Rep. Kesto: Senate panel approves plan to protect children from sexual assault

Bipartisan legislation approved, advances to Senate review The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a sweeping bipartisan plan to protect Michigan children and residents from sexual assault, including two bills sponsored by state Rep. Klint Kesto. “This plan is the best solution for protecting Michigan’s residents from sexual assault,” said Kesto, chair of the House…

Rep. Crawford to host in-district office hours

State Rep. Kathy Crawford invites residents to join her for local coffee hours in Novi and Walled Lake during the month of June. “I value the opportunity to meet with residents and discuss matters of state government,” Rep. Crawford said. “I look forward to spending time with friends and neighbors at my upcoming office hours,…

Rep. VanderWall announces June coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents to join him for June coffee hours. “My top priority is to listen to questions and concerns the residents of Mason, Manistee, Benzie, and Leelanau counties may have regarding state government,” VanderWall said. “I invite all residents to attend coffee hours.” Rep. VanderWall will be available at…

House passes Welfare work requirements

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement upon House passage of Senate Bill 897:   “Welfare benefits should always be a hand up, not a handout.  But instead our current system takes millions of dollars from hard-working Michigan families and gives completely free benefits to people who are oftentimes perfectly…

Rep. Glenn votes in favor of work requirements for Medicaid welfare coverage

State Rep. Gary Glenn and the Michigan House today approved a measure to require able-bodied adults to work, prepare for a job or do community service for at least 80 hours a month to keep Medicaid welfare coverage. “The original intent of the Medicaid program is to help provide health care for those unable to…

Rep. Pagel issues statement after prevailing wage vote in House

State Rep. Dave Pagel of Oronoko Township issued the following statement after the House approved repeal of prevailing wage: “While I believe that construction workers from the various trades should receive fair and competitive wages, I do not believe that state government should artificially inflate those wages over free-market forces. These workers are the backbone…

Rep. LaFave: I will not be bought or intimidated

Rep. Beau LaFave today stuck to his decision on Michigan’s outdated prevailing wage law despite unsuccessful efforts to buy his vote and intimidate him into changing his position. “I will not be bought or intimidated,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain, after he joined the House in voting to repeal the prevailing wage law. “I always…

Rep. Johnson sides with taxpayers, votes to end prevailing wage law

Repeal means more money for classrooms, families   State Rep. Steve Johnson joined a majority of his House colleagues today in repealing the state’s prevailing wage law. Rep. Johnson, of Wayland, said the mandate that public construction projects be built using union pay scales and benefits is not the best use of taxpayer money and…

Michigan House committee approves Rep. Albert’s plan to evaluate state’s economic incentives

  A state House committee today approved Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan to determine whether Michigan gets its money’s worth with economic incentive programs. Albert’s proposal would require the state to hire an independent outside contractor to evaluate and recommend modifications to Michigan’s economic incentive programs. The state has several such programs, generally providing businesses tax…

Representative García votes to end costly prevailing wage law

Legislator says millions could be invested into classrooms   State Representative Daniela R. García today voted to repeal Michigan’s antiquated prevailing wage law, ending a rigged scheme that added up to 16 percent to the cost of building schools and other government facilities. Representative García, of Holland, said prevailing wage was instituted in Michigan more…