Berman: Budget plans can do more to support public schools

Budget plans passed by the House this week put too much taxpayer money into higher education services used by out-of-state and international students and too few dollars toward K-12 education, said state Rep. Ryan Berman, who voted against the education plans. “I could not support an increase in our state’s higher education budget, knowing these…

Cole to U.S. Forest Service: Caring for our waters and riverways is crucial

State Rep. Triston Cole today praised the decision of the U.S. Forest Service to implement new plans to educate the public on river stewardship and safety, rather than move forward with a proposed ban on alcohol on three Michigan waterways. “Taking care of our waters and riverways is crucial to good conservation and I appreciate…

Rep. Reilly unveils plan enhancing charitable gaming in Michigan

State Rep. John Reilly, of Oakland Township, this week unveiled legislation making it easier for non-profits and charitable organizations to raise money through fundraising events involving casino-style gaming. The events, referred to as “millionaire parties,” are crucial fundraising initiatives for Lions Clubs, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, veterans groups, schools and other entities across Michigan. Charities…

Rep. Calley: House budget plan repairs roads, improves schools without tax hike

Savings, efficiencies hold state government accountable State Rep. Julie Calley this week voted to support a House budget plan that includes record funding for road repairs and schools without a massive tax hike. “This spending plan addresses the most important issues facing families in Ionia and Barry counties without asking them for more money,” said…

Rep. O’Malley: House budget improves roads, helps Northern Michigan families

State Rep. Jack O’Malley this week supported record funding for Northern Michigan road repairs and schools – without increasing taxes on Michigan families. “I have traveled across the state listening to drivers about road funding concerns. This plan ensures all taxes paid at the pump will go directly towards fixing our roads. With this budget,…

House budget offers smart plan for roads, environment, Allor says

Following approval of the House’s budget plan, state Rep. Sue Allor announced today that funding to fix our roads is at record levels—including more spending on local roads— and investment in environmental protections will continue in the Oscoda area and throughout the state. “This budget represents the careful planning and attention to detail it takes…

Rep. Wozniak: House-approved budget plan delivering value to Macomb County without hiking taxes

Savings, efficiencies hold government accountable State Rep. Doug Wozniak this week supported record funding for road repairs and schools, as well as investments to protect drinking water and enhance senior care services across Michigan – without raising taxes. “Just as Macomb County households operate within a budget, state government should also operate within a budget,”…