Residents invited to local discussion with Rep. Alexander

  Representative Julie Alexander, R-Hanover, invites Jackson County residents to join her for office hours and “milk breaks.” These public discussions are an opportunity for people to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns for the state of Michigan. “I appreciate all the feedback I receive from the people I represent,” Alexander said. “Hearing your thoughts…

Graves introduces bill to repeal tax on pensions

Representative: Retirees penalized by changing rules   State Rep. Joseph Graves introduced legislation to end the tax on all pensions, fulfilling a promise he made to repeal the levy imposed on retirees in 2011. Graves, of Argentine Township, said people who had carefully planned for their retirements were blindsided when the governor called for removing…

Rep. Hughes co-sponsors transparency package

State Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague co-sponsored an 11-bill package which expands government transparency throughout the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, state House and Senate. “This bipartisan legislation is proof that we’re not only hearing our state’s residents, we’re acting on it,” Hughes said. “We must be accountable to the people of Michigan and…

Rep. Whiteford seeks feedback from locals

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today announced that she will hold local office hours throughout Allegan County. “I want to hear feedback directly from the people I represent,” said Rep. Whiteford. “I’m able to represent our local communities best when I know what issues matter the most to our residents.” Rep. Whiteford will…

Rep. VanderWall wants to hear from locals

State Rep. Curt VanderWall, of Ludington, invites the people of Mason County to attend his local office hours. Office hours are a chance for people to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns for the state of Michigan. “Feedback from the people that I represent at the Capitol helps me know what is working and what’s…

Rep. Iden announces coffee hours

State Rep. Brandt Iden will host four office hour events within Kalamazoo County in February and March. “These events are a great way to connect with my neighbors on what matters most to them,” Iden said. “I hope local residents will join me to share any questions or concerns they have and I look forward…

McCready: New transparency initiative is good government

Bipartisan bills subject governor’s office, Legislature to open records rules State Rep. Mike McCready today supported the introduction of an 11-bill bipartisan initiative to increase the accountability of state government. McCready, of Bloomfield Hills, joined his colleagues Wednesday in announcing the reform plan, which makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of…

Rep. Calley joins effort to increase state government accountability

State Rep. Julie Calley joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers calling for changes to make Michigan’s state government more open and accountable. Calley, of Portland, stood with many of her colleagues for the announcement of a proposal to increase transparency for Michigan’s executive and legislative branches. The proposal includes the creation of the Legislative Open…

Rep. LaFave takes key role in effort to boost government accountability

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain today was among the leaders of a bipartisan effort aimed at making Michigan’s state government more accountable and open. LaFave joined House members from across the state announcing a plan to make Michigan’s governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The proposal also calls…

Rep. Hernandez: New proposal empowers the people by expanding FOIA

State Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron today joined a bipartisan effort to make Michigan’s state government more accountable by broadening public records disclosure laws. Hernandez joined House members unveiling legislation to make state representatives and senators subject to a law paralleling the Freedom of Information Act. The legislation also broadens FOIA to include the…

Rep. Cole invites Gaylord Evangelical Church pastor for invocation

State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, invited Pastor Scott Distler of Gaylord Evangelical Church (center) to give the invocation today and begin a session at the Michigan House of Representatives in Lansing.  House lawmakers start each session with a prayer, and lawmakers take turns inviting local clergy to give the invocation.  At left is House…

Rep. Howrylak joins bipartisan effort to increase government accountability

State Representative Martin Howrylak, of Troy, joined a bipartisan group of representatives as a co-sponsor of landmark legislation that will expand government transparency in the state of Michigan. If enacted, the bill package will make the executive branch subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and create a similar records disclosure system for the…