Rep. Kahle backs plan halting Governor’s cuts to local schools, Alzheimer’s care

State Rep. Bronna Kahle today voiced support for a series of proposals introduced by the House that would restore funding for critical state services, including a pilot program to boost care for Alzheimer’s patients and their families in Lenawee County. This program, along with nearly $1 billion worth of other priorities, was stripped from the…

COLUMN: Governor’s budget cuts bad for Michigan and our community

Education, public safety, health care for rural communities, veterans’ services, support for children with autism – I was surprised and confused to see all these programs targeted by Gov. Whitmer’s red pen last week. Her reasoning? She says the cuts were made in attempt to get Republican legislators back to the negotiating table on road…

Rendon introduces plan to restore opioid intervention funding in northern Michigan

State Rep. Daire Rendon, of Lake City, introduced a plan Tuesday to reverse harmful cuts made by the governor in a recent round of vetoes to the state budget. Rendon’s measure, House Bill 5073, would restore $40,000 to Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO), an opioid intervention program within a university that assists in…

Rep. VanWoerkom announces October office hours

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, recently announced where he will be available to meet with Muskegon County residents during scheduled coffee hours for the month of October. “I value your ideas on how we can make government more efficient, effective, and accountable,” Rep. VanWoerkom said. “I hope you’ll join me at one of…

Fall in Michigan uncovers governor’s true colors

By state Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe The leaves are changing colors as we head into the peak of fall, but many people are seeing red after learning about the governor’s vetoes and the sheer amount of funding she is raking away from people throughout southeastern Michigan and across the state. Her vindictive, line-item vetoes…

Paquette: We must defend public safety

State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Niles, this week co-sponsored a plan restoring important funding to keep deputies patrolling Michigan roads – money previously stripped out of the state budget through a line-item veto by the governor. When signing budget bills for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, Gov. Whitmer cut $13 million from the secondary…

COLUMN: Governor’s vetoes have real consequences for U.P. families

I have taken the last week to review the 147 line-item vetoes and nearly $1 billion in money the governor stripped away from programs funded by the Michigan Legislature, and my dismay has grown deeper and deeper with each passing day. Gov. Whitmer says she targeted political opponents with these cuts in an attempt to…

Rep. Wakeman schedules local office hours

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township will host district office hours in October to meet with local residents of the 94th District. “A lot has happened in Lansing over the past month,” Rep. Wakeman said. “I welcome all to attend to discuss the state budget, the impact the Governor’s vetoes will have on our community,…

Rep. Webber supports licensed professional counselors with vote

Lawmaker: LARA should not be involved in changes to scope of practice State Rep. Michael Webber, of Rochester Hills, on Tuesday joined House colleagues from both sides of the aisle in unanimously approving a plan to update and clarify counseling practices under Michigan law. The law has not been updated since it was enacted in…