Rep. VanderWall casts vote to prohibit local taxes on food

Levies would hurt families, farmers, job creators   State Rep. Curt VanderWall today voted for a bill prohibiting local governments from imposing excise taxes on food and beverages. VanderWall, of Ludington, said a local tax on food would have a devastating impact on families that are already struggling to put food on the table. He…

Rep. Noble votes for bill banning local food taxes

Families don’t deserve another challenge   State Rep. Jeff Noble today said he joined his colleagues in approving a House bill prohibiting local units of government from taxing the manufacture and sale of food and beverages. Noble, of Plymouth, said the Michigan Food Access and Affordability Act received strong bipartisan support in the House vote….

Rep. VanSingel votes for prohibition on local food taxes

Legislator says families would be hurt by levy   State Rep. Scott VanSingel today voted for legislation preventing local governments from imposing taxes on food and beverages. VanSingel, of Grant, said that while no municipal governments in Michigan have yet opted to tax the manufacture, distribution and sales of food, municipalities in other parts of…

Rep. Victory: Local food taxes would hurt families, farmers

State Rep. Roger Victory today voted for legislation that prohibits local governments from imposing taxes on food and beverages. Victory, of Hudsonville, joined a bipartisan group of House members who overwhelmingly approved the Michigan Food Access and Affordability Act, introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker. The measure extends the existing state constitutional ban…

Rep. Griffin votes for bill banning local taxes on food

Legislator says levy would hurt families, small businesses   State Rep. Beth Griffin today voted for legislation that prohibits local governments from imposing taxes on the sale of food. Griffin, of Mattawan, said the Michigan Food Access and Affordability Act is the first of its kind in the nation, proactively aimed at preventing municipal governments…

House approves Rep. VerHeulen bill banning local food taxes

Measure heads to Senate for consideration   The Michigan House today gave strong bipartisan approval to prohibit local governments from imposing taxes on manufacture, distribution and sales of food and beverages. The bill, introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen, is a preemptive move to prevent local units of government from taxing food sales. VerHeulen, of…

Rep. LaSata introduces ‘Buy Nearby’ resolution

State Rep. Kim LaSata yesterday introduced a resolution declaring Oct. 7 and 8 as Buy Nearby Weekend in the state of Michigan. LaSata emphasized the importance of buying locally and how retailors support over 850,000 jobs across Michigan. “If everyone practiced ‘Buying Nearby’ Michigan shoppers would create an additional $9 billion in economic activity and…

Rep. Vaupel supports bill to prohibit local taxes on food

Legislator says impact would hurt families, farmers   State Rep. Hank Vaupel today voted for legislation to ban local governments from imposing taxes on the manufacture, distribution and sale of food and beverages. Vaupel, of Handy Township, said he wholeheartedly supports the Michigan Food Access and Affordability Act. The bill, which was approved by the…

Representative García welcomes Oct. 7-8 weekend as time to ‘Buy Nearby’ in Michigan

State Representative Daniela García of Holland today offered support for a resolution making this coming weekend a standalone event in a year-round campaign to promote shopping at local retail businesses. ‘Buy Nearby’ is in its fifth year as a promotional commercial slogan and encourages Michigan residents to ensure more shopping dollars stay within local communities…

Rep. Cox spearheads funding for rape test kit tracking program

Appropriations chair leads push to eliminate backlog   State Rep. Laura Cox, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, has taken the lead on securing funding to help victims of sexual assault track the progress of their rape cases. Cox, of Livonia, spearheaded a presentation on Wednesday before the committee in support of a $4.3 million…

Rep. Tedder hosts in-district office hours for October

State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of October. “I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Tedder said. “Taking their issues and concerns to Lansing is my top priority as a legislator.” Office hours take place at…

Rep. Calley votes for measure to prohibit local food taxes

Lawmaker says levy would be extra burden on families   State Rep. Julie Calley today voted for legislation that will ban local governments from imposing taxes on the manufacture, distribution and sale of all food and beverages. Calley, of Portland, said she cosponsored the bill, which gained House approval today, because it proactively prevents municipalities…