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Rep. Howrylak commends commitment to transparency for Michigan House

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard announced this week that the financial disclosure and transparency website for the Michigan House of Representatives will include access to salary information for representatives and House employees. “Our government works best when it is held accountable by the people,” said Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy. “I commend Speaker Leonard’s…

Rep. Alexander applauds increased transparency for Michigan House

Representative: People deserve access to government financial information State Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover today commended a Michigan state House policy change that will provide easy access for the public to view the salaries of all state representatives and House staff. “There has been a demand for increased government accountability at the state level,” Alexander…

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Rep. Brann supports increased government transparency

State Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming is applauding a policy change made in the House of Representatives to improve government transparency to all state citizens. “The People deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent at the Michigan House,” Rep. Brann said. “It’s almost in the same format as the menus at my…

LaSata: Reforming, not closing Benton Harbor schools is a priority

State Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, issued the following statement after three Benton Harbor-area schools – Dream Academy, International Academy at Hull and STEAM Academy at MLK – were placed on priority status by the School Reform Office for low performance over three consecutive years: “I am deeply concerned about the future of these…

Howell: Listing salaries one step toward transparent government

Representative also supports other ways to be accountable   State Rep. Gary Howell today said the decision to publicly list the salaries of representatives and their staff members on the Houses of Representatives website is an encouraging first step toward a more transparent state government. Howell, of North Branch, said the decision to make the…

Rep. Lauwers invites people to in-district office hours

State Rep. Dan Lauwers has scheduled office hours to meet with people in the district at two locations during January. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, will give a legislative update and answer questions about state and local government on Monday, Jan. 30, at the following locations: Tim Horton’s, 1551 Gratiot Blvd. in Marysville, from 9 to…

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Rep. Yaroch: Government works for residents, not vice versa

Making government transparent and working for Michigan residents are among the reasons state Rep. Jeff Yaroch, of Richmond, supports improving public access to employee information at the House of Representatives. “To put it simply, government is supposed to work for the people and not the other way around,” said Rep. Yaroch. “Speaker Tom Leonard’s efforts…

Griffin says salary database a step forward in transparency

State Rep. Beth Griffin today said a public listing of the salaries of representatives and their staff members on the House website is an important move forward in making state government more accountable to people in Southwest Michigan. Griffin, of Mattawan, said the salary database is the first step this legislative session to make information…

Graves: House increases transparency by listing salaries

Representative: First step in more open government   State Rep. Joseph Graves today announced the House will make public the salaries of representatives and their staff members, a step he says will lead to a more transparent and accountable state government. Graves, of Argentine Township, said the people of Michigan deserve to know where their…

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Rep. Bellino announces increased transparency for Michigan House

Salary, financial information is now easily accessible online State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, today applauded a policy change that will provide easy access for the public to view the salaries of all state representatives and their staff. “People are demanding more government accountability, and I’ve been listening,” Bellino said. “The public deserves transparency, and…

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Rep. Cole announces town hall tour

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, invites residents of Antrim, Otsego, Charlevoix, Montmorency and Oscoda counties to attend one of the town hall tour stops. “It is imperative that I demonstrate transparency and accountability in my office for the residents that I represent,” said Rep. Cole. “The local town hall events offer an opportunity for residents to…

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Representative Johnson Announces January Office Hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours. Monday, January 23 Allegan County Colonial Kitchen 1825 142nd Ave. in Dorr 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. — Kent County Bob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Twp. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “One of my top…