Rep. Bellino announces state grant for Monroe County Conservation District

State Rep. Joe Bellino today announced the awarding of a $400,000 Soil Testing to Reduce Agriculture Nutrient Delivery grant to Monroe Conservation District. This grant will assist with meeting the goals of the Michigan Domestic Action Plan to reduce total phosphorus and soluble reactive phosphorus through nutrient management and best management practices focusing on sustainable…

Paquette: Michigan roads must improve, but not on the backs of Michigan families

State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Niles, issued the following statement in response to the governor’s budget presentation: “The suggestion that Michigan drivers should be forced to pay an additional 45 cents per gallon in gasoline tax is completely absurd. If implemented, our drivers will pay the highest gas taxes in the nation by a long…

Rep. Bollin issues statement on governor’s budget proposal

State Rep. Ann Bollin issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her state budget proposal: “I appreciated hearing the governor’s budget presentation and agree we have a big job ahead of us.  The governor laid out her solutions to major issues plaguing our great state – however most of them come with a…

Rep. Albert to host local office hours

State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell will host district office hours on Friday, March 29 to meet with local residents of the 86th District. “As your state representative, it is important for me to hear your opinions,” Rep. Albert said. “I hope you will take this opportunity to directly participate in your state government.” Office…

Rep. Afendoulis: Governor’s gas tax hike hits Michigan drivers twice

Proposed 45-cent gas tax hike is among the nation’s highest State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis today released the following statement on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed budget: “Our taxpayers’ wallets are not bottomless pits that government can keep reaching in to underwrite massive projects. To suggest a 45-cent increase in our state’s gas tax adds insult to…

Rep. Kahle announces winners of “Living in Lenawee” photo contest

State Rep. Bronna Kahle today announced the winners of her “Living in Lenawee” photo contest. More than fifty photos were submitted for consideration. The winning photos were submitted by Tiffanie Terry of Blissfield, Rae Leggett of Tipton and Rachel Stiverson of Hudson. The three winning photos will hang in Rep. Kahle’s state office. An official…

Rep. Wendzel: Governor’s gas tax hike compounds auto insurance woes

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel released the following statement on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed budget: “I was looking forward to hearing the Governor’s responsible budget proposal.  I’m still waiting,” Wendzel said.  “After two years of rhetoric about ‘Fixing the Damn Roads,’ I was incredibly disappointed to see the “plan” that the Governor put forward. If her…

Rep. Lightner: Governor’s proposed tax hikes set Michigan back

State Rep. Sarah Lightner reacted to the governor’s budget proposal, shared with the Legislature this week. The proposal included raising taxes on a class of businesses that includes Michigan’s small business owners from 4.25 percent to 6 percent and a state gas tax increase to 45 cents per gallon. “Raising costs on the backs of…

Schroeder issues statement regarding governor’s gas tax proposal

State Representative Andrea Schroeder, of Independence Township and vice chair of the House Financial Services Committee, made the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer presented her proposed budget to a joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee: “Like anyone else who drives in this state, I absolutely agree more must be done to improve Michigan roads….

Rep. Alexander: Michigan needs a practical, responsible course of action for road funding

State Rep. Julie Alexander, of Hanover, issued the following statement following the governor’s budget presentation, which included recommendations for a 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase to cover road funding costs across Michigan: “Michigan drivers already pay the highest car insurance rates in the nation, and under the governor’s proposal, they’ll be forced to pay…

Rep. Green: Governor’s plan to raise state’s gas tax is concerning

State Rep. Phil Green today voiced his concern over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed 45-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase that distributes revenue for road repairs based on usage and ‘economic importance.’ “In this state, weather treats both rural and urban roads harshly,” said Green, of Millington. “As I understand it, this plan means that rural areas pay…

LaFave plan to retain Menominee County judgeship advances in House

State Rep. Beau LaFave’s plan to save the 95-A District Court judgeship in Menominee County from elimination was approved today by the House Judiciary Committee. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said his legislation would reverse the 2012 action to eliminate the position, which is slated to take effect March 31. The 2012 law eliminating the position…