House approves Chatfield bill to direct millions to roads

Legislation now moves to Senate for consideration The Michigan House today approved a bill authored by State Rep. Lee Chatfield that would direct $60 million in existing state revenue to roads. In the wake of the overwhelming defeat of Proposal 1, Rep. Chatfield introduced HB 4608 that redirects an annual $60 million appropriation from the…

Rep. Sheppard supports House approval of roads plan

Lawmaker: Plan strengthens Michigan, focuses on what people want State Rep. Jason Sheppard today issued a statement following the passage of a bill package that funds people’s priorities and pumps more than $1 billion into Michigan’s roads and bridges: The people of Michigan very clearly rejected Proposal 1, so the Legislature acted quickly to find a…

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Council of State Governments chooses Rep. Price for Toll Fellowship

The Council of State Governments has announced that state Rep. Amanda Price is among the newest class of Henry Toll Fellows. “It’s an honor to be awarded a Toll Fellowship,” said Rep. Price, R-Park Township. “I look forward to acquiring new skills and perspectives from other Fellows throughout the country.” The Toll Fellows Program targets…

Rep. Jon Bumstead invites residents to local office hours

State Rep. Jon Bumstead invites residents of the 100th House District to join him during office hours this June. Office hours will be held on Monday, June 15 at the following times and locations: 7:30 a.m. at Grant Depot, located at 22 W. Main St. in Grant; 9:30 a.m. at River Stop Café, located at…

Rep. Barrett invites residents to June coffee hours

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents of the 71st House District to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours. The meet-and-greet will be held Monday, June 22 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Dimitri’s Restaurant located at 663 W. Saginaw Highway. “I encourage folks to come forward with…

Cole’s catch-of-the-day: Free Fishing Weekend in Pure Michigan

    State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, holds up his most recent freshwater catch, a smallmouth bass reeled in from Intermediate River in Bellaire. Rep. Cole announced today that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is sponsoring a free weekend of fishing this weekend. On June 13-14, residents and tourists across the state can…

Rep. Jacobsen announces summer reading contest for local students

Winning student will be ‘Rep. for a Day’ State Rep. Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford, is encouraging students to continue to read this summer by hosting a local summer reading program. “I want to encourage local students in our community to stay sharp over vacation break and continue to read over the summer break,” said Rep. Jacobsen….

Capital Notes

Michigan’s Legislature has once again completed its budget months ahead of schedule, proving to the rest of the country again that we are the “comeback state.” For the past five years, the Republican-led House and Senate have produced balanced, efficient budgets four months before the Oct. 1 deadline. This common-sense approach to budgeting will now…

Rep. Heise to re-introduce DWSD authority legislation

State Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth Township, today announced plans to re-introduce legislation which would create a cooperative regional water authority to protect Detroit-area ratepayers from high costs and bring control and ownership of the system out into the open. Rep. Heise’s announcement comes days before a June 14 decision deadline to determine how consumer communities…

Rep. Potvin encourages residents to cast a line for free this weekend

State Rep. Phil Potvin today encourages families to take advantage of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend June 13-14. Rep. Potvin, R-Cadillac, said the Michigan Department of Natural Resources waives the requirement for a fishing license for the weekend, enabling those who do not fish regularly to try it out. All fishing regulations are in effect during…

Rep. Jon Bumstead invites residents to attend free fishing weekend

State Rep. Jon Bumstead invites residents of the 100th House District to attend a free fishing weekend on June 13 and 14. Anglers from around the state cast their lines for free for the first time over twenty years ago. The program—sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources—allows Michigan fishers to drop a line…