Rep. Poleski weighs in on Snyder’s budget presentation

State Rep. Earl Poleski thinks that the budget recommendation Gov. Rick Snyder presented Wednesday is something that he can work with. Poleski, R-Jackson, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, responded to the governor’s presentation with a baseball analogy. “The governor has thrown out the first pitch and now we must finish the game,” said…

Price welcomes 2014-15 Teacher of the Year to House Education Committee

State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, today welcomed Melody Arabo, Michigan’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year, to the House Education Committee. Arabo, a third grade educator at Walled Lake Consolidated Schools with 12 years of classroom experience, shared her knowledge and past experiences with the committee and fielded questions from members on issues and challenges…

Gov. Snyder and Legislature unveil plans to address general fund shortfall

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, attended Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2015-16 budget presentation that included an executive order and a recommended budget bill to reduce current state spending by $456 million due to a projected general fund shortfall. The Fiscal Year 2015 shortfall is due to Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax refund credits issued between 1996…

Rep. Lucido welcomes Romeo High School students to Lansing

State Rep. Peter J. Lucido provided Romeo High School students in the Advanced Placement Government courses with an inside look at state government on Wednesday. The students, along with their teachers Kelly Phalen, Lori Farrington and Jenn Cubitt, visited Lansing for a tour of the state Capitol with Lucido, who also gave them a brief…

Rep. Barrett invites residents to Charlotte office hours

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents who have questions or suggestions about government to join him for office hours this month in Charlotte. Barrett, R-Potterville, will host the informal gathering on Friday, Feb. 20, at Fay’s Evelyn Bay Coffee Co., 124 S. Cochran Ave. in Charlotte, from 3 to 5 p.m. “I make it a…

Rep. Johnson to hold office hours later this month

State Rep. Joel Johnson invites residents of the 97th House District to join him during local office hours later this month. “I hope you can join me for my office hours later this month,” said Johnson, R-Clare. “I look forward to using this time to personally meet with you and answer any questions you may…

Callton, Lyons introduce bills to improve patient access to medical marihuana

Medical marihuana patients statewide are one step closer to safe access, thanks to legislation introduced at the state Capitol today by Reps. Mike Callton and Lisa Posthumus Lyons. The bills improve legislation that passed the House last term, implementing ideas developed at lengthy workgroup meetings with stakeholders, including patients, caregivers, law enforcement, and officials from…

Rep. Barrett appears before panel on firearms definition bills

State Rep. Tom Barrett on Tuesday appeared before the House Judiciary Committee with several fellow lawmakers to support legislation that clearly defines what constitutes a firearm. Barrett, R-Potterville, is sponsor of one of the bills in the legislative package. House Bill 4156 clarifies the definition of a firearm to be “any weapon which will, is…

Nesbitt comments on Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal

House Majority Floor Leader Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, issued the following statement after today’s budget recommendation by Gov. Rick Snyder: “As the governor outlined today, Michigan’s economy is the strongest it has been in more than a decade.  More people are working, income is growing, and government has become more efficient and effective.” “I will continue…

Rep. Cole responds to budget recommendation

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona issued the following statement regarding Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2015-16 Michigan budget recommendation: “I am confident that House Republicans will take Gov. Snyder’s recommendation and efficiently and effectively apply the appropriate solutions,” said Cole. “I am eager to delve into Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal to see what works and what…

Miller: Public safety must continue to be budget priority

Subcommittee chair to work with administration on funding   State Rep. Aaron Miller, chair of the House Appropriations State Police Subcommittee, today issued the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder presented his budget plan to the Legislature, which includes funding for the Michigan State Police: “Public safety must continue to be a priority, and I…