Rep. Wentworth supports educator tax deductions at state, federal levels

State Rep. Jason Wentworth of Clare today said he supports income tax deductions at both the federal and state levels to help teachers who buy their own classroom supplies. Wentworth said he favors a U.S. Senate provision that would increase the educator expense taxable income deduction from the current $250 to $500. Wentworth opposes a…

Rep. VanderWall applauds grants to expand Ludington company

Legislator says business is vital to downtown economy   State Rep. Curt VanderWall today said downtown Ludington will benefit from state grants awarded to help the House of Flavors expand its dairy operations. VanderWall, of Ludington, said the company, which is the largest private label packaged ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturer in Michigan, received…

Rep. Kahle welcomes Tecumseh student to Lansing

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Bronna Kahle (center) welcomed Rachel Stockford (left) and her mother Jill (right), of Tecumseh to the state Capitol. Miss Stockford spent the day with Rep. Kahle in committee meetings then joined her on the House floor. “It was a pleasure to have Rachel job shadow me for the day,” Rep. Kahle…

Rep. Allor invites residents to December office hours

State Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine has announced her final office hours of the year for Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco and Presque Isle counties. “I promised to be accessible throughout the year,” Rep. Allor said. “After this month, I will have held more than 40 different office hours across the district for the people I…

Rep. Calley hosts local office hours on Dec. 4

State Rep. Julie Calley invites residents to attend her office hours in two communities on Monday, Dec. 4. Calley, of Portland, will give a legislative update to attendees. Afterward, if residents have individual concerns she will take one on one meetings. Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations: The Village of Lake Odessa,…

Rep. Griffin hosts district office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during regularly scheduled local office hours at the end of  November. “Listening to local residents is one of the most important aspects of my job.” Griffin said.  “Local office hours are a great way for me to be accessible and accountable…

Local residents can meet with Rep. Webber on Nov. 27

State Rep. Michael Webber will host his monthly office hours on Monday, Nov. 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 37 S. Livernois Road in Rochester Hills. “I always look forward to meeting residents of the Greater Rochester area at my local office hours,” Rep. Webber said. “My primary focus as a state…

Rep. LaFave: Services available to help during winter months

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain urges people in the Upper Peninsula to plan ahead and look into power and heating plans for the upcoming winter. “Everyone understands that winter can be brutal,” Rep. LaFave said. “I want to ensure everyone has the information to contact those who can assist them during emergencies with…

Rep. McCready to meet with local residents

State Rep. Mike McCready of Bloomfield Township will host an open office hour on Friday, Dec. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Baldwin Public Library Board Room located at 300 W. Merrill St. in Birmingham. “I always encourage residents to share their thoughts and concerns on matters of state government,” Rep. McCready…

Rep. Frederick joins effort to revive historic preservation tax credit

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso has introduced legislation to support an effort aimed at restoring the Michigan Historic Preservation Tax Credit. “This credit was a proven economic development and preservation tool in the past, and it would be beneficial for Michigan’s future,” Frederick said. “I am honored to join with a coalition to bring…

Rep. Hauck sets December office hours

State Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township recently announced his office hours schedule for the month of December. Rep. Hauck will be available on Monday, Dec. 4 at the following times and locations: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Leah’s Korner Kafe, 300 E. Railway St. in Coleman; 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Lake Isabella…

Rep. Bellino supportive of legislation to save Michigan’s vital shipping industry

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe today explained his support for a bill promoting Michigan shipping jobs while continuing to protect the Great Lakes from invasive species. Michigan’s current regulation for treatment of ballast water – kept in large tanks on board to help improve a ship’s balance – is stricter than Canada and other…