Rep. Frederick featured in national Habitat for Humanity publication

Rep. Ben Frederick was recently featured in Habitat for Humanity’s national publication. The organization highlighted Frederick’s own experiences with Habitat during his childhood when his parents became owners of their own home through Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity. Frederick has focused on housing issues and been an ally of Habitat during his time as a state…

U.P. lawmakers condemn attorney general’s misguided ruling on Line 5 tunnel

Reps. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain and Greg Markkanen of Hancock today released the following statements after Michigan’s attorney general issued an opinion declaring the newly created Line 5 Tunnel Authority unconstitutional: Rep. LaFave said: “It’s abhorrent how the governor and attorney general have shown a complete disregard for people in our state’s rural areas….

Rep. Cole: ‘Flimsy’ AG opinion on Line 5 hurts Northern Michigan

Rep. Cole today released the following statement regarding the Michigan attorney general’s recent opinion declaring the newly created Line 5 Tunnel Authority unconstitutional: “This is an opinion that hits rural Northern Michigan families the hardest. Construction of a $500 million multi-use utility tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac meant good-paying jobs for Northern Michigan workers….

Rep. Bollin weighs in on latest increase to auto insurance premiums

State Rep. Ann Bollin issued the following statement after the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association raised the per-insured-vehicle assessment to $220 for the 2019-2020 period. “We need to stop playing games with family budgets. The increase in the MCCA fee is yet one more example of how responsible Michiganders are being held hostage because of politics….

Rep. Berman: More transparency needed to prevent MCCA fee hikes

State Rep. Ryan Berman, of Commerce Township, today issued the following statement criticizing the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) for raising the per-insured-vehicle assessment to $220 for the 2019-2020 period (from the current $192): “The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association’s latest fee hike of nearly 15 percent to $220 is approaching very dangerous level for drivers…

Rep. Wozniak issues statement after latest car insurance fee increase

State Rep. Doug Wozniak, of Shelby Township, issued the following statement after the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association announced it will raise the per-insured-vehicle assessment to $220 for the 2019-2020 period (from the current $192): “This is an outrageous move by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association. Our state’s drivers – who pay the highest car insurance…

Rep. Yaroch: MCCA fee increase proves need for car insurance reform

The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) would be subject to greater transparency and drivers would have more choice in their car insurance policies under plans reintroduced by state Rep. Jeff Yaroch of Richmond. Yaroch’s plan is even more urgent given the MCCA’s announcement this week it is again raising its annual fee related to the…

Rep. Calley invites residents to attend local office hours

State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to office hours in four communities in April. Calley, of Portland, will give a legislative update to attendees. Then, if residents have individual concerns, she will take one on one meetings. Calley will meet with constituents on the following dates: Friday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to noon at…

Iron County awarded grant money for transportation economic development

State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced today that Bates Township will receive $198,500 to reconstruct Larson Road. Currently, Larson Road is a gravel roadway with seasonal weight restrictions. The roadway is a hub for major businesses in the area such as Willis Lumber Co. and Willis Family Maple Farm. “These companies are an excellent…

Rep. Afendoulis recognizes Michigan bookmark contest winners

State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis recently held a bookmark-creating contest for students at Orchard View Elementary of Forest Hills Public Schools and Beach Elementary of Cedar Springs Public Schools to commemorate March is Reading Month. The Michigan-themed bookmarks were reviewed by a committee before being judged by Rep. Afendoulis and Rep. Jon Hoadley of Kalamazoo. The…

Rep. Markkanen announces school safety grant

State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock, announced today that West Iron County Schools will receive over $46,000 and Baraga Area Schools will receive over $96,000 to bolster safety in each school. “The greatest resources we have are our children and young people,” Markkanen said.  “As a former school teacher, keeping our youth safe in their…

Rep. LaFave responds to record MCCA fee hike

State Rep. Beau LaFave, member of the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates, today issued the following statement criticizing the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association for raising the per-insured-vehicle assessment to $220 for the 2019-2020 period (from the current $192): “Here we go again – yet another act of ‘March Madness’ by the Michigan…