Rep. Roberts announces Free Fishing Weekend

State Rep. Brett Roberts of Charlotte today announced Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan on Feb. 17 and 18. He encouraged residents of the 65th House District to take advantage of the biannual event. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is inviting residents and out-of-state visitors to fish without a license during the weekend, giving parents…

Legislators: New system needed to hold university boards accountable

Proposal allows voters to weigh in on framework for selecting trustees State Reps. James Lower, Rob VerHeulen and Michael Webber today said the time is right to consider changing the selection process for future members of the boards governing Michigan State University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. The legislators testified before the…

Representatives Lilly and García announce community mental health forum

Representatives Jim Lilly (R- Park Township) and Daniela García (R-Holland) invite Ottawa County residents to attend an upcoming forum on community mental health issues. The forum is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fillmore Complex (Main Conference Room), 12220 Fillmore St. in West Olive.  Guest speakers will include MDHHS…

Representatives Lilly and García announce community mental health forum

Representatives Jim Lilly (R- Park Township) and Daniela García (R-Holland) invite Ottawa County residents to attend an upcoming forum on community mental health issues. The forum is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fillmore Complex (Main Conference Room), 12220 Fillmore St. in West Olive.  Guest speakers will include MDHHS…

Rep. LaFave wants answers for recent high utility bills

Energy Policy Committee continues inquiry   State Rep. Beau LaFave today said he and others serving on the House Energy Policy Committee are dedicated to getting more information on skyrocketing electric bills that some people say have doubled or tripled in cost this winter. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the panel heard testimony from one…

Rep. Marino, state Legislature approve tax cuts for Michigan families

Rep. Steve Marino of Harrison Township this week joined the state Legislature in approving bills to provide broad-based tax relief to families in Macomb County and all across Michigan. The legislation preserves and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their income taxes. “This is a well-deserved victory for families in Macomb…

Rep. Griffin: Tax cut plan will bring tax relief to Michigan families

Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan said Southwest Michigan families will be in line for tax relief because of legislation she helped approve in the state Legislature this week. The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes, potentially saving families hundreds of dollars each year. “This vote…

LaFave votes to give families tax relief, end driver responsibility fees

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain Wednesday voted in favor of bills which provide broad income tax relief to Michigan families and end senseless driver responsibility fees. LaFave said the driver responsibility fees were a scheme by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to plug a shortfall in the budget nearly 15 years ago. Since then, payment of…

Bellino supports income tax cuts as plan sails through Michigan Legislature

Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe continues his efforts to cut taxes for Michigan families, supporting a plan that advanced through the state Legislature this week. The bills preserve and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes, potentially saving families hundreds of dollars overall. “This is a two-part reform, and…

Rep. Frederick backs plan to invest more in local veterans services

Grant program will help build, maintain county veterans service offices State Rep. Ben Frederick co-sponsored legislation introduced recently providing financial incentive to encourage Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices. Frederick, who represents a portion of Saginaw and Shiawassee counties in the Michigan House, said Saginaw County is one of 11 counties in…

House OKs bills to end senseless driver responsibility fees

Legislator sponsored bill that repeals law Oct. 1   State Rep. Joe Bellino today voted for legislation to end driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1 and forgive outstanding debt. Bellino, of Monroe, introduced the bill to end fees, which are assessed in addition to fines and court costs. “These fees did nothing but put families…