LaSata announces grant to fight blight

State Rep. Kim LaSata announced this week that Berrien County will receive funding for residential and commercial blight elimination projects.  The Berrien County Land Bank Authority has been awarded $102,000 to tear down 25 blighted, tax-foreclosed properties in Benton Harbor, Benton Charter Township, and Buchanan. The funding was awarded through the Michigan State Housing Development…

Rep. Albert announces August office hours

State Rep. Thomas Albert welcomes residents to join him for his in-district office hours during the month of August. “Open and honest communication is crucial to having a state government that is accountable,” Albert said. “I invite all residents to attend one of my local office hours to share their ideas and concerns.” Rep. Albert…

LaSata: federal government must take swift action against Asian carp

  Following the release of the Army Corps of Engineers invasive species report Monday, state Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, urged the federal government to take action to prevent further invasion by Asian carp in the Great Lakes. The long-awaited report assesses the viability of establishing various control mechanisms at the Brandon Road Lock…

Rep. Lucido: Help Michigan families offset school ‘pay to play’ costs

With the school year ready to start across Michigan, state Rep. Peter Lucido is renewing his fight to provide financial relief for families saddled with ‘pay to play’ fees for extracurricular activities. Lucido’s bill would provide an income tax credit to offset fees families pay for students to participate in sports, band or other extracurricular…

Rep. Webber invites residents to August office hours

State Rep. Michael Webber welcomes members of the Rochester community to his in-district office hours during August. “I enjoy meeting with people to learn about what matters most to them.  Listening to their concerns regarding local and state government issues, makes me a better representative,” Webber said. Office hours take place at the following time…

Rep. Lower participates in panel discussion on rural issues

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake attended the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit in Boston this weekend on behalf of the Michigan House of Representatives. Lower participated in a focus group tasked with examining workforce challenges facing rural communities throughout the United States. The panel explored ideas for generating new opportunities…

Rep. Howrylak announces August office hours

State Rep. Martin Howrylak will host office hours on Aug. 26 in Troy. “I believe talking to friends and neighbors is the best way to gather ideas,” Howrylak said. “Residents who are interested in discussing legislative matters or who have questions related to state government are encouraged to stop by at their leisure.” Office hours…

Rep. Howrylak encourages community to submit input on mental health services

Website will assist House task force in forming policy ideas State Representative Martin Howrylak today encouraged Oakland County residents to submit feedback to a House Task Force reviewing mental health services in Michigan. Rep. Howrylak, of Troy, said he hopes community members will participate by submitting their feedback. Citizens who have suggestions regarding veterans’ care,…

House mental health task force to meet in Harrison

The Michigan House’s mental health task force will meet Monday, Aug. 21, at Mid-Michigan Community College, state Rep. Jason Wentworth announced today. Wentworth, of Clare, is a member of the bipartisan House C.A.R.E.S. task force, comprised of seven Republicans and seven Democrats seeking to explore ways to enable Michigan residents facing mental health challenges to…

Rep. Frederick says I-69 repairs to provide safer travel

State Rep. Ben Frederick today said multiple road projects will start next week to improve the quality of a portion of Interstate 69 in Shiawassee County. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon begin work on two sections of I-69 in Shiawassee County. The project involves resurfacing pavement along the interstate between Newburg Road…

Rep. LaFave notes successes six months into legislative term

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, has termed the first six months of his two-year term as successful, but emphasized he will continue to fight for key issues most affecting Upper Peninsula citizens. “We’ve once again had a responsible budget completed and approved by the governor before the end of June, which improves our…