VanWoerkom supports plan to bring state cleanup dollars to Zephyr site

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom today supported a budget proposal that would bring additional state cleanup dollars to the former Zephyr Oil site along the Muskegon River. “I am proud to support this critical cleanup initiative to remove hazardous sediment from the Muskegon River,” said VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores. “Cleaning up this area has been a…

COLUMN: Auto insurance rate relief is on the way

Michigan residents have been calling for auto insurance reform for decades. The high cost of insurance was the most common complaint I heard from people in our district. I promised to correct the broken system, and that goal was achieved our historic bipartisan reform plan was signed into law on May 30. Understandably, people now…

Rep. Albert, Michigan House approve responsible budget supporting schools, road repairs

Rep. Thomas Albert this week voted in support of a Michigan House budget plan that will improve roads, schools and working conditions for state prison corrections officers – without raising costs for taxpayers. “This is a responsible budget plan because it supports essential services for Michigan families without asking them for more money,” said Albert,…

Rep. Kahle: Michigan House budget plan supports seniors, families, schools and roads

State Rep. Bronna Kahle this week voted in support of a taxpayer-friendly Michigan House budget plan protecting seniors and families while investing more than ever in schools and roads. “Our state budget should reflect our priorities,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “This plan addresses the most important issues facing Lenawee County and all of Michigan. Seniors…

Markkanen: House budget plan repairs roads, improves schools without tax hike

State Rep. Greg Markkanen this week voted to support a House budget plan that includes record funding for road repairs and schools without a massive tax hike. “The spending plan we developed in the House invests in areas that matter most to Michigan families without hurting taxpayers,” Markkanen said. “Rather than asking residents for more…

Chair Hernandez issues statement on budget plan approved by Michigan House

Rep. Shane Hernandez – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – issued the following statement after the House approved its budget plan for the 2019-20 fiscal year: “After a thorough review of the state budget, the Michigan House approved a plan investing significantly more in top priorities – like roads and schools – without…

Rep. Huizenga applauds House approved budget plan

Legislator commends savings, accountable government and spending in key areas State Rep. Mark Huizenga this week voted to approve a state budget plan for the upcoming year that keeps government small while investing in areas that increase individual opportunities. The House budget plan costs taxpayers about $1.3 billion less than the plan recommended by the…

Michigan House passes its 2019-2020 state budget plan

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.  Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, of Levering, voted in favor of the plan.   “This is the right plan to increase funding for our top priorities without raising taxes on hard-working Michigan families. Everyone at the state capitol has been…

Cheboygan receives state support for downtown redevelopment

The State of Michigan this week announced several new programs to receive state support and incentives for local development. One project, supported by Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, is located in Cheboygan.   Cheboygan Main Street plans to develop an empty building on Main St. in downtown Cheboygan into several new apartments with commercial…