McCready votes for responsible budget to keep Michigan moving forward

The Michigan House today approved its Fiscal Year 2014 budget recommendation, state Rep. Mike McCready announced. “Responsible budgeting has put our state on solid financial ground and the House budget reflects our commitment to fiscal responsibility while at the same time prioritizing spending where it’s needed most,” said McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “Long-term planning is keeping…

House OKs long-term budget that puts focus on community mental health

Kesto pleased $3 million for targeted services are included State Rep. Klint Kesto today voted on a budget plan supported by both Republicans and an Independent lawmaker that reduces waste and prioritizes funding for schools, roads and public safety.  Kesto joined a majority of his colleagues in voting in favor of House Bills 4228 and…

Walsh applauds responsible, long-term budget plan for the coming fiscal year

State Representative John Walsh today voted to cut government waste and prioritize state funding for schools, roads and public safety.  Walsh joined a bipartisan majority of his colleagues in voting in favor of House Bills 4228 and 4328, the Fiscal Year 2014 House budget recommendation. “The results are in and the responsible budgeting done by…

Jacobsen bill removes regulations and saves homeowners money

Measures continue common-sense reform of licensing rules State Rep. Brad Jacobsen has introduced legislation that eliminates needless and costly regulations that result in added costs for homeowners who have security and home management systems installed. House Bill 4592 eliminates the frivolous mandate that a homeowner obtain a building permit when a licensed electrician installs energy-saving…

Governor signs propane safety bill

Propane consumers will be protected from price hikes as a result of increasing liability costs for propane companies due to tampering incidents under legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. House Bill 4123, introduced by state Rep. Roger Victory, comes after a series of accidents in homes using propane equipment where appliances were tampered…

Rep. Graves sponsors bill to help families of fallen soldiers

State Rep. Joseph Graves today introduced legislation to provide relief to military families who have lost their loved ones in the line of duty. House Bill 4600 gives the surviving spouse of those killed while serving in the military a 7-year exemption from paying their property taxes. “As a veteran, I have witnessed firsthand how…

Michigan House approves Olympic wrestling resolution

The Michigan House today sent a clear, unanimous message to the International Olympic Committee asking them to reinstate the sport of wrestling for the Summer Olympic Games. The committee earlier this year dropped wrestling from the official Olympic lineup, and many are hoping they will reconsider their decision when they reconvene in May. Rep. Tom…

Rendon announces May office hours

Area residents can meet with state Rep. Bruce Rendon to talk about state government concerns at the lawmaker’s local office hours scheduled for May 10 in Crawford and Kalkaska counties, and May 17 in Ogemaw, Roscommon and Missaukee counties. “Office hours provide an added chance for me to meet face-to-face with residents and learn about…

MacGregor budget cuts bureaucracy, makes government smaller, more efficient

The Michigan House today approved its Fiscal Year 2014 budget recommendation, continuing the track record of fiscal responsibility and efficient government. Under MacGregor’s leadership as chair of the appropriations subcommittee on Human Services, the overall DHS budget was reduced by 11 percent, with an 8 percent reduction in mid staff, while preserving programs and maintaining…

House Democrats must give Michigan residents a better alternative

House Appropriations Chair Joe Haveman today called on House Democrats to reconsider their budget priorities, in light of the package of amendments the Democrats offered on the House floor. Just two weeks after House Democrats committed to cutting $500 million from the state budget, they instead proposed $234 million in new spending on the House…