of dollars overall. “This session of the House of…

Rep. LaSata to host local office hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during her scheduled office hours. Office hours take place on Friday, Feb. 23 at Broad Street Café, 614 Broad St. in St. Joseph, from 10 to 11 a.m. “I look forward to talking with residents of Southwest Michigan about their state…

Rep. Frederick supports money saving measures for Michigan families

Bills provide tax relief, end driver responsibility fees State Rep. Ben Frederick this week supported two bipartisan measures that aim to ease burdens on Michigan families. The first would end driver responsibility fees effective Oct. 1 and forgive outstanding debt associated with the fees. Frederick said the fees, which were enacted by a previous administration…

Rep. Garcia to host tele-town hall meeting

State Representative Daniela García will host a tele-town hall meeting Tuesday, Feb. 20,   during which residents of Ottawa County can ask questions about state government. “I look forward to hosting a tele-town hall and speaking with the people of Ottawa County,” García said.  “Being accessible and talking to people in the community is an important…

Rep. Howell: Tax cuts approved by Legislature are a ‘good start’

Representative Gary Howell of North Branch this week voted to approve lower income taxes for Michigan residents. The legislation, a $176 million tax cut which is now headed to the governor for consideration, preserves and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents. “This measure helps everyone from retirees to farmers to factory workers…

Johnson measure would make legislator pay equal to average wage

State Rep. Steve Johnson recently introduced legislation that would make state legislator salaries equal to the average Michigan wage. “As a proponent of shrinking government, I believe that there should not be a strong monetary incentive to be a career politician,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “We were elected to represent the interests of the people, and…

Rep. Tedder: Tax cut plan is ‘significant step’ for Michigan families

Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston said today that a tax relief package approved by the state Legislature is an “important and significant step” for Michigan families. As chair of the House Tax Policy Committee, Tedder was instrumental in securing overwhelming bipartisan support for the legislation that preserves and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and…

Rep. Hoitenga helps deliver tax relief to Michigan residents

Michigan House approves bills preserving, increasing personal exemptions State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton voted on Wednesday to advance bills providing broad income tax relief to individuals and families in Michigan. The bills maintain personal exemption ability for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes and increases the exemption amount, potentially saving families…

Rep. Johnson: Driver responsibility fees were government overreach

State Rep. Steven Johnson today applauded a strong, bipartisan vote in the Michigan House to end the onerous driver responsibility fees that have been in effect for nearly 15 years and free Michigan families from the associated debt. Johnson, of Wayland, said the fees were first enacted in 2003 when irresponsible spending of taxpayer money…

Rep. Rendon encourages residents to participate in Free Fishing Weekend

State Rep. Daire Rendon is encouraging everyone to take advantage of the state’s winter Free Fishing Weekend on Feb. 17 and 18. This weekend, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will waive the regular recreation passport fees and allow Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors access to fishing without a license. “I urge everyone to take…

Rep. Cole encourages residents to participate in Free Fishing Weekend

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona is encouraging everyone to take advantage of the state’s winter Free Fishing Weekend on Feb. 17 and 18. This weekend, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will waive the regular recreation passport fees and allow Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors access to fishing without a license. “Michigan has some…

Runestad: Universities could be subject to new legislative oversight

The House Oversight Committee today approved a joint resolution offered by state Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake that amends the state’s Constitution, allowing the Legislature to make laws governing the protection of free speech on Michigan’s public university and public community college campuses. “The expression of diverse viewpoints is foundational to the process of…