Rep. Tedder’s support for new Soo Lock reinforced following tour

State Rep. Jim Tedder spoke today on the need for a new lock at the Soo Locks facility in Sault Ste. Marie following a recent trip hosted by fellow Michigan legislators. State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, and state Sen. Wayne Schmidt, of Traverse City, hosted the event on July 18, which included legislators and…

Extra school funding a hard-fought battle

Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed the state budget, which includes increased funding for rural schools. The budget the Michigan House approved earlier this year – which I voted against – did not include that increase, referred to as “2X funding.” But I and a group of dedicated legislators worked hard to see additional money was…

Rep. Hughes hosts e-bike tour on Hart Montague Trailway

State Rep. Holly Hughes hosted a 22-mile round-trip electric bike excursion Friday on the Hart Montague Trailway to increase awareness for her recently introduced e-bike legislation. The legislation would officially allow the use of e-bikes on Michigan trails and creates a regulatory framework for their use. Electric bikes differ from regular bikes in that they…

Rep. Albert: Retirees in Michigan deserve tax relief

State Rep. Thomas Albert today detailed his legislation to provide income tax relief to more retirees in Michigan, delaying some of the so-called “pension tax” changes made to state law earlier this decade. Albert’s bill would restore tax deductions on retirement income to those born before 1950 – covering more Michiganders than current law, which…

Rep. Noble invites students to be “Rep. for a Day”

State Rep. Jeff Noble of Plymouth announced his essay contest for students in Plymouth, Canton and Northville. The contest is open to students in grades six to twelfth. Students are asked to write a minimum of 250 words and no more than 500. The topic is “Why do you like living in Michigan?” Essays should…

Rep. Albert introduces bill to make millage elections more transparent

State Rep. Thomas Albert, of Lowell, has introduced legislation to ensure more voices are heard during elections which determine the fate of local millage proposals. Albert’s bill limits local millage proposals to the November ballot, unless a statewide special election or recall election is being considered. “Voter turnout is historically roughly 30% in August and…

House mental health task force will host first meeting in Livingston County

The Michigan House’s mental health task force will hold its first public meeting on Monday, July 31 at Livingston County’s EMS Building in Howell, announced state Rep. Hank Vaupel, the task force co-chair. The bipartisan task force, unveiled earlier this week, is comprised of seven Republicans and seven Democrats seeking to explore ways to enable…

Rep. Runestad’s bills require citizenship for scholarships, housing

Bill package limits benefits for illegal residents   State Rep. Jim Runestad recently introduced legislation that prevents illegal residents in Michigan from eligibility for scholarships involving state funds and housing assistance through a state agency. Runestad, of White Lake, said only legal United States citizens should be eligible to receive financial aid through the Michigan…

Rep. Canfield appointed to House bipartisan mental health task force

State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O. is one of 14 officials to be appointed to the bipartisan House Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety (C.A.R.E.S.) task force to explore ways to allow Michigan residents facing mental health challenges to live healthier and more independent lives. The task force aims to provide consistent mental health services…

Rep. Lauwers says signed state budget shrinks government, saves taxpayer money

Responsible spending blueprint works for all Michiganders   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder’s recent signing of the state budget, which emphasizes items that are important to Michiganders. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, who serves as House Majority Floor Leader, said the budget spends more on K-12 education than ever before and includes…